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  • Family’s loss is heaven’s gain

    I’ve written about my Aunt Lucy many times because she’s been such an important and influential person in my life, but one of the other special women who had a profound impact on me never got much ink.

    Two weeks ago, our family had to say goodbye to Opal Smoot Hawkins. Opal was also my aunt. One of my mom’s older sisters.  Since my mom is the baby of the 12 Smoot children, all of them are older.

  • Republicans should axe tax loopholes

    I would like to address the budget and the lack of movement on the Republicans part on taking some of the loopholes away from the wealthy.

    During last year’s campaign for Ohio’s Governor’s seat, there was a TV commercial from his opponent that used a sound bite showing Kasich saying that bonuses, that no one needed to know about, could be used for his staff.

  • Not an ordinary Tuesday

    I remember 9/11/01. It was a typical Tuesday at the News office. We were working on finishing up stories and laying out pages for that week’s edition of the Grant County News.

    I was on the phone with our printing plant in Cynthiana. The production coordinator there said, “Oh my gosh, we’ve been attacked.” I couldn’t comprehend what she was saying so I asked her to repeat herself.

    “America, we’ve been attacked,” she said. “Aren’t you watching the news on TV?”

  • ‘A day that will live in infamy’

    Growing up, I was always told about Pearl Harbor and what a tragic day that was for Americans, as nearly 3,000 people were killed on Dec. 7, 1941.

    Flashback to Sept. 11, 2001, I witnessed on television a new horror as two planes struck the World Trade Center, a plane flew into the Pentagon and one crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pa.

    I was also told you will never forget where you were.

  • Common sense casualty of 9/11

    We all remember when it happened. I was standing in my kitchen with a mixer in my hand, beating cake batter.

    I was watching the normally light-hearted, after 8 a.m. broadcast of the “Today Show.” Katie Couric and Matt Lauer suddenly seemed disoriented, as everyone tried to figure out what was happening.

    When they began rolling footage, I leaned toward my TV to watch what looked like a toy plane fly into the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

    As many people have said, “I just couldn’t process what was happening.”

  • I will never forget

    Growing up, I heard countless times older generations talk about how they would never forget where they were, what they were doing and what they felt like when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

    It was a landmark moment in their lives, as well as a turning point in the nation.

    I never knew exactly what that day must have felt like for them until Sept.11, 2001.

    I was a senior in college at the University of Kentucky. Like most mornings, I was running behind as I was trying to get up out of bed and get to my first class of the day.


    Grant County News gets ‘2 thumbs up’
    I believe your paper has become better in the last few months. The last two, I have really enjoyed.
    You are keeping up with the local government issues—the fair and all the pictures.
    But the community, the people stories are a real blessing. Robin Doyle, Rebecca Ailstock and this week, Hubert Lusby’s story. Dildine says “Sew” long to Quilt Box (I don’t know any of these, but enjoyed the articles).