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Columns

  • June is already a busy month in Taylor County

     

    We just had one of our most active weekends in June here in Taylor County. This included Kids Outdoor Day with well more than 1,600 children to participate. We also had the 400-mile yard sale come through our county.

    The Taylor County Fair started on June 2 with the horse show. It was one of the biggest horse shows that the fair has had in quite a while. The fair will still be going on June 7, 8 and 9.  We all should support our community and go out to the Taylor County Fair.

  • Memorial Day a time to reflect, appreciate

    In his address following the battle at Gettysburg, Kentucky native and President Abraham Lincoln stated that we as Americans need “to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.”

  • A day with the National Guard

     

  • One missing child still too many

    I know how easy it is for a child to be abducted. That’s because when I was a child, I invited a stranger into my home.
    It was 1963, I was in second grade, and Mom was at a PTA meeting. I had been allowed to come home and stay by myself rather than wait at school until the meeting was over.
    That’s when the stranger rang the doorbell.

  • Bible-reading event is a blessing

    We live in a nation with religious freedoms, but we don’t often think about or appreciate them. I know I’ve been guilty of taking my freedoms for granted.
    My family and I get up and go to church, and we rarely, if ever, think of people in other countries who are not allowed to worship as they wish.
    When my family and I moved to Washington County seven years ago from the Washington, D.C. area, we experienced an event that has changed how we view our religion, and I feel like we have learned to appreciate our freedoms more than we ever did before.

  • The space between their world and mine

    Recognizing that the space between her world and the one she is slowly but surely entering is drawing closer, Pat Summitt, who has won more basketball games than anyone in NCAA history, stepped down as coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols last week. Summitt was diagnosed with early onset dementia last year, at the age of 58.
    Early onset dementia attacks people younger than 65. Many are in their 40s and 50s, and some even in their 30s.

  • Camaign enters the dog days

     

  • Graduations bring big decisions

     

    Another school year has come and all but gone.

    This time of year is busy, with class nights, graduation ceremonies and project graduation parties to squeeze in those last few minutes of teenage freedom.

    Remember those final days of senior year? Mine were full of excitement, but apprehension about what college would be like.

  • Why bad boys are bad

    Last week was a bad week for bad boys.
    First, 51-year-old Bobby Petrino, at the height of his career, got himself fired as the University of Arkansas football coach for allegedly trying to deceive the university’s athletics director about the coach’s relationship with the 25-year-old football employee and former volleyball player, Jessica Dorrell.
    Then 11 Secret Service agents were placed on administrative leave for allegedly being involved with prostitutes in Cartagena, Columbia, while preparing for President Obama’s visit.

  • Getting behind the scenes

    One of the perks of this job is that, as reporters, we often get special, behind-the-scenes access to various events throughout the community. Well, that and the occasional free lunch.
    Last week, we were present for two mock disasters, one a crash on North Central Avenue and the other a shooting/hostage situation at Taylor County Middle School.
    I was a bit bummed out that I was unable to cover the mock crash because of a meeting, but I still got to see our emergency service professionals in action later on in the week.