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Columns

  • He's alive!

    Years ago when our son, Dave Jr., was about 7 or 8 years, he awoke early one Easter morning, but I was awake, and he immediately began singing the chorus of the Don Francisco song, "He's Alive."

    "He's alive, yes he's alive, yes he's alive and I'm forgiven," Dave sang as he hopped out of bed.

    At first, before I could understand what he was singing, I thought something was wrong with him; maybe he was having a bad dream or was sick and crying for help.

  • My fork goes where?

     

    It's something our parents tried to instill in us all. But it's also something some of us have forgotten over the years. And now, with people being as busy as they are, it might have gone by the wayside entirely.

    I went to a dining etiquette workshop on Monday afternoon at Campbellsville University. Look in Monday's issue for photos from the event.

  • A new hope for Taylor County

     

    If you build it, they will come.

    The old saying will hold true, I'm sure, for two new homes in Taylor County, The House of Hope and J&W's House of Hope. You can read about the homes on today's front page.

    The concept is simple - a handful of residents got together and are turning two houses into transitional homes for those who have battled drug addiction.

  • The Bible's message is not just in its words

    If you were to insist that what makes the Bible a special book is not its outward appearance - whether it's bound in leather or cloth, colored bright pink or plain brown - but what's inside - its message, meaning, and purpose - I would heartily agree.

    But then again, the very presence of the Good Book can not only speak to the soul, it can even save a life.

  • A fourth pair of shoes

    I owned three pairs of shoes when this story began.

    A pair of shoes showed up at my house a few years back. That's not all that unusual, except these showed up by themselves, with no one attached.

    I was coming up the drive to the garage one day when I saw a plastic Walmart bag with something in it lying against the house. There's always something laying around our house, mostly kids, so my curiosity wasn't peaked until a couple of days later. The bag was still there.

  • Shake hands or fist bump?

    John Lennon and Paul McCartney couldn't have known the danger in the words they wrote with the Beatles first major hit, "I Want to Hold Your Hand."

    "And please say to me, you'll let me hold your hand."

    In case you haven't heard, holding and shaking hands can be hazardous to your health.

  • Christian concerts a blessing to community

     

    Entertainment isn't hard to find in most places these days, and I've lived in a few places that had more than their share. But for me, Campbellsville does it as good as any smaller community I've ever lived or worked in, hands down.

  • A year gone by

     

    It's hard to believe it's been a year. And what a year it's been.

    I will admit it; I'm one of those who thought it wouldn't happen. We would never have enough money. People wouldn't want higher taxes to pay for it. But here we are, and it's all paid for.

    The new Taylor County Public Library opened its doors last March, after years and years of planning, saving and hoping.

    And on Tuesday, March 18, library staff members will host a party to celebrate the first birthday in their new building.

  • Looking back on the Olympic games

    The curtain has fallen on the games of the 22nd winter Olympiad. The host country, Russia, was the overall winner with 33 total medals, while the United States finished with 28 total medals. But in my opinion, we, the viewers, also came away with a win because we were given a couple of weeks of entertainment like no other on TV.

  • New truck limits would weigh heavily on state's roads

    On Feb. 4, the Kentucky Senate passed a bill that would allow heavier semi-trailer trucks hauling poultry, livestock and agricultural products to travel on all state and local roads, raising the maximum weight from 80,000 pounds to 88,000 pounds.