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Life would be more comfortable for all of us if could agree on everything — probably not. I cannot imagine living in such a world. It would be a wretched place to live.

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Studies show consumers are keeping their cars longer. With more older cars on the road, repairs are on the rise. People in Hopkins County interested in taking a wrench into their own hands to save money, now have a resource to help.

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Over the past 18 months or so, we have been thinking a lot about work. There have been some who lost their jobs. There have been others who have been afraid. Some whom many took for granted suddenly were labelled “essential.”

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September is National Library Card Sign-up Month — a time when the Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library joins the American Library Association and libraries nationwide to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academi…

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Webster’s Dictionary defines a renaissance man as a person with many talents or areas of knowledge, and if anyone in Webster County fits that definition, its Luther Willson, who will begin work later this year on a film that will likely become one of the Hallmark Network’s beloved Christmas …

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Exhausted. Worn out. Fed up. Tired of all this. And it seems that some people just never stop poking the sores. Some are no doubt well-meaning, but others seem to be intent on making the rest of us just as miserable as they are. I believe that there are a few of us that have the luxury of be…

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The Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library has a total of 10 employees from both the main branch and the Dawson Springs branch. I thought it would be a fun idea to interview HCMPL staff so you, the reader, could get to know us all a little bit better. Today, we are going to talk with Jud…

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The film and pictures coming out of Afghanistan during the past week have been distressing to say the least. No doubt, life has been distressing in Afghanistan for nearly 50 years now. It is just that most of us do not often see in such stark images the desperation that results from the endi…

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Have you ever read a book or a series that is so good, you can’t wait to get to the end and you never want it to end, all at the same time? That’s me.

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Madisonville Community College is ranked the No. 1 community college in the state by personal finance website, WalletHub.com.

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The saying, “He is dancing like nobody is watching,” brings to my mind a specific context. I have heard it almost exclusively at celebrations (graduations, weddings, birthdays) in reference to someone (he or she) who is dancing (usually not very well) fully aware of the setting but in a worl…

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The first few chapters of Genesis have been dragged through all sorts of modern arguments and philosophies. How one interprets them has become, for some, a litmus test of faith.

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Madisonville Community College has been awarded the Federal TRiO Talent Search grant from the US Department of Education. The first year of the grant is for $419,391 and the total five-year award is worth $2,096,955. Project activities will run from Sept. 1 of this year through Aug. of 2026.

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The Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library has a total of 10 employees from both the Main Branch and the Dawson Springs Branch. I thought it would be a fun idea to interview HCMPL staff so you, the reader, could get to know us all a little bit better. Today, we are chatting with Sharon Gibbs.

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We are recently, as a society, obsessed with being noticed. It can create some serious cross currents in our lives as we seek to “fit in” and “stand out”’ at the same time. It is a delicate balance. It is also a symptom of living in a thoroughly individualistic society.

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The very first thing any being said in the Bible is, “Let there be light.” This is the first word that is necessary when sorting out the chaos that is the universe. That scale is still beyond us. The light began the process of separating and sorting that makes the rest of creation possible.

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We have had so much fun with all our patrons for this year’s Summer Reading Program — Tails and Tales.

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The world is decorated with nearly 400,000 species of flowering plants that can offer a universal language of beauty, joy and fragrance to most anyone who encounters them.

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Baptist Health Madisonville has performed its 50th Transcarotid Artery Revascularization procedure. TCAR is a clinically proven, minimally invasive procedure to treat carotid artery disease and help prevent future strokes.

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I have heard it only a few times and each time I felt a little disgusted and had to stuff down a laugh at the same time. It is the desperate cry of one who is attempting to access entitlement from the pedestal of privilege as they learn they are not going to get their way. “Do you know who I…

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As the Programming and Marketing Coordinator at HCMPL. I’d like to take a few minutes today to share with you and highlight some of our awesome online resources that we provide to our patrons — all free with your library card.

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There are many beautiful things in this world — mountains, waterfalls, a rugged coastline, coral reefs, and deserts to name a few. There is however a point at which one can get too close. Even a relatively small waterfall can be treacherous to walk under and a large one becomes increasingly …

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Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library’s Summer of Fun is well underway. Thank you to everyone who joined us as we welcomed back Animal Tales to the City Park last month. We met marsupials, scorpions, the cutest hare ever, and even a cousin to a lemur.

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This weekend we will celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th. Over the course of my life the details of that celebration have changed. I have been to parks, riverfronts, a few overseas, and for several years after fireworks became legal, we had a decent show at m…

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Last summer was strange at our house. We stayed busy enough, but we missed our normal summer trips. The things we missed most were summer camps. There is the traditional version of camp for a week or two at a facility away from town.

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Once upon a time, I knew all the big-name writers. It was what I did with my time 25 years ago, but even way back then, with the limited subgenre options, I absolutely loved SciFi Romance. Back then it was books like Warrior’s Woman by Johanna Lindsey and Shielder by Catherine Spangler. Both…

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The week after Rebecca Grant took away her kids’ video games for a month, after a year of relaxed pandemic rules, her 10-year-old son was livid. He gave her the silent treatment, mostly ignoring her except to spit out a hurtful, “I don’t love you,” one night at bedtime.

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Independence Bank has been named a Best Place to Work in Kentucky by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management in their 17th annual rankings, presented by Lifestyle Health Plans.

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The presidency of the country’s second Catholic president is revealing deep divisions among the country’s bishops, and one after another appeared Thursday at their annual meeting to say their fraternity is now at a crossroads — although they disagree on what type of juncture they face and why.

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I know people who seem to see nothing but the good. They are encouraging and find the right words even in difficult situations. I am certain that their eyes are perhaps clearer than mine, but not much is said about the negative. It is not ignored. It is turned around. There is often not so m…

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Have you found yourself missing our Silent Auction? Well, so has Sharon Gibbs so we have brought back a little slice of that life just for you all.

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Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library is excited to be back and interacting with our patrons once again.

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“I am oppressed with a sense of the impropriety of uttering words on this occasion. If silence is ever golden, it must be here beside the graves of 15,000 men, whose lives were more significant than speech, and whose death was a poem, the music of which can never be sung. With words we make …

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I sometimes have a hard time being still. I am better than I used to be, but still have a way to go. It is not sitting still that is the hardest part. It is sitting still and not being annoyed by the need to sit still in some places. I carry a book with me in my car. I call it my “appointmen…