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Columns

  • Calling for the death of a rumor

    I know of newspapers that kept their communities informed about clean water and shelter during terrible storms and disasters.

    I know of newspapers that exposed crooks, lost a lot of advertising from the crooks’ buddies and still put out a paper every week.

    I know of a newspaper that had an ironic sense of humor that even offended a few readers and stood its ground with a “come on people, have a brain” retort.

    I know of publishers who took pay cuts during the recession rather than cut staff.

  • Good news is a welcome change

    LaRue Countians have had more than our share of bad news of late. So many deaths and injuries in a short period of time ....

    I was more than ready for some good news when I learned of the school district’s latest test scores (Unbridled Learning).

    The district – already shining at 20th out of 174 districts – made the leap to 14th in the state. That is quite an accomplishment for any district, much less one of the smallest in the state.

    Abraham Lincoln Elementary jumped from 274th out of 733 to 258th out of 730 schools.

  • Expanding Medicaid: A foolish way to improve healthcare access

    United States Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently said “that if you want a healthier population, looking at the opportunity to expand Medicaid has got to be a piece of the puzzle.”

    Expansion of Medicaid – the jointly run federal-state health plan for low-income Americans – has long been an essential element of progressives’ vision for healthcare “reform.”

  • State’s rural population is shrinking

    In the broadest sense, the population changes Kentucky has seen over the last 50 years have largely fallen in line with the country as a whole.

    We have both become increasingly urban, for example, with Kentucky’s tipping point coming in 1970, when the U.S. Census found for the first time that more than half of our citizens lived in or near a city. Both of us are also witnessing the same graying trend, which is no surprise because of advances in medicine and the growing number of Baby Boomers reaching retirement age.

  • Mystery 4-H trophy turns up in Louisville

    LaRue County 4-H Agent Misty Wilmoth is looking for more information about a 4-H trophy engraved with dates from the late 1930s to the early 1940s.
    According to Wilmoth, “a gentleman just moved into a house he bought in Louisville. In the basement, tucked away, he found this LaRue County 4-H trophy.  He contacted the previous owner of the home and they said they didn’t leave anything behind. He contacted the State 4-H Office in order to get in contact with LaRue County 4-H.  

  • We remember 9-11

    Some days are etched in our memory as though they are historical markers, and recalling them causes us to remember where we were and what we were doing as those events unfolded. Such are the assassination of President Kennedy and the attack upon the World Trade Center. This week we have been recalling Sept. 11, 2001.

    Nearly 3,000 Americans died that day in the terrorists attacks upon the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in the rural fields in Pennsylvania.

  • 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.