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Columns

  • DOWN AND DIRTY
  • Going, going, gone fishing!

    I just flipped the calendar over and bam, it hit me that it is July already!
    I’m not sure what happened to May and June but they are in the history books now.
    This has been a weird year in terms of weather. First, we had the winter that wouldn’t end and then spring sprang and kept going and now it’s officially summer.

  • Vacation is the best medicine

    Recently, I traveled to Tennessee for the July 4th holiday to see many of my family members that I had lost touch with. I come from a huge family with my great grandmother having 16 children and my grandmother having six children.
    It had probably been 10 years since I had seen most of these people. My Uncle Robbie always has a big get together on the lake.
    This is the first year I had ever been. My family is rowdy, loud and can roll with the best of them and I love every minute of it. They are mine whether they like it or not.

  • Who drank the Kool-Aid?

    In November 1978, a group of true believers were led to their deaths in the forests of Guyana which is located near Venezuela on the eastern side of Latin America.  Their deaths were orchestrated by a religious leader who urged his followers to commit the “’revolutionary act’ of suicide.”  

  • A picture is worth a 1,000 words

     

  • Soccer is a cruel game

    Sunday around 5:30pm, feeling as patriotic as I ever felt, I got dressed up in all of the red, white, and blue apparel I could muster up from my wardrobe, grabbed our American flag, and ran around and out of my house waving the flag as I got myself, and as many other people as I could, pumped up for the U.S.’s match against arguably the best player in the world. Little did I know what would transpire in the next two hours would leave me feeling almost every emotion in the book.

  • Sgt. Paul Gordon, 19

    Sgt. Paul Marshall Gordon, 19, of Grant County, died June 30, 1951 while a prisoner of war at the Suan Village Camp in North Korea.  
    In late January, 1951, Sgt. Gordon was taken prisoner after engaging with enemy troops in the Wonju Province of South Korea.  Sgt. Gordon served with the U.S. Army, H Company, 2nd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment.
    He was the son of the late Doll and Urie Gordon.

  • Taking care of the future

    Recently my daughter and I went to a Build-A-Bear workshop at the Dry Ridge Fire Department. This event benefitted Shriner’s Hospital in Cincinnati and Shriner’s Hospital in Lexington.
     I explained to my daughter that she was going to make bears for sick children in the hospital.
    Shriner’s Hospital has always been dear to me for several reasons. The hospital gives care to children without regard to race, color, creed, disability, national origin or ability of a patient or family to pay. They care for them because they need it.

  • Paint the Town was a success!

    It’s hard to believe that winter finally seems to have moved on and spring has finally sprung. It was a long-time coming, but now that the weather has turned warmer the days are flying by.
    April is nearly over and it feels like the calendar page just turned.
    I was most impressed with this year’s observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Grant County School District made a concerted effort to take their message to the public with a Blue Ribbon/Pinwheel Decorating Contest and a community breakfast held at Grant County High School on April 9.

  • Critical week ends with budget bill

    This was a critical week as we continued to hash out state budget details with the House in a conference committee after passing our versions of the budget bills.  
    There are many different opinions and philosophies on how to spend the money, raise revenue and support the important public services for Kentucky.  The budget is the ultimate statement of priorities for the Commonwealth.