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Opinion

  • 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.

  • Thought for the week:

    Be the reminder, the inspiration, the encouragement, the responsibility and the spark of positivity, because how you treat people matters. 

    Double snap, it is early deadline. This will be sweet and short for sure.

  • Thought for the week:  

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words but to live by them. 

  • Across the Bluegrass, Kentuckians await the arrival of Memorial Day weekend. As family and friends gather, it is imperative to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice protecting our country. The brave men and women who fought and died, defending the freedom we covet as Americans, deserve our respect and gratitude. Collectively, I ask that we pay tribute and celebrate the true meaning of the upcoming holiday.

  • Happy belated Mothers’ Day to all mothers. Congratulations to the Classes of 2018 at colleges and high schools. Congratulations to Sue Williamson for her first book that she published.

    Lane Lincoln- Women’s Bible Study was Monday evening. There will be a Bible study this Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    Thought for Today: When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.

  • Thought for the week: God doesn’t require us to succeed, he only requires that you try. 

    I have been having a great birthday month so far. It started on May 2 as I spent the day at Churchill Downs with family and friends. On May 10, I had lunch at O’Charley’s with a friend, then throw in Mother’s Day, before my birthday, as we went to Hodgenville Grill for our annual lunch. Then I went to Cheddar’s for supper with my son Joe, Tempest and Ms. Leah. Then I ended the day by watching my all time favorite movie, Sweet Home Alabama.

  • by Cody McDowell 

     

    For the low, low price of $10,000 you too can influence an election. Not by running ads or placing signs in your Aunt’s front yard but by shaping the potential number of people who will vote in the election. 

  • With more people living in urban areas, many think they do not have the space to garden. A new publication from the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service: “Gardening in Small Spaces”, describes how you can garden in a limited area.

  • For my daily Bible reading, I have been reading the book of Acts for the past couple of weeks.

    The book is mainly about the spread of Christianity and the missionary travels of Apostle Paul as he spreads the news of Jesus Christ. It has been more interesting to me as I want to see the new movie “Paul, Apostle of Christ.”

  • By Brandon Reed

    This past week, the Legislature overrode the Governor’s vetoes of a pro-education budget and comprehensive tax reform. I was proud of these measures, which placed a high priority on providing record funding to our pension systems, increasing per-pupil education funding, and allowing working Kentuckians to keep more of their take-home pay.

  • By: Brandon Reed

    After House concurrence of a compromise two-year spending plan, we have sent the Governor a budget that fully funds Kentucky’s pension systems, boosts education funding, and prioritizes public safety. We also modernized Kentucky’s outdated, uncompetitive tax code for the first time in years, broadening the base while lowering the income tax for all working Kentuckians to 5 percent.