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Opinion

  • After a long year of renovations, the Memorial Building at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park is again welcoming visitors.

    Officials made the decision to close the building to repair the skylight and correct mold problems – a process that was expected to take several months. The century-old building held enough structural surprises to delay the completion.

  • The LaRue County Chamber of Commerce thanks everyone who contributed to our booth at the Kentucky State Fair “Pride of the Counties.” Volunteers donated many hours to tell about LaRue County and our many amenities.

    Others are placing photos on the Chambers Facebook of children with his or her cabin constructed of Lincoln Logs. The Lincoln Logs were a great success and even adults enjoyed the activity.

    We thank Iris LaRue and The Lincoln Museum for lending special items for our display case.

  • One of the hardest things a mother will have to do is let her child go. I had to do that last weekend. After 12 years of school and ballgames in every sport. I had to pack his clothes, TV, and his beloved PlayStation in my truck and drive him to a new beginning – College.

    What ever will I do now? I don’t remember ever being without him. I’ve always done for him or with him. I need to find Carrie Ann again ... and put Mom on the back burner.

  • Has anyone else noticed that there is a new movie out now with “Schmuck” in its title?

  • Rust-Wright Funeral Home was accidentally left out of the list of senior citizens donations at the fair. We apologize for this mistake.

    Charles and Viola Riggs

  • According to Forest Gump, Christians are like a box of chocolates.

    You can’t always tell which ones are nuts.

    Also, when you bite into a bad one, it ruins your taste for the rest of the box.

    That’s what I used as my opening Sunday as the invited guest speaker at the local Unitarian-Universalist fellowship.

  • It has been a long time since I went to the Lincoln Jamboree.

    My family and I went Saturday night and it was great. Rick Whitlock and Blake Whitlock were wonderful (a few Johnny Cash songs). Joel Ray needed a haircut but that didn’t stop his jokes. And the price was just $8. Movies are $8 and you only get half the fun.

    At intermission, there was soft ice cream and the singers sold tapes and gave interviews.

    Thank you, Joel Ray, for the memories. I wish you would bring the raffle back at intermission.

  • It has been a long time since I went to the Lincoln Jamboree.

    My family and I went Saturday night and it was great. Rick Whitlock and Blake Whitlock were wonderful (a few Johnny Cash songs). Joel Ray needed a haircut but that didn’t stop his jokes. And the price was just $8. Movies are $8 and you only get half the fun.

    At intermission, there was soft ice cream and the singers sold tapes and gave interviews.

    Thank you, Joel Ray, for the memories. I wish you would bring the raffle back at intermission.

  • It has been a long time since I went to the Lincoln Jamboree.

    My family and I went Saturday night and it was great. Rick Whitlock and Blake Whitlock were wonderful (a few Johnny Cash songs). Joel Ray needed a haircut but that didn’t stop his jokes. And the price was just $8. Movies are $8 and you only get half the fun.

    At intermission, there was soft ice cream and the singers sold tapes and gave interviews.

    Thank you, Joel Ray, for the memories. I wish you would bring the raffle back at intermission.

  • We want to thank everyone who had a part in making Jaden’s Day 2010 Celebration a success. We raised and donated $1,000 to the Ronald McDonald House.

    A special thanks to Lee’s Famous Recipe for their donation of cole slaw for our plate dinners we sold and for The LaRue County Herald News for sharing our story about Jaden.

    James, Kacey and Jaden McBride

    Hodgenville

  • Get ready for The LaRue County Herald News’ annual Newspaper in Education Block Sale 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 27.

    All the deals will be featured in next week’s Herald News, but here is a preview:

    Items available at the Block Sale this year include two one-day admissions to Dollywood. While you’re in Tennessee, you may also want to make a stop at Ripley’s Aquarium, as we have two one-time admissions.

    Those who like animals may enjoy two one-day admissions to Dinosaur World or two one-day tickets to the Louisville Zoo.

  • Truism: It’s OK to sing the National Anthem at any place, any time, in the United States.

    This truism is not true.

    There are always exceptions. Sometimes it’s inappropriate to sing period. Please do not ever sit behind me and sing in a movie theater. You may end up wearing a box of popcorn.

    Besides that – if you thought, like me, that your freedom to express patriotism is unlimited in our country, you would be wrong.

    You cannot sing the National Anthem at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

  • An unprecedented 11 consecutive days of free prostate cancer screenings will be offered in the South Wing Health Horizons during the Kentucky State Fair between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily.

  • I urge you to find and highlight the individuals who volunteered to beautify the downtown area Aug. 18. They were planting flowers and cleaning up.

    They appeared to consist mainly of “The Gang,” a local group of retirees that meet for lunch and fellowship regularly, plus some others. I hesitate to mention names for fear of leaving someone out, although Paul Orr did threaten me with potting soil when I asked if he had any supervision.

    I appreciate them taking their time to perform this service.

  • My husband Bud and I spent Saturday evening dragging around a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old (our respective grandchildren). Actually, I think it was Chase and Claire who did the dragging.

    We spent a couple of hours at Family Fun Day at Creekfront Park. It’s the third year Hodgenville Main Street and the City of Hodgenville have put on the event.

    And thank you, thank you for moving Fun Day to the evening. The cooler temperatures meant the grandbabies could stay out longer.

  • As I sit down to write this letter, I’m not sure where to start. I gathered up my family Saturday evening to have an awesome time at the fair. Despite the rain chances, we went anyway.

  • Lyvers requested a reply from the LaRue County Fair Board.

    Ann “Snookie” Morrison responded that several local groups rented a spot to sell concessions. The groups set the price for the food. The carnival’s food and games booths also set their own prices.

    When the carnival arrived, “they lacked five rides,” Morrison said, but it was too late to book another company.

    “We hope to do better next year,” she said. “Maybe go with a different carnival.”

  • Our apologies to Curves of Hodgenville for omitting their name from the list of donors to Project Graduation 2010.

    We are very sorry and appreciate all our contributors.

    Becky Thompson and the LaRue County Project Graduation Committee

     

  • A special thank you to Ann Morrison, LaRue County Fair Board and all the staff for making senior day at the fair a great success again this year and to all the businesses for their support.

  • True Way Ministries is working once again on a food bank for Christmas. We build food boxes for the hungry by doing fundraisers during the year. This year we are having a yard sale and would like to ask the community if they have any unwanted items they could donate to us. We need the items by Aug. 14.

    Please contact us at 358-0263, 270-401-2072 or 358-0385 for more information or pickup of items. Any items are accepted.

    Darlene Daughtery