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Columns

  • Viewpoint

    Many thanks to Betsy Smith for filling in for me during my latest health “issue.”
    Betsy is a talented writer and penned some really interesting articles!
    She has set the bar much higher for me...gee thanks, Betsy!
    Thanks also to my workmates and bosses at the Cynthiana Democrat for being patient with me while I continue to recover.
    It would have been very easy for them to simply replace me with someone else, and they didn’t do that.
    They have gone over and above the call of duty.

  • Statepoint Crossword Puzzle Solution
  • Statepoint Crossword Puzzle

    ACROSS
    1. Coffee + chocolate
    6. “____ the season ...”
    9. ____ ex machina
    13. Tim or Woody
    14. Thou, today
    15. *Fire or Fear or Mortis or Death
    16. “_____ came the spider...”
    17. Pimple fluid
    18. Two under par
    19. *X-Men’s mutant foe
    21. *____ Quinn
    23. Aladdin’s alias
    24. Piglet sound
    25. Irish folk dance
    28. Sultanate on Arabian Peninsula
    30. Farm tool
    35. Fail to mention
    37. Crumbs

  • Remember those teachers who made a difference

                                                                            
    Have you seen the bumper sticker, “If you can read this, thank a teacher”? Well, I am here to tell you that I am hopping mad.

  • Viewpoint

    By Betsy Smith, News Writer

  • Clear the air: Reveal retirees’ benefits

    By Jim Waters
    When addressing generous benefits received by Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) retirees in this column, a voluminous email response – mostly critical – is the norm.
    “I seriously have issues with using the word ‘lavish’ for teachers’ pensions,” a science teacher in Jefferson County wrote. “The word produces images of wealthy retirees sitting out on their yachts or on a sunny beach somewhere enjoying their retirement.”

  • Shoppers encouraged to check out local businesses this holiday season

    By Stephanie Burden
    Main Street
    Program Director
    Can you believe it’s already November??? You know what that means, Christmas is just around the corner. Now is the perfect time to get downtown and see what our stores have to offer and start making your holiday wish lists.
    This weekend several of Cynthiana’s downtown merchants will be enticing shoppers with their holiday open houses. Merchants will be staying open late on Friday night and have extended hours on Saturday.

  • Commitment

    Sometime in early summer,
    Listen for sticks on drumheads
    Stretched and waiting for cadences
    Spread to young ears, echoed in feet
    On soft asphalted stickiness.
     
    Promises of glory born from sweat,
    Falls, drops, constant beat and heat
    That tans, burns to thin the corps
    Into sameness of note, eye and foot.
    Only a mother can detect her own.
     
    Summer melts away as dreams of
    Dates, swims, movies and time off is
    Shelved for the greater cause of glory

  • Photos needed for historical calendar

    Every year I make a plea for historic photographs for the annual calendar. Every year at the final hour I am at the Cynthiana-Harrison County Museum or the Publice Library borrowing from their vast collections.
    It’s that time of year again. Please, please, please send me your photographs.
    I have seen some gorgeous old pictures on Facebook in recent months. Our readers would love to see those as well.

  • Restoring a Halloween tradition at the courthouse

    Do you remember going trick or treating as a child? The excitement of getting treats? Getting to eat the candy before bed on Halloween night?
    One memory that I recall is going to the courthouse to trick or treat.
    It was the best place in town to gather a bag full of treats. Often, that was the only stop you would need to make. The treats would include apples and cookies and even an orange drink. Of course, sweet candy was a must.
    I want to provide a safe and central location for our kids to trick or treat.