Today's News

  • COLUMN: Pray for those who reject the call of Christ

    This morning I was thinking about the first article I wrote on the church page in the Spencer Magnet. It was about the rich man and Lazarus, the beggar.
    As we look at the gospel of Luke 16:19 we see Lazarus, the beggar, died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom, which was in heaven, and we see the rich man also died and was buried.

  • COLUMN: Is God part of your every day story?

    A couple of weeks ago my wife and I took a vacation. Along the way, like most people, we took a lot of pictures. With new digital cameras it is easy to take tons of pictures, even though we may only print a few.
    I bet you probably have vacation pictures around somewhere, or wedding pictures, maybe pictures of a birthday party or some other special event. Those pictures tell us stories from our lives, of special people, special places, special days. Photographs can trigger memories and evoke emotions. We remember how warm the sun was, or how much we laughed.

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  • ONLINE-ONLY COLUMN: Sen. Hornback's Frankfort report

    The first week of the 2012 session was a combination of the ceremonial and the new. We gaveled in on Tuesday of last week with the traditional establishment of the membership of the Senate and approval of our chamber’s rules.
    Over 200 bills have already been filed in the General Assembly and will start making their way through the committee process beginning in earnest this week.

  • ONLINE-ONLY COLUMN: Redistricting, campaigns and term limits

    Following a national census, which takes place every 10 years in America, your General Assembly must redraw the lines that define legislative, senatorial and U.S. Congressional districts. We are doing that now, during this session.

    Lines are drawn based on revised population data, the goal being to end up with 100 state house districts, 38 state senate districts, and six U.S. congressional districts of roughly equivalent populations.

  • COLUMN: Tea leaves and herbal concoctions

    We visited friends in Boulder, Colo., over the Christmas holiday and had an opportunity to visit the Celestial Seasonings Tea Company that is headquartered there. In fact this one factory produces all of their tea sold worldwide.
    Celestial Tea had humble beginnings with a group of “passionate young entrepreneurs” (i.e hippies in 1969) who began collecting herbs from the slopes of the Rocky Mountains and crafted their own herbal teas to sell to local health food stores. Today Celestial Seasonings is one of the largest specialty teas companies in North America.

  • COLUMN: Orchids make good house plants

    Orchids are becoming increasingly popular as houseplants. One orchid you are likely to encounter is the Phalaenopsis, or moth orchid. It gets its name from the shape of the flower that resembles a moth in flight.

  • COLUMN: New year, new challenges

    Welcome to 2012, the year of major changes.
    We will have the opportunity to recycle more items and begin a compost program to help downsize the amount of garbage landfilled.
    Mexico is leading a major change by closing what was known as the largest landfill in this hemisphere. It was pushing 1,000 acres in size. They increased the recycling effort from 6 percent to 60 percent in 10 years, so the reduced amount to be landfilled will be handled by smaller units.

  • COLUMN: Building an ‘affair-proof’ marriage

    One of my favorite authors, Dr. Willard Harley, a noted clinical psychologist, states in one of his books, “His Needs, Her Needs,” that when a husband or wife comes to him for help, his first goal is to help them identify their most important emotional needs — what each of them can do for each other to make them happiest and most content. He has found that most of their responses can be classified into 10 emotional needs categories.

  • Clawson graduates from basic training at Lackland AFB

    Air National Guard Airman Jacob M. Clawson graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.
    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
    Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
    Clawson is the son of Adam and Krista Keller of Sycamore Drive.