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Today's News

  • Four named Distinguished Alumni

    Four people have been inducted as LaRue County Schools Distinguished Alumni.

    The LaRue County Board of Education will recognize the former students at a luncheon in their honor on Oct. 3 at the LaRue County Extension office.

    is pleased to announce the 2014 inductees to be named.  Four outstanding Distinguished Alumni for 2014 are Penny McDowell Cecil, Dale Keith, James “Jim” Q. Shaw Jr. and Paula LaRue Varney.

    Penny McDowell Cecil

  • McConnell, Grimes spar over policy

    After he’s spent 30 years in Washington, U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes no longer believes Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is the best candidate for Kentucky’s farmers.

      “Never has a senator been paid so much for doing so little for the people in Kentucky,” Grimes said at Kentucky Farm Bureau’s “Measure the Candidates” forum, held at its headquarters in Louisville on Wednesday. 

  • Drug overdose is leading cause of death in state

    Most Kentucky adults don't know that drug overdose is the leading cause of death in the state, but those in the east do.

  • CENSUS: LaRue losing population

    Is the county dying?

    The U.S. Census issued a report last week showing births and deaths in all U.S. counties from the end of June 2011 to July 1, 2012. There were more deaths than births in 36 percent of the nation's 3,100-plus counties.

    In rural counties, the percentage of places with more deaths than births was even higher. Nearly half (46 percent) had more deaths than births. A number of news reports, according to The Rural Blog, carried headlines saying that these counties were “dying.”

  • COLUMN: Farm Safety Week this week

    National Farm Safety and Health Week is Sept. 21-27. The theme is “Safety Counts Protecting What Matters.”

    There are about 600 deaths and 70,000 disabling injuries due to agricultural accidents annually, and harvest is a prime time for accidents. Let’s look at some harvest safety tips for farmers.

    Long working hours can lead to fatigue and stress, making one less alert to potential safety hazards. Take some breaks when operating equipment for an extended period of time.

  • COLUMN: Many sources for vitamin D

    Vitamin D has gotten a lot of media coverage lately as various studies have tied normal levels of vitamin D to certain health benefits and lack of the vitamin to certain diseases. While many of these current studies provide conflicting messages, it is generally understood that vitamin D is needed for optimal health. It helps us absorb calcium and phosphorus, so we can have strong bones and teeth.

  • Pike wins state 4-H Forestry event

    Four LaRue County 4-H members attended the State 4-H Forestry competition at Mammoth Cave on Sept. 15.

    The day included training in the morning and testing in the afternoon. The areas covered were compass and pacing, tree measurements and tree identification. In the compass and pacing, the participants first walked a 66-foot line to determine the length of their pace. They then measured the number of paces for three different lines and determined the distance in feet. They were also required to do three compass readings. 

  • COLUMN: Our God is always there

    It should bring great comfort to know that God is always there ready and eager to help his children. While we live in a fear-filled world, remember that Jesus said to his followers, “I am with you to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

    Men are afraid of life, death and judgment. Many are concerned with the loss of job, money, health, friends, old age, poverty, loneliness or a thousand and one other things. Fear haunts many individuals.

  • PHOTO: Class of 1969
  • PHOTO: Mud Sharks strike again