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Today's News

  • Tax Time: Avoid expensive refund anticipation loans

    If you do use a paid tax preparation service, you can keep your cost down by declining any refund-anticipation-loan products. E-Filing and direct depositing your refund can reduce your waiting time and avoid these cost services. Refund-anticipation-loans have high fees, and not using a RAL can save you an additional $100.   

  • National Bible Bee registration underway

    Host registration for the third annual National Bible Bee will remain open until March 31.  Contestant registration runs April 1-May 31. Official contest materials will be released on June 1. Every contestant will receive a Bible, Scripture memory cards, inductive Bible study curriculum, a T-shirt and more as part of registration.
    The Shelby Kennedy Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging the spiritual growth of the entire family through Bible study, scripture memorization and prayer, launched the National Bible Bee in 2009.   

  • ECTC sponsors Gospel Music Extravaganza

    Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and the First Baptist Church Scholarship Committee will sponsor the 25th annual Gospel Musical Extravaganza 2-6 p.m. Feb. 12 at Elizabethtown Christian Academy, 401 W. Poplar Street in Elizabethtown. Choirs from the University of Kentucky, Murray State University, Campbellsville University and Elizabethtown Community and Technical College will perform.
    No admission charge. For more information, call Pam Harper at 706-8434.
     

  • TOUCHPOINTS: Gossip is a two-fold sin

    Sticks and stones may hurt my bones, but words will never harm me.
    Have you ever heard that quoted? Well, don’t believe it.  
    Hurtful words can cut to the very core of a person. From tabloid newspapers, forums on the Internet, even at church we are almost universally drawn to listen to or pass on the latest juicy tidbit about so-and-so’s divorce, extramarital affairs or just to rip the heart out of someone.  

  • GEORGE SMITH: Let Christ reign supreme

    Everybody needs to love and be loved. Hopefully we realize that the greatest love of our life should be the Lord Jesus. When we consider what he has done for us and what he will do for us eternally, how can we not love him?
    Jesus was asked one day, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?” (Matthew 22:36-38). He said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Thinking of who he is and has done for us should lead us to give him our all and let him reign supremely in our lives.

  • COLUMN: Lewis found new calling at Salem Christian

    Sunday evening, it was standing room only as congregation members from Salem Christian, Union Christian and various other churches came together to witness the ordination of Sidney E. Lewis to the Christian ministry.
    I’ve known Pastor Lewis for many years, he once coached my son in minor league ball; his wife, Judy, was a speech therapist at the school, also working with my son. But, it wasn’t until I began attending Union Christian Church that I began to know Sidney Lewis.

  • COLUMN: Diaper age is full of new products and same old poo

    My daughter Amanda called the other day and said she had decided to make the switch to cloth diapers.
    I thought this was an excellent choice as young Lucy will celebrate her first birthday Saturday and with baby number three due in June, Amanda will be going through a lot of diapers. Disposable diapers are so handy but they are expensive and are not environmentally-friendly.

  • Patsy Thomas and South Fork Homemakers honored by Extension Office

    The LaRue County Extension Council presented Leadership awards at its annual banquet last week.
    Patsy Thomas and South Fork Homemakers were the recipients of the 2011 Bobby McDowell Award of Excellence in recognition of their leadership and community service in the county.
    Thomas has been an active member of the Lincoln Days Celebration, Inc., serving as president, vice president, craft chairperson and elementary art and quilt show coordinator.

  • Severe weather costly for county

    Wintry weather has been costly to the county in terms of salt supplies and overtime.
    Clyde Veirs, county road supervisor, told Fiscal Court Jan. 25 his department has spread between 380 and 400 tons of salt this winter.
    LaRue County Judge/Executive Tommy Turner and Veirs agreed that the total is the most the county has used during a winter season. Turner, mentioning that salt supplies are tight throughout the state, told the court the county may have to consider using a mixture of sand and calcium prepared by Irving Materials, Inc., out of Elizabethtown.

  • Buffalo School Apartments now open for tours

    Buffalo School Apartments will hold an open house Feb. 10 and grand opening Feb. 23.
    LaRue County Director of Economic Development Bob Sims called the renovation of the elementary school into apartments “one of the best projects I have ever worked on.
    The building, located on School Loop in Buffalo, has been vacant since the summer of 2007. It merged with Magnolia Elementary to form Abraham Lincoln Elementary School.