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Opinion

  • We are now more than half way through the 2017 Regular Session and work continues for the people of Kentucky. This week, the House passed measures to ensure student athlete safety, help our state’s veterans, and support our first responders.

  • Visits from advocacy groups, a ceremonial bill signing, and rallies in the Capitol Rotunda, along with the bipartisan passage of bills, marked a busy Week Four of the 2017 Legislative Session.

    We were excited to welcome the children of Kentucky National Guard members from across the state for the First Annual Kentucky Military Kids Day. It was an honor to host these families who have sacrificed so much to serve our state and our country.

  • Over the past four years, I have had the privilege of being a student at LaRue County High School, but it wasn’t always easy.

    I have learned that even in the midst of privileges and emotional highs, there are always nuisances and emotional lows. My four years of high school have proven this theory time and time again. You must be prepared and very composed in order to endure the hardship and responsibility that comes along with being a successful student.

  • How are you doing with your savings habits? Do you automatically transfer money to a savings account each month? Setting up automatic savings is the easiest and most effective way to save – it puts your extra cash out of sight and out of mind. There are several ways to automate.

    1. Use direct deposit at work to split your paycheck into different accounts: checking, emergency fund, retirement, investment, or other goals. Automating retirement savings is a great way to assure that you receive any matches or employer contributions, too.

  • By Steven Curtsinger
    Student Columnist

     

    As I started to think about Valentine’s Day, and what it means for Americans, and really the whole world, I wanted to know where it all started. Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day? Who brought it about? What has kept it going for so long? I started looking into the history of St. Valentine, the pioneer of Valentine’s Day.

  • As a part of Leadership LaRue, I got to go visit the state capitol in Frankfort last Wednesday and Thursday.

    We all really enjoyed it and I think we all had a great time. Our newly elected Representative Brandon Reed and Senator Steve Meredith spent time with us. We got to see both the house and Senate in session as well as hear a case being brought before the state Supreme Court. We toured parts of the governor’s office and mansion. Our time was jam-packed but we got to see a lot about how our state government operates.

  • Recently the character and involvement of New Haven School parents came under question when a Nelson County School board member made some comments during a February working session.

  • I had the privilege of writing about an amazing and heartfelt article in The LaRue County Herald News this week.

    The article was about three LaRue County people who have all worked and been connected with different outreach programs over the past several years. Now all three have came together to provide handicap equipment and be an inspiration for disabled people in Kenya. I encourage everyone to read the article and pray for them all.

  • This editorial is based on the views of the LaRue County Herald News editorial board.

    The board consist of Allison Shepherd, Publisher; Doug Ponder, Editor; and Vanessa Hurst, Reporter.

    With the recent developments in a case that involved students of our local high school and said Principal at the time, Stephen Kyle Goodlett, we are stopping to take a deeper look at the underlying problem occurring right here in our own community.

  • Another year is over and the New Year begins. Wait, is it really January 11, 2017 already. Well many would say, this month’s half over already.

    So it goes in most of our lives. We start off with great expectations of the year, the month, the week, or even a given day, only to realize, it’s almost over and I haven’t even got started yet.

  • A new year is a time resolutions, it brings about a need in people to want to change things and do things differently. A new year is kind of like starting over. The unfortunate truth about resolution is that they rarely stick. Probably because we are creatures of habit, habits are hard to break, healthy habits are even harder to create. Now before you get up in arms I’m not telling anyone they need to eat their veggies, but I recently read an article on NPR’s website that shocked me. It was about the life expectancy in the US dropping for the first time since 1993.

  • I was home sick last Wednesday and Thursday with the stomach bug that has apparently been going around the county.

    Being home sick gave me a lot of free time to think about things I normally wouldn’t have time to think about. My mind kept going back to all the Christmas festivities that I was a part of this year. 2016 has been a great year for me as I got engaged to my fiancée Danielle Sexton and 2017 will be even better as we are getting married.

  • I always tell my boys to be kind no matter what. They should never say unkind words because you never know what kind of day a person has had or what they are going through. Someone’s bad day can often be your own misfortune when they lash out at you from their own frustration, but if you smile and say something kind the situation is usually diffused instantly.

  • Handel’s Messiah is a beautiful piece that illustrates the story of Jesus Christ from the prophecy and promise of the Redeeming Messiah to His birth “For unto us a child is born” all the way through His life and death ending with the “expectation of our own resurrection” and finally closing with the infamous Hallelujah Chorus. Pair all that with an amazing choir and the Historic Pilcher organ at Saint Catherine’s and you have an amazingly warm and uplifting musical experience. Did I mention this was a free event?

  • Diabetes is a condition that affects the way the body uses energy. More than 29 million Americans are affected by diabetes and close to one-quarter of these individuals do not know they have the disease.

    An additional 86.1 million Americans have prediabetes. Managing your diabetes every day is hard work but it is worth it to lessen major health problems when you get older.  Know your blood sugar (blood glucose) numbers such as your A1C. This is a blood test that measures your average blood sugar level over the past three months.

  • Personal Virtual Assistants (PVA) are the voices inside your computer that not only talk to you, but you can talk back to, and your PVA will understand you.

    Now I have talked to my computer for years, and much of what I said to my computer is not suitable to be printed here. But now, there is a distinct possibility that my computer will actually understand me, and possibly take my remarks personally. Guess I should watch what I say around my computer?

  • It may not have generated much publicity, but Kentucky’s economy hit a high-water mark in October, when our civilian labor force saw its biggest one-month gain in at least 40 years.  It grew by almost 15,000 during those 31 days, putting us just shy of two million people who are either working or actively looking for a job.

  • Last Thursday was Thanksgiving Day in the United States. The national holiday is celebrated each year by Americans as they spend the day with family and give thanks for all the blessings in their lives. Many people often share their reflections with others as well in a group setting.