• Viewpoint

    The Cynthiana City Commission held a Strategic Planning Workshop two weeks ago, just before I left for vacation.

    There was a lot of good discussion about where we’ve been, where we’re going and how we are going to pay for all the things that are in the mix.

    When I was young, I remember getting the Sears Christmas Wish Book. I’d leaf through the pages until the book had no more corners, just rounded, soft edges.

  • The benefits of shopping locally

    This week I wanted to take the opportunity to share with you a follow up article on shopping local and all the benefits. A couple of weeks ago, I merely touched base on this topic. I feel it is very important to support our local small businesses and wanted to share with you some of the reasons why.  The following is a list of 12 great reasons to buy from local independent businesses. Documentation for all factual assertions are published at amiba.net/localhero

  • Viewpoint

    As a former school teacher, I really didn’t look forward to having my yearly salary published in the newspaper.

    I knew I would receive some not-so-good-natured ribbing from my friends who were not teachers.

    Teachers hear it all the time.

    “You get two months vacation every summer.”

    “You get three weeks off over Christmas.”

    “You get a week off in the spring and one in the fall.”

  • Crossword Puzzle Solution
  • Crossword Puzzle


    1. Church’s focal point

    6. ____-di-dah

    9. Barber shop sound

    13. L in AWOL

    14. Chicken ____ ____ king

    15. Tsar’s pancakes

    16. Put someone in a bind

    17. Junior’s junior

    18. “An ____ of prevention...”

    19. *She popularized “Rachel” haircut

    21. *Pin-up girl and Charlie’s Angel

  • Travel adds perspective


    Starting in June and for most of July, I was ‘on the road’ and one of my road adventures was a trip to Texas to visit my grandson and his wife. 

  • Viewpoint

    Elsewