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Opinion

  • The days leading up to Christmas were exciting times as a kid. We’d watch in anticipation, as mom would drag out boxes of decorations and begin to transform our home into a Christmas wonderland with garlands around every window, wreaths on every door, and a Christmas village that appeared as though it’s population could rival that of Elizabethtown.

  • I travelled back to Rockcastle County last weekend to see my family and help my mom decorate for Christmas.

    I lived in Rockcastle all of my life until I moved up here in June 2015. It’s amazing how time flies by and I have already been here for almost one and one-half years.

  • I travelled back to Rockcastle County last weekend to see my family and help my mom decorate for Christmas.

    I lived in Rockcastle all of my life until I moved up here in June 2015. It’s amazing how time flies by and I have already been here for almost one and one-half years.

  • By Terry Mills

    Other than during a rare boil-water advisory, most of us don’t think twice when we turn on the faucet.  We just expect clean and plentiful water to be there.

    For about 95 percent of Kentuckians, that’s exactly what we get each and every day from the 400-plus public and community water systems that serve the commonwealth. These systems meet or exceed health-based standards at an incredible rate of 99.73 percent.

  • Small businesses owners don’t have the money to hire professional web-designers and content generators to create timely and informative sites, and they don’t have the time to learn how to use technical web development tools either. So, how does a small business owner compete with the big companies?

  • UK Elder Care shares that caring for an aging loved one may create an overabundance of emotions. The uncertain future, career and financial worries, difficult life decisions and the potential for an unwanted lifestyle change can create fear, hopelessness, anger, resentment, and helplessness. All of this will affect your physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.

  • Leaders have to understand the five generations in the workforce have somewhat different values, thought and beliefs about how the workplace should be and how individuals should act. The problem with that is most leaders do not believe it or are not worried about it. The old adage - if they want to work here, they will do it the way we have always done it doesn’t really apply any longer, because these younger generations do not see it that way. They can be loyal if treated the way they want to be. However, they will leave without a second thought.

  • As Publisher of The LaRue County Herald News, my role and responsibility has multiple levels. As Publisher, I am in charge of the overall content and editorial direction of the newspaper; I’m also in charge of the advertising you see in the paper each and every week. Outside of that, the title dictates I lead staff, do payroll, balance budgets, and a seemingly endless laundry list of to-do’s and sometime even have time to breath. I take my role very seriously and love doing what I do every day.

  • Over the last 50 years, usually around the time fall colors are in full bloom, state and federal officials have dedicated a week to highlight all of the products our forests provide.

    Kentucky, of course, has been blessed more than most states.  Trees cover nearly half of our 25 million acres, and we are among the nation’s leaders – and first in the South – when it comes to hardwood production.

  • A few things that never cease to amaze me are the resilience of the human spirit, how a messy situation can be made into something so breathtakingly beautiful and how family can love beyond measure no matter how far apart they are and what may stand in their way. I have been blessed to see these three amazements come together all at once.

  • We featured our coverage of the 45th annual Lincoln Days Celebration in the October 5 edition of our newspaper.

    We worked hard as a staff taking pictures and getting names, getting results of the numerous events and designing the pages in the newspaper for it.

    While covering many events and meetings for the newspaper, I always make a note to talk to different people and get their perspective on the happenings in LaRue County and our coverage of it.

  • Today’s children are spending more than four hours a day watching TV and playing video games.  They eat more unhealthy foods that come in larger portion sizes and are less physically active than children of the previous generation, resulting in more health problems and a shorter lifespan than their parents. These children are often overweight or at-risk for becoming overweight, and in danger of experiencing serious health concerns, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma and sleep apnea.

  • For hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians and out-of-state visitors, there is no place quite like the commonwealth when it comes to hunting, fishing or just experiencing all that nature has to offer.

    In a given year, more than 550,000 people fish, 347,000 hunt and another two million either boat on our rivers and lakes or observe our wildlife.  Not surprisingly, these outdoor activities are a major driver of our economy, with the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources estimating the annual impact at nearly $6 billion.

  • When I met John I was working at Howie’s in New Haven. I was 17 years old recently graduated from high school and had my mind set on working as much as I could while I figured out exactly what I was going to do with my life.

  • I traveled to Rockcastle County last Wednesday and Thursday to be a pallbearer in the funeral of my great-uncle, Paul Ponder.

    I understand that a lot of people think that the average person is not close to a great-uncle, but that is not the case at all in my family as we are all close and we all get together often throughout the year.

    A lot of people shared their thoughts of what they remembered about my Uncle Paul. I have all kinds of stories too, but there was one particular story that immediately came to my mind.

  • Sharing passwords is a bad idea between family and friends, but sharing passwords at the office can be absolutely catastrophic.

    For example, I performed a security audit some years ago for a large construction goods company where they suspected their head of technology was defrauding the company. A serious charge and their outside accountant brought me in to review the technology for anything their accounting forensic people had missed.

  • On Sunday morning, our nation will pause to remember and reflect upon the tragedy known primarily by its date: 9/11.

    Those of us old enough to remember that Tuesday in 2001 will never forget where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news.  It had the same impact as such other pivotal moments in history, from the attack on Pearl Harbor and President Kennedy’s assassination to Neil Armstrong’s walking on the moon.

  • That headline makes you think about politics, doesn’t it? Sorry to disappoint, it isn’t politics this time. Robbing future generations is referring to people who rob the rest of us and posterity of valuable information and history. These people literally tear the pages out of history, or from what I’ve seen, carefully cut around the picture and caption they choose. Even more brazen, they walk right out the door with the entire book.