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Today's Features

  • Hope Food Pantry

    The Hodgenville United Methodist Church Hope Food Pantry will be open 5-8 p.m. Dec. 16 in the fellowship hall. Program is designed to provide a three- to five-day supply of groceries to LaRue County residents in need. For more information, call 358-3028 or 358-9328.

    It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

  • Do you remember being 15 years old? Hormones are doing all sorts of weird things in your body, peer pressure is obvious and the need to be independent is important at 15.

    Scholars tell us this was about the age of Mary when the angel told her she was going to give birth to the son of God. How would you have responded? Mary’s reaction is found in Luke 1:46-55.

  • “He is … acquainted with grief.” Isaiah 53:3

    Christmas can be a difficult time when you’ve lost a loved one. The sounds and sights that once brought joy just reinforce your sense of loss. There’s no magic formula; grief is a process you must walk through, and it takes time.

    Here are some ideas that might help:

    •Keep things in prospective. Christmas is just one day out of 365. You can do anything for 24 hours because God promised that “Your strength will equal your days.” Deuteronomy 33:25. 

  • A new Christian ministry, Cowboy Church, rode into town in June and pastor Eric Page is rounding up more members in Tuesday night services at the LaRue County Fairgrounds. “Cowboy church is for anyone who wants to come, but it is especially convenient for those people whose schedules won’t allow them to attend regular church, or who don’t feel comfortable in a traditional church setting,” said Page, who lives near Sonora.

    His invitation to prospective attendees is, “Bring your horse, bring your dog or bring your friend.”

  • Cub Scout Pack 151 got into the holiday spirit last week when it collected and distributed dozens of canned goods to help needy families.

    The pack donated the goods to the Hope Food Pantry at Hodgenville United Methodist Church.

    Food pantry coordinator Susan Phelps said the food will be put to good use. The pantry opened in October providing assistance to 29 families. In November, 46 families requested help.

    “This fills a need in the community,” Phelps said of the pantry. “People are having a hard time financially.”

  • French Lick Resort and Casino in Indiana held auditions to find the “best of the best” magicians in the country. Auditions were held in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

    Out of 40 magicians, eight made the cut to appear Oct. 10 at the French Lick Resort.

    Dinky Gowen and his partner, Jennifer Wheat, placed third in the Ultimate Magic Showdown.

  • A trip to Montgomery, Ind., Amish Country, is being planned for Dec. 11.

    Hodgenville resident Stephen A. Brown is organizing the all-day bus trip. An Amish or Mennonite guide will offer insight to the community. Four or five farms will be visited to see furniture making, quilt making and preserving and canning. A sit-down meal with a local family is included.

    The bus fare and lunch expense is $60. If you are interested in making the trip, contact Brown at 270-307-0150.

  • Entertainer Eddie Miles will present a Christmas concert 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Lincoln Jamboree.

    He’ll perform a tribute to Elvis and songs by Conway Twitty, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.

    Reservations suggested by calling 358-3545. Admission is $20.

  • The LaRue County Early Childhood Council sponsored six hours of training for local child-care workers Nov. 14 at the Extension Service office. Two topics were covered: Elizabeth Lancaster presented Kentucky’s early childhood standards and field guides. She is the early childhood special education coordinator for Hardin County Schools. Kathy Crawford, retired from LaRue County Public Library youth programs, shared information on bringing books to life.

  • When I drive through a community that I don’t know at night, if there are no lights in the holidays or any time I get the impression that the place is dead at dark - and maybe during the day, too. But if the shops all look inviting I make a note to return in daytime.

    Savvy retailers everywhere use lights to draw attention to their wares, to draw people in. The cost in most cases is minimal but equivalent to having a round-the-clock advertisement working for you, which makes it a pretty good investment.