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Today's News

  • It's not too late to get your flu shot

     Kentucky Department for Public Health officials reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week that the influenza activity level in the state has increased from regional to widespread. Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state. The activity levels for states are tracked weekly as part of the CDC’s national flu surveillance system.

  • Senior Menu - January 2012

     LaRue County Senior Center

    All meals served with 8 ounces skim milk.

    Dec. 26 – Closed

    Dec. 27 – Chicken and dumplings, mashed potatoes, buttered spinach, baked apples, whole wheat bread

    Dec. 28 – Salmon croquettes, rigatoni and tomatoes, buttered broccoli, banana pudding, whole wheat roll

    Dec. 31 – Beef steak patty, new potatoes, mixed green salad, ambrosia, whole wheat roll

    Jan. 1–2  – Closed

  • COLUMN: What's your response to the Christmas story?

     The Christmas story is very familiar. Because of this there is the danger that we will say, “I’ve heard that story for many years.”  

    Having heard it many times before may cause us to tune it out this Christmas.

    Don’t stop reading, but consider the familiar story once again. The Christmas story begins before the foundation of the world. Prophecy after prophecy is found in the Old Testament saying Christ would be born to die for our sins.

  • Feds tell states it's all or nothing on Medicaid expansion

     When the Supreme Court upheld federal health reform but said states could opt out of the expansion of Medicaid to people with incomes above the poverty line, to be funded with generous federal subsidies, one of the first questions was whether a state had to go all the way: to 133 percent of poverty (138 percent with an official fudge factor). Now the Obama administration has answered "no." And that could make the decision tougher for Kentucky, which is the only state The Washington Post listed this month as leaning toward expansion.

  • PHOTO: Durham speaks to Chamber

     Patrick Durham, owner of The Sweet Shoppe & Dessert Cafe in Hodgenville, was guest speaker Wednesday at the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Durham shared his plans to expand the shop by using the kitchen in the Wrolen Pin building next year. Durham began his business in that location several years ago. The Wrolen Pin will close this month, according to the owners.

  • PHOTO: Hosparus speaker

     Jamie Disselkamp, manager of community outreach for Hosparus, gave a presentation Wednesday at the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Hosparus works with families as they make end-of-life decisions.

  • COLUMN: Census of Agriculture: It's important to complete

     LaRue county farmers can help make a positive impact on agriculture by taking part in the 2012 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, the Census is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches and those who operate them. It is important that all farmers respond. Census information is the voice of agriculture and helps to shape our farmers future.

  • COLUMN: January brings state ag meetings, events

     The 2013 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Trade Show will be Jan. 7-8 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Lexington. The Conference features a trade show and a host of concurrent session topics related to fruit and vegetable production.

    The UK Winter Wheat Meeting will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8 in Hopkinsville. This meeting will feature several speakers discussing wheat production issues.

  • COLUMN: Start saving in the new year

     With 2013 now here, make sure to give your finances a checkup and discover if you need to make saving your New Year’s resolution.

    Get out of debt:The best investment most borrowers can make is to pay off consumer debt with double-digit interest rates. Find places to cut your spending so that you can pay down your debts faster.

    Save for emergencies: Having an emergency savings fund may be the most important difference between those who manage to stay afloat and those who are sinking financially.

  • COLUMN: Reduce year-end tax consideration with charitable giving

     Often in the hustle and bustle of daily life and holiday planning, many people overlook the importance of year-end tax planning. There are several things you can do to realize some year-end tax savings. One of the most common ways to reduce your federal tax obligation is through charitable giving.

    People often give donations in the form of cash or household goods. You may also give charitable donations in the form of stocks or even real estate. The actual amount of tax savings realized through charitable donations will vary for different people, based on tax bracket.