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  • 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.  

  • Not necessarily through the woods

    In spite of not knowing where in the world summer went, the leaves are turning, vegetables in our gardens are getting scarce, and we see Halloween decorations sprouting up like mushrooms all over town.
    Good things happen during Fall.
    For instance, have you noticed that the band up on the Hilltop is bringing home enough hardware to warrant new trophy cases?
    Our Bourbon band friends are also celebrating victories up and down Kentucky and Ohio highways.  

  • “Fall” in love with Harrison County back roads

    For too long this year, summer has refused to surrender.  We have endured high temperatures and dry, crunchy grass for so long that fall sneaked up without our notice.  
    All of a sudden, leaves have begun turning.  In fact, after this weekend’s windy weather, some trees are already sporting bare branches.

  • Statepoint Crossword Puzzle Solution
  • Statepoint Crossword Puzzle

    ACROSS
    1. *____ Jessica Parker
    6. Bag, in Paris
    9. Diplomat’s forte
    13. Opposite of cathode
    14. *”Chinatown” sequel: “The ____ Jakes”
    15. Chocolate tree
    16. Considering everything
    17. Pro vote
    18. Sleep spoiler?
    19. *Famous filmmaker Cecil
    21. *”The Jazz Singer” was the first one
    23. “To Kill a Mockingbird” recluse
    24. *Cary Grant in “His ____ Friday”
    25. FedEx competitor
    28. Family room staple

  • Statepoint Crossword Puzzle Solution
  • Statepoint Crossword Puzzle

    ACROSS
    1. Dolphins’ home
    6. *Sports acronym
    9. Deep wound
    13. Spy’s cover
    14. 100 square meters
    15. “Door,” on #35 Across
    16. Approximate date
    17. Bygone bird
    18. Letter-shaped girder
    19. *Pastoral autumn trip
    21. *Falling all around
    23. Galley tool
    24. Eight bits
    25. Trigonometry abbr.
    28. “Hey!”
    30. ____weed
    35. Faubourg Saint-HonorÈ and Rivoli, e.g.
    37. Left after deductions

  • Family of Thomas J. and Amanda Francis Hill Franklin