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Columns

  • Saying goodbye to summer

     

    I still remember it - the excitement of the first day of school.

    My school supplies were ready. I had carefully picked out a backpack, pencils, notebooks and markers.

    I loved milk breaks, reading and playground time. It was always nice to be in a homeroom with someone I knew, but I also enjoyed meeting new friends.

  • Sharing the stories

     

    As a reporter, there are some stories you just don't want to write.

    Bad stuff happens, and it's our job to report it. But that doesn't mean it's fun and we enjoy it.

    I've heard people question why we have published such and such story. They've also asked why those stories have to be printed on the front page.

  • The good ol' days

    Twenty-five years. It's hard to believe, and, as I look back, it just doesn't seem like it's been that long. Really, it doesn't even feel like I should be much older than 25, and it sure doesn't seem like I should be 25 years removed from my high school graduation.

  • Up, up and away

     

    Balloonist's Prayer

    "The winds have welcomed you with softness.

    The sun has blessed you with his warm hands.

    You have flown so high and so well,

    That God has joined you in laughter,

    And he has set you gently back again,

    Into the loving arms of Mother Earth."

  • K-Country Showdown showcases local talent

     

    From The Band Perry to Willie and Waylon, the notes struck a chord with everyone who came out to listen to the 33rd annual K-Country Showdown last Thursday. Part of Campbellsville's Fourth of July Celebration, the event is popular among country music fans and supporters of local talent.

  • Celebrating our freedom

     

    John "Bam" Carney

    State Representative

    We are only a day away from marking the 238th anniversary of our Declaration of Independence, when a young nation stood up against the oppression of the British monarchy and sought to create a country "for the people, and by the people."

  • In need of a hug?

     

    She sits among several of her fellow residents at the long-term care facility I visit, ensconced in her wheel chair, sometimes napping, sometimes staring.

    I suppose I've walked past her dozens of times, greeting her with a casual "Hello," or "How are you?" I can't say I've taken the time to wait for a response. I've felt her tired eyes following me as I've quickly disappeared around the corner and down the hallway.

    But this day, she stopped me cold in my tracks.

  • Coming up short, but still fighting cancer

    I made a challenge for myself, and as badly as I hate to say it, I failed.

    As Taylor County's annual Relay for Life event kicked off on Friday evening, I had set a goal for myself to walk 100 laps around the high school track to raise money in memory of my friend and co-worker, James Roberts, who died of cancer last year.

    The money-raising efforts were supported by many of you, either in the form of a donated amount or in the form of a pledge made for each lap I walked.

  • Proud of Taylor County

     

    Taylor Countians are pretty lucky.

    Our community is full of people who pitch in to help others, and most of the time for nothing monetary in return, only the satisfaction of making a difference in someone else's lives.

    There are three specific examples I can give you of this happening just in the past few days.

    First, a committee of people put together last Friday night's annual Relay for Life events to raise money to fight cancer.

  • Walking for James

     

    As many of you know, the Central Kentucky News-Journal lost a close friend last year when James Roberts, a reporter for the newspaper, lost his battle with cancer. He was 36 years old.

    I got to know James while I worked at the Springfield newspaper. When I came to the CKNJ, we quickly became even closer friends, and we discovered that we had similar interests in books, movies, music and more. Few knew it about him, but he was even a hockey fan.