December 31, 2013

Kentucky Man Says God Healed Him of Cancer

After suffering a stroke from a cancerous brain tumor, Perry County resident Roger Teague gives the credit to God for healing him of cancer after deciding to stop his chemotherapy treatment.

Even though Teague had the tumor removed, the cancer was still in his body. In 2012 he was given only a few months to live. The chances of surviving this type of cancer are approximately a million to one.

Teague stated he decided after battling the cancer for years to stop his chemotherapy.

According to Teague, he had an experience with God at the time which caused him to believe he had been healed of cancer. He was right.

After being taken home and given a short time to life, Teague says he saw the Lord "running through my body," adding it felt as if he was glowing.

Teague said he also saw the cancer cells being struck down in his body by God Himself. A few months later there was no longer any cancer left in his body.

His doctors confirm the cancer is gone, and conclude they have no medical explanation for the event.

One of Teague's doctors, Dr. Joe Kingery, said, “I think miracles happen, yes. Medically speaking a lot of things happen that we can't explain, especially with regard to cancer or other terminal diseases.”

Kentucky Native Josh Hutcherson of Hunger Games Welcomed by Wildcat Fans

Two of the leading characters in the 'Hunger Games' franchise are from Kentucky, one of which showed up at the Kentucky Wildcat, Louisville Cardinals Basketball game, getting a strong welcome from fans, along with the Mockingjay salute as well.

James Crisp/AP

Josh Hutcherson was dressed up in support of the Wildcats, who beat their interstate rival Louisville 73-66. Kentucky had been rated #18 in the nation, and Louisville #6 before the game.

The photos shown here are during halftime when Hutcherson made the familiar Kentucky 'Y' symbol while standing in the middle of the court. Fans responded with the Mockinjay salute, which was a symbol of solidarity in the film.


Also from Kentucky is star of Hunger Games Jennifer Lawrence, who plays the lead role of Katniss Everdeen. Hutcherson plays her boyfriend Peeta Mallark.

Hutcherson and Kentucky fans were delighted in the moment.

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December 30, 2013

Perry to Speak at Kentucky GOP Fundraiser

With the extremely unpopular Democratic President Barack Obama weighing on the party, it is good
news for the GOP in Kentucky. To add to Republican momentum in the state, Texas Gov. Rick Perry will visit Kentucky to headline a fundraiser at the Lincoln Reagan Dinner on March 15. The event will be held at Murray State University.

The hope and probability is that Republicans will take over the state House in 2014, as the debacle surrounding Obamacare, the attack on the coal industry, and the promotion of policies opposed by the majority of the electorate in Kentucky has the Democratic Party tottering, with little in the way of answers; especially when Democratic Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear continues to move almost lock-step with Obama on national policies.

It suggests the Democratic Party in Kentucky is in bed with Obama, which doesn't sit well the people of Kentucky.

Along with Perry, Kentucky senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell have also been invited to attend the event.

At this time the Kentucky House is controlled by the Democrats by a 54-46 majority. It is believed that will change next year, with the Republicans controlling the House and Senate after the 2014 elections.

December 28, 2013

For to me to live is Christ

Nothing can or ever will be more important than that which Paul saw and experienced, which was
expressed in the Bible like this: For to me to live is Christ. (Philippians 1:21)

It represents in a simple but powerful way all that the New Testament expresses, and the eternal reason behind God's creation. He wants us to embrace Him as all.

For those willing to risk all that Christ may be all within us, it is an amazing adventure that will end up ridding ourselves of an endless number of nagging problems that so easily beset us and take us off of our focus on Christ.

We must go past the idea of "For me to live is Christ," to the fact of embracing and pursuing it as a practical reality.

Ask the Lord to give you this heart after Him, as David's was. There is nothing else that is really needed, as Jesus said when Martha confronted Him about her sister Mary not helping her with the chores. Jesus' response to her sitting at His feet with others, was that this was the really only necessary thing for her, and He wasn't going to take that away from her. He meant a person and people that wanted to be focused on Him, with everything else being a far distant last in importance.

Remember, we must be doers of the Word, not simply hearers of the Word. We can't make up "to live is Christ," we must have it as part of our very outlook, state, and being.

Larue County Benefiting from Elizabethtown Economic Growth

Hodgenville and Larue County will benefit from the growth in Elizabethtown and Hardin County, as it has enjoyed solid payroll growth since 2007. Much of that has been the result of jobs associated with Fort Knox.

As long as the next round of Base Realignment and Closure Commission is favorable to the area, this will continue to be the outcome in the region.

A recent report from the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce shows bordering Hardin County is among the better economically performing areas, along with Madison and Christian Counties; both of which also have military bases located in them.

