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Opinion

  • Thought for the week: Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars, you have to let go at some point in order to move forward. 

    I hope the school week started off good last week. Be mindful of school buses and all the stops they have to make.

    Congratulations to all the winners of the first 20 UNDER 30. I really enjoyed reading all the profiles of all the winners and I knew several of the them.

  • Last Saturday was the Annual Cobb Family Reunion. This is a yearly event open to the community.

    Henry “Judge” Miller is in the nursing home in Bardstown. Brenda Weathers was admitted to Hardin Memorial Hospital last week and transported to Floyd Memorial Hospital in Indiana.

    First Baptist- Wednesday, August 23 at 6 p.m. will be choir rehearsal.

    Lane Lincoln- Bible Study is this Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

  • Dear Editor,

    Another school year is off to an incredible start, and I want to express my gratitude to each LaRue County Schools student, parent, teacher, staff member and volunteer for their commitment to making 2018-19 a successful year.

    As a parent and an alumni , I am honored to serve as a member of the LCS Board of Education. Our goal is to continue to do everything we can to ensure our children — our community’s most precious resource — reach their highest potential. That includes careful financial planning.

  • Dear Editor,

    Well, as Ronald Reagan said “Here we go again”. The LaRue County School Board is proposing to raise our taxes by at least 4% for the third year in a row. That’s 12% in three years. Don’t we all wish that we received a 12% raise in our pay or Social Security every 3 years?

  • Sunday morning, July15, was the Appreciation Day for Reverend Terry Robinson who is the pastor at Lane Lincoln CME Church on Tanner Road in Hodgenville.

    This is his first year at Lane Lincoln. During his day of appreciation, friends from various locations came to celebrate this day. I first heard him preach at First Baptist when Lane Lincoln fellowshipped with us during morning services and he preached for the first time there. I was very impressed with his preaching and singing. I had the opportunity to talk and found about the real Reverend Terry Robertson.

  • First, I would like to say thank you. Thank you to anyone and everyone who helped in any way with our first ever “20 UNDER 30” program. We had a lot of help during the past month trying to put together something not only we, the newspaper, could be proud of, but something the community could be proud of as well. Between photos, catering, and sponsors, there is a plethora of people I would love to highlight for their service to this program. But I wanted to take the time to say thank you to the community.

  • We went to the Edinburgh Clothing Outlet Mall in Edinburgh, Indiana last weekend. The Sextons, a southern gospel group my wife sings with, sang at a church nearby and we got there early, so we decided to kill some time at the outlet mall. I was so excited! Not....

  • I have one more week as an intern under the Kentucky Press Association at the LaRue County Herald News. Over the last 9 weeks, I have written almost 20 articles, driven hundreds of miles, and talked to several people in LaRue County. I have learned a lot, but I think one of the pivotal moments was learning patience for my growth and myself.

  • We had a great weekend as we attended the Kentucky Southern Gospel Music Singing Convention last Friday and Saturday in Cave City.

    We listened to some great music, got to spend time with family and friends, and my grandfather Dell Ponder, from Rockcastle County stayed all night with us so he could go to the singing on both nights. We really enjoyed him staying with us. I think he enjoyed it too.

  • Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are the values on which our great nation was founded. Written in the Declaration of Independence, these words ring true for all Americans and have held fast for more than two centuries.  Ratified on July 4, 1776, the Declaration has long been held in the hearts of the American people as a source of hope and inspiration to protect the freedoms we hold so dear.

  • When Sam Sanders was named superintendent of LaRue County Schools 16 years ago, he set out to help make our school district one of the best in Kentucky.

    As he took the helm in 2002, LCS ranked 131st of 176 school districts. Today, as Sanders finishes his last month with LCS and prepares to retire as one of the state’s longest serving superintendents, I’m in awe of how much our district has accomplished during his tenure.

  • My family is generous almost to a fault. They love giving things away whether you want it, or need it, or would have absolutely no use for it. They have brought me up to be the same way. I even hear on multiple occasions that my wife and I are the best gift givers in our families. I only tell them, “I get it from my mom.” I love you mom.

    Mom. Mammaw. There’s no need for you to read past this point. The article is over and everything beyond this point is filler. It doesn’t pertain to you one bit. So both of you can stop reading right now.

  • I have been trying to write a column for the newspaper the past couple of weeks and I have simply not been able to do it.

    Since my mom passed away in April, everything has been difficult. Trying to focus on my everyday responsibilities, trying to focus at work and pretty much just trying to focus on anything period has all been difficult.

    I am no stranger to this as I went through it when my dad died when I was ten years old. The only difference now is I have a lot more responsibilities and school has been replaced with work.

  • Thought for the week: One needs different people in their life....a harbor in which to seek shelter against the storm, or simply to pay a visit because it is such a beautiful day. 

    Another county fair has come and gone. I entered 8 items this year, won five blue 1st place ribbons and three 2nd place ribbons. I attended the fair on Senior Day last Wednesday and I had a good time. Don’t forget to come out and support Relay for Life on Saturday, June 16. 

    Congratulations to Mattie Puyear on being chosen Mother of the Year. 

  • The state budget passed by the General Assembly provides significant support for the farm community, specifically for agricultural development in our rural areas.

    Building up Kentucky’s rural economy is critically important, especially at a time when many of our young people are migrating to urban areas for economic opportunity. We need to make strong investments in local agriculture in order to promote rural economic opportunity.

  • Thought for the week: Take Care of someone else, be there for someone else and bless someone else. A happy life is about giving more than you take. 

    Sunday, May 27, we attended Homecoming at Pike View Baptist Church. I really enjoyed spending the day with Don, Brenda and Daphne Hall. Thanks for the invite. I can’t believe it’s time for the fair already. I entered 9 items in the fair this year. 

  • Our deepest sympathy to the families of Katina Smiley Allen and Pam Johnson Edmunds who passed away last week. Katina’s funeral was last Saturday and Pam’s was last Friday. They are close relatives to Mary E. Smith of Sunrise Manor Nursing Home.

    Sunday was Communion Sunday at Lane Lincoln and First Baptist. Also, Second Christian Church of Columbia had their annual Homecoming. The afternoon guest was Elder Payne and Eunice Church of God in Columbia. That evening, the Hodgenville Brotherhood was singing at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church.

  • I signed up for my college Arabic class a year ago on no other basis than I felt a calling by God to do so. I have listened to enough testimonials to understand that, as ridiculous as it can sound saying it out loud, it’s usually when you know God is about to lead you down a really neat path.

    The professor was quick to assign a, albeit reluctant, native speaker to sit next to me, who to this day has to answer a lot of my questions even though he’s already gone home for the summer.

  • Sue Curle French, a LaRue County High School graduate, was sworn in to the Supreme Court of Georgia, the Court of Appeals of Georgia and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on Thursday, May 24. Her reply was: “To God be the glory!” I wish Howard and Margaret Curle were alive to witness this. Who would have thought? A little poor black girl from Hodgenville, Kentucky would receive and achieve such an honor.