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Today's News

  • Orville C. Gowen

    Orville C. Gowen Sr. served in the U.S. Navy from 1946 to 1953. The fireman apprentice served aboard the USS Pine Island, one of the 13 ships that were part of Operation Highjump, officially titled “The United States Navy Antarctic Developments Program 1946-47.”

    Operation Highjump was a Navy operation organized by Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd Jr. in 1946. Task Force 68 included 4,700 men, 13 ships and multiple aircraft. The primary mission of Operation Highjump was to establish the Antarctic research base Little America IV.

  • Paul Roark

    Paul Roark dropped out of high school in 1950 to enlist in the U.S. Army after his brother Harold was drafted. He was in his second year of school.

    The brothers went to Fort Knox in January for training. The weather was 15 degrees below zero.

    After eight weeks of training they were shipped to Korea – where the temperature was minus 15 degrees. The brothers were sent to the front lines about five miles apart.

    Harold was killed.

    Paul’s younger brother David was drafted in 1968 and was sent to Vietnam a couple of years.

  • Charles R. Hazle

    Charles R. Hazle served 1952 to 1954 during the Korean Conflict.

    He received a Bronze Star.

  • Major Edwin H. McDowell

    Major Edwin H. McDowell served in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps from March 1965 to April 1986. He spent time in Korea, Vietnam and Germany.

  • Coming Home: The best part of war

    Gerald T. Harris served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1970. He was drafted to fight in the Vietnam War, pulling him away from his farm job, where he earned $5 per day.

    Though he didn’t make much as a farmer, he proved to be very dedicated in everything he did. According to Harris, his boss once told him that he was the only employee he felt he could trust.

  • Gulf War

    Mike Abell, gunnery sergeant, retired, served 1975-1997. He is a Gulf War veteran with 22 years of service. 

  • Vietnam Era

    Rob Hutchins served as a radio telephone operator (RTO) with the U.S. Army, 25th Infantry Division in Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam, from July 1969 to July 1970.

    He retired as LaRue County Extension 4-H Agent and now works in the LaRue Circuit Clerk’s office. 

  • The Allen Family: A Legacy of Service

    As with many LaRue County families, the Marvin Allen family has served their country long and well.

    Four of five sons answered the call to service during World War II. Harvey, Leamon, Charles and Haynes all served in the Pacific, and were overseas at the same time.

    The fifth son, Ruel, could not serve because of a heart condition. Ironically, it was his children who represented the next generation in the service. Harold served in Germany, Gussie in the States and Charles in Vietnam.

  • It's optimal haymaking season

    Now is the optimal time for Kentucky forage producers to cut hay to ensure they get good quality and yield.

    “The stage of maturity at which the hay is cut is the biggest factor that affects quality,” said Tom Keene, UK hay marketing specialist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

  • Garden of Close Quarters mirrors family life

    I have seven older siblings. That’s right, seven. At times, they are all annoying and bossy ... and older.

    When we gather for meals around Dad’s kitchen table, it’s like squeezing sardines in a can. Close quarters.

    Speaking of close quarters, I planted two rows of Peruvian purple corn much too close to one another. Ditto, two rows of zinnia.

    I am fully aware of these quasi-planting errors.