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Columns

  • 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.

  • Lizards and other things ...

    When I was a kid, one of my brothers caught a little lizard in the tobacco field.  Being about 5, I did not have to work in the hot sun.

    Instead, I stayed under a wagon, playing with that little lizard in his mayonnaise jar with holes in the lid and grass for a bed and hidey hole.  I played with him all day, pestering it ad infinitum.  When my brother first caught him, he had a long tail.  By the end of the day—he barely had a stub left.  He had eaten his own tail.

  • Kind, gentle man, taught me about life

    You know how you keep putting off things today because you’re just sure that you’ll have time to get to them tomorrow or next week even?

    I’m guilty of that, as we all are, but I’m also more convinced than ever that certain things cannot and should not be put off, even for a few hours.

    Telling the special people in your life how much they mean to you is one of those things.

    I remember clearly where I was last year on Father’s Day. I was sitting at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Edgewood talking to my dad.

  • Retiring teachers: ‘this is for you’

    Many people have asked me what I do now that I have retired. They just corner me in the cat food aisle at the store and demand an answer.

    So, for all you retiring teachers—this is for you.

    First, I had to graduate from elementary school. I majored in reading, writing and talking to teachers in the halls. This took more than 25 years.

  • History according to Ken

    My new bald head has revived people’s interest in me and from where I sprang unto this earth.

    I grew up in middle America on the only expanse of land that no one else ever wanted.  Early settlers never fought a fight with the native Indians to gain the land. It is said that the Indian Chief Horsemuscle gave General Harrison some necklaces to take the land where my hometown sits.

  • Money not the answer to $ystem’s woes

    Hearing all the national hype about failing schools, and how we need to ‘invest’ more money into education, has started me thinking—should we spend more money on education or is it a bloated system of academic bureaucracy?

    As I think about my own education, I realize that it was a shoe string operation.

  • ‘Grant County, the place I know, love’

    Hi, I’m Paige Taylor and I’ll be reporting and writing for the Grant County News this summer.

    I’m 20-years-old and I’m from Crittenden, where I have lived since I was in elementary school. I have spent many summers at the Eagle Creek Country Club swimming during the hot days, but this year I’m excited to write for my hometown newspaper.

  • Action needed to address RX drug problem

    State and local action needed to address prescription drug problem
    It would be difficult to find a local elected official in Kentucky who doesn’t recognize prescription drug abuse as a major problem in his or her own community. The facts are staggering. According to the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy: