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Today's Features

  • Campbellsville University received eight awards pertaining to publications, writing and photography at Kentucky’s Council for the Advancement and Support of Education  conference.

    Ashley Zsedenyi, staff writer in the Office of University Communications, won a grand award for a Kentucky Heartland Institute for Public Policy election story.

    Zsedenyi, who lives in Hodgenville, also won a merit award for a photo series on Kentucky Heartland Outreach.

    She is a correspondent and former staff writer for The LaRue County Herald News.

  • What is the common thread among Abraham Lincoln, Al Gore, Johnny Cash, Chuck Norris, Jessica Simpson, John Grisham, Ernie Fletcher and the author of this article?

    They are all Baptists. And the group is celebrating its 400th anniversary this year.

    According to baptisthistory.org, Baptists came into existence in England in the early 17th century. In 1609, a Puritan-Separatist group led by John Smyth encouraged believers to be immersed as a profession of faith in Christ. The name “Baptist” originally was coined by their opponents, but the name still stands.

  • The buckets of rain that fell Christmas Eve didn’t stop Santa Claus or the Santa’s Helper bus from making five scheduled stops in LaRue County.

    Escorted by several fire trucks and Constable Ira Bloyd’s cruiser, the bus arrived at Magnolia Firehouse a few minutes after 9:30 a.m. to deliver a busload of toys to children.

    Ann “Snookie” Morrison said she and several volunteers already had assisted 76 families before the bus made its 42nd annual run. In all, nearly 400 families received toys, clothing and food.

  • Perhaps that chain-clanking, mega-moaning ghost Jacob Marley hit on the true Spirit of Christmas when he wailed to Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, “Business? Mankind was my business – the common welfare; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence were, all, my business.”

    Too late, Marley realized that the true Christmas feeling which so many people seek at this time of year is found not in receiving, but in giving.

    A group of about 66 volunteers at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Hodgenville, however, would make Marley’s ghost proud.

  • Holiday seasons often bring extra weight gain. Over the years, these extra few pounds can add up until obesity looms later in life. Discovering how to prevent these extra pounds may also help reduce the risk of other diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, some types of cancer, as well as other serious health problems. To keep from feeling deprived during the holidays, fix traditional favorites, but eat smaller portions.

  • The LaRue County Extension Service conducts corn and soybean variety plots annually in cooperation with a local farmer and participating grain dealers. For the third year, the cooperator was Carlos Tucker on the Duel Creekside Farm. Seed companies supply seed, assist at planting and harvest and sponsor a field day.

    Farmers use the yield information, along with other plot data and information, to help decide which varieties to grow next year. Each company was permitted to enter two varieties of both corn and soybeans.

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    Christmas 2008 is over. The tree may still be up, but it is empty underneath. Family members have returned home. It took weeks to prepare for Christmas, but now it is over. Life seems to have returned to normal, but for some there are the post-Christmas blahs. Depression is a problem for many people.

    We hear about Mary and Joseph, the shepherds and wise men leading up to Christmas, but what happened to them after Christmas? Matthew 2:13-23 gives a detailed description.  

  • Christmas 2008 is over. The tree may still be up, but it is empty underneath. Family members have returned home. It took weeks to prepare for Christmas, but now it is over. Life seems to have returned to normal, but for some there are the post-Christmas blahs. Depression is a problem for many people.

    We hear about Mary and Joseph, the shepherds and wise men leading up to Christmas, but what happened to them after Christmas? Matthew 2:13-23 gives a detailed description. 

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    “When I am afraid … I will trust the promises of God.” Psalm 56: 3-4

    Have you any idea how much it’s costing you to fear things that never happen? 

    Meteorologists say that a fog capable of covering seven city blocks is made up of only one glass of water, divided into 60 million particles. But when it settles, it can obscure your entire vision. A little fear can do the same thing.

    Why do almost half of us suffer from stress-related disorders? 

  • 4-H Cooking Club

    The 4-H Cooking Club will meet at the Extension Office, 807 Old Elizabethtown Road, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 29. New members welcome. Call the Extension Service office at 358-3401 to sign up.