• Foster families needed

     May is National Foster Care Month, a time to come together on behalf of the nearly 6,000 Kentucky children who are living in foster care because their own families are in crisis. This month provides the opportunity to thank the foster families who provide homes and love to children who need them. Foster parents often become the substitute family for the youth regardless of how long they stay – be it an hour or a lifetime.

  • LETTER: May is Foster Care Awareness Month

     Many people know of foster care, but few really understand how the system works, the role of the foster parents and most importantly, the experience of the children and youth in care.

    More than 6,800 Kentucky children and youth are in out-of-home care. Most are placed in temporary foster care due to parental neglect or abuse. The average age of a child in care is 10.7 years.

    More than 73 percent of the children/youth in care are white; 19.3 percent are black and 4.3 percent are Hispanic.

  • LETTER: Truitt will be missed

    Truitt will be missed
    With the passing of Roger Truitt, whom I had for one a great deal of respect:
    I will remember him with a great deal of pride – his love for his country, our flag, veterans, but most of all, his direct approach to your problems.
    He didn’t water down anything. He called an ace an ace. No wishy-washy with him.
    From one veteran to another, thank you for having known you, Roger.
    God bless his family.
    Lee Ratliff

  • LETTER: United Way surpasses goal

     United Way of Central Kentucky's 2011 Campaign, which funds nonprofits in Breckinridge, Grayson, Hardin, Meade and LaRue Counties, concluded in  February. Our annual fundraising drive, which began late last summer, yielded some truly fantastic results that would not have been possible without your support. With that said, on behalf of our board of directors and staff, as well as each individual and family impacted by United Way's work, thank you.

  • LETTER: Child abuse rages through Kentucky

     Kentucky has already seen the destructive power of nature as storms and tornadoes have hit several communities across the Commonwealth this spring. There have been lives lost, whole communities devastated and families uprooted from their homes.

  • LETTER: Pelicans were not a surprise

     At this time of year, American white pelicans can be found in many parts of North America so I'm not surprised that you've seen them in Kentucky.

    What would be most helpful is if you would record the sighting at eBird, a centralized database of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society that allows birders to report their sightings and enables scientists to use them for analysis.  

  • LETTER: Are we interesting enough for Reader's Digest?

     Reader’s Digest wants to know what makes your community the most interesting town in America.

    From now until May 31, locals are invited to log on to www.readersdigest.com/america to share personal stories and photos that illustrate what makes their town special. The author of the winning story will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and their town will be featured on the cover of an upcoming issue of Reader’s Digest magazine. This is an opportunity for individuals to shine and possibly bring national attention to their hometowns.

  • LETTER: Attacks on church are disheartening

     Attacks on the church

    It is disheartening to read and listen to all the hateful and disparaging things being said about the church these past few weeks. It’s expected from the secular world but perhaps the more heartbreaking comments are those of my own brothers and sisters in the faith who have long ago excommunicated themselves from her teachings.

    I have never understood how anyone who considers themselves a Christian could rationalize abortion or abortifacient drugs.

  • LETTER: Children should be our priority

  • LETTER: Blood drive was a success

     I want to say thank you to the 35 individuals who volunteered to donate blood on Tuesday at the Hodgenville Woman’s Club. Four individuals gave using the “double red” procedure. We received 34 good units of blood. Thanks to Rob Brown and Carol Haynes and student volunteer Chase Puyear for assisting at the drive and The Sweet Shop for a tray of candy. Many thanks for your support of the community blood drive. The next blood drive will be April 10. 

    Faye Puyear

    Volunteer Coordinator