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Bell County 4-H to send 5 country hams to state fair

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Five Bell County 4-Hers are set to go to Louisville in mid-August to compete in the 4-H Country Ham project at the Kentucky State Fair.The group salt cured their hams in February and hung them in the Knox County 4-H Ham House through the winter and spring. They recently cleaned and rehung the hams and are preparing speeches and presentations about the hams for competition at the state fair.This was the first year Bell County 4-H has done the country ham project. All involved enjoyed the experience and learned a valuable technique of food preservation.Several hams remain and will be put up for auction at Farm Field Day on Aug. 29. All proceeds from the ham auction will benefit the Country Ham project in the future.

 

Today in History — July 31

By the Associated PressToday is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On July 31, 1964, the American space probe Ranger 7 reached the moon, transmitting pictures back to Earth before impacting the lunar surface.On this date:In 1777, the Marquis de Lafayette, a 19-year-old French nobleman, was made a major-general i...

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Letters to the Editor

Editor,I hope you are having a great summer and enjoying your time off. I appreciate your hard work and loyalty to Pineville Independent. It is vital to our continued success.There are exciting things happening at Pineville Independent. As we gear up for another great year, I want to send a friendly reminder that on Monday, Aug. 4, we will have our Back to School Bash from 6-7:30 p.m. on the football field. Kindergarten and other new students may tour th...

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Improve end-of-life health care

The day my father died from prostate cancer — Jan 11, 2011 — is the day I decided that no family should ever experience the same pain. That day everything changed for me. I had worked for seven years at an organization whose sole focus is end-of-life care, yet I had not had even one conversation with my father about his end-of-life wishes. It was truly a wake-up call, an eye-opening experience I hope I never have to repeat.

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Today in History — July 30

By the Associated PressToday is Wednesday, July 30, the 211th day of 2014. There are 154 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On July 30, 1864, during the Civil War, Union forces tried to take Petersburg, Virginia, by exploding a gunpowder-laden mine shaft that had been dug out beneath Confederate defense lines; the attack failed.On this date:In 1729, Baltimore, Maryla...

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Something important happens every day

Daily, I glance at the large calendar on the wall that looks down on my writing area. Last month it reminded me of Father’s Day and my super father and father-in-law. Summer started on the 21st, days that may be hot and stormy.I did recall with deep gratitude and unparalleled excitement that Kitty and I celebrated another wedding anniversary on June 4. That fourth was more exciting than Independence Day on the Fourth of July.

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Today in History — July 29

By the Associated PressToday is Tuesday, July 29, the 210th day of 2014. There are 155 days left in the year.Today’s Highlights in History:On July 29, 1914, transcontinental telephone service in the U.S. became operational with the first test conversation between New York and San Francisco. Massachusetts’ Cape Cod Canal, offering a shortcut across the base of the peninsula, was officially opened to shipping traffic...

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Armed response not a job for educators

Arming teachers to respond to deadly attacks is an unsettling concept.Gov. Jay Nixon on July 14 vetoed legislation that would permit educators who specifically are trained for armed response to carry concealed weapons.We understand and appreciate the motivation for the legislation.Massacres in the schools, although rare, are a grim reality. We support exploring ways to prevent violence or, failing that, to limit its scope, not only in schools, but in all venue...

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Those who fought in ‘Forgotten War’

FRANKFORT — The Korean War is sometimes referred to as America’s forgotten war, but for those who served and their loved ones, it will never be forgotten. Kentucky saw more than 30,000 of its citizens serve in the conflict and on July 27, the commonwealth officially honored their service. It was with honor and great reverence that I sponsored House Bill 234, which marked July 27 as Korean War Armistice day.

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Remembering the 1970s

Technology has transformed our world tremendously. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that life is getting easier for most people. And, greatly due to modern medicine, life expectancy has increased significantly from around the turn of the 20th century when the average person lived to be about 50 years old. Sure, there were those who, despite difficult lives of working the fields, hunting, trapping, timbering or even working in unsafe coal mining conditions that existed in the day, ...

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Armstrong on the moon, 45 years ago

It’s July 19 and I’m at Wapakoneta, Ohio, at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum. Tomorrow is July 20, 2014, the 45th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon. I remember his famous words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”Do you remember? Very few of those visiting today were even alive on that historic date.The museum is small but well designed, and I want to know who was able to get all these artifacts...

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The importance of worshipping God

When an important decision is in the works, we all wish we could hear a voice from heaven or have some solid assurance that we are doing the right thing. Sometimes our confirmation that we are on the right track comes in an overwhelming sense of peace. At other times, we may have friends and family who encourage us that we are headed in the right direction. Rarely, but definitely, there are times that God speaks to our heart in a way that we know only He can do.In the church world ...

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Why incumbents keep getting reelected

It’s no news that Congress is unpopular. In fact, at times it seems like the only real novelty on Capitol Hill would be a jump in its approval rating. In June, a Gallup poll found members’ standing with the American people at a historic low for a midterm-election year. Which might have been notable except, as The Washington Post pointed out, that “Congress’s approval rating has reached historic lows at least 12…times since 2010.”

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Flying with kids? Be organized

I’m happy to announce I’m featured in American Airways magazine this month! With that good news I thought I’d write about flying with little ones. Now that vacation time in full swing and if you plan to fly with your kids, here are my top ten tips for happy flying… short of drugs.1. Be preparedDesignate a carry-on as the entertainment bag. Keep what’s in it a secret, bringing out surprises as the trip goes. Busy kids are happy kids. Bored on...

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Female voters wooed for fall

By Charles BabingtonAn AP News AnalysisWASHINGTON — Democratic and Republican Senators are pouring significant time and energy into pursuing female voters, a coveted prize in the Nov. 4 elections.Wednesday’s Senate vote on contraception legislation is the latest example of Democrats’ win-by-losing strategy, which forces Republicans to vote on sensitive matters that might rile women this fall.

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EPA carbon rules good for all

Richard EidlinSome national business organizations have hammered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for proposing new rules on carbon pollution from existing power plants, cutting carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030, using 2005 levels as a baseline. What planet are they on?

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