• A bird in the hand ...


    Apparently, I'm not a very skillful driver. You see, a teenager flipped me "the bird" Saturday afternoon in the Kroger parking lot.

    I can only assume that gesture was her opinion of my driving skills.

    I had stopped by the grocery to pick up a few items, and as I was leaving, I pulled out of the parking aisle and headed toward the stop sign at the center of the lot.

  • Working together to improve college readiness

    Every several years, the Council on Postsecondary Education publishes what we call the High School Feedback Report, which summarizes the college readiness of our high school graduates. Studies show that improved college readiness leads to improved student success, job opportunities and overall quality of life.

  • Good deeds and inspiring lives


    After living in California my entire life, the move to attend school in Campbellsville felt like moving to another world. After my first year in Taylor County, I thought I knew what this small town was all about. After this past semester working as an intern at the News-Journal, I learned more about this tight-knit community than I ever thought I would. I realize now that this small town is like a big family.

  • Approaching a New Year with prayer

    With the dawn of a new year come an array of emotions, hopes, fears and much anticipation. We commonly hear a flurry of comments about New Year's resolutions. We read the various resolutions set by certain individuals for the New Year, we hear radio and newscasts telling us about New Year's resolutions and for about 10 days to two weeks around Jan. 1 we are constantly coming in contact with resolutions of all types for the New Year.

  • How to deal with debt collectors


    Linda Ireland

    Landmark News Service

    A debt collector yelled at me this morning. I tried to yell back - but I think she hung up the phone before I got to that point.

    And I think it was a debt collector. She had all the required traits - attitude, persistence, hide like a water buffalo.

    The funny thing is - it wasn't my debt.

  • No 'gypsies' in our community


    Campbellsville has been in the national spotlight for the past few weeks.

    I thought the publicity had all died down by now, and it seemed to, but I got another e-mail alert last week.

    This story's headline reads "'Amazon Gypsies' Converge on Kentucky Trailer Park in Search of Work."

    I'm sure you have heard about all of this by now.

    Jeff and Welby Simpson built a new campground this year, right across from Amazon.com.

  • Mcconnell talks priorities during the lame duck session

    The message of this year's midterm election was clear: Voters want those of us in government, Republican and Democrat, to focus on restoring jobs and reviving the economy. It's that simple.

    So I was pleased to meet with President Obama in the White House this past week, along with the other leaders of both parties from the House of Representatives and Senate, to talk about what Washington must do to address these vital tasks and get America moving forward again.

  • Nothing casual about 'casualties'


    The envelope arrived a few weeks early. I suppose I'd been expecting something like that, but I'd not really come to terms with it quite yet.

    The simple envelope was addressed to my eldest son, who was coming up on his 18th birthday. It was from the Selective Service.

    It's now official. If at any time government officials decide a draft is mandatory, they can call on my son ... and all of his friends.

  • To boldly go where no pizza cutter has gone before


    I can spend hours walking around the house feeling for drafts.

    It's that time of year again - winter. While the winter season is second only to fall as my favorite, it also brings out the old miser in me.

    There are few rules at my house, but one is "Don't touch the thermostat." What separates us from the animals is our ability to put on extra socks and make hot chocolate.

  • Countdown to Christmas


    Judging by the crowds on Black Friday, the Christmas season is now in full swing. And there are plenty of events right here in Taylor County to help put you in the Christmas mood.

    I got to Walmart at about 11:15 p.m. Thanksgiving night. This wasn't my first Black Friday, so I knew what to expect.

    People waiting in line with lawn chairs in tow (check). No parking spaces (check).