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Opinion

  • We had a great weekend as we attended the Kentucky Southern Gospel Music Singing Convention last Friday and Saturday in Cave City.

    We listened to some great music, got to spend time with family and friends, and my grandfather Dell Ponder, from Rockcastle County stayed all night with us so he could go to the singing on both nights. We really enjoyed him staying with us. I think he enjoyed it too.

  • Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are the values on which our great nation was founded. Written in the Declaration of Independence, these words ring true for all Americans and have held fast for more than two centuries.  Ratified on July 4, 1776, the Declaration has long been held in the hearts of the American people as a source of hope and inspiration to protect the freedoms we hold so dear.

  • When Sam Sanders was named superintendent of LaRue County Schools 16 years ago, he set out to help make our school district one of the best in Kentucky.

    As he took the helm in 2002, LCS ranked 131st of 176 school districts. Today, as Sanders finishes his last month with LCS and prepares to retire as one of the state’s longest serving superintendents, I’m in awe of how much our district has accomplished during his tenure.

  • My family is generous almost to a fault. They love giving things away whether you want it, or need it, or would have absolutely no use for it. They have brought me up to be the same way. I even hear on multiple occasions that my wife and I are the best gift givers in our families. I only tell them, “I get it from my mom.” I love you mom.

    Mom. Mammaw. There’s no need for you to read past this point. The article is over and everything beyond this point is filler. It doesn’t pertain to you one bit. So both of you can stop reading right now.

  • 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.

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