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Columns

  • 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:

  • Celebrate, remember, fight back

    Whew! It’s been a busy year. First, the Grant County Relay For Life wrapped up on May 21 followed closely by end of school activities and graduation on May 27.

    I’m still trying to get my second wind from the relay.

    What an awesome night! The weather was picture perfect. It was one of the nicest Friday nights we’ve seen in a long time. Not too hot, not too cool, just right.

  • Perpetual Care: mowing down sorrow

    At the end of the Civil War, people began placing flowers, wreaths and crosses on the graves of the fallen. Retired Major General Jonathan A. Logan organized a one day event to honor those soldiers who survived the war—they called it Decoration Day. Logan later issued a proclamation that May 30, 1868 should be designated as Memorial Day and in 1971, President Richard Nixon declared Memorial Day a federal holiday to be observed on the last Monday in May.

  • Reds sweep my favorite arch enemy

    If you haven’t met me in the nine and a half months I have been in Grant County, then you might not know that I am one of the biggest Cincinnati Reds fans in the WORLD.

    This past weekend, my fiancé Jess, her brother Lyle and I went to the first two games of the three-game series between the Reds and the St. Louis Cardinals, my arch enemy.