• Onboard school bus cameras will be great tools

    Tuesday night’s Harrison County Board of Education meeting was forever long.
    However, there were some good things to come out of it.
    Christine Garnett, whose name is most often associated with Fillies’ softball, was there to showcase her students’ use of Google Classroom.
    Garnett engages the students from the time they walk into her classroom until they post their work for her review. And, not a single tree had to be sacrificed.
    Sam Arnold III was also on hand to make his annual report of the Agnes McDowell Trust.

  • Crossword Puzzle Solution
  • Crossword Puzzle

    1. Medieval fiddle
    6. College assessment test
    9. Outgoing tide action
    13. Allergic reaction to bee sting
    14. ____ chi
    15. Thresh about, as in arms
    16. Oddball’s attempt?
    17. Pro baseball’s “Master Melvin”
    18. Starbucks’ serving
    19. Status of being a star
    21. *Inhabited by apparitions
    23. Actor Stallone
    24. Lord’s servant
    25. Busy flyer
    28. *Like a Halloween sensation
    30. Wipe out
    35. St. Louis team

  • Trick-or-treat time brings on nostalgia

    One of the things I miss the most about childhood is trick-or-treating.
    Every Halloween, I’d head out, grocery bag in hand (sometimes two grocery bags in hand), and make my way up as many streets as possible.
    I trick-or-treated until I was 13. Yep, 13. I probably would have gone another year if my older sister hadn’t teased me incessantly.
    I only missed one year that I remember. I was 12 that year, and I had just had my tonsils removed. But I still dressed up and passed out candy.

  • Learn more about the condition during October’s Dyslexia Awareness Month

    So, what is Dyslexia? Dyslexia is a chronic condition defined as impairment in phoneme/grapheme knowledge and rapid word recognition. Dyslexia does not improve without targeted intervention, and affects not only how a person reads but also the ability to spell words, retrieve words, articulate words and to remember certain facts.
    This time last year I was having a conversation with my daughter’s teacher about struggles with reading.  

  • Political ads a dirty fight with no referee to ‘stop the silliness’

    I can remember my wonderful grandmother fretting over “What is this world coming to?”
    She passed away in 1982 and I have to wonder what she would think of today.
    I am not a television watcher. I rarely have it on in the evenings, choosing instead to read. However, earlier this week I decided I would flip it on.
    Now I remember why I chose to turn it off to begin with.

  • The fight for birth control should have been won long ago

    Loretta Lynn shocked the world when in 1975 she came out with her song “The Pill,” which was pretty much an anthem to birth control.
    In a nutshell the song says “I’m done being a baby-making machine.”
    When the song came out, people everywhere talked about the evils of birth control: the promotion of casual sex, the “loosening of morals,” the perceived threat to the institution of marriage.

  • Aggravation worth it for road improvements

    A lot can happen in a week.
    Due to a death in my family, I was out of town last week.
    I completely missed the construction work on the Ladish  Road bridge.
    I have avoided that route for awhile now because of the poor condition of the bridge’s surface.
    No more!
    In fact, to get to U.S. 27 South, that’s one of the alternate routes available.
    When I heard that the John Hunt Morgan bridge and the Ladish bridge were slated for repairs, my first thought was that they would be closed at the same time.


    Let’s take a little break from talking about the judicial process and discuss an issue that is negatively impacting our entire community.  There is an epidemic that is attempting to destroy our country, threaten our safety, and take our children from us.  It does not discriminate based upon age, race, or social class.  This menace is drugs, whether it is marijuana, pills, cocaine, methamphetamine, or heroin.  

  • Coming of fall brings on dreaded realization that winter is on its way

    So it’s officially here.
    Fall. With its beautiful leaves and soft breezes and festivals galore. And let’s not forget Halloween, which is absolutely the best holiday.
    Yet I can’t help but feel sad at this time of year, because I know that in just about a month or so, those soft breezes will turn downright cold.
    There’ll be frigid temperatures and ice and snow. Jack Frost will be nipping at our noses (Sorry, I couldn’t help throwing that in there.)