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Columns

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • An outpouring of love

    In the past few days, I've seen an outpouring of love, kindness and compassion. And it's wonderful to see. But I expected nothing less.

    If anyone needed proof that the Taylor County community is made up of some great people, they only need to read a story on the front page of today's issue. Various fundraisers have begun to help Tony Grider and Alex Quinn - and their fellow EMS, firefighter, dispatch and law enforcement co-workers.

    Usually it's these people who are there for us when we need help. Well now, we get to return that favor.

  • Reaching out to serve the world

    "And he said to them, 'Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.'"

    -Mark 16:15

     

    In today's issue, you can read a story about Zion Separate Baptist Church and their support for the Village of Nassian on Africa's Ivory Coast.

    Although the congregation is fairly small, with about 70 who attend every Sunday, their donations have funded 95 percent of the construction of a new church in Nassian.

  • Holmes a class act on PGA Tour

    I've heard it said that golf is a good walk spoiled.

    I have to say I don't agree, and although I'm not what you'd consider a good golfer, I enjoy playing from time to time.

    This past week, I spent six days on the course at Valhalla Golf Club covering the PGA Championship. I got to see the best golfers in the world, and I realized just how bad my game actually is when compared to someone who plays for a living, and to be honest, that was no surprise.

  • Making Campbellsville proud

     

    "Hey, that's J.B. Holmes from Campbellsville!"

    Those words were heard more often than you might think at the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on Tuesday.

    For anyone from Campbellsville, it might not seem like a big deal. After all, it's just J.B., or as most folks around town know him, John. But when you consider that he's playing on a worldwide stage, it's quite impressive that so many people are rooting for him.

  • 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.