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Columns

  • At summer’s end, say goodbye to all bwoobies

    I blinked – and realized summer was gone.

    I got my first clue when I was going through some things and found four graduation cards I never sent. I guess those May high school graduates will get a little surprise as they start college.

    It doesn’t seem that long ago that I bought those cards. How time flies ….

    I had good luck with my garden this summer – lots of tomatoes, which was nice. And the blueberries produced for weeks.

  • We’ll do more community stories, but we need your help

    In July and the first week in August, The LaRue County Herald News published a series of mini-special sections.

    The stories and photos about Sonora, New Haven, Upton, Buffalo and Mount Sherman proved to be immensely popular with our readers. We’ve received numerous phone calls and emails complimenting the sections and asking for more.

    In today’s Herald, there is a section about Howardstown.

    Here are a few suggestions from readers: Gleanings, Ginseng, White City, Tanner, Eagle Mills and Leafdale.

  • Pipeline wants to know who, what, where and why

    Thursday’s open house hosted by Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners was interesting. There was some protesting done by singing nuns (you’ve got to love singing nuns) who offered a bit of distraction, and others carrying signs.

    There is a lot of vocal opposition to the pipeline, which, if built, will carry highly toxic and flammable chemicals, right under LaRue County. The company is trying to obtain easements from property owners so they can have the pipeline operational by 2015.

  • LaRue is full of good news and things to do

    What a week it has been, and what a weekend it will be.

    Amazed by Skyler Hornback’s amazing win on the show Jeopardy, I’m even more amazed in the power of media resources. A benefit of being the media is that we were provided the confidential knowledge from the network of Skyler’s win, a few hours before the show aired last Wednesday evening. Wanting to be the first one to announce the win, we sat anxiously waiting for the show to end, and posted the breaking news on our LaRue County Herald News Facebook page.

  • Bluegrass Pipeline: Don’t let them overlook us

    Hopefully, you’ve read the many articles in The LaRue County Herald News about Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP’s plans to run a pipeline across Kentucky.

    This pipeline will transport natural gas liquids (not natural gas) from Pennsylvania to the Gulf coast. Williams and Boardwalk would like to see it cross LaRue County on its way to a connection point in Hardinsburg.

    Representatives have been talking to landowners, seeking permission to run lines across their property.

  • Walk a mile in strange shoes

    A couple weeks ago I attended the community forum (in Nelson County) on the proposed natural gas pipeline coming through Kentucky. For the record, on what I have heard and studied, I am opposed to this project and hope it doesn’t happen, but as a realist, I know it will happen anyway because big business and big money rule the world. But that’s another story.

  • Labeling an entire subgroup is a mistake

    A few weeks ago, the buzz on some news outlets and online was about Michael Jeffries, the CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch. It wasn’t really news, but rather statements Jeffries made to Salon magazine in 2006 in reference to the clothing brand not including women’s sizes bigger than large.

  • Statistics are brutal when they hit home

    One-in-five Ethiopian babies will die before reaching age 5.

    Some websites say it is one-in-11.

    Either way – what a brutal statistic.

    According to the National Institute of Health, Ethiopians have large families that suffer from a lack of basic needs such as food, clothing, housing, and health care and education.

    Too many children – not enough resources. It’s no wonder so many Ethiopian children die so early – while others are orphaned.

  • Is your child ready for kindergarten?

         In Kentucky, the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood defines school readiness to mean that a child enters school ready to engage in and benefit from early learning experiences that best promote the child’s success. You want early learning in a child’s preschool years to make children entering school eager and excited to learn.

  • Jamboree: Music is an opportunity to share faith

    “Loving God, loving each other,
    Making music with my friends;
    Loving God, loving each other,
    And the story never ends.”

    The above Gaither Vocal Band lyrics pretty much sum up my 46 years as a keyboardist and singer at the Lincoln Jamboree.

    It is something I love to do – getting to witness through singing gospel songs; getting to make music with some of the most talented entertainers; and getting paid to do it.