• Don't take food off the table

    It's been a while since I was a boy in school, but I still remember the fun we all had when the occasion called for a classroom party. Every year at Halloween, Christmas or Valentine's Day, or just about any reason to have a party, it seemed we did.

  • Coming home


    I can't believe it's been nearly 10 years since I graduated from college.

    I remember my college days well. Sleeping in because I had late classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Working a job at a store in town and being a writer for the campus newspaper. Being able to go home before dark on the days I didn't have to work.

    College years are full of carefree days when your most important job is figuring out what you want to do with your life.

  • Here's to a newsworthy 2015

    From triumphs to tragedies, Taylor Countians made headlines in 2014.

    While compiling the News-Journal's annual Year In Review stories, CKNJ staff members have spent time reliving the past year.

    And what a year it's been. We read about city and county business, the economy, retirements and hires, political changes, crime, death and much more.

    Read about the Top 10 stories of 2014 on today's front page. The year in sports will be in Thursday's issue.

  • Veteran thanks those involved with Vietnam ceremony

    I would like to thank all the following for your help and support in any way for the 50th anniversary Vietnam veterans welcome home.

    First and foremost, a special thank you to each of the Vietnam veterans that came out for the parade.

    Next, I would like to thank the committee, State Rep. John "Bam" Carney, R-Campbellsville, Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers, Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young, Charlie Shaw, Larry Smith and Calen McKinney.

  • Learning to appreciate all seasons

    While it's a little hard to believe judging by the weather we're having, fall arrived more than a week ago. We celebrated my niece Audrey's first birthday with a watermelon picnic-themed party on Saturday, so I'm thankful for the summer-like temperatures.

    But at the same time, I've been so excited for fall this year that I started decorating for it about three weeks in advance. I've already managed to accumulate several pumpkins and gourds that are prominently displayed outside and inside my home.

  • Election time is near


    In just a few weeks, Taylor Countians will be asked to choose who will be their governmental leaders for the next several years.

    This year's general election ballot is crammed full. Residents will chose their mayor, judge/executive, jailer, sheriff, magistrates, city council, coroner and the list goes on.

    In the largest race, 21 people want to serve on the city council. That's the most people to file for the 12 seats in a long time.

  • Uniting to help the environment

    What with all the bad news these days - from the Middle East (ISIS) to the NFL (spousal abuse) - it's nice to hear some good news. This one comes from Mother Nature herself in cooperation with some people intent on helping her.

    It seems the ozone layer is getting better.

  • NFL has serious issues off the field

    There are more than a few NFL fans among us here in Taylor County. Many gather around the TV on Sundays, as well as Thursdays and Mondays, to watch professional football. But with the recent behavior of some NFL players, the viewing habits of some people could change, and you couldn't blame them.

  • Controlling our rage

    The driver cut in front of me, honking his horn while sticking his middle finger out his car window, pointing it in my direction. 

    "What's he so mad about?" I remember asking myself.

    I had apparently failed to move fast enough when the light for the right-turn lane signaled green.

    That wasn't the first time someone had so visibly disapproved of my driving. I admit I'm not NASCAR driving material. I once had a friend tell me that driving with me was like being a passenger with Mr. Magoo at the wheel.

  • Emotions from 9/11 emerge years later

    President George W. Bush considered it the Pearl Harbor of the 21st century.

    Ask someone where they were during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and they can tell you without having to stop and think about it.

    From the first words they heard about the attacks to who they held hands with during a moment of silence, most Americans can remember every vivid detail from that awful day. My story is a bit different - in fact at times I have felt uncomfortable sharing it.