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Opinion

  • My wife and I have been dying to decorate our baby’s room ever since we moved in to our new place. It’s the only room in our place that doesn’t have anything in it, and we have been itching to fill it with everything our baby will need. The only problem has been that we haven’t had anything to put in it.

    My friends and family repeatedly told us not to go buy anything because that’s what baby showers are for. And as hard as it was to refrain from purchasing every baby item we saw, we heeded their advice and waited.

  • We hear the word poverty a lot. The most common measure of poverty in the United States is the “poverty threshold set by the U.S. government. For a family of four it’s currently $25,750 annually.

    Think about that — just a little over $2,100 a month in gross earnings to feed, clothe and house four people. For 17.2 percent of all Kentuckians, that is a reality. The chart shows the 2017 poverty rates for the counties in the Lincoln Trail Region.

  • Thought for the week: If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.

    Spring may be here but boy weather sure hasn’t felt like it for sure. With morning temperatures in the 20’s, I am so ready for warmer temperatures so I can work out in the yard.

    Kentucky Wildcats had a great season, but just couldn’t make it to the final 4. Now there won’t be anything to look forward to watch on television.

  • Let’s continue in prayer for the families that have lost loved ones due various acts of violence, injuries, or sickness, and all the sick and shut-ins, hospitals, nursing homes, institutions, jailhouses, prison walls, rehabs, the homeless, 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.

    Congratulations to Dee and Shonda Stewart Cooper on their first anniversary.

  • My mother is a very sweet soul. She will drop anything to help someone in need, she does not speak any ill will, and will never shy away from preaching about God. She does not blame God for our loss.

  •  My life over the past year has been a whirlwind. I went from dating to married, working in a warehouse to reporter at the newspaper, reporter to interim editor, from working a camp to directing said camp, and soon I will face my biggest challenge yet, Fatherhood.

    If you haven’t heard by now, I’m going to be a dad. My wife is currently 19 weeks pregnant and more beautiful than ever. And let me tell you, I am more than excited.

  • 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.