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Columns

  • For whom the bells toll

    On Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. church bells rang 26 times and America observed a moment of silence for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting.


    The entire world has been affected by this unspeakable act visited upon tiny, helpless, innocent children and their protectors.
    The two burning questions in our minds and hearts are “Why?” and “What can we do to stop this from happening again?”

  • Kiwannis auction is more than bidding

    This Friday and Saturday would be great days to make your dinner plans as pick-up orders or home delivery from local restaurants.  The temperature is going to plunge and it’s a great night of entertainment and bargains that begins early at 6 p.m.

    It’s Kiwanis Charity Auction time and if you haven’t seen it or heard about it then you haven’t been paying attention. Kiwanis Charity Auction information has been on local cable television, local radio and the list of auction items have filled a page of this week’s Grant County News and Express.

  • Less mess the second time around

    The second time around, things are always a little bit easier.

    And, when it comes to potty training, that is the best news possible.
    When my oldest son finally mastered using the toilet life just got a little bit easier.

    We did not have to spend ungodly amounts of money on diapers anymore.

    Our house did not constantly smell like a garbage dump. (Although the bathroom tended to have a pee smell when his aim wasn’t the best at first.)

  • Perhaps . . .

    It’s not the “fiscal cliff” that is so bothersome about the fiasco of the last few months.  No, it is the audacity and arrogance of our elected officials that were “battling it out” to “try” to come up with an appropriate plan.
    Yeah, right.

    No one would give.  Republicans and Democrats were only separated by their platforms.  Our supposedly austere “leaders” were laughing out loud at suggestions from their opposition; sneering at proposals from the other side.  

  • How can you help? So glad you asked

    We often ask our readers to submit items to us.
    In the past we’ve asked people to share their favorite holiday memory or the best Christmas gift they’ve ever received.

    We enjoy hearing from our readers and believe that readers like to read about other readers’ lives, interests and hobbies.
     

  • Session is short, but off to a good start

    FRANKFORT - With the holiday season behind us, the General Assembly returned to Frankfort to prepare to deal with several crucial issues facing our Commonwealth.
    The first task of the 2013 legislative session was to elect leadership for the respective caucuses, receive committee assignments and essentially get our footing as we get ready for the work ahead of us.  It’s also a time of transition for me and the other new members in the House as we prepare for the first legislative session.

  • Have a heart, I’m glad I’ve got mine

    The reports of my death have only been the wishful thinking of those whose feelings I have somehow injured during my past 39 years as a community journalist.

    To those offended individuals, groups, political parties, zealots of egomaniacal causes and Indiana University basketball fans, I offer my apology and proclaim that because of modern medical technology you have to deal with me for one final year.

  • Some names, events you never forget

    Back in 1989, I came to Grant County for my second job in community journalism.

    I was living in Dry Ridge and the Grant County News was looking for a staff writer.

    I applied and got the job.

    I’ve had the distinct pleasure of covering many stories that have stayed with me through the years, but I guess your first ones are somehow the most special or at least most memorable.

  • My new, ummm exercise program?

    Starting an exercise program is never easy, at least for a gal who is a foodie, but some events in life, well, just happen by accident.

  • Agnes Beach was a living doll

    Grant County lost a living treasure this week in the passing of Mrs. Agnes Beach.
    If there ever was an example of a lady, it was Mrs. Beach.
    She was soft-spoken, genteel and kind. She was also gracious and loving.
    I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing her on a couple of occasions and when given the opportunity to talk about her dolls, her eyes would dance with delight as she patiently recounted the history of each one and how she came to name them.