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Columns

  • Drive-ins are so American

    Why  must it fall to strangers to remind us that we have cool stuff at home?
    As I mentioned in my column two weeks ago, my wife and I have hosted high school exchange students for the last five years. It has been a rewarding experience in many ways.
    Aside from the obvious pleasure of extending my familial connections to people across the Atlantic, I suggest that there is an even greater reward that comes from hosting a different student every year: They keep my world from becoming mundane.
    Case in point - The Drive-In Movie theater.

  • Crossword Puzzle Solution
  • Crossword Puzzle

    ACROSS
    1. Dads
    6. Common inquiries
    9. *You can place a football one in Vegas
    13. Throat dangler
    14. Australian runner
    15. Man with a mission
    16. Sans-_____ font
    17. Day ___
    18. Deserving of respect?
    19. Rains and snows together
    21. *Start of the game
    23. Greatest possible
    24. Hit the road
    25. Hair raiser
    28. Affirmative
    30. *A ______ defense uses five defensive backs
    35. Smell
    37. “____ the night before Christmas...”

  • Bridge Spans

    He grew up just a stone’s throw away from a bridge named in his honor.

    When a truly appreciative Joe B. Hall took the podium last Friday, he said any other bridge named after him would not have held the same meaning.

    With his trademark rolled program in hand, Hall told about growing up on North Church Street.

  • A legislative perspective on the Kentucky General Assembly

    FRANKFORT – Every decade, not long after the Census updates us on population changes across the country, all state governments are called upon to re-draw geographic boundaries for many of their elected offices.

  • It's a new beginning, but not entirely

    It’s not fair.

    Over the weekend, I took in a showing of “We’re the Millers” at the Fayette Mall Cinemas in Lexington with my wife, Pam, and my hostdaughter from Switzerland, Lea Buchel. 

  • Crossword Puzzle Solution
  • Crossword Puzzle

    ACROSS
    1. Group of wives
    6. *Requires parental involvement
    9. Cyberspace soliloquy
    13. Yawning
    14. Barley bristle
    15. It’s controversial in fight against crime
    16. Japanese bed
    17. Decompose
    18. *Found in art class
    19. *Pedagogue
    21. *Energy outlet
    23. Magic’s infection
    24. It often holds 24
    25. Tax pro
    28. First female Attorney General
    30. Breath freshener
    35. Two quarters
    37. Grannies
    39. Top of Lady Liberty

  • Taking a leap of faith

    So the time to say farewell to family, friends and all of the Democrat readers has come.

    I’m sure in our small community, rumors of me leaving the Democrat and Harrison County for that matter, have made their way into several conversations in the past few months.

  • View school as an opportunity, not a sentencing

    And the infamous countdown, for the majority of students, has began.

    Only five days remain in the 2013 summer break for Harrison County students and I am sure that there will be plenty of headaches to come in the next few days.