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Columns

  • Countdown to Christmas

     

    Judging by the crowds on Black Friday, the Christmas season is now in full swing. And there are plenty of events right here in Taylor County to help put you in the Christmas mood.

    I got to Walmart at about 11:15 p.m. Thanksgiving night. This wasn't my first Black Friday, so I knew what to expect.

    People waiting in line with lawn chairs in tow (check). No parking spaces (check).

  • New website offers so much more

    Months in the works, the News-Journal's new website is up and running and we're excited about all that it offers for readers.

    Of course, we're still learning all the "ins and outs" of the new web process, but we believe you'll notice the improvement.

    The new site has so much more than our previous website, and it's easier to navigate as well.

  • Skipping Thanksgiving

    Have you noticed how easily we pass from Halloween to Christmas, from October to December, from "Trick or Treat" to "Here Comes Santa Claus"?

    And Thanksgiving gets bypassed once again. Only now it happens with greater celerity and casualness. We're beyond feeling any guilt about it.

  • Changes are happening

     

    We're making changes at the News-Journal, changes that we believe readers will enjoy.

    In addition to our new website, which we hope you've had a chance to examine, we're also making a change to the lineup of our Editorial Board.

    Traditionally, members of the Editorial Board have included the publisher, editor, sports editor, both staff writers and two rotating, non-editorial staff members at the CKNJ.

  • A once-in-a-lifetime experience ... sort of

     

    March 1993. I was a junior in high school at the time I saw the movie "Fire In The Sky," which dramatized the alleged alien abduction of Arizona logger Travis Walton.

    At the time, my obsession with UFOs and alien abduction stories was just beginning to blossom. I'd heard bits and pieces of Walton's story before and was intrigued. Also, James Garner was in the film and even as a naive high school kid I already knew the "The Rockford Files" was the greatest show to ever grace TV screens.

  • Reading club on its third year

     

    If you enjoy reading, why not give the CKNJ Bookmarks reading group a try?

    The group meets once every three months to discuss a book. We know that everyone has busy lives, and that's why we decided to meet just four times a year. But we have a great discussion on those four days.

    Our last book was "Dancing on the Edge of the Roof" by Kentucky author Sheila Williams. An interesting read, the story was about a woman who decided to make a major change in her life by moving alone across the country.

  • Voter turnout should have been higher

     

  • End is near for an ugly political season

    We're entering the home stretch folks. Election Day is Tuesday, and hopefully all of the campaigning and mudslinging will come to an end.

    As usual, races here in Campbellsville have kept proceedings relatively clean.

    In the Louisville area, things are simply out of control if the television ads are any indication.

    Attack ads are the order of the day. And seemingly every commercial break is chock full of them.

  • Standing ovation for arts series

    I could tell it was going to be good ... a performance by a band known to perform with some of the top names in bluegrass music. And I was right.

    The Ozark Alliance performed at Campbellsville University on Saturday night as part of the 2010-2011 Central Kentucky Arts Series.

    I am a fan of just about any kind of music, including bluegrass. I can't rattle off the names of famous bluegrass musicians, but I know that I enjoy hearing a good song with banjos, fiddles and a good bass line.

  • A few unconventional memories

    Those who bother to read my column may know by now that I'm something of a film fan. OK, honestly I'm a fanatic.

    I can extol virtues of the various aspects of film, from performances to screen composition, for hours on end. But my wife and my dog seldom seem interested in what I have to say.

    Naturally, I was pleased to learn that Lebanon's Center Square was playing host to Dark Woods Con 1.5, a convention and film festival catering to those who like their movies to deliver a good scare.