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Opinion

  • WrestleMania was this past Sunday, which has been one of the premiere sporting events in my family.

    Since I married Danielle, we have been watching wrestling pay per views at her cousins house because he has the WWE channel, which shows all the WWE pay per views for free.

    However, my favorite thing about the wrestling pay per views is not the wrestling, it’s watching Danielle’s cousin’s son watching it. His son is eight-years-old and in the prime of his childhood. He gets excited with each match and has his favorite wrestlers.

  • By: Zack Fairfax

    “Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln

  • Legislation to put Kentucky’s pension systems on a stronger trajectory has passed the General Assembly. This measure puts the retirement of our teachers, law enforcement, and state workers on sounder footing, and is based heavily off of the input and concerns of these valued public servants.

    I have 10 teachers and 11 state employees in my family, and I would never do anything to hurt those people. They are my pride and joy, and it has been my top priority this session to fully fund their retirement and health insurance.

  • David Raleigh was selected as the new LaRue County Schools superintendent last week.

    Raleigh was announced as the superintendent in front of a large, LARGE crowd at the central office on Thursday, March 29, 2018. I was amazed at how well the event went and how many people came. There were representatives from two newspapers and two radio station covering the event. Video players were recording, the whole meeting was being streamed live by several different outlets, cameras could be heard taking pictures throughout the event and on and on….

  • By: Brandon Reed

    It has been a busy week in our State Capitol. From continuing work to craft a budget, presenting bills before committees, and the release of a pension reform measure, there has been no shortage of activity.

  • We have reached the halfway point of the 2018 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly, and we are on our way to having a pension reform bill filed. We are confident that the pension proposal will reflect a significant amount of changes as a result of the feedback you, our constituents, have offered on this important subject. We also continued our work on the state budget and road plan and passed a number of bills this week.

  • This week in Frankfort marked the halfway point of the 2018 Legislative Session. Kentucky is a robust state, with many incredibly good traits, and some serious issues still to tackle. Every two years in Frankfort, the Legislature is charged with crafting a budget to fund important government programs like education, public safety and transportation, just to name a few.

  • Things to know: Jerry McBride

    Editor’s note: This column is the second in a series entitled “Things to Know.” This series will feature articles written by experts across LaRue County about things you need to know concerning different aspects of day-to-day life.

    LaRue County EMS would like to remind our citizens and the community about the importance of having your homes properly addressed in the case of an emergency.

  • By: Tom Claycomb

    Editor’s note: This is the first column in a new series from The LaRue County Herald News entitled “Things to Know.” This series will feature articles written by experts across LaRue County about things you need to know concerning different aspects of day-to-day life.

    President Harry S. Truman once famously demanded, “Give me a one-handed economist. All my economists say, ‘On the one hand…on the other…’” Unfortunately, legal advice is often delivered with the same two-handed approach.

  • On Sunday this past weekend, I went to see our very own Terry Sandidge speak at the Hometown Teams exhibit in downtown Hodgenville.

    For those of you who have been living under a rock the past couple of weeks, several of our community leaders and others worked hard to bring a traveling exhibit called “Hometown Teams” to LaRue County. The free exhibit showcases national sports displays, but it also showcases LaRue County sports displays as well. The exhibit includes newspaper articles, trophies, uniforms, photographs and other memorabilia.

  • I’m glad to see we all made it through Winter Storm Hunter. One of my pet peeves is when they started naming winter storms.

    It’s ridiculous to me that everything gets branded Winter Storm ______ (fill in the blank.) However, I think that is just one of the many signs of this crazy nutso world we live in today.

    I did a little research and found out that The Weather Channel and other media outlets made naming winter storms popular in 2012 with Winter Storm Athena. Since then, they began branding winter storms on every one of their broadcasts.

  • Happy New Year! Oh wait, it’s January 17. Where did those 17 days go? I need to hurry up on all those ‘things that I want to do this year’.

  • By: Steve Meredith 

    It was quite a treat to kick off the pivotal 2018 Session of the General Assembly with the talented 100th Army Band from nearby Fort Knox playing the National Anthem and My Old Kentucky Home. We also took a moment to officially swear Senator Jimmy Higdon (R-Lebanon) in as the new Senate President Pro Tempore. No one is more deserving and our chamber will continue to benefit from his leadership.

  • Now you see him, now you don’t; rumor has it someone has been stalking a stretch of I-65 between Sonora and Glendale. His description: Male, gray hair, gray beard, measuring in at approximately 3’6”—not counting the horns. His name is Houdini, and he’s a goat—who is getting a following.

  • The holidays are filled with so many events and things we can or want to do; it’s hard to pick what ends up making the list of what you do, where you go, and who you do those things with.

    It’s no different for our family. Seems like my December calendar had more highlighted items on it as “must do’s” this year, than ever before.

  • The season of frigid nights, warm gatherings, and good cheer is upon us as we prepare for 2018. This year was a whirlwind in the General Assembly as we passed historic legislation in the 2017 Session, held insightful policy discussions across the Commonwealth during the Interim, and analyzed proposed pension reform.

  •  Here are some reminders about preparing and cooking your Thanksgiving turkey. If a frozen turkey is your choice, you can safely defrost it in the refrigerator, allowing 24 hours for every 5 pounds in weight. Check that the original bag is not broken, to prevent raw juices from coming into contact with other foods.

  • Autumn has always been my favorite season; for me, the best part of fall in Kentucky is that it’s not summer. Nothing against sunshine, but I really love wearing sweaters and all the things this season brings like football and hot tea, glowing pumpkins and long runs through crunchy leaves.

    Another great part of autumn is the onset of the holidays and after Halloween here, I’m excited for more. Louisville had the most amazing Jack O’ Lanterns and Hodgenville had some fantastic costumes. (Check out the winners and pictures on page 22A and 23A, by the way.)

  • Just as we need food and water to survive, we also need meaningful social relationships and connections.

    While it is okay to feel lonely and to be alone at times, chronic loneliness can cause serious health concerns. Loneliness, if not addressed, can lead to social isolation, physical and mental decline and depression.