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  • Community Calendar and Reunions July 2

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Reception at library

    The LaRue County Public Library will hold a reception at 5 p.m. July 3 in honor of Sarah Graff earning her paraprofessional certification for librarians. Punch and cookies will be provided by Friends of the Library.

    Dance: Prime Time Band to perform

  • Monument memorializes farm's history

    A new permanent monument has been placed to commemorate the multi-generational history of the local farm known as the J.V. Williams Farms, Inc.

    The farm is primarily located along Goodin-Williams Road just a few miles northeast of Hodgenville.

    J.V. Williams, who lived from 1893 to 1967, and his wife Katherine Dunn Williams, purchased the first 114 acres in 1919 for $3,000.

  • Airman Whitney Jones: Wearing the uniform every day

    RAF FAIRFORD, England – While deployed here at RAF Fairford, airmen from throughout Air Force Global Strike Command maintain focus on the mission using the four Air Force pillars of resiliency.

    Mental and spiritual resiliency, two of the four Air Force pillars of resiliency, is what motivates and empowers Senior Airman Whitney Jones to overcome her life obstacles.

    Jones, a defender with the 509th Security Forces Squadron at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., said that when life throws challenges at her, she recites the Philippians 4:13 biblical verse.

  • Miller's military career spanned decades

    David Miller enlisted in the U.S. Navy in July 1958 as a high school senior. He took a flight out of Louisville with two others from Elizabethtown, arriving in San Diego, California, for basic training.

    On the flight to San Diego, he met a young mother traveling with her handicapped daughter. This was the beginning of a long friendship with her and her husband, who was a surgeon at Harbor City Hospital.

    When he received his first weekend pass, his friend Bob picked him up and they toured Hollywood.

  • Bright: Freedom is not cheap

    Gordon Bright, of Sonora, was 20 years old in 1966 when he learned he would be deployed.

    He chose to serve in the U.S. Navy.

    The Army, he said, did “too much walking,” and he didn’t want to fly. He wanted to see the world – and that is what he did.

    “I really loved it, I’ve been to places I will never go back to see,” he said. During the three years he served, his travels included Hawaii, Germany, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

  • Drafted to fight at 11 cents per hour

    At the age of 24, Phillip Atherton, a painter, was drafted to fight in Vietnam. He deployed in October 1966 and returned two years later.

    When he was first deployed, he was scared, he said.

    “They wouldn’t tell me where I was going, but I knew I was going to Vietnam,” said Atherton.

    “(When) I got drafted, I just did what I needed to do to serve my country and got out,” he said.

  • Chester Rock

    Chester Rock, the oldest of 14 children, was drafted to the Army in 1943. Photo taken at Camp Chaffee in Arkansas. He spent three years in Europe with the 14th Army Division, a frontline unit, during World War II. He was discharged in 1945.

  • Kara E. McDowell

    Kara E. McDowell served 1993 to 1994 in the U.S. Army as private first class. She was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Expert Marksmanship Medal.

  • Thomas K. McDowell

    Thomas K. McDowell served in the U.S. Army as a specialist fourth class.

    He served overseas in Okinawa. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2) and Marksmanship Medal.

  • Donald Gene Powell

    Donald Gene Powell served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

    He was born Aug. 24, 1927, to Jed Hayes and Ethel Powell of Hodgenville.

    He and his wife, Frances Gardner Powell, had two children, Pat and Linda.

    He died on Feb. 17, 2003, at the age of 75, and is buried at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in White City.