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One of the reasons the lawn remains the ubiquitous feature of our landscapes, even in small urban gardens, is that humans are wired for tribalism, says biologist Doug Tallamy. Conformity is a sign of belonging, and who wants to be the first person on the block to shrink, if not ditch, that i…

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I’m writing this review less than three hours removed from Joaquin Phoenix winning an Oscar for “Joker.” It is the second time an actor has won for playing the Clown Prince of Crime, after Heath Ledger’s posthumous win for 2008’s “The Dark Knight.”

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I refuse to pick a side and I also refuse to be neutral. Watching the State of the Union address was like watching some sort of combination of Saturday Night Live and Madam Secretary. It was part drama and part comedy. This is not intended to be disrespectful. It is how I felt as I was watching.

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TODAYThere will be a gospel singing today at 7 p.m. at NewGood Hope Church, located at 390 Good Hope Road in Mannington. This month’s featured group is Rising Creek from Dover, Tennessee. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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Ever meet someone whose life takes an amazing and refreshing turn? Let me introduce you to Kelly Bearden. Take time out to listen to her marvelous story.

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TODAY• Madisonville Community College is offering a free ACT prep workshop from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. today in Room 009 of the Joe C. Davis building. Students will receive test preparation tips and strategies for success that focus specifically on mathematics and science. Seating is limited. To …

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Meet an exceptional woman who fills a valuable role at Happy’s of Madisonville. Her name is Terri Crowell who has worked at popular business supply store for 31 years.

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I love hearing stories and I love telling them to anyone who will listen. Even the same story told over again continues to have fresh meaning because every time it is told it is spoken into a fresh context. Events, location, people present, the emotion in the room, and the purpose of telling…

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UPCOMING• Earlington Elementary School Site-Based Council will meet at 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 in the school office.

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I find that it takes effort to keep even the good practices of my life from skidding off the road on one side or the other. Most self-examining people take time for reflection or meditation on a regular basis. It is a healthy practice, regardless of one’s faith — or lack thereof.

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Long before I visited Madison, Wisconsin, I overheard a conversation among three women that went something like this: Woman No. 1: “I’m from the Madison area.” Woman No. 2: “Oh, I love Madison.” Woman No. 3: “Madison is like Sara Lee. Nobody doesn’t like Madison.”

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The Kentucky Soybean Association (KSA) is celebrating its 50-year anniversary in 2020, and during the preparations for such a milestone, one name kept popping up. George Martin of Nebo has been actively involved in leadership of the soybean association since 1975, a mere five years after the…

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Meet the person who founded the organization whose mission and passion is keeping Hopkins County youth on the right track. His name is Eric Logan who founded Light of Chance 14 years ago in 2005.

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Every year on this weekend, I attempt to connect my thoughts here to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It is hard because I am the recipient of “white privilege.” However I believe that a thing being difficult to write about is one of the best reasons to do so. Even if it exposes ignorance and bl…

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When Joyce Ayaribire, a clinical technician at Inova Hospital and single mother of two boys, wanted to leave her Alexandria, Virginia apartment because she was concerned about the safety of the neighborhood, she didn’t think purchasing a home would be an option.