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By STEPHANIE MOJICA and smojica@amnews.com | January 15, 2013
The tradition of beginning Danville City Commission meetings with a prayer will continue, though Boyle County Fiscal Court decided last week to remove prayer from its meetings and instead have a “moment of silence.” The manner in which city officials pray is not in violation of constitutional law, said City Attorney Stephen Dexter during Monday's City Commission meeting. “This is an issue we've discussed in prior city commissions,” Dexter said. “The question is, is it appropriate or constitutional for this body, or any legislative body, to open its session with a prayer.” Dexter presented summaries of two “landmark cases” to support his legal assessment that praying in government meetings is not unconstitutional.
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January 17, 2013
Please allow me to express my feelings toward public prayer at the beginning of the Boyle Fiscal Court meetings. One of the aspects of the God we pray to as Judeo-Christians is “truth.” John 4:24 states that we are to worship God in spirit and truth. In other words, we bring glory to God when we practice truthfulness in our dealings with other people. In John 18:37, we read the account of Jesus before Pilate. In that instance he told Pilate that he came to the world to testify to the truth.
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January 29, 2013
I am writing today about prayer and Christians defending their freedom. I have read that they have the right to defend their freedom of prayer. Let me be clear. I am not anti-Christian. It seems that everyone wants to say they should have their right to have prayer at a meeting? What about the rights and the freedoms of the atheists? Since they choose not believe what you believe, does that somehow make you more special than they? You can't have it both ways. You can't expect to be able to say you have the right to pray at a public meeting and then trample the rights of those who do not live the way you live.
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March 4, 2013
Self-professed atheist Ricky Smith has done a service in taking up the mission of separating church and state, a work formerly done by Baptists. As the recent Advocate-Messenger editorial made clear, Boyle County consists of atheists, agnostics, a host of Christian denominations, and a variety of non-Christian religions. The Fiscal Court must represent them all; it is not a church.  While two alternatives to opening meetings with Christian prayer have been suggested - a moment of silence and a non-denominational prayer - at least one other has not been considered.
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Bill Thiry | January 19, 2009
Members of George Rogers Clark and Lexington Christian boys basketball teams circle arm-in-arm and huddle for a moment of prayer, while Clark's Corey Rogers lays on the court after sustaining an injury on a rebound in Saturday's 85-56 win over the Eagles. Attending to Rogers was Clark coach Scott Humphrey and Clark athletics director Jackie McCloud along with two medical personnel. Rogers was transported to Clark Regional Medical Center for observation and was later released. Rogers injured his nose while going for a rebound and was scheduled to get a second opinion on the injury later today.
NEWS
April 4, 2012
Jessamine County resident Dr. Louis Arnold, 98, is pictured with state Sen. Tom Buford last month during the legislative session. Arnold's book “Day Starters,” a book of daily devotions, was given to every member of the General Assembly this year. Arnold opened the state Senate in prayer March 27. He was in Frankfort as part of “Preachers' Day at the Capitol,” an annual event sponsored by chaplain Lee Watts where pastors from throughout the state are invited to come to Frankfort, learn about moral issues facing the state, and meet and pray with legislators.
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Dorothea Schlappi | November 15, 2007
To the editor: Thanksgiving is this month! What do we have to be thankful for? Many things, I am sure, and one way we can be thankful is prayer. We can carry it with us anywhere, any place, any time. The other day I was in Danville at noon so I went to Captain D's for lunch. As I was eating, an elderly couple came in and ordered their food. They prepared their food, joined hands and began to pray. When I was getting ready to leave I went to their table and told them that I had heard them pray.
NEWS
March 6, 2013
I would like to thank the more than 40 people who were at the Boyle County Courthouse when prayer was restored to Fiscal Court. Of course, those with control said the prayer could not be in the name of Jesus. I wonder if they will tell Jesus that when he comes back and says, "depart from me I never knew you.” If you deny Jesus now, he will deny you then. Even if you do run the courthouse. To the many Christians who showed up, I would like to say thank you. I have read the book and we win!
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By Ben Kleppinger and ben@theinteriorjournal.com | May 30, 2013
One thing has become clear following the controversy over prayer at this year's high school graduation: people hear what they want to hear. Many in the Lincoln County community apparently want to believe their faith is under attack and that openly Christian people like Senior Class President Jonathan Hardwick are somehow risking something by expressing their beliefs. That imagined fiction couldn't be further from the truth. Hardwick has been hailed as “brave” for praying during graduation.
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By STEPHANIE MOJICA and smojica@amnews.com | May 2, 2013
STANFORD - Lincoln County High School will not have a prayer during its graduation ceremony this month, according to school officials. Six students recently told Principal Tim Godbey they believe they should not be subjected to Judeo-Christian prayers during their commencement ceremony May 24. Student-led prayer at graduation has been a long-standing part of the ceremony, and the students' request “marks the first year we've had dissension,” Godbey...
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By Kendra Peek and kpeek@schurz.com | September 23, 2013
Under a blanket of stars, hundreds of people gathered Sunday as a community on the Boyle County Courthouse lawn to remember the three victims of Friday's deadly robbery at a Danville business. The crowd gathered to remember Mike and Angela Hockensmith of Stanford and Daniel P. Smith of Richmond and to pray for their families after the three were gunned down at ABC Gold, Games and More on South Fourth Street. The Hockensmiths owned the business, and Smith was a gold buyer. “We didn't want to miss the opportunity to love on people,” said Jason Kirby, pastor at Centerpoint church in Danville and one of the organizers of the vigil.
