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I do not write to pick sides, although sometimes it may be obvious which side I am on. Some people do write to pick sides. That is not my intention. I write to think on paper, and in doing so anyone that reads is carried along with my personal attempts to make sense of the world I am in. Agr…

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There will always be “glass half full” and “glass half empty” people. Both will always be right. Personally, the thing that keeps me more on the half full side are all the half empty people that spoke and wrote in the past. It is those who accurately described catastrophic events or put thei…

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“There is no lack in these days of captious listeners and questioners; but to find a character desirous of information, and seeking the truth as a remedy for ignorance, is very difficult. Just as in the hunter’s snare, or in the soldier’s ambush, the trick is generally ingeniously concealed,…

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Because the United States has such deep and important roots in Christianity, it is always going to be difficult to separate the two. One can make an argument that the United States is the most Christian nation on earth. (A possible exception is the Vatican). One can also make an argument tha…

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The coronavirus pandemic continues to have a major impact on Washington’s cultural institutions even as the region begins to reopen. The responses differ by institution: The Kennedy Center has canceled most performances through the end of 2020. The Smithsonian is taking things slowly, using …

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Since selling his first short story in 2012, Madisonville-based author Matthew Alan Hughes has worked exclusively in the horror fiction genre, but his latest novel promises to take both he and readers in a totally new direction as he branches out into the world of non-fiction.

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It would be foolish to compare today with the devastation wrought by the plague of the 14th century. What today we call the “black death.” Most of the destruction happened within a few years, but it recurred for at least another five decades after that. It took England 150 years to regain it…

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Eighty-seven years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Abraham Lincoln delivered perhaps the most famous speech in American History. In its text is the ironic line, “the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here.” This is, of course the Gettysburg Address, …

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With my schedule disrupted like most of us, I decided to take the plunge and do something I have been putting off for years. You got it. I finally picked up War and Peace. It is my nighttime reading just before I go to bed, so it may yet take me a while to get through it. Yep. Just for fun. …

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A bubbling stream, a few animals around, a partly cloudy sky, about 70 degrees and a wisp of a breeze- hopefully right after a rain. The birds are singing and there are absolutely no bugs anywhere. It is quiet. That poster says Psalm 23. (We forget about “the valley of the shadow of death”, …

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In an era where theaters are closed and studios are pushing back their hottest movies until next year, Universal has made the bold decision to release its animated would-be blockbuster “Trolls World Tour” straight to On Demand so it can capitalize on an audience with dwindling entertainment …

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NOTE: I am reviewing this film because of its convenient Video On Demand availability following a theatrical run in January. I fully acknowledge and respect the decision to close most of the theaters in the country due to COVID-19. Stay safe, everybody.

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This is how this always happens. This is how disaster overtakes us. We can never see it coming. We have learned to avert, be prepared, and predict a lot of things over the past centuries. But we are still surprised every ten or fifteen years or so by a disease, an attack, greed, or some othe…

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As I write this, the citizens of our communities and our country have made significant alterations to their lifestyles. We are thirsty for answers and hungry for resolve. However, there remains great uncertainty over the course of the foreseeable future.

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As your Circuit Court Clerk, I thank the citizens of Hopkins County for their patience and understanding during this difficult and challenging time. We are still doing our best to serve the public in the areas that we are able.

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WASHINGTON — It was the last day of a 19-day period of daytime fasting for Baha’i believers all over the world. The Washington area’s Baha’i community would have ordinarily been looking forward to joining together at night to feast in celebration and welcome in the Baha’i new year.

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In one of Hank Williams Jr’s songs, he says, “I never back down and I love a good challenge.” I feel the same, but I surely never thought I would face a challenge like this!

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At this time of uncertainty, I would like to thank you all for following the requests from the President and Governor of Kentucky during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Hopkins County Schools has focused on the theme “Vision 2020 — Learn & Inspire” throughout this school year. With the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have tried our best to keep that focus while serving our children and the community in ways we could not have anticipated last August.

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TODAY• There will be a Gospel Singing at 7 p.m. today at New Good Hope Church, located at 390 Good Hope Road, Mannington, KY. This month’s featured group is Divine Mercy from Madisonville, KY.

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The schools in Hopkins County are all about improving reading skills. To that end, they can have some fun with it, as evidenced in the “Read Across America” celebrations of the 116th birthday of Dr. Seuss.

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One of my favorite stories about Jesus and his disciples begins with a question about who to blame. Jesus walked by a blind man and those following him asked, “Teacher, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” (John 9:2, RSV). Jesus immediately turned from assigning blam…

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Last week in my “Sonic the Hedgehog” review, I lamented that the title character was a cleaned-up cartoon rather than the “realistic” CGI abomination we were promised that would have made the movie a classic of terrible cinema. This week, with “The Call of the Wild,” we do indeed get a “real…

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There are some basic rules to living a moral life that most people recognize. One that shows up in several places is the principle of “first, do no harm.” There is a myriad of variations of this principle. That probably means it is a good one. The only problem with it standing on its own is …

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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.