The concern is how consistent the amount of dollars allocated to these bases will continue to remain level or increase. If it is decided to cut back on funding any time in the future, Hardin and Larue County will suffer as a result.

As for the overall state of Kentucky, since 2007, it still hasn't reached the job level it was at in 2007, still down by close to 34,000 jobs, or 2%.

December 26, 2013

Kentucky Government Pressing for Gambling Revenue

With the government of Kentucky, overall, refusing to make the tough decisions associated with
spending far more than it takes in, there is a growing move to make it legal for casinos to operate in the state.

Co-chairman of Kentucky Wins, a proponent of Kentucky gambling, Bill Robinson, says, “Statisticians, people that study these things, estimate over $500 million a year is leaving Kentucky going to surrounding states because of gambling in surrounding states. We need the money to stay home. We need the money to benefit Kentucky’s citizens.”

Concerns are the introduction of gambling would lead to government corruption, gambling addiction, and an increase in crime.

One bill has already been filed that would allow casino gambling to be placed on the November 2014 ballot. It would require a constitutional amendment to make gambling legal in Kentucky. This particular bill would require any casino to be operate in only counties bordering other states. There are plans for another bill to be introduced as well.

As usual, the major problem isn't addressed, which is out-of-control government spending, much of which is allocated to the pensions government workers who are paid benefits far above the private sector.

This is the real issue that must be addressed. With the government, if new revenues are found and spent, it will still do nothing to cut back on spending unless it's forced to.

Let's see cutbacks in outrageous government employee benefits so the rest of us don't have to continue to pay for them.

December 23, 2013

Phil Robertson Won't Back Down

It's a breath of fresh air to see a Christian like Phil Robertson stick up for Jesus Christ and the Bible, as to what it says about sin and homosexuality.

Homosexuals are the only group of people in history to self-identify as a sin. So in lining themselves up as sin, they now demand that everyone else confirm and support them in that sin. Roberson, as does Larue Country Register, totally opposed that manipulative demand.

Robertson, so far, is a great example of us not caving in to our enemies and being willing to suffer whatever repercussions we must for our faith in Jesus Christ.

In saying a prayer at his church recently, Robertson concluded it with this: "I will not give or back off from my path because you conquered death, Father, so we are not worried about all the repercussions."    

God has not given us a spirit of fear, and we must not give in when confronting people and the culture about Whom Christ really is, what He says, and what He represents.

December 17, 2013

Cruse, Hornback Face 69 Counts

There is more clarity on the indictments against Hodgenville Mayor Terry L. Cruse and city clerk Madonna Hornback, whom face a combined 69 counts.

Cruse's charges include 2 counts of forgery, 9 counts of abuse of public trust, one count of theft by unlawful taking, and two counts for not reporting campaign contributions.

Madonna Hornback faces one count theft of unlawful taking, and 54 counts for abuse of public trust.

The pair were both accused of making personal purchases with a credit card issued by the city and also for stealing money from Hodgenville.

Kentucky State Police raided the office in June, shutting it down while they confiscated computers and other materials as evidence. That came after residents of Larue County made complaints about the alleged abuses.

Kentucky Parks Targeted in New Bill

In a bill proposed by Rep. Kenny Imes has the possibility of providing a financial benefit to state parks in Kentucky.

How it would work is private companies would be given the go ahead to lease and/or develop state park property in Kentucky.

The types of companies in mind would be related to the tourist industry, although it isn't clear if that is the only types of companies that could do business on park property around the state. The bill is specifically introduced in order to give local tourism a boost.

"Many of our state parks have acres of unused and undeveloped property, which has long been a wasted source of taxpayer dollars," Imes said.

A better idea to me would be for the state to sell off all its land and use the revenue to pay down its unsustainable spending levels.

Per the bill, it would transfer the parameters of an existing law related to property development that is overseen by the Kentucky State Fair Board, and include land owned by the Kentucky Department of Parks.

How much better it would be to shrink the Kentucky government and rid the productive private sector of over-compensated government workers. That would be a good start to slashing the bloated Kentucky budget of 2014.

Campbellsville Attracts Seasonal Mobile Workers

Nicknamed Camperforce, a group of mobile RV travelers have traveled to Campbellsville to work the Christmas season for (AMZN).

As locals in the area know, the seasonal, mobile workers stay at one of four campgrounds in the area while they do their jobs. These workers travel around the United States, getting hired in a variety of places which need people for specific times of the year.

The Campbellsville workers work three or four days a week from the latter part of September to around Christmas, or a period of about three months. It's estimated as many as 600 people may have been hired by Amazon at the Kentucky fulfillment center, doing jobs such as unloading trucks, picking, stowing, labeling, among other similar work.

Other parts of the country including Campforce initiatives are Coffeyville, Kan., and Fernley, Nev.

