• 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.

  • Each year there is an eventful week for the community during second weekend in August. Many travel from various locations to make it to Hodgenville during that weekend as there are numerous family gatherings throughout the area and the Cobb’s family Reunion, which brings in many people. This leads up to Sunday of the Annual Homecoming at First Baptist Hodgenville.

  • If you have children, you know what it is like to fret over them. Are they Okay? Are they safe? We raise our children to be good people and pray they strive to achieve great things. Sometimes, being human, they fall short of those goals and fall into a lifestyle of self-destructive behavior. We love them just the same, but we want them to do better and we do everything we can to help them along the way.

  • 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.