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Opinion

  • The last time I was in Augusta, Ga., I didn’t even spend half a day there.

    It was May of 2008 and I took a week off of work. I spent a couple days in Clinton, S.C. for Presbyterian College’s graduation, seeing friends a year behind me take the same long walk across the stage as I had the previous year.

    I spent a couple days on the beaches of Charleston, S.C., soaking in the sun and letting any stress I had blow away with the cool ocean breeze.

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    I’ve never been one to love Valentine’s Day.

    Don’t even get me started with Sweetest Day.

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    On Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, my husband and I awoke to a crashing sound outside our bedroom window.  It was the awning we had installed last summer giving up the ghost under about four inches of snow, which was under about two inches of ice which was being covered by about three more inches of snow.  

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    Last week the blizzard struck Grant County. Of course, like any true Floridian, I was miserable. I mean come on, snow, then ice, then more snow.

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    The Grant County News has not switched to a different delivery day.

  • Growing up in Georgia, we were lucky to see real snow once every five years.

  • The snow is falling and forecasters are predicting ice to follow. The majority of Grant County residents only ventured out on Tuesday, Jan. 27 if they needed to get to work or had to be somewhere, but there were a few who decided to test their four-wheel drive vehicles on the roads.

    That’s just not smart, especially when a Level Two Snow Emergency has been declared. This type of emergency doesn’t mean the roads are closed, but it means that travel on them only if necessary.

  • Time is running out for area homeowners to potentially have their home repaired and beautified for free.

    The unique opportunity is being offered by Kentucky Changers, an organization sponsored by the Kentucky Baptist Convention that uses seventh through 12th graders to refurbish exteriors of homes.

    For the first time, the project will come to Grant County from July 4-11 with support from the Crittenden Baptist Association.

    The deadline to apply for homeowners interested in having their homes is Jan. 31.

  • My last living uncle considered himself a patriot of the American Constitution and voraciously a follower of the ideals of our early American leaders like Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Monroe.

    My last living uncle told me he was hoping to party one more time before he died. He partied when Joseph Goebbles died, he partied when Joseph Stalin died, he partied when Joseph McCarthy died and he was hoping Fox News was next. He said they should call it “Joseph News.”

    Why is all this important to the story I am about to weave?

  • Something came over me this past weekend while watching the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers make it to the NFL Super Bowl.

    While the games were entertaining, I could not shake the overwhelming feelings of frustration, envy and anger.

    Why can’t the teams I root for challenge for a championship any more?

    For no other reason than proximity, I am a Cincinnati Bengals fan.

    I am not a die hard, paint-your-face-black-and-orange fan, but I try to watch every game with that “Who Dey” spirit.

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  • Times are tough and businesses are hurting.

    I see it when I drive past local eateries and retail stores and their parking lots are nearly empty.

    I hear it in conversations around me at church, in the grocery store and at the post office.

    Business slows down and workers get laid off.

    Laid off workers don’t go out to eat which means less tips for local waitresses and waiters. Less tips mean less money to purchase items from the school fund raiser.

  • In December of 2007, I lost a friend.

    Only two years older than me, Kyle was a friend from high school. Since he could drive, he would help me get from place to place, coming in through the clutch over and over again whenever I needed a ride.

    When he died, I took it hard. I hear all the time that young people think they’re invincible and nothing can ever harm them. I knew that wasn’t true, but when Kyle passed, I had to confront the fact that I had taken things for granted.

  • Contrary to unsubstantiated rumor, which might be floating around Grant County, I did not and I repeat DID NOT kill Rudolph last week.

    I was completely full of the Christmas spirit or maybe it was that awesome steak and gravy or macaroni that my mom made for dinner on Friday night after we put up her Christmas tree.

    As I headed home, she said, as she nearly always does, “Watch out for deer, dear.”

    I nodded and sprang straight to my car, or at least my husband’s car and away we went quick as a wink.

  • It is that time of year again, the time you sit down and make your list of things you’ll do different or things you want to change. And if you’re anything like me, around Jan. 2, the New Year’s resolutions that you made already seem to be forgotten.

    I don’t know what it is about the resolutions that make them so hard for me to stick to them. Maybe I make too many, or maybe I make the same ones each year hoping that this year will be different.

  • A new year brings new possibilities and promise.

    I look forward to a fresh start in 2009 because I think that 2008 was a hard year and I’m glad to see it’s in the history books.

    There were a lot of good things that happened during the year, but there were a lot more that I found made the year long and tough.

    There was the cold, cold weather and the storms that kept ripping through our community. There were shootings, thievery and death from accidents.

  • The holidays seem a little bit different this year to me.

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    For a year and a half, I’ve lived in Grant County. And for a year and a half, I’ve been on my own.