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Columns

  • Bigfoot and Elvis are laughing at us

    For as long as I can remember, I've been fascinated by cryptozoology - the study of and search for animals yet to be classified. Things like the yeti, the Loch Ness monster and the abominable snowman grabbed my attention at a young age and have managed to hold me in their grip ever since.

    Naturally, I was drawn into the story of two north Georgia men who said they had inarguable proof of the ever-elusive Bigfoot. They had a body stuffed in their deep freezer.

  • Teen Board worth your time

    Here at the News-Journal, we're gearing up for the fifth year of our Teen Editorial Board.

    And we're excited.

    The staff at our office is a little too far removed from their teenage years to be trying to tell our readers what's going on in the world of teens. Because of that, we decided a few years ago to let the younger generation tell about their world in their own words.

  • There's no place like home

    It's been just about a year since I left my parents' house and dove head first into homeownership.

    If the past year has taught me anything, it's that you can never have enough money and there will always be something that needs fixing.

    I've learned how to use a drill (and the strange looking accessories that go with that drill), that watering plants every day may not be good for them and that sump pumps aren't fun when they aren't working correctly.

  • I'm a self-professed Olympic Games junkie

    The Olympics are coming! The Olympics are coming!

    Actually, they've already arrived and the world has taken notice. For the 29th games, the Olympics are taking place in Beijing, China. The city is 12 hours ahead of Bardstown so most of what we see will have already taken place. But the excitement is still there, regardless of the time difference.

  • 'On loan' daughter will be missed

    I feel like I'm losing a daughter, and she hasn't even left yet. And the worst part is that she's not even my daughter.

    Marybeth moved in with our family in June. And she's leaving tomorrow. We're going to miss her so much.

    While she has sometimes called me "Mom" and we've all treated her like one of the family, she actually belongs to some friends in Illinois. A student at Southern Illinois University, Marybeth was only "on loan" for the summer.

    And summer is over.

  • Credit reports offer peace of mind

    I'll admit, I was a little worried. The cell phone call came at 4:30 Friday afternoon. A robotic voice told me of a problem with my Taylor County Bank card and that I should call back to sort out the problem.

    I didn't think much about that first call. After all, I don't have a Taylor County Bank card. Still, stories of identity theft began circling around my brain. The thought of someone taking advantage of my limited financial resources for their own gain has been a long held fear of mine.

  • Internet gobbles another 'public' item

    Do you have a computer and Internet access?

    It seems that most people these days do, but, believe it or not, there are still a good many people out in this world who do not, and I think some of our government agencies are forgetting that.

  • Do what's natural ... and best

    Have you ever wished you could turn back time and do something over again? And do it differently?

    When we received a press release recently about World Breastfeeding Month in August, I immediately thought about my children. I breastfed all three of my children, though I stopped nursing my eldest son after about three months, about the time I went back to work. I didn't know how to work and breastfeed at the same time.

  • Goodbye Campbellsville ... and thanks

    Those of you who know me know that I'm a very proud Georgian and that I like to say that I'm southern by birth and bulldog by God's grace.

    However, I must confess that I have come to love the Bluegrass state. Though I will never root for a blue nation sports team, I nonetheless find the state and people to be quite pleasant and enjoyable.

    My wife and I have lived in Campbellsville for about six years in two different stints and we love the community. Taylor Countians, for the most part, are good, God-fearing, generous and friendly people.

  • Lord, help us keep our mouths shut

    Big, bold letters stated, "Lord help me this day to keep my big mouth shut." A family member had given a T-shirt printed with those words to my favorite aunt in the late 1970s.

    Aunt Debbie was known for speaking her opinion in those days. Today, she's still opinionated, but certainly softer spoken.

    I'm guessing it would be fair to say that most of us have been guilty at some point in our lives of speaking a little too freely. I've confessed the sin of the tongue - unfortunately more than once - in the confessional booth.