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Columns

  • Intern: Ready to write

    Hello, my name is Felicia Gray and I am the new summer intern at The LaRue County Herald News. My internship is through the Kentucky Press Association.

    Many of you probably know me as Jill and Tim Gray’s daughter. If you know my mom, you probably already know that I attend Campbellsville University — if not because she mentions it nearly every time she says my name, then because she is very proud of her “Campbellsville Mom” T-shirt.

  • Graduates continue to make history

     Last Thursday, the annual LaRue County High School senior group photo at Lincoln Farm was taken.

    I always enjoy taking that photo – mostly because someone else is in charge of lining up the kids. 

    I had a few minutes to reminisce that morning. The kids were running later than usual so I walked around the plaza in front of the Memorial Building – the first memorial constructed to honor the 16th President. 

  • Relay for Life DJ shares story

     In February 2011, I was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia and my story all began with a skin cancer on my nose. Dr. Timothy Brown, my dermatologist, suspected leukemia as he examined the slides from the cancer he removed. The cells were abnormal and he quickly ordered additional blood work.

    I admit I was skeptical at first and thought the doctor was crazy. My wife pushed me to have the blood work done there in Dr. Brown’s lab the next day and I was given the horrific results. My platelet counts were so low that I could have bled out at any time.

  • COLUMN: Say 'thank you' to moms and role models
  • Thank God for our children

    A small town makes big news.

    Indeed, we have.

    Miss Ivy Brown, LaRue County’s very own Miss Kentucky Basketball, has been a welcome blast of fresh air to offset the stale stink of scandal we have seemed to attract in recent weeks.

    Ivy, we are so proud of the way you have conducted yourself on and off the court.

  • Scars, suspicion follow chick war

     We hatched out a batch of chicks this spring.

    I had a feeling they would be rowdy birds as soon as they began hatching – the first one exploded out of the shell and immediately began screaming at the world. Six more chicks followed.

    We lost two under odd circumstances. After recent events, I’m pretty sure they were assassinated by their brothers and sisters.

    The remaining five seemed healthy enough. They were fluffy and cute and picture-perfect. But one day, I came home from work and found carnage inside the brooder.

  • COLUMN: Jeremy Williams shares his survivor story

     At age 21 what were you doing?

    I had started my career, enjoyed playing basketball, racing cars, and riding 4-wheelers. One day all those things came to a halt when cancer became part of my life.

    My name is Jeremy Williams. I grew up in Buffalo, in a good home with great parents, Mike and Marcia Williams. They took me to church every time the doors were open; that helped lay my foundation for a faith that was going to be tested in a major way.

  • COLUMN: School board considered several factors in decision

     As was reported in The LaRue County Herald News last week, the LaRue County Board of Education voted to make June 4, 2014 closing day for students.  Graduation will be Friday, June 6.

    Despite missing 13 days of school, a full week of Spring Break is intact and everyone is off Memorial Day.

  • Clarification needed to protect property rights

    Last March a land agent showed up at my door to inform me that two private companies wanted to install a pipeline for natural gas liquids on my farm. It would originate in Pennsylvania and West Virginia and join with an existing pipeline in Hardinsburg, which would link it to Louisiana. I was shocked and told the man I was not overjoyed with that news. But his response set me back even farther when he stated that they felt their project would have eminent domain power, meaning they could come through my property whether I like it or not.

  • Smells like spring in the country

     My daughter Amanda and the three granddaughters visited a couple of weeks ago.

    The sun was down, the moon was out and the stars were twinkling as she loaded Claire, Lucy and Jillian into the van. She commented on “how much brighter the stars seem in the country” as she was leaving.

    “They’re here every night,” I told her.

    As she drove toward the big city, she told the girls how much she missed the openness and the quiet of the country.