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GOA, India (AP) — The sun’s golden rays fall on Goa’s smooth, sandy beaches every evening, magical as ever but strangely quiet and lonely. This holiday season, few visitors are enjoying the celebrated sunsets in the Indian party hotspot.

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Since the pandemic’s descent, they have generally been viewed as among those at higher risk — older Americans, some of them medically vulnerable, figuring out how to navigate life in a COVID-saturated, increasingly isolated world.

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous words, “Hardly a man is now alive (or a woman either for that matter) who remembers that famous day and year.” This quote, which refers to the midnight ride of Paul Revere, could just as easily be applied to the construction of our subject for today, Secon…

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Moods are a very real part of our daily lives but also an area we need to discern carefully. We seldom think about human behavior and why we fall into certain attitudes but I believe it would be worth our time to examine our thoughts on a regular basis. The Bible and psychology has much to s…

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Kathi Reed spent about 20 minutes Tuesday afternoon relaxing in a chair at the Western Kentucky Regional Blood Center on South Virginia Street drinking a Coca-Cola while giving her one-pint donation.

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Grapes are sturdy plants. They stubbornly withstand drought and can succeed even in rocky, infertile soils. Given reasonable care, grape vines remain productive for 20 to 30 years. For the best use, train grapes along an existing border fence or trellis. This serves to set off property bound…

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Our lives are filled with activity and hectic schedules and we have only been given a certain amount of days to accomplish what God wants us to do. Since Adam and Eve, history has provided a probationary period to determine who will embrace and who will reject an eternal covenant relationshi…

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Hopkinsville Community College English instructor and author Elizabeth Burton recently received a $1,000 Kentucky Foundation for Women Artist Enrichment Grant to complete the research for her novel.

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I hope that everyone had an enjoyable holiday, but I must admit that it did not seem like a normal Christmas. Yes, we sent out cards and decorated the tree, but there was something strange about the atmosphere. The signs of the virus are everywhere, and I cannot help but think about how many…

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In the heart of the Deepwood subdivision is the Alexanders’ treehouse — a nickname given by its residents because of the wooded location in the middle of Hopkinsville.

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It’s resolution writing time! If cleaning up is your goal, we have some excellent suggestions for getting everything organized:

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Once again, we have stressed over trying to figure out what to give people who already have everything they want. If you are like me, it’s common to finally settle on exchanging gift-cards. Come to think of it, I’m trying to understand how we went from the wise men bringing gifts to Christ a…

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Before we slide past the zero of a new decade and put 2021 on the map, we must of necessity look at the most unique Christmas in any of our lifetimes — one landing in the middle of an unprecedented pandemic, as we simultaneously turn over the reigns of government to a new president. It is a …

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In Romans 6:23 the Bible says, For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Yes my friends, the gift of eternal life is a free gift from the Lord. Eternal life is not any type of reward for any good that we do not can eternal life be earned. It…

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The All-American Selections is a non-profit organization that helps take the guesswork out of the hundreds of vegetable and flower varieties released each year. AAS growing tests are conducted across North America and judges score each entry. Only the highest-ranking varieties are given the …

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As consumers seek self-sufficiency, many find success in their backyard gardens. Interest in organic practices and heirloom fruits and vegetables has grown.

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If the thought of facing a long winter without straight-from-the-garden freshness makes you sad, weep no more. It’s easy as tomato pie to grow your own produce indoors.

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This is the time of year when we display our nativity sets and it’s common to see depictions on the front of Christmas cards that have Mary and Joseph in a stable with the baby Jesus who is lying in a feeding trough commonly referred to as a manger. The word nativity comes from the Latin ter…

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Most Kentucky churches were closed to in-person services at Easter after Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear restricted all mass gatherings in mid-March in an effort to protect public health because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Dr. Donald Wyman was the horticulturist of Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University for 35 years (1935-1970). He is best known for introducing new plants to American gardens. In one, two-year span he located seeds or plants of 586 species and varieties not then found at the Arboretum. During a…

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December is the perfect time to read cozy mysteries. Cozy mysteries have great puns, are set in idyllic locations, and are simple and quick reads that can still surprise you. What would make it better? A Christmas theme, of course!

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The attitude of our fallen human nature is not very nice, in fact the word depraved is commonly used. Christians are required to honor God with self-discipline of their mind and to demonstrate His character, but sadly it’s rare to find any difference between God’s people and those who do not…

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To officially kick off the holiday season, 7-year-old Sylas Luxmore will serve as the honorary tree lighter Friday at the 2020 Virtual Downtown Hopkinsville Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.

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Today I am rejoicing in the Lord and I have to say: Thank you Lord, thank you Lord, thank you Lord. I just want to thank you Lord! Glory to God!

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I’ve often heard people say that we should not discuss religion or politics and I agree we are less likely to argue if we avoid these danger zones and just talk about the weather. There are several reasons why individuals are private about their convictions and it’s true we do not always nee…

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Color is important to gardeners. We often select plants because of their flower color and design our gardens so those most brightly colored flowers are most noticeable. We even associate the year’s seasons with color. Yellow daffodils mean spring; red daylilies describe summer, orange leaves…

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Late one stormy London night in 1763, a man filled with despair was determined to end his life. He hired a driver to take him to the river and was convinced that if he could only cast himself into the depths of the Thames, his agony could be finally put to an end. He was unwavering in his re…

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Pesticides are a valuable tool for protecting plants against insect, disease and weed pests. They are most often used for lawns, gardens, trees, shrubs and homes. However, improperly stored pesticides pose a potentially dangerous risk of accidental poisoning to children and pets. Also, incor…

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Dahlias, with their lush, vivid blossoms, are a garden favorite and often take front and center at county and state fair competitions. Unfortunately, they are semi-tropical plants and will not overwinter in Kentucky’s climate. Don’t worry, though. With a little effort in storing their tubero…

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America began as a small group of Christians who believed in God and the Bible and considered their faith as their highest priority. However, we have sadly observed since that time, a huge decline in morality and a falling away from the awareness and reverence for the Almighty. When I was yo…

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Once upon a time, at the northeast corner of 16th Street and Main, there stood a very fine Victorian Queen Anne style house (c. 1880) which was torn down in the late 1950s prior to the building of the current First Baptist Church. Since it has been gone for well over a half century, many — i…

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Homeowners interested in reducing winter heating bills may want to consider planting a windbreak. A windbreak is a single or multiple row of trees and shrubs planted in a linear fashion on the side of the house that receives the brunt of the winter wind. Its primary purpose is to slow these …

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People talk about faith all the time and this a good thing, however, along with our confidence, there must also be a collection of other Godly character traits operating within us in order to have a balanced and sincere relationship with Him. Faith is not just a magical wand that is used whe…

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The Eastern Redcedar (Juniperus virginiana) is a tree that you cannot miss, even if you tried. Its wide native range from Ontario and Quebec to mid-Florida and west to North Dakota and Texas makes it the most widely distributed conifer in the eastern U.S. This broad reach of Eastern Redcedar…

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For adults, students and children who are spending extra time at home to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, the Museums of Hopkinsville-Christian County and the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library have some entertaining and educational ideas to stay occupied.

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Editor’s note: The following is the most up-to-date listing of activities, which were not canceled or postponed in an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19. Before leaving for an event, please call in advance to confirm it is still taking place.