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Columns

  • Merry Christmas to you and yours

     

    By the time this newspaper hits the stands, those neatly wrapped packages will have been opened and I'm sure one of my cats will have eaten a bit of the paper. Seems like a lot of work just to rip it open in the end.

    I finished my Christmas shopping last weekend. Stores were crammed with shoppers, so it seems everyone else had the same idea.

    Most of my shopping this year was done online, but I had to pick up a few items in Elizabethtown.

  • Making the move to the CKNJ

    Next year, I will have been in journalism for five years, but I'm still in unfamiliar terrain with my newest assignment as a staff writer for the Central Kentucky News-Journal.

    When I first enrolled at Lindsey Wilson College, I only knew one thing about what I wanted to do: it had to be in sports. It was the one thing that I had been passionate about for my whole life.

  • Being truly thankful

    As we draw closer to Thanksgiving, I find myself this year with even more reasons to be thankful than in the past.

    I always count my family, my church, my home and job among the main reasons, and like many of you, I'm always thankful for my friends. But this year, due to a severe illness one of my friends is battling, I'm especially thankful for him.

  • Remember to thank a teacher

    It happened 19 years ago, but I can still remember how mad I was when we dropped my sister off at school on her first day of fifth grade. It was also my first day of pre-school, and I had waited so long that I couldn’t bear to wait a few more hours before stepping into my first classroom.

  • A real game changer

    “I can’t believe they lost,” I moaned after my favorite college football team went down in defeat. “Now they for sure won’t make it to the new four-team playoff system,” I continued to grumble.

    Sensing I was descending into a sports fanatic’s funk, my wife suggested we rent an uplifting movie, “Million Dollar Arm.”

  • Don't take food off the table

    It's been a while since I was a boy in school, but I still remember the fun we all had when the occasion called for a classroom party. Every year at Halloween, Christmas or Valentine's Day, or just about any reason to have a party, it seemed we did.

  • Coming home

     

    I can't believe it's been nearly 10 years since I graduated from college.

    I remember my college days well. Sleeping in because I had late classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Working a job at a store in town and being a writer for the campus newspaper. Being able to go home before dark on the days I didn't have to work.

    College years are full of carefree days when your most important job is figuring out what you want to do with your life.

  • Learning to appreciate all seasons

    While it's a little hard to believe judging by the weather we're having, fall arrived more than a week ago. We celebrated my niece Audrey's first birthday with a watermelon picnic-themed party on Saturday, so I'm thankful for the summer-like temperatures.

    But at the same time, I've been so excited for fall this year that I started decorating for it about three weeks in advance. I've already managed to accumulate several pumpkins and gourds that are prominently displayed outside and inside my home.

  • 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.