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Opinion

  •  As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee, I have voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and participated in dozens of hearings that revealed astronomical costs, billion-dollar slush funds, and countless other negative consequences of the health care law.

  • I have been involved with Shop With A Trooper every year for the past 17 years. It seems that each year gas prices have increased, more citizens are laid off from their jobs, more homes are in foreclosure and the economy has been in bad shape.  
    However, one thing that has not changed is the giving spirit of the people in Post 4’s area.

  • The mystery of the old photo continues.

    Where was it taken?

    The photographer said it was taken between 1975 and 1977 in LaRue County – a statement that brought some confusion because LaRue County has been dry (no alcohol sales) for decades and the store sign clearly says “beer.” The photo is being displayed in an exhibit at the Frazier History Museum.

    It’s agreed that it wasn’t taken in LaRue County – but several people believe it to have been taken on the LaRue/Nelson line, facing toward LaRue County.

  • We received several phone calls about the above photo which is being displayed at the Frazier History Museum.
    The photographer said it was taken between 1975 and 1977 in LaRue County – a statement that brought some confusion because LaRue County has been dry (no alcohol sales) for decades and the store sign clearly says “beer.”

  • This time of year – deer hunting season, that is – reminds me of my Uncle Hardin, my dad’s older brother.
    Only those who knew James Harding Powell as a child called him “Hardin.’” When he became an adult and moved on to bigger things, he was known as “Jim.”

  • I recently traveled to Pennsylvania via airplane. This is a trip I've talked about taking for years, although my hopes were to drive and see the countryside along the way.

    However, with a tight work schedule for myself and my sister-in-law, we chose to fly so we could use the time it would have took to drive to actually visit with family and take in some attractions Pennsylvania has to offer, including Hersey, which was delectable.

  • My husband and I took our daughter to the circus.

    Sounds simple, right? Wrong. From the moment we pulled into the fairgrounds she had her mind made up. She cared nothing about the circus and everything about the pony rides offered outside.

    Screaming at the top of her lungs in excitement she was practically begging to ride the animals.

  • Maybe it is just me – but there seem to be more events featuring the blessing of animals. These are occurring in various churches, too. One regional newspaper covered an event in two articles, before and after.

  • Cartoon by Terry Wise

  • My husband and my dad are polar opposites.

    Dad is a sun up to sun down worker and Shane is what I call a “nine-to-fiver.” Dad’s hands are rough from manual labor; Shane’s are soft from washing dishes. Dad’s advice is short and sweet while Shane’s never ends. Despite every difference you can think of, the two share a common factor. They are both fathers, excellent fathers, who deserve more recognition than I can give.

  • E-mail submissions to
    laruephotocontest @hotmail.com

    The deadline is approaching for The LaRue County Herald News’ summer photo contest.
    Send us your best shot in three categories: nature, landscapes, animals; people; and Lincoln heritage.
    A separate category for youth – those photographers 13 and younger – is being offered. The entry should include the photographer’s age to be considered in this category.

  • Many of you know us as Elvis and Meat Loaf and for almost a decade now you have packed the house for our shows in Hardin County. Please allow us to thank each of you who supported the recent show Legends of Country Music at Pritchard Community Center, featuring the Perkins Brothers and Friends. Your support helped Ruth Ann Baker’s feast on the word food ministry program. Your support gave local entertainers a sold out, standing room only crowd.

  • Many of you know us as Elvis and Meat Loaf and for almost a decade now you have packed the house for our shows in Hardin County. Please allow us to thank each of you who supported the recent show Legends of Country Music at Pritchard Community Center, featuring the Perkins Brothers and Friends. Your support helped Ruth Ann Baker’s feast on the word food ministry program. Your support gave local entertainers a sold out, standing room only crowd.

  • 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.

  •  THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF STORIES OF LOCAL CANCER SURVIVORS

    I have now survived cancer for three years.

    My story began in 2008. My son Ryan was to be married that July. The week of his wedding I was so sick, I was hospitalized and was first told that the C-word "cancer" was likely the problem. The doctors released me for the weekend to attend the wedding. When I returned the following week, further tests showed that I had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma B-cell.

  • THE KENTUCKY STANDARD EDITORIAL BOARD

    Senate Bill 41, sponsored by Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, has passed the Senate and has been sent to the House for approval.

    If passed the bill would allow those registered as Independent to vote in party primaries traditionally held in May.

  • For the very first time ever, LaRue County Middle School has formed a Community Problem Solving Team. Community Problem Solving provides one of the most significant learning experiences available to students confronting real-life problems. It’s also about students generating and developing a sense of environmental and community awareness.  

  • Last week was a small victory for the public's right to know thanks to The Courier Journal, which played the important role of watchdog.

    All of it started when the CJ asked the state's court system why 3,600 cases had been sealed from public view during the last decade. Sadly when asked, the court system officials admitted they knew little about the cases - including why they were closed, if they were closed properly and if they should remain closed at this time.

  • As of Monday, we have 11 full sized trees, eight table-top trees and a couple of tiny ones, seven wreaths and various other decorative items for Festival of Trees. Main Street volunteers worked long, hard and creatively to put together the trees that are being auctioned for Main Street. Come to see them this Saturday or Thursday through Saturday of next week.