• I'll take my money now, thanks


    The CKNJ Bookmarks reading group had a great meeting on Sunday - with several new faces in addition to familiar ones.

    If you enjoy reading, give us a try. We meet once every three months to discuss a book we've chosen. 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.

  • Questions women ask


    "Do you remember the color of that sweater I gave you when I was a sophomore in high school?" my wife nonchalantly asked me. "You remember, don't you? It was the first real gift I ever gave a guy. I was so proud of that."

    We had been admiring the sweater our daughter had given me for Christmas. I stroked the sweater as my mind raced back 30-plus years, trying to remember and think of a proper response to her question.

  • Mind the rules of the road


    The holidays are over. And you can definitely tell.

    People in Campbellsville are generally nice. They typically wave as you drive by and many of us know each other by our first names. We are, for the most part, a close community.

    And it seems the holidays make people in general a bit nicer. We seem to say "thank you" a bit more often, and we may actually mean it when we say it.

    People also open their wallets around the holidays to donate to those who are less fortunate.

  • Wetter? Definitely. Warmer? Maybe.

     "This winter looks to be warmer and wetter than average."

    Yep. I wrote those words, published on the front page of the Central Kentucky News-Journal in late November.

    But before you start lobbing tomatoes - or snowballs - at me, I didn't make the prediction. It was a state hydrologist who said, based on a Pacific Ocean pattern, this winter could be warmer and wetter than average. I repeat, "could be."

    Have you ever tried to predict the weather in Kentucky?

    Wetter? Sure. Warmer? That remains to be seen.

  • Triumph over tragedy in Tucson


    The stories of the heroes who stepped up to help and, in some cases, save the victims of the Tucson tragedy keep rolling in.

    The first and most prominent was Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' college intern, Daniel Hernandez, the young man who helped her after she was shot. While many people call him a hero, Hernandez insists he is not one: "I think ... anyone would have done the same thing for anyone, because it's a human being and you need to make sure that you help those in need."

  • A bird in the hand ...


    Apparently, I'm not a very skillful driver. You see, a teenager flipped me "the bird" Saturday afternoon in the Kroger parking lot.

    I can only assume that gesture was her opinion of my driving skills.

    I had stopped by the grocery to pick up a few items, and as I was leaving, I pulled out of the parking aisle and headed toward the stop sign at the center of the lot.

  • Working together to improve college readiness

    Every several years, the Council on Postsecondary Education publishes what we call the High School Feedback Report, which summarizes the college readiness of our high school graduates. Studies show that improved college readiness leads to improved student success, job opportunities and overall quality of life.

  • Good deeds and inspiring lives


    After living in California my entire life, the move to attend school in Campbellsville felt like moving to another world. After my first year in Taylor County, I thought I knew what this small town was all about. After this past semester working as an intern at the News-Journal, I learned more about this tight-knit community than I ever thought I would. I realize now that this small town is like a big family.

  • Approaching a New Year with prayer

    With the dawn of a new year come an array of emotions, hopes, fears and much anticipation. We commonly hear a flurry of comments about New Year's resolutions. We read the various resolutions set by certain individuals for the New Year, we hear radio and newscasts telling us about New Year's resolutions and for about 10 days to two weeks around Jan. 1 we are constantly coming in contact with resolutions of all types for the New Year.

  • How to deal with debt collectors


    Linda Ireland

    Landmark News Service

    A debt collector yelled at me this morning. I tried to yell back - but I think she hung up the phone before I got to that point.

    And I think it was a debt collector. She had all the required traits - attitude, persistence, hide like a water buffalo.

    The funny thing is - it wasn't my debt.