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Columns

  • COLUMN: Sunshine Week

     March 16-22 is Sunshine Week nationwide. Take a moment to celebrate. Sunshine Week focuses on the importance of open government. No open government, no democracy. No transparency, no government accountability.

    I care about Sunshine Week both as a citizen and as a former newspaper employee/publisher for 22 years. We relied heavily upon the State of New Mexico’s strong public records and opening meeting acts to help keep public officials accountable and public bodies honest.

  • Hear the train, it's going to rain

    On Saturday, my husband Bud visited a friend who lives in the vicinity of Nolin Baptist Church.
    He said he could hear the train running at Glendale several miles away – something that occurs only as bad weather is approaching. The phenomenon is due to the cold air being a good sound conductor.
    Anyway, he said it’s a reliable method of predicting bad weather – for that area of the county at least.
    I had my own weather predictor Saturday. It was Old Uncle Arthur – and he is never wrong.

  • COLUMN: Welcome to the 'All Access' Herald News

     Well good morning, LaRue County! You may be asking the question, “I received a LaRue County Herald News newspaper today – why?”

  • COLUMN: Mortgage lifter ready for spring

     We had beautiful weather Saturday – and Sunday began with promising sunshine. By late afternoon, we had giant snowflakes.

  • Black History Month: Elizabeth Bell honored

     This year, the 2014 Black History LaRue County Citizen of the Year is someone everyone loves. She has a sweet, kind spirit, lots of personality and full of life. One who never complains and even during the most difficult times, she always maintains that warm smile. 

  • GRACE NOTES: I love him but ...

     I’ve always said motherhood is easy when you don’t have kids.

    Likewise, it’s easy to be married when you’re not. When you’re not married and you’re only dreaming about it, you imagine the ideal. In your imagination, you and your spouse say and do all the right things, and even your arguments are sweet and making up is rosy.

    In real life, however, marriage gets thorny, and sometimes bloody.

    Mostly, it’s just regular, with a few blips and annoyances along the way.

  • COLUMN: What does Black History Month mean?

    For some, February is just the second month of the year, a time to let your sweetie know how much you care, when you worry about the groundhog seeing his shadow and predicting six more weeks of winter, or when you get those taxes done if you are getting a big fat refund check.

  • GRACE NOTES: Looking for a soul mate

     The other day posted on our newspaper’s Facebook page was a question for discussion: Do you believe in soul mates? Why or why not?

    Someone replied “Yes!” Another said he believes God puts the person meant for you in your life, and another said, “No. If there’s one for me, he must be lost because I have never found him. I really think it’s a fairy tale.”

    I love that answer.

  • Valentine’s Day looms, share your love stories with us

    I don’t remember the first time I saw Bud Ireland.
    I visited his church as a young teen – but don’t recall him. I was a friend of his cousin in middle school, but our paths did not cross.
    We even worked at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home during the same period in the late 1970s – but we don’t remember each other.
    I think the first time we spoke was when he was serving on Hodgenville City Council and I interviewed him for a story.
    Our sons were in baseball together – and later, wrestling.

  • Are you sticking with your resolutions for the new year?

    The New Year is just a few weeks old and hopefully your resolutions are still going strong.

    But if they’re not, here are some tips to sustain your 2014 goals.