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Opinion

  • 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

  • In a time when we hear far too many stories about violence in schools, lawmakers across the country should be working towards solutions to this epidemic.

    The stories we have seen about gun violence in schools are heartbreaking. Every child should expect to get on the bus every day and arrive at a safe and secure learning environment, and parents should not be worried about whether or not their son or daughter will make it home at the end of the day.                                

  • As a lifelong fan and expert on all things Jim Henson, nothing can really get under my froggy pointed collar like people who don’t know squat about The Muppets talking squat about The Muppets. Journalists calling the Muppet performers “voice actors.” People who call any puppet ever a Muppet. Bloggers claiming Elmo to be the worst thing to ever happen to Sesame Street. (He has done unbelievable—mostly financial—good for the show, regardless of what you think of him…but I digress).

  • We left out last Saturday to go to Columbus, Indiana to sing at church homecoming there on Sunday.

    For those of you who don’t know, my wife Danielle sings in a southern gospel group called “The Sextons.” They were all Sextons until Danielle married me and became a Ponder, throwing the whole group off haha.

  • Leadership LaRue 2018-19 has officially started, and I am more than excited! I’ve stated multiple times in the past that my main goal when moving to LaRue County was to become a part of it’s community, and so far I feel as if I’m doing a pretty good job of it. I have met numerous people in the community and have started to form real relationships with people. LaRue County has been more warm and welcoming than I could have hoped for.

  • U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) recently released the following statement on August 25 regarding the passing of his dear friend and colleague, U.S. Senator John S. McCain (R-AZ) who passed away on the same day.

    Today is a deeply sad day for the Senate and for our nation. Elaine and I join all Americans in mourning the passing of our dear friend and colleague Senator John McCain.

  • On some anniversaries we celebrate. On others we reflect.

    The 17th Anniversary of the attack on America and New York’s World Trade Center is one of the times for reflection. There is truly nothing to celebrate in the extraordinary tragedy of 9/11.

    As much as I would like to forget some of them, the images from that day will never be out of my mind, nor will the victims and their families.

  • Four little kids jump off the school bus in wild anticipation, it’s the Friday before a long weekend. It feels like the first three-day weekend would never arrive; it’s been eons since school started instead of just a few weeks.

    Three of the children run excitedly ahead, their book bags light from the lack of books and homework. These three are off to ride bikes and do other fun things during their long stretch of freedom.

  • Thought for the week: Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.

  • This past Sunday First Baptist Elizabethtown had their Installation Services for their new Pastor Reverend Roderick Jones.

    Our deepest condolences to the family of Senator John McCain who passed away last Saturday. He was a great warrior, Senator and person that represented our country with pride, dignity and courage. We salute you, Senator John McCain.

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

    When was the first Labor Day Holiday?

  • By: Brandon Reed

    Kentucky’s economy is booming.

    By every measureable standard, both the Commonwealth and our nation’s economy are growing at a fast rate, adding jobs and pumping new investments into rural communities. Our unemployment rate is at a 43-year low, businesses are expanding at record levels, and Kentucky saw an average of 5.7% growth in wages in the first quarter of 2018, the fourth highest in the nation.