Today's Features

  •  Every year departments of Flaget Memorial Hospital, which is part of KentuckyOne Health, "adopt" needy families for Christmas. This year 33 hospital departments adopted 19 families. They bought gifts for 62 children. Staff members of the Flaget Immediate Care Clinic, from left, Wanda Neal, Sandy Medley, Bert Redemann, Mary Duvall and Stacey Mouser displayed some of the gifts purchased for the youngsters. The project is sponsored by the Flaget Memorial Hospital Mission Council.

  •  Sharon Veirs Williams and Beverly Heath were awarded certificates for their recent membership in "The First Families of Kentucky" organization. The presentation was made by Sharon Withers, registrar and the sponsor for membership, Susan McCrobie of Elizabethtown.

  •  Nancy Elliott was last week's winner of a Christmas Poinsettia at the LaRue County Public Library. Just read a book, come by the library and complete a ticket and drop it in the box for a chance to win. A drawing will be held 1 p.m. each Friday during December.

  •  Brittany Benningfield sang the national anthem during opening ceremonies of the UK-Lipscomb men’s basketball game in Lexington Dec. 15.

    Benningfield, a 2003 LaRue County High School graduate, holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Campbellsville University, master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of Kentucky and is a Doctor of Musical Arts’ Vocal Performance candidate at UK. 

  •  Judy Blair, author of "LaRue County, Kentucky – A Pictorial History," was at the LaRue County Public Library last Thursday to promote her book. 

  •  Blake and Whitney Durrett are proud to announce the birth of a son, Edison Stephen Durrett.

    Edison Stephen was born at 6:32 a.m. on Nov. 7, 2012, at Hardin Memorial Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds 4 ounces and was 20 inches long.

    Grandparents are George and Sandy Pickerell, and Steve and Stella Durrett and the late Tammy Durrett.

    Great-grandparents are Edwin and Mildred Pickerell and Cliff and Shirley French and the late Harold Larimore.

  • The LaRue County Public Library, 201 S. Lincoln Blvd., Hodgenville, has several new books and DVDs.

  • There are several no-cost or low-cost improvements you can make to your home to reduce your winter bills. According to the U.S. Department of

    Energy, 46 percent of your utility bill goes for heating and cooling your home.

    To reduce your heating costs, adjust your thermostat to as high or as low as is comfortable in the winter. You may also want to consider a programmable thermostat. By turning back the temperature during the day while you are at work, the Department of Energy estimates you can save about $180 per year in energy costs.

  • Christmas is all about God coming to earth as a man, so that men might come to God. At Christmas we see what God has done for us in the person of Jesus Christ. Men have attempted to remove God, but he is at the heart of Christmas.

    There was a heavenly host with the angel who announced to the shepherds, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will among men" (Luke 2:14).