• Are parents living too much through kids?

    As a sports writer, I’ve witnessed parents living vicariously through their children in sports. I know it’s not only in Grant County, but also is a national issue.

    I have seen a parent get into a volatile argument with the coach, parents yelling about the game calls from the referees in the stands at a football game, even parents from different schools getting into nasty exchanges in the stands.












  • Vacation from the norm

    Covering sports for one county is a big job. A lot of responsibility and sleepless nights, working to provide coverage for two school districts can cause stress and a break from it is inevitable to allow yourself not to go crazy.

    Last month, I spent a week away from Grant County with my fiancé’s family in the beautiful Smokey Mountains.

    I had never driven to Gatlinburg, so it was going to be an interesting new experience for me.


    “It means a lot to me when I don’t have food. Thank God. Thank You. May God bless you all.”
    That is what is written on the first paper plate on a stack of other paper plates all filled out with personal messages by people who had a free meal at the Free Lunch Kitchen in Dry Ridge.
    The second plate reads, “It helps with grocery bills. Also helps when I’m not feeling well. A good hot meal makes me feel better.”




    In a rural area, trick-or-treat was fun, but kind of a pain.
    I lived on a farm like most of my neighbors so houses weren’t that close together and running up and down streets in a subdivision was for those city kids.
    We did, though, enjoy dressing up and piling into a car and begging for treats.
    Buying a costume from a store was something that was unheard of. I can imagine the look on my mom’s face if I had of even suggested it. Instead, we had to use our imaginations and whatever was at hand to make our costume.



    By Camille McClanahan