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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Two battles with diagnosis of ‘The Big C’

    The fifth in a series about
    local cancer survivors.
    In 1995, we had promised our two daughters that we would move to Kentucky in 1997. I began to cough. Two to three rounds of antibiotics — no change.  
    Then came such a whirlwind of medical activity — enough to make one dizzy — X-rays with contrast, bone scans, biopsies, etc. Then we got the diagnosis: the BIG C, upper right lobe of this non-smoker’s lung.

  • 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.

  • LETTER: Thanks to the community

    Thanks so much for your help and support of the Mt. Tabor Baptist Church cookout and auction on April 9. Several area businesses made donations and through their generosity and those who attended the cookout and auction, we were able to raise over $7,500 toward the retirement of the debt on our Christian Life Center.

  • COLUMN: What a life: Storms, kids and a blind dog

    I don’t know about you but I’m getting really tired of the storms every day and night. I’m a person that requires sleep, not some sleep or interrupted sleep, I need continuous sleep and lately that’s just not even a possibility.

  • CANCER SURVIVOR'S STORY: Sammy Powell relied on friends, prayer

    LaRue County’s Relay for Life is May 13-14 at Hodgenville Elementary School.

    When the pain in Sammy Powell's right side continued to plague him in September 2002, he made an appointment with his doctor not thinking too much about the outcome. His doctor felt a growth and exploratory surgery revealed that it was a cancerous tumor, specifically non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

  • COLUMN: April is Child Abuse Awareness Month

    Childhood is supposed to be an age of innocence, but for too many in the Commonwealth it’s a time of suffering. In 2009 a report revealed that Kentucky led the nation in the number of children who die as a result of abuse and neglect. Statistics show that every minute in Kentucky, two children are victims of abuse and neglect that can leave emotional and physical scars that last a lifetime. No doubt there are countless more cases that go unreported.

  • CANCER SURVIVOR'S STORY: Carol Routt relied on family and friends during her bout with breast cancer

    The second of several stories about local cancer survivors.
    In the summer of 1998 Carol Routt was enjoying her life with her husband Ray and two teenage children Charaye and Heath. Her large extended family and friends were very much a part of her life but she would not know how much she would come to depend on them until later that summer.
    Carol found a small lump in her breast during a monthly self-exam. So not only was school scheduled to begin the first of August for this loyal Hodgenville Elementary School instructional assistant, but so was a mammogram.