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Columns

  • The best part...

    As school winds and summer heats up, there are a lot of activities going on. Everyone’s patience wears thin waiting for the cold weather to move out and warmer weather to move in. This is my favorite time of the year.  It’s not overbearingly hot but not too cold either.

  • The big day draws near

    T-minus 23 days and counting. It may sound like a countdown to a space shuttle launching, but for me, it is a countdown to the day I get to marry my best friend, Jessica Lynn Purnell.
    The day is rapidly approaching and my excitement level has hit a 10 on the meter.

    The ribbons are coming together on the programs, the photos are being scanned into our computer to be put into a slideshow for the reception, a million things on the checklist, but with each step we take, we get closer to June 9, 2012.

  • Four weddings and a festival

    I lay in bed on the eve of Derby Day listening, sometimes getting up to watch the storms roll across Williamstown.  Having spent a great deal of time and effort in helping many others prepare the local Derby Day Festival, I was haunted by the four past years of much less than perfect weather.

    I had already responded to a disgruntled Derby Idol contestant who emailed me.

  • PERSONALLY SPEAKING

    I hate cancer! It’s ugly and sneaky and sucks (mom, please forgive my use of that word, but that’s just how I feel.)
    Cancer has always been a dirty word in my family, mostly because my mom lost five of her eight brothers to various forms of the disease.

  • PERSONALLY SPEAKING

    I would never fancy myself to be Larry King or anything, but in college I always enjoyed reading his columns in USA Today.
    For the unfamiliar, King would not write about one particular theme or subject, rather he would give his thoughts about a variety of topics in short, succinct sentences.

    I guess you could say it was like he opened up his brain that day and spilled out what was inside onto the page.
    As someone who writes the occasional column, thinking of what to write about can be difficult.

  • GUEST COLUMN

    In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, a new program was formed to supplement the health system.The Medical Reserve Corps provides a volunteer pool that can enhance and support public health agencies and the health care infrastructure during a crisis. Since 2002, the program has grown to more than 200,000 volunteers in nearly 1,000 units across the country. Northern Kentucky’s Medical Reserve Corps unit has 382 members, including nine from Grant County.

  • PERSONALLY SPEAKING

    Wade Boggs said after speaking to the crowd during his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, “Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.”
    Last week, I got to have a one-on-one day with my dad by going to see the St. Louis Cardinals play the Cincinnati Reds on what turned out to be a cool day compared to some of the weather we have had here recently.

  • PERSONALLY SPEAKING

    The May 5th Derby Day celebration in downtown Williamstown is once again taking shape.

    The Derby Idol singing competition audition will be at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20, and the Derby Idol Jr. audition will be on April 27. 

    Register by calling Stormey at 859-823-0129 or e-mail stormey1956@yahoo.com. You can also see Stormey at Country Heart on Main Street, downtown Williamstown. There is a small audition fee. Finalists will sing on stage at the festival.

  • PERSONALLY SPEAKING

    I like to see democracy in action. I know that’s weird, but it’s true.
    Democracy was in action Monday night at the Williamstown City Council meeting.

    Discussion, which lasted over an hour, centered on which company should be hired to do a preliminary engineering study for the city’s water treatment plant.

    Four engineering firms submitted proposals.

  • We were made to be ‘Courageous’

    I have allowed God back into my life and I couldn’t be any happier.
    With giving my life to God, I have developed a closer relationship to my fiancé, Jessica Purnell and Jesus Christ.
     

    Jessica and I went to Williamstown Christian Church, March 16, for the movie, “Courageous”, a film about five men making a resolution to be better fathers in their home, teaching the Word of God to their families.

    It is an inspirational film that tests you even if you are not a father, if you are living what God has planned for you.