Today's Features

  • The sounds of Christmas come from everywhere – radio, television, the crowds in the stores, the traffic. Commercials tell us we have to buy certain products to have a merry Christmas. With certainty, the sounds will not get any better the closer we get to Christmas Day.


    It is possible to go through the motions and never really celebrate Christmas. We need to hear the Christmas sounds because they help us to understand much about life in general and about our personal lives.


  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday that farmers in all 120 counties in Kentucky now are eligible for emergency loans due to drought and high winds that occurred in Kentucky in 2008.

    Gov. Steve Beshear sent a request Sept. 19 to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer requesting that USDA disaster assistance be made available to farmers across the Commonwealth because of crop losses resulting from widespread drought conditions which began in early 2008.

  • Biofuels have gained popularity in recent years and are becoming a more viable alternative fuel option for farmers, while at the same time helping them reduce their carbon footprint. The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is offering a half-day conference in two locations to address current farm biofuels topics.

  • New federal legislation now allows farmers and landowners of farms with 10 or fewer base acres the opportunity to receive payments for the 2008 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Payment Program. Originally, the 2008 Farm Bill prohibited DCP payments on farms with 10 acres of base or less, unless the farm is wholly owned by a socially disadvantaged farmer or limited resource farmers. The 2008 enrollment period for the DCP on farms with greater than 10 base acres ended Sept. 30.

  • “Youth in churches actually want more from their youth ministry experience,” said the Rev. Joe Ball, who works with the Youth Ministry and Sunday School Department at the Kentucky Baptist Convention, as he talked at Campbellsville University’s Youth Ministry Conference Nov. 15 in Ransdell Chapel.

    Forty-two youth ministers and others interested in the field, from Kentucky and Indiana, attended the session.

  • Freedom Fest '08

    Freedom Fest ’08 will be 1-5 p.m. Dec. 6 at Towne Mall in Elizabethtown. The event is presented by MyArmedForcesHero.com. The Web site provides free services to military families. The event features vendor booths, live music, door prizes and three jumps by stunt rider Earnie “The Atomic Bomb” Adams. For more information, call 268-3681 or 268-8732.

    Senior Citizens music

  • It looked like Christmas time. You know the scene: boxes upon boxes of gifts cascading from tables, smiling kids and an overwhelming feeling of good will. First Baptist Church of Hodgenville was just that setting as the church continued a 10-year tradition of giving.

    First Baptist youth loaded more than 700 shoe boxes on Nov. 17 to be delivered as part of Operation Christmas Child, a charity that provides a box of  small toys, candy, hygiene items and clothing for needy children around the world.

  • The Share and Care Club honored its founder during the group’s monthly luncheon Nov. 25 at the Hodgenville Christian Church annex.

    Jonell McCaleb invited six women to her home for a luncheon in 1998, shortly after the death of her husband, Henry. Each was dealing with the loss of a spouse and together the women formed a support group.

    It has been meeting monthly since October 1998 and now has 43 dues-paying members, according to Hilda Harned.


    More than one-third of adults in the United States are obese and bariatric surgery is becoming a popular option for taking off excess weight and, more importantly, keeping it off.

    Gastric banding surgery is the fastest-growing weight loss procedure in the United States. It involves a small adjustable band that circles the upper part of the stomach, limiting the amount of food a person can eat at one time. It’s less invasive and has a shorter recovery time than  standard gastric bypass procedures.

  • Citizens Union Bank locations are collecting Teddy Bears for its Ardi's Bears program. 

    Ardi's Bears is a non-profit organization, which collects bears for gifts to children in need through organizations such as The Dream Factory, Wayside Christian Mission, the Center for Women and Families, children in orphanages and hospitals, and also to senior citizens in nursing homes.