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  • Rain brings difficult challenges

     

    Tony Young

    Campbellsville Mayor

    What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time, we were in desperate need of rainfall.

    Our farmers suffered heavy financial losses as crops dried up and failed to produce. Our gardens produced less than expected fresh homegrown vegetables. We just experienced record level rainfalls last week. Unfortunately, we are not always prepared for continuous heavy rainfalls in July.

  • Walking for a cure

     

    They walked hand in hand. They propped each other up. And they waited for each other, determined to make sure each finished.

    I watched recently as cancer survivors and then their caregivers made a lap around the Taylor County High School football field.

    Relay for Life is always an exciting event, full of fun and games, but also full of reality. There are some who were there last year but aren't this year, and not because they were busy.

  • Laws against sagging pants

     

    I often read my Georgia hometown newspaper, The Moultrie Observer online, and keep up with folks I've known for years. I'm also interested in what actions governmental bodies act upon.

    Recently, the council had final reading on a measure updating an ordinance aimed at public indecency, most notably, at people who wear sagging pants, exposing their underwear, and backsides, to the world.

    The old ordinance states in its entirety: "It shall be unlawful for any person within this city to commit any act of public indecency."

  • Legislators busy with interim session

    As you may know, the interim is in full swing with committees continuing to meet to study new issues and to review the progress of newly enacted laws.

    These committees are made up of both Senate and House members and are known as Interim Joint Committees. I chair the Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee and the Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation.

    I serve on nine other committees and task forces that tackle issues ranging from energy to education to health and welfare to economic development and tourism, among others.

  • Enjoy a vacation making memories

    In a jet black Plymouth Fury, built before air conditioning or seat belts were standard equipment, the vacation of a lifetime began.

    The massive vehicle would accommodate four adults, three children and a baby on a trip to California to meet Mickey Mouse. At 8, I was the oldest of that pack of kids.

    Disneyland was a novel concept in America, a new idea that became known as a theme park.

    In our household, summer vacation was a novel concept. It came about thanks to the prosperity offered by my father's first factory job.

  • Listening to Dad

    I still call my dad most every morning. While I'm driving to work, he's slowly but surely making his way to breakfast in the retirement facility where Dad and Mom now live.

    I sometimes have difficulty communicating on the phone with Dad since his hearing is not what it used to be. Dad just turned 89. So, I was encouraged when Dad told me he was getting new hearing aids. I thought that would make our conversations easier.

    "I just got my new hearing aids," he proudly announced one morning not long ago.

  • Doing your best during adversity

    Recently, I came home from work one day and felt a sharp pain in my stomach. It was a familiar pain, one that has occurred eight times over the past 17 years. Each time, I was hospitalized for a number of days until the blockage dissolved.

    But this time would be different and much more challenging. This time I needed surgery. The surgery went well, but the recovery time was lengthy and unexpected. Bad things happen at the most inconvenient times.

  • If you see something, say something

    At a recent Homeland Security meeting, I heard about the "If you see something, say something" campaign. The initiative was created to encourage people to report suspicious activity in their community.

    The "See Something, Say Something" campaign was developed to address terrorism happening in our country. While it's hard for me to imagine that there could be terroristic activity going on around here, I understand that it's not outside the realm of possibility.

    The advice given by this initiative should be considered by everyone.

  • Community battles drug addiction

     

    It happened nearly a month ago, but the message has stayed with me ever since.

    I attended a Town Hall Forum earlier this month, featuring a speaker I thought was sure to not leave a dry eye in the house.

    The forum addressed something that many people don't like to talk about - drug abuse and what it does to a family.

    I have found the topic makes some uneasy, as if they don't want to realize it's a problem everywhere, even in small towns like Campbellsville.

  • The well on the old farm

    Recently my son bought a small farm that has an old well pump in the front yard.

    In looking at it the other day, it brought back memories of my childhood when most farm families had a water pump in their yard, along with a tin drinking cup that hung from the side. It suited us just fine, though, especially on summer days when hard work in the blazing sun seemed to bake every drop of liquid out of you. In fact, I've never tasted anything sweeter than the cool, clear water we pumped by hand from deep under ground.