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Columns

  • Genealogy extends well beyond the library’s doors

    I am one of those folks who enjoys reading nonfiction stories, like the journey that led the Wright Brothers to a successful airplane flight or how patriots during the Revolutionary War laid their lives on the line for the sake of liberty. I appreciate the dedication and courage of generations before me such as that shown by Corrie ten Boom in The Hiding Place. It is with that same spirit of appreciating those who have lived in prior generations that I approach this article about genealogy.

  • A man’s best friend

    It has been a hard weekend for me as I stayed home sick last Friday afternoon and all day last Saturday.

    We are on the go a lot and it was actually weird to be at home all day on Saturday. Although it was weird to me, our Shih Tzu dog, Charlie, loved having one of us home with her all day.

    I laid on the couch most of the day on Saturday watching football while Charlie laid on my stomach and slept.

  • He knows what you need

    Last week was a stressful week, so I went to the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park last Wednesday on my lunch break to relax and unwind. It was nice and I love going there when I can.

    However, when I went to start my car and go back to work, it wouldn’t start. I just sat there for a few minutes before I even tried to call someone for help, just hoping that a miracle would happen and it would start, but no miracles for me.

  • No Such Zone: Hodgenville’s unique postal history
  • New to LaRue: color me impressed

    First impressions tend to last a long time. My first impression of Kentucky actually happened in Hodgenville four years ago when I was traveling with my family from Nashville to Chicago. Driving up I-65, we saw a sign for the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park and my dad, ever the historian, pulled off at the exit. We watched the film at the visitor’s center, walked up the 56 steps to the memorial, and left understanding and appreciating a great president a little more.

  • Seeing good in the bad

    The news about the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey has been one of the top topics over the last couple of weeks. The category four hurricane has wreaked havoc on southeastern Texas and caused catastrophic flooding in the area with some areas receiving more than 40 inches of rain in a four day period. The death toll continues to rise and there are many areas that are still without water and electric.

    I am always interested in seeing how the mass news media covers any storms like this one. Well, actually, I am always interested to see how they cover any topic anymore.

  • Public Pensions Report Released; Interim Committees Continue to Meet

    The independent consulting group, PFM, commissioned by the state to examine our pension problems, released their long-awaited report on Monday, August 28. In the midst of much news reporting and information being pushed, it is important to note that the report only lists PFM’s proposals, and any legislative action will not mirror the full recommendations.

  • The Pension Crisis

    Bringing about a flurry of facts and a storm of misconceptions, Kentucky’s pension crisis has become one of the most dominating news stories in recent months. One thing is for certain: if our state pensions are not addressed in the very near future, we will face huge cuts in state funding. Education, Medicaid, and other government services would likely be affected—a risk our state is not in a position to take.

  • Chamber Unites!

    It is with much gratitude that I write this month’s article. Thank you to each of you for volunteering at the LaRue County booth during the Kentucky State Fair. It takes numerous individuals to plan, decorate and man this booth for ten days during the fair. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

    We appreciate Fort Knox Federal Credit Union, Hornback Construction, LaRue County Attorney-Kyle Williamson, LaRue County Magistrate-Larry Howell and State Representative-Brandon Reed for sponsoring the Lincoln look-a-like for the Kentucky State Fair.

  • What Happens at the State Fair

    As you probably can guess, I’m a huge fan of the Kentucky State Fair, and any fair as far as that is concerned. For years, my husband and I, along with a multitude of family and friends, have shared so many wonderful times together attending concerts, looking through exhibits and watching our granddaughters show their pigs.