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Today's News

  • COLUMN: Start small to save big

     Many households experienced a 2 percent decline in take-home pay in January as the employee portion of Social Security taxes returned to 2010 levels. Combined with fluctuating prices for different goods and services, this reduction in take-home pay might have you feeling more stretched at the end of the month than usual. Spending plans are a key tool to help families balance their income and expenses on a monthly basis.

  • COLUMN: What influences you?

     Dr. C. Everett Koop, former surgeon general under President Ronald Reagan, died recently. The president of the National Christian Medical and Dental Association paid tribute to Dr. Koop’s Christian life and ministry in a newsletter to fellow physicians. 

    In his article he quoted a poem that meant much in Dr. Koop’s life:

  • COLUMN: Let Christ handle your worries

     In the time we are living, many of us are choked by anxieties.

    Our lives are characterized by feelings of uneasiness, apprehension, dread, concern, tension, restlessness and worry. Our brains record specific memories and emotions that are stored and can be replayed today in as vivid a form as when they occurred. We are reacting not only to the current day stresses, but also to the repressed emotions of childhood. 

  • Deadline looms to file income taxes

     The Kentucky Department of Revenue reminds everyone that income taxes are due Monday, April 15. New this year is “Where’s My Refund,” an online resource that allows taxpayers to check the status of their 2012 individual income tax refund.

    Taxpayers can log on to www.revenue.ky.gov and click on Where’s My Refund to obtain the most current and up-to-date information about their 2012 refund. A primary social security number and the exact amount of the refund are needed to retrieve this information.

  • Districts given power to raise dropout age

     On Monday, the General Assembly passed a law giving school boards the option to raise the dropout age for high school students.

    The Senate voted 33-5 in favor of Senate Bill 97, which allows school districts to raise the age from 16 to 18.  

    If more than 55 percent of school districts decide to do so, the policy becomes mandatory statewide. All other school districts would then have four years to implement the new policy.

  • COLUMN: Social media is not the place for political rants

     During Sen. Rand Paul’s marathon of a filibuster, I couldn’t help but notice all of the ranting tweets and Facebook statuses my friends and acquaintances posted — negative and positive.

    Obviously, as a writer, I’m a strong believer in freedom of speech, which sometimes gets me in trouble, but when you post obnoxious opinions on your personal social media websites, odds are you are probably offending several people.

  • SOFTBALL: Lady Hawks win season opener

     The LaRue County Lady Hawks won their season opener March 14 with a 10-4 thrashing of Bardstown Bethlehem in eight innings.

    Junior Brigitte Skaggs went 2-for-5 with a double and five RBIs as the visiting Lady Hawks knocked off the Banshees.

    Bethlehem scored first, bringing in two runs in the bottom of the first inning. LaRue didn’t score until the third inning – but scored six in the final inning.

    Freshman Jill Hughes chipped in with two doubles and two RBIs, while junior Peyton Gardner had three singles and an RBI.

  • Gibson storms out of caucus

     The Courier-Journal of Louisville reported Sen. Carroll Gibson, R-Leitchfield, “stormed out of the Senate Republican caucus meeting on Wednesday after clashing with Majority Leader Damon Thayer over the new version of HB 1 – a bill to bring more accountability to special taxing districts.”

    Gibson represents, LaRue, Meade, Breckinridge, Hancock, Hart and Grayson Counties.

  • TENNIS: LaRue falls to John Hardin

    BOYS' PREP

    THURSDAY'S SCORES

    JOHN HARDIN 4, LARUE COUNTY 1

    ELIZABETHTOWN - Scores from Thursday's match at the Freeman Lake Tennis
    Complex:

    Singles

    Tyler Edlin (JH) def. Ryan Abell (LC), 6-0, 6-1

    Keiren Bowen (LC) def. Hebert Veldenz (JH), 6-1, 6-1

    Nathan Anderson (JH) def. Preston Howell (LC), 6-2, 6-3

    Doubles

    Jared Anderson/Carson McCann (JH) def. Kyler Hart/Trevor Sanders (LC),

  • County close to a solution for stray animals

     LaRue County Judge-executive Tommy Turner reported to LaRue County Fiscal Court that he has reached a tentative agreement with an adjoining county to provide a shelter for LaRue’s stray animals.

    Speaking to magistrates meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville March 12, Turner declined to name the county because of no official agreement having been signed, but said he would disclose that name at the court’s next meeting March 27 when the contract can be finalized.