• Welcome back!

    “Welcome back, Mr. Whitlock,” the hotel host greeted me as Lori and I returned from an evening out. I looked down to see if I had a nametag on my shirt. Almost feeling like a celebrity, I whispered to Lori as we got on the elevator,

    “How did he know my name?”

    It’s nice to be welcomed back.

    And when someone knows who we are and can even call us by name, like the host at the hotel did to me, it makes us feel even more special.

  • Shopping at 35,000 feet

    Most men probably don’t fall into this category, but I’ll admit I do. I enjoy shopping.

    OK. Let me clarify that. I enjoy shopping for things I like, and for me, that usually means a gadget or gizmo designed to make life a little easier.

    My real obsession is anything related to technology and I’m usually a sucker for a new tool to simplify the rat-race world we live in, whether I need it or not.

    There are some stores in malls and shopping centers where you can find the occasional gadget, but the best place for my money is Sky Mall.

  • Preacher's visits change lives


    It was touching, plain and simple.

    I followed him from room to room and saw their faces light up when they saw him peek inside.

    Some of them wanted hugs and a kiss from their “boyfriend.” Some wanted to know what was for lunch or some water. Others said they weren’t feeling well and wanted an encouraging word.

    They all got what they needed.

    The Rev. Mikie Ash visits residents at The Grandview every day. He visits all of them twice a day. I wrote a story about Ash for our Sept. 24 issue.

  • A choice of two futures

    Our great nation is facing some tough challenges. My friend and colleague Congressman Paul Ryan (WI-01) often says we have a choice of two futures. I could not agree more. We can continue the disastrous policies the current Administration is pursuing, such as a one-size fits all health care law that is raising costs, or we can move toward a path of sound policies that will lead to economic growth.

  • A new life


    What did I do during my summer vacation? I got cancer!

    Earlier this year, I was feeling kinda run down. I had a cold that just wouldn’t go away, a nagging fever and some swelling around my stomach that clearly wasn’t from Oreos.

    In May, I finally went to the doctor. They drew some blood, did an x-ray, offered a few theories and sent me home until the results came in.

    By that night, I was in Taylor Regional Hospital’s emergency room, where a doctor was telling me that I may have cancer.

  • Work begins on roads, bridges

    There is a lot going on in Taylor County. We’ve started county road blacktopping projects and we are working on some bridges.

    I want to remind the community to be aware of their surroundings when we are doing these projects, especially for possible detours.

    We will notify when we will be doing any construction work for closures by newspaper and on local radio stations, so please be patient and watch for the construction in the areas.

  • State cracking down on pill abuse


    Kentucky is facing a prescription drug abuse epidemic. You’ve likely already heard the statistics. About 1,000 Kentuckians die each year - that’s about three a day - from pain pill overdose.

    Some reports estimate that one in three Kentuckians has a friend or family member who they say is struggling with prescription drug addiction.

  • Good things happening in Campbellsville


    It has been a very busy summer. We are using our resources in a most efficient way. Businesses are partnering to reinstall the security lights on the KY 210 bypass. After working through much red tape, the project has just been approved to begin work.

    The city’s street department, the Campbellsville Water and Sewer Co. and Taylor County Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. will perform the work. Taylor County RECC developed a plan that was submitted to the state for approval.

  • Dealing with stress


    I was working my way through a row of tomatoes, picking what I could while pulling weeds at the same time. Lori was shoulder high in the okra, quickly filling one bucket and exchanging it for an empty one.

    Tossing the weeds to the side, emptying another bucket of tomatoes, eyeing the rows of ripe peppers, I said to Lori, “I’m overwhelmed. I’ve gotten behind, and I don’t see how we can catch up.”

  • Sadly, we're no longer shocked


    News of the deadly shooting in a Colorado movie theater awaited us all as we got out of bed Friday morning.

    Shocked. Stunned. Speechless.

    Well, sort of.

    It’s sad, but it’s true. We have so many things of this nature — violent, cruel and senseless acts — that take place in our world these days, we are seldom truly surprised.

    We certainly don’t expect these violent acts, but wicked people cross the lines of normalcy so often these days, it’s hard to feel completely surprised.