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Columns

  • What Mama said ... and what she didn't

    Growing up, my mother was like a lighthouse to me. Her light was always on, a beacon guiding me through the daily adventures and bumps and bruises of childhood and adolescence. At the end of the day, she was always there, welcoming me to the safe harbor that was my home.

    Years later, when I left home for other places, and the home lights were but a distant flicker, I would remind myself of Mom’s words. And often, they would light my path.

  • Treasure hunt saves city money

    It has often been said, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” Now that spring has arrived, the presence of yard and garage sales abound. Every day, faithful shoppers and bargain hunters scour the highways and byways searching for “deals.”

    During the past 10 months, the Campbellsville Police have engaged in their own bargain hunting.

  • Getting older...and wiser?

     

    It’s about that time of year again, where students don black, red or purple gowns and cardboard hats and walk across a stage. Graduation is upon us, followed by the dog days of summer.

    This time of year is always full of excitement and a bit of apprehension. Students might not know what is ahead of them and could be a bit scared of the real world. This time of year always makes me nostalgic.

  • Differences don't have to hold us back

     

    Inspired. That is the best word to describe my feelings after recently meeting and writing about two young members of our community.

    The first, sixth-grader Terry Cook, was seriously burned in a fire and is still coping with the life-changing effects six years later. The second, Autumn Anderson, is a senior at Taylor County High School and will soon be heading to the NASCAR Technical Institute in North Carolina to train to become a mechanic.

  • Following the faith example

    The evils of racism are expressed in the words we speak and the mores we establish. And both emerge from the illusion of superiority.

    Jackie Robinson, as a black American in the 1940s and 1950s, was thrown into the fire of both when he entered Major League Baseball in 1947, breaking the sport’s color barrier. The movie, “42,” named after Robinson’s jersey number, depicts the dramatic events of that year.

  • Why no alcohol sales on Sundays?

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
    - The First Amendment,
    Constitution of the United States of America

  • City working on water tank, lines

     

    Tony Young

    Campbellsville Mayor

    If you drive south on KY 55 toward Columbia, you should look over to the right near the UPS and Clarcor facilities.

    You can see lots of progress on the construction of the new 1-million-gallon water storage tank.

    There has been a vast amount of concrete and steel put into place already. The foundation is totally complete and the support structure is about 50 percent complete.

  • New library creates a buzz

     

    Stepping in the front door, I am reminded of a bookstore.

    Bookstores are one of my favorite places on Earth because the possibilities there are endless.

    In this building, there isn’t much for sale, but the resemblance to a bookstore is obvious.

    There are corners to read quietly, magazines to peruse, coffee to sip and the smell of new books in the air.

    It’s peaceful, shiny and bright.

  • Torn between two popes?

    Some predicted the meeting between newly elected Pope Francis I and his predecessor, Benedict XVI, would be awkward. After all, the Roman Catholic Church hasn’t had a pope resign in 600 years. What would the two men say to each other?

    Would Benedict tell Pope Francis what he should and shouldn’t be doing? Would the former pope be looking over the new pope’s shoulder? And would the new pope feel threatened, even resentful?

    Would people find themselves torn between two popes?

  • Brake for animals on the highway

     

    Spring — the season of love, renewal, blooming flowers — and here in Kentucky, it’s also when we’ll see many animals lying dead in the road after being struck by vehicles.

    In their search to find food, water, shelter and mates, animals must cross roads.

    Unfortunately, rabbits, cats and skunks don’t know the importance of looking both ways first. The verdict’s still out on turtles, but they’re so slow that looking both ways offers minimal protection at best.