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Columns

  • Community needs anti-drug coalition

     

    The consequences were dire and life lasting. Hopefully, the message will be too.

    But without the community's agency geared toward educating our youth about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, just how many more students will hear such a message?

    As his mother for the morning, I was very disappointed in him.

    Here is the truth - my 14-year-old "son" was drunk and had gotten behind the wheel of a car. After crashing the car, his best friend was dead and my son was in jail, charged as an adult for his crimes.

  • Infamous 'picketers' visit CU campus

     

    Earlier this month, the infamous "picketers" arrived at Campbellsville University with signs declaring doom to students who did not repent from their "progressive" theologies.

    While many see groups such as this one as intolerant or crazy, it's important not to get lost in fighting against their "preaching."

    Though I don't agree with what this group has to say, I most certainly think they have a right to stand on the sidewalk and defend what they believe.

  • Nothing like Kentucky tomatoes

    Whenever I am confronted by atheists, I simply make the point that if there weren't a God and he didn't love us, there wouldn't be such a thing as the beloved homegrown tomato.

  • What murderers cannot kill

    There's a surprising grace that falls our way whenever someone unexpectedly sings a beautiful song.

    It was a Susan Boyle moment whenever Angela Hockensmith began her solo in our church one Sunday morning. I could sense people looking wide eyed at each other. Like me, they were silently saying, "I didn't know she could sing like that."

  • Celebrate all community offers

     

    I love this time of year. It's the time when it's a little cool in the morning and night, but still warm during the day. And there is plenty to do on the weekends.

    From a fall festival to community cleanups to fundraisers, school and church events to sports and other competitions, there is no shortage of stuff to do. Those who say there is nothing to do in Campbellsville are just wrong.

    This Saturday is no exception. Taylor County High School will host its annual band competition, which I look forward to every year.

  • City projects making progress

    We appreciate the patience of the residents who are so affected by the Downtown Water Line Replacement Project. This project will replace many old water lines within the city and is well underway.

    Contractors have worked on many streets to install new lines or to change meters over to larger lines that are nearby. There are some yards and streets being disturbed and dug up in order to improve the lines and, in turn, the water quality.

  • Oak Ridge Boys have Kentucky ties

    Had Duane Allen not become a mega-success with The Oak Ridge Boys, chances are he would have become a highly successful basketball coach at some level.

    At least, that is how he had it planned.

    "I get right into the very intricacies of coaching," Allen said recently before taking the stage at the Kentucky State Fair. "I had dreamed when I was in school that I would be doing this until I got tired of it. I never dreamed it would last as long as it has.

  • Grandparents Day is Sunday

    Grandparents Day is Sunday. Although it has been an annual tradition since 1979, Grandparents Day is not a day I had ever given much thought to.

    Two of my grandparents live in other states, so I only get to see them about once a year, and two have passed on. It wasn't until last year, when my niece, Taylor, came into the world that I finally began to understand the importance of Grandparents Day.

  • Mom's lesson pays dividends

     

    I can look back over the years and recall lots of things my parents taught me, but one has always stood out above the others. My mom always said that when it comes to money, it's easier to talk for it than to work for it.

    I've put that message to work many times over the years, and I've even used it a few times recently. I'll tell you about two of my experiences in the past month, and they may help you save a little money, too.

  • Don't underestimate those nuns

    A very telling scene occurs in the movie "Promised Land," the film about two corporate salespeople, Steve Butler (Matt Damon) and Sue Thomason (Frances McDermond), who visit a rural town in an attempt to buy drilling rights from the local residents. They represent an energy company specializing in obtaining natural gas through a process known as fracking, which critics claim involves a variety of environmental hazards.