• Thought for the week:

    Friendship isn’t about who you’ve known the longest. It’s about who walked into your life, said, “I’m here for you” and proved it.

    I have been sick since Friday with upper respiratory issues and that nasty old cough crud that is going around, no fun for sure. This KY weather is for the birds, up and down temperatures. 50th Anniversary wishes goes out to George and Carolyn Gibson on February 7th.

  • Let’s continue in prayer for the families that have lost loved ones due to various acts of violence, injuries, or sickness, and all the sick and shut-ins, hospitals, nursing homes, institutions, jailhouses, prison walls, rehabs, the homeless, families who has lost loved ones, men and women fighting for our country, our law enforcement, our country, violence throughout the country, our President, The White House, and most of all, pray for one another.

  • The General Assembly hit the ground running this week as it began the continuation of the 2019 Regular Session. The Senate Majority is excited to move forward with its legislative priorities and pass laws that benefit the Commonwealth.

  • August 30, 2010 was my first day on the job at The LaRue County Herald News. I wasn’t met with the upmost enthusiasm or respect, what I was met with was labels, misunderstandings of who I really was, and piles and piles of reports that didn’t mean a thing to me. I inherited a newspaper that about 15 minutes into my first day, I wasn’t sure I had made the right decision, and thought about jumping ship. That was then, and this is now.

  • Growing up in a small town in western Kentucky and having a birthday in January always had its challenges. It seemed like we had a lot more snow back then – way back then. I should have known as being the “New Year’s baby”, being the “first baby born in Sturgis KY”, on January 11, I should have been ready for anything.

  • As we look forward to the opportunities and possibilities of a new year, many will resolve to improve their career outlooks in 2019. As is the case for any New Year’s resolution, such as eating healthier or saving more money, careful reflection, research and support are critical to your success.

  • Wednesday, January 13, 1869, a group of newspaper publishers from across the state gathered in a building on St. Clair Street in downtown Frankfort. The result of that meeting was the creation of a “society” that is today known as the Kentucky Press Association.

  • My first week here as a part of the LaRue County Herald News team could be described using many different words. Most would use “easy” seeing as I began on a Wednesday, in other words a short week. I could use the term daunting, maybe formidable, but definitely not dismaying or overwhelming. While the work is very different from my years of running a cash register, it is a welcome change. I am finally able to stretch my creative legs at my place of work I would of never thought I would get the chance to do that a couple of years ago.

  • Today is quite the beautiful day. The temperature is pleasant, which would be odd  for the winter in any other state, but Kentucky folk know better. Sunlight is trickling through the tree branches overhead and a chorus of birds is in full swing while I am wracking my brain on how to begin this article. The only solution to this conundrum I can find would be to take a tip out of every high school teacher’s notebook and begin with the middle then write the introduction later.

  • Change was in the air in 2018, and it seems that 2019 will start off the same way. To quote President John F. Kennedy, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

    Hodgenville and LaRue County saw a lot of change over the past 12 months. New buildings, new businesses; the choice of voters to accept alcohol sales in the city, to changing who will lead us forward in 2019, change came to the area we serve.

  • It’s the time of year that financial extraordinaire Dave Ramsey would say to his followers, Christmas comes around every December 25. So, with that said, I hope I’m the only one that can say, ‘Nope, I’m not done with my shopping, my trees are up, but the floors are dirty, the laundry is piled, no baking this year, and Christmas cards, well let’s just say I wanted to do that, but isn’t going to happen again this year.’

  • With blustery winds and snow flurries sweeping the Commonwealth, it’s clear that the holiday season is upon us.  Meanwhile, the members of the General Assembly continue to be hard at work holding interim joint committee meetings in Frankfort and throughout the state as we approach the start of the 2019 Regular Session in January.

  • Theatre has always been intriguing to me. One of my best friends from childhood, Drew Davidson, is heavily involved in theatre and is now a theatre professor for Shorter University in Rome, Georgia.

    I was a groomsmen in his wedding this past summer, which was at an old historic theatre in downtown Winchester, Kentucky. Standing on the stage as one of his groomsmen was the closest I ever came to being “on stage” as they call it in the theatre community.

  • For the past 58 years, Central Kentucky Community Foundation – and before that North Central Education Foundation – has helped people invest in their communities through philanthropy.

    From our roots in supporting education through the founding of Elizabethtown Community College – now Elizabethtown Community and Technical College – and multiple scholarship funds, to supporting a variety of community initiatives, CKCF is a leader in this region’s philanthropic landscape.

  • Reverend Scott Curle was the guest preacher at First Baptist in the absence of Reverend Wilkinson. The title of his sermon was “Fight.”

    Mildred Dorsey-Thompson will be had surgery on Tuesday. Christina Turner also had surgery recently and she is improving.

    Bobbi Curle, wife of Kenny Curle, will have surgery on Wednesday at Norton’s Hospital in Louisville. Everyone keep her in your prayers.

  • Seven years ago I went on my Chrysalis Walk. For those of you who don’t know what Chrysalis is, it’s a three-day non-denominational Christian retreat for high school students. The walk happens twice a year; once in the spring and once in the fall.

  • It has been an unusual and depressing year so far. I was talking with someone in the community who told me they had been to the funeral home seven different times for visitation of someone who died. It was upsetting to them because seven people they knew had passed away since the beginning of the month.

  • ‘Donnie Propes was named the 2013 Outstanding Citizen of the Year and received a standing ovation from the packed room.’

    This is a line from the story that appeared in the May 14, 2013 edition of The LaRue County Herald News, following the annual meeting of the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce awards dinner.

    Last Friday on October 12, 2018, we lost one ‘Outstanding Citizen’ of LaRue County.

  • We all have those songs that remind us of certain moments in our life, people in our life, etc. I have many of them myself, but one of the songs that has been replaying in my mind since Friday, October 5 is Alan Jackson’s “When Daddy Let Me Drive.”

    The song is written about the stories of a young child whose dad let them drive an old boat and old truck. Although the age of the young boy is never given in the song, the child was obviously way under the legal age to drive a vehicle.

  • “The course of my life is in your power.” – Psalm 31:15