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By KENDRA PEEK and kpeek@amnews.com | September 23, 2013
Under a blanket of stars, hundreds of people gathered Sunday as a community on the Boyle County Courthouse lawn to remember the three victims of Friday's deadly robbery at a Danville business. The crowd gathered to remember Mike and Angela Hockensmith of Stanford and Daniel P. Smith of Richmond and to pray for their families after the three were gunned down at ABC Gold, Games and More on South Fourth Street. The Hockensmiths owned the business, and Smith was a gold buyer. “We didn't want to miss the opportunity to love on people,” said Jason Kirby, pastor at Centerpoint church in Danville and one of the organizers of the vigil.
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August 23, 2013
Morehead AD speaking to Rotary Club The Winchester Rotary Club's weekly meeting will begin at noon Tuesday at the Winchester Country Club. Morehead State University Athletics Director Brian Hutchinson will speak. The program host is Tim Duncan. Class of 1948 meeting Sept. 4 Clark County High School Class of 1948 will meet for lunch Sept. 4 at Kathy's Country Kitchen in Clay City. Meet at 11 a.m. in the Shopper's Village parking lot behind McDonald's. Church hosting prayer walk Saturday First United Methodist Church, 204 S. Main St., will have a 12-hour prayer walk around Winchester Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. Senior pastor Jeff Carter will lead the walk through Winchester before ending at George Rogers Clark High School at 8 p.m. Anyone is invited to join for part of the walk.
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By Jean Brody | August 20, 2013
I am fully aware that I write too often about animals. They are my passion so I am sorry, but, well, here I go again. Last Sunday we were blessed to attend an outdoor family (not ours) gathering and after the meal, a sermon preached by Phil, the grandpa of the clan. The air was cool and dry and the attitude of all those present was positive, happy, open. There were all ages, the youngest under 3, the oldest (besides Gene) 80, and the families were from all over the country. We were the only non-related people there, but they truly made us feel a part of the family.
NEWS
July 27, 2013
City Commission prayer is constitutional and Mayor Hunstad is well within precedent. Facts can be cumbersome. That is especially true when they trump erroneous representations of law.  Contrary to assertions offered in Monday's “Voice of the People,” prayers during governmental proceedings meet Constitutional tests. Precedent one: As Congress opened its first official session, George Washington knelt before patriots. Following his lead, all fell to their knees, thanking God for deliverance from religious oppression.
NEWS
July 22, 2013
Recently, Channel 36 ran a story about my complaint to the Freedom From Religion Foundation regarding Danville City Commission's practice of opening sessions with Christian prayer. The reporter rightly interviewed Mayor Hunstad, as well as me and another local atheist, to get both sides. Not surprisingly, I disagreed with pretty much everything the mayor had to say. He said, “It's freedom of religion. It's not freedom from religion.” Actually, yes, it is. Freedom of religion necessarily includes freedom from religion.
NEWS
June 6, 2013
Have you ever wondered how much history is in Danville? Every section of town has its own history. I have been in this area the most of 48 years and it amazes me how much we know about the community that we call Danville. Since I am a native of southern Illinois, I have learned much through visiting the various historical places here and what I have read in books, such as "Looking Back" and the Forkland and Gravel Switch histories, just to name a few. Recently, I was sitting in front of the courthouse and saw two couples walking and observing their surroundings.
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By Stephanie Mojica and smojica@amnews.com | May 31, 2013
Despite the opposition of at least six students, Lincoln County High School kept to its tradition of student-led prayer during its graduation ceremony Friday. Class of 2013 President Jonathan Hardwick received a standing ovation after he prayed for about one minute during Friday's commencement ceremony at the school. Many audience members echoed his closing of “Amen.” A video of Hardwick's prayer quickly hit social media websites such as YouTube and Topix, with most online comments supporting Hardwick's decision.
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By Ben Kleppinger and ben@theinteriorjournal.com | May 30, 2013
One thing has become clear following the controversy over prayer at this year's high school graduation: people hear what they want to hear. Many in the Lincoln County community apparently want to believe their faith is under attack and that openly Christian people like Senior Class President Jonathan Hardwick are somehow risking something by expressing their beliefs. That imagined fiction couldn't be further from the truth. Hardwick has been hailed as “brave” for praying during graduation.
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By Nancy Leedy and Ben Kleppinger and nancy@theinteriorjournal.com; ben@theinteriorjournal.com | May 29, 2013
STANFORD - Lincoln County High School senior class President Jonathan Hardwick prayed during his address to his fellow classmates on Friday, ending speculation over whether prayer would play a role in the school's graduation ceremony. Controversy about prayer at the graduation arose earlier this month, after high school administrators announced they would be unable to allocate time specifically for prayer during the ceremony. Administrators were prevented by the U.S. Constitution from allowing the traditional prayer time after six senior students, at least some of whom identify as atheists, told Principal Tim Godbey they didn't want a prayer.
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