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Columns

  • COLUMN: 'Milky Moo' kicked bucket of memories for farmer's daughter

    June is Dairy Month.
    It’s a good time to reflect on how times have changed. LaRue County once had dozens of dairy farms. Today, there are four.
    Another rarity is the family milk cow. That may evoke thoughts of “Little House on the Prairie” and “Old Bessie” with a bell around her neck. But for many of us, a good milk cow was more than a joke on an old TV show. She contributed to the family’s livelihood and was in some cases, a pet.

  • COLUMN: Joining the Herald News' staff led to wonderful and stinky situations

    It’s been a little over a year since I started work at The LaRue County Herald News and it still feels new – which is a good thing. The job never gets boring and just when it seems like things are falling routine – something will come up.

  • COLUM: A cloud of fear mongering mushrooms after Japan's tsunami

  • ChooseMyPlate.gov offers a new guide

    The USDA has unveiled a new logo to use as a food guide for consumers. You can find it at ChooseMyPlate.gov. The graphic is to remind us to use half our dining plates for fruits and vegetables and to also work in whole grains in our daily food choices.

  • COLUMN: And baby makes five ...

    When my daughter was very young, I once told her that when she had children, I hoped she had a dozen because she would drive one or two insane.
    It was not one of my finer moments but I think she has forgiven me and perhaps even understands how I was feeling at the time.
    Amanda, by the age of 3, had spoken probably twice as many words as I had as an adult. And twice as fast. She was incredibly organized, had way too much energy and wise beyond her years.

  • RELAY FOR LIFE: Kathy Ross reflects on 'C' word survivors

  • COLUMN: May is Foster Care Awareness Month

    May is National Foster Care Month, a time to shine the light on the foster care experience. Let’s start with some facts and figures:
    • More than 6,800 Kentucky children and youth are in out-of-home care, with 75 to 80 percent of those in foster care. Most are placed in temporary foster care due to parental neglect or abuse.
    • The average age of a child in care: 10.7 years.
    • More than 73 percent of the children/youth in care are white; 19.3 percent are black and 4.3 percent are Hispanic.

  • COLUMN: Death of bin Laden is another 'Film Unfinished'

    Most everyone can remember what they were doing on Sept. 11, 2001.
    It was Tuesday and at The LaRue County Herald News, we were busy putting together that week’s edition. We don’t have a TV in the office and radio reception is poor so we were oblivious to the reports of terrorist attacks to the north.
    Mid-morning we received a phone call from a lady who insisted that a plane had just hit the Twin Towers and “both Pentagons.”

  • COLUMN: Bits of wisdom from back roads

    There’s news in the making, every day and everywhere. Over the past couple of weeks, I have had the awesome privilege of getting to work with city officials and residents of LaRue County.
    I have been able to see and experience a lot by being behind the scenes as decisions are being made. I’ve shared laughter and even some tears with moms of graduates; I’ve stood in the rain and watched as work has been done on city roads and witnessed firsthand, neighbors helping neighbors.

  • COLUMN: Much has happened in year of battling cancer

    The fourth in a series about local cancer survivors.
    Last year at this time, I wrote an article for “Relay for Life” concerning my recently diagnosed breast cancer. Since last year, I have completed six chemo treatments; had a mastectomy; had 30 radiation treatments (which involved going to Louisville every day, Monday-Friday); had reconstruction surgery and then a “redo” surgery.