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Opinion

  •  Commonwealth residents can help better protect themselves and their loved ones from tornadoes and storms by having weather radios in their home.

    Weather radios broadcast warnings whenever potentially life-threatening weather events are occurring or imminent. The National Weather Service broadcasts these warnings 24 hours a day.

  • Feb. 29 was a terrifying day for my community. Three confirmed tornadoes touched down within 15 miles of my home.

  •  Kudos to our LaRue County High School Cheerleaders for going where no local squad has gone before: The National High School Cheerleading Championship. They earned the right to attend the competition and raised funds for the trip to Florida where they challenged top squads from across the nation. They took 13th. But more importantly, they’re proving that hard work, attitude and an ability to look great while doing some amazing gymnastic stunts can pay off big dividends. 

  • Budget subcommittees spent most mornings this week camped out in Capitol Annex committee rooms, as House members heard testimony on state-agency budget requests for the next two years.

  • There are about a dozen dead skunks on the side of the road between Hodgenville and Buffalo. What’s going on? Will they be tested for rabies?

    Skunks are suffering from rabies of love.
    According to the University of Kentucky Extension Service, February is mating season for skunks, so they are on the move more than usual.
    Skunks are nocturnal, nomadic and solitary, except during mating season when the males apparently lose all sense of timing and direction and blunder into the roadway.
    If your vehicle gets skunked, we are sorry.

  •  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.