It isn't clear if workers from Kentucky participate in the program or not.

December 16, 2013

Hodgenville Mayor Terry L. Cruse Indicted on 14 Counts

Mayor Terry L. Cruse, 56, of Hodgenville, along with City Clerk MaDonna Hornback, 52, were indicted Monday by a LaRue County grand jury.

The Mayor is facing nine counts of abuse of public trust; one count of theft by unlawful taking; two counts of campaign contribution restrictions/expense limits; and two counts of forgery.

For Hornback, she was charged with 54 counts of abuse of public trust; and one count of theft by unlawful taking.

A bond of $9,500 cash or property was set. The two should be in court sometime in January 2014.

The alleged abuse of city gas cards is the reason behind the charges.

More will be reported as the story unfolds.

December 15, 2013

Christmas Nativity Printables

This time of the year I always like to add a couple of Christmas printables for those looking for some interesting activities to do with their children or grandchildren, which will also provide a compelling and fun teaching moment for them. Here are a couple below.

The first one includes some elements of the Nativity story in the Bible, including the holy family and the Wise Men looking to the star to give direction to the King.


Next is a easier picture to color for those wanting an image of Jesus and His mother Mary. Both of these are excellent choices, with the top one catering more to a more skillful little artist, while the bottom one to one with lesser skills, because of the larger spaces to fill in.

December 14, 2013

Finding Jesus in the Quiet

While we know that Jesus is everywhere, for those that believe in Him there are times when it is difficult to connect because of the turbulence around us and/or in our lives.

One of the tools we can use to combat that is to quiet ourselves before Him and just be silent. This may be for a short period of time during the day, or possibly even over a season of time.

The point is Mark 4 tells us about the different types of ground which hinder the seed from being fruitful. And that seed is Christ, and He wants us to be fruitful people, consistently being conformed to His image, which is the overall purpose He created us.

Isaiah 30:15 says this:

15 For thus the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said,
“In repentance and rest you will be saved,
In quietness and trust is your strength.”
But you were not willing, (NAS)
We must be willing to turn to the Lord consistently and rest in Him. That's what repentance means: turn back to Him, or simply turn to Him. When we turn to Him we can let our inner and outer struggles go, casting them upon him, and from there we find rest.

After that we are able to quiet ourselves and fully trust in Him. In that state we can not only enjoy our fellowship with Him, but also find a total place of rest and peace where He can guide us in even the smallest things of life.

If you find this is where you're at, take it upon yourself to read this verse over and over, or maybe write it down and place it in an area of your house that you walk buy or relax in so you have it ever on your mind. I have found it has changed my life.

December 12, 2013

Girl Shoots Awesome 23-Point Texas Buck

Deer hunting enthusiasts can't ever get enough photos of awesome bucks, and here's one taken in Texas that will likely result in the largest "free-ranging non-typical ever taken by a youth hunter in Texas."

The 23-pointer, shown below, green-scored 213 2/8 gross, 203 1/8 net. It won't be until after the 60-day drying period before it will be known if it is a record or not.  

Photo Credit: Field & Stream

What's an even more amazing part of the story, is Makayla Hay, who is pictured with her kill, saw a photo of the deer in a local newspaper before getting him in her sights on opening day of deer hunting season. He was swimming across a river.

Photo Credit: Field & Stream

It was a good thing Makayla passed on an 8-pointer not long before this monster came out, otherwise she would have lost her chance at shooting him.

She didn't know at the time it was the giant deer seen in the photo, and took her time to wait to get a broadside shoulder shot. The buck attempted to get to its feet and she shot it a second time to finish the kill.

Miles Blows Past Humphrey on Obamacare Issue

With the majority of Americans opposing Obamacare, it wasn't a surprise when Kentucky Republican Suzanne Miles blew past Democrat Kim Humphrey to win a house seat, after trailing Humphrey by 6 points.

The victory was attributed to a robust attack on Obamacare, which is forcing over 200,000 people in Kentucky to drop their insurance plans.

This is terrific news, as the state needs to turn even more conservative, as Democratic Governor Beshear has even called Christians dangerous when opposing protections for them.

With the victory, Republicans now have 46 seats in the 100-seat chamber.

This reinforces the strategy of Republicans to continue to hammer at the disastrous Obamacare bill, which most Americans want repealed.

If Republicans take over the chamber, it will be the first time since 1921.

December 6, 2013

Ice, Snow Hit Larue County, Kentucky

photo credit: Sally Bourgeault - Hodgenville

Larue County, Kentucky is getting hit with ice and snow, as temperatures are going to drop as low as the high teens on Friday, and as low as 16° Saturday evening. Sunday will have a mixture of snow and ice, so drivers should be extra cautious.

Above is the 5-day forecast for the Larue County, Kentucky area.