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Columns

  • 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.

  • The challenges of EMS

     

  • April is National County Government Month

     

    Eddie Rogers

    Taylor County Judge/Executive

    We know that county government services and programs play a central role in our communities and the lives of millions of Americans.

    The county provides services that protect our homes, schools and neighborhoods, maintains safe roads, bridges and airports and operates our jails. The county maintains our parks and recreations programs.

  • Saving Made Simple: homemade detergent

     

    A few years ago, I read about making laundry detergent on a blog and decided to try it. My mother, who is also working on simplifying and saving, decided to try it  before I did.

    She liked the results and the savings so she shared the recipe with me and a jar of it to try. I really liked it, especially since it didn't have a perfume scent.

    I like my clothes to smell clean but, not like a wildflower meadow.

  • General Assembly wraps up with budget talks

     

    Jimmy Higdon

    State Senator

    By the time you read this, the 2012 General Assembly will be one day away from concluding. We have completed 59 days of the 60 day session, the last day, April 12, is reserved for considering Gov. Steve Beshear's vetoes, if any.

  • That's what I saw

    The yellow street sign warned: “Stop ahead,” so I tapped my brakes, bringing my car to a complete stop at the intersection. I glanced to my left before releasing the breaks and stepping on the accelerator.

    Then it hit me.
    No, it wasn’t another vehicle. It was a series of scenes from the past, swirling around my car, streaming by me one by one and all at once, hurling me back in a time warp before swooshing past my car like a comet, leaving me craning my neck to grasp another glimpse as I idled by.

  • The car of my dreams

     

    If you were a young boy in the late 1970s in my neighborhood, you collected baseball cards and played with Hot Wheels cars. We were 8 years old in 1979, and that’s what my friends and I did.
    The baseball cards spilled over to our neighborhood games of baseball, or in many cases an altered version played with a tennis ball to avoid breaking neighborhood windows. We pretended to be the players we saw on our cards, the ones we thought we had to have.

  • 'Goodnight, iPad?'

     

    When I was a child, my parents and grandparents read me bedtime stories.

    My favorite was “Goodnight Moon,” the story where the reader says goodnight to bears, chairs, kittens, mitten, socks, a house, a mouse, the stars, air and noises everywhere.

    I loved the book. My copy was extremely tattered and torn from repeated use. I believe the book was the start of my love of reading.

    A few years ago, I bought a brand new copy and it’s on display in my home office.