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Columns

  • Safety prevails over rumor

    I thought the whole thing would be over before I got there. But five hours and the makings of a serious sunburn later, I was still there, loitering about in the St. Andrew United Methodist Church parking lot, waiting. And waiting.

    Someone had fired shots at Campbellsville police officers at the trailer park on Sycamore Loop and I spent the majority of that day, Thursday, Aug. 28, exposed to the damaging rays of the sun and the even more damaging rumor mill.

  • Insight will be a winner this year

    I am excited. It's nearly time for a new teen board to start work, and it's going to be an awesome year!

    We have got a great group of teens for 2008-2009. And they're going to bring a new perspective to the News-Journal's Insight page. Several of them even have plans to enter the journalism field when they're finished with school.

    There are five Taylor County High students, four Campbellsville High students and one home-schooled student.

    And on Sept. 25, you'll get to meet them.

  • A home away from home

    I felt it the moment I stepped on campus. The fall semester at Campbellsville University had officially begun and something about the air just felt different.

    I guess it was the sound of teenagers laughing while walking to dinner, seeing Stapp Lawn used as an Ultimate Frisbee arena or perhaps the most obvious sign was the lack of empty parking spaces on campus.

    Each spring and fall, students from all over the United States - and even from several other countries - move to the CU campus and call Campbellsville home.

  • Why can't we all do good deeds?

    I am a pain in the butt to my friends sometimes. I know it. They know it.

    In this techno world we live in today, there are way too many easy scams out there. So when my friends forward e-mails to me, I nearly always question them with a quick Google or Snopes search.

    This past weekend, however, I had to eat my words. And I was quite happy to do so. The e-mail I was received was a story about a 4-year-old girl who wrote a letter to God after her dog died.

    The letter read:

  • Bigfoot and Elvis are laughing at us

    For as long as I can remember, I've been fascinated by cryptozoology - the study of and search for animals yet to be classified. Things like the yeti, the Loch Ness monster and the abominable snowman grabbed my attention at a young age and have managed to hold me in their grip ever since.

    Naturally, I was drawn into the story of two north Georgia men who said they had inarguable proof of the ever-elusive Bigfoot. They had a body stuffed in their deep freezer.

  • Teen Board worth your time

    Here at the News-Journal, we're gearing up for the fifth year of our Teen Editorial Board.

    And we're excited.

    The staff at our office is a little too far removed from their teenage years to be trying to tell our readers what's going on in the world of teens. Because of that, we decided a few years ago to let the younger generation tell about their world in their own words.

  • There's no place like home

    It's been just about a year since I left my parents' house and dove head first into homeownership.

    If the past year has taught me anything, it's that you can never have enough money and there will always be something that needs fixing.

    I've learned how to use a drill (and the strange looking accessories that go with that drill), that watering plants every day may not be good for them and that sump pumps aren't fun when they aren't working correctly.

  • I'm a self-professed Olympic Games junkie

    The Olympics are coming! The Olympics are coming!

    Actually, they've already arrived and the world has taken notice. For the 29th games, the Olympics are taking place in Beijing, China. The city is 12 hours ahead of Bardstown so most of what we see will have already taken place. But the excitement is still there, regardless of the time difference.

  • 'On loan' daughter will be missed

    I feel like I'm losing a daughter, and she hasn't even left yet. And the worst part is that she's not even my daughter.

    Marybeth moved in with our family in June. And she's leaving tomorrow. We're going to miss her so much.

    While she has sometimes called me "Mom" and we've all treated her like one of the family, she actually belongs to some friends in Illinois. A student at Southern Illinois University, Marybeth was only "on loan" for the summer.

    And summer is over.

  • Credit reports offer peace of mind

    I'll admit, I was a little worried. The cell phone call came at 4:30 Friday afternoon. A robotic voice told me of a problem with my Taylor County Bank card and that I should call back to sort out the problem.

    I didn't think much about that first call. After all, I don't have a Taylor County Bank card. Still, stories of identity theft began circling around my brain. The thought of someone taking advantage of my limited financial resources for their own gain has been a long held fear of mine.