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Columns

  • COLUMN: Honor your mom for all she means to you

     Sunday is Mother’s Day in the United States and for most it will be a very special day. Telephone companies tell us it is their busiest day of the year.  It is a day for remembering, for greetings and expressions of love.

    Your mother may have been gone for many years, but there are still sounds and sights and smells of home, of screen doors banging in the summer time and the aroma of those fresh baked biscuits right out of the oven that greeted you as you got out of bed in the morning.

  • RELAY FOR LIFE: School volunteer needs bone marrow transplant

    Volunteering is a way of life for 40-year-old Dwayne Bell of Buffalo. Everyone at Abraham Lincoln Elementary knows Mr. Bell. Whether he is helping Cynthia Patterson, ALES librarian, organize and work the two annual book fairs or reading with one of the many children assigned to him for LaRue County Reads, he is considered to be a regular at the school. But now Mr. Bell needs a volunteer. He needs a bone marrow transplant donor.

  • COLUMN: One session ends and another begins

    Last-minute bills were printed, passed and enrolled into the evening Thursday as the Kentucky General Assembly bid adieu to its 2012 Regular Session after passing final legislation—including a $4.5 billion two-year Road Plan—on the session’s 60th and last legislative day.

  • COLUMN: 'The Hunger Games' worth a read and a watch

     My husband Bud and I don’t watch a lot of movies. At least not new ones.

  • COLUMN: The power of friendship can start something big

     When a child in need is matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister, it doesn't take long to notice the changes: parents say their children start focusing on school work, they get along better with their siblings, and - best of all - they start talking about the future.

    I asked a group of parents, “Why? Why do your children respond so quickly and dramatically to this one friend in their life?” One parent said, “That's easy. They start to feel accountable.” 

  • COLUMN: Funding road project would improve safety on Devers Curve

     In 2004 and 2005, I worked on a couple of stories about dangerous roads in LaRue County.

  • COLUMN: Grand moments make me a wealthy, white-haired soul

    My oldest granddaughter Claire was decorating my hair the other day, sticking barrettes and what-not in it. She made the comment that she was putting a clip in the white part of my hair.
    My eyebrow shot up and I looked at her mother, who was barely suppressing her laughter. I couldn’t help but wonder: Did she put her up to it?
    She didn’t have to. Claire, who is 4, didn’t need someone else to point out the obvious.
    Grandkids make you proud and keep you humble.

  • GRACE NOTES: We're all scarred for life

     All this past week I’ve been talking to people with scars for a series of stories that I wrote for the newspaper where I work.

    I got the idea from a photographer I heard on the radio, talking about a series of photos he had done of people’s scars.

    He said that every scar tells a story.

    When I was 9, I bent down to say “hi” to Sam Lang’s Basset hound and it jumped up and bit my face, tearing a hole from the right edge of my lip to my chin.

  • COLUMN: Stay little for a little while

     There are a few times in life when you just know things are going to change. Some for the good – some for the bad – and some just because it has to. 

  • COLUMN: Storms left a mark on our community

     Whenever TV crews cover a tornado, they inevitably interview someone who “heard a freight train.” Sometimes they find a person who will make a noise like a freight train.