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Columns

  • Despite being ‘useless,’ no regrets

    I am useless.

    In fact, I am useless twice over.
    That’s according to rankings recently released by The Daily Beast, an online partner of Newsweek Magazine.

    The Daily Beast ranked the 20 Most Useless College Majors.
    Some included agriculture, fashion design, music, chemistry, art, literature and psychology.

    Of course, being ever so lucky, journalism fell at number one.
    To add salt to the wound, English, which I also majored in, was listed at number 19.

  • Students: most important component

    I have given considerable thought regarding what topic should be shared in my first communication as superintendent of Grant County Schools. My first idea was to share how much I appreciated the opportunity to return home and lead this great district. Then, I debated several hot topics in education today: college and career readiness standards, 21st Century skills, or even, of local interest, our new Career and Technical Education facility.      

  • Which one was the nut?

    July 13 was an absolutely beautiful day. It was the first day in the long stretch of sticky, hot summer days in Grant County when the humidity was actually bearable.

    I actually found myself doing something that I don’t get to do near enough. I left the cool comfort of my corner office and was driving Grant County’s picturesque backroads.

    My mission: Find people and talk to them. Find photos and take them and that’s what I did.

  • A miracle: My look into being a new uncle

    It came as an unexpected phone call on a warm Wednesday afternoon that my sister, Beth, was going to be having her baby.

    The butterflies in my stomach began churning away, as I knew that I was going to be holding my niece or nephew that night, as both Beth and Claus didn’t want to know the sex of the baby before he/she was born.

    I drove from the Grant County News office all the way up to Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati anticipating the moment I would see the baby’s face.

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  • ‘Perfect, authentic, small-town, Americana’

    I thought that I knew this place. When I packed up my bags and came home from Lexington for the summer to be an intern at the Grant County News, I thought I knew what I was doing. I thought that I already knew all of the people and places. I thought I knew it like the back of my hand.

  • Please, take me back to Mayberry

    I don’t know about you, but I’ve had just about enough ‘reality’ TV. What kind of voyeuristic society have we become?

    They say it all started with “Survivor.” We Grant Countians loved watching our own rugged Rodger Bingham, aka Kentucky Joe, maneuver the Australian Outback. After that episode, the shows have become increasingly provocative.

  • Pool restrictions lifted, safety measures continue

    Many families have been visited by an unwelcome guest this spring and summer: the Shigella bacteria. Between April 1 and June 28, more than 100 cases of Shigella were reported in Northern Kentucky.

  • America, I love this place

    Boom, boom, boom!

    The sky was full of fireworks this weekend.
    If I sat in my front yard, I could see them. If I moved to my back deck, I could see them. As I drove along U.S. 25, they were everywhere.

    It was a red, white and boom holiday.

    At church on Sunday, people were wearing their colors. The choir even sang a couple of patriotic tunes.

    OK, I’m not afraid to admit it, I tear up when I hear patriotic music. I’ve been known to get a little choked up when I pledge allegiance to the flag.

  • Marriage: A chapter I look forward to

    Three-hundred and forty-five days until I tie the knot with my best friend Jessica Lynn Purnell.

    It is hard to believe it is under a year until the big day and it made me wonder, how marriage changes your life for the best.

    Marriage is between a man and a woman, a promise to be true to one another, in sickness and in health, till death do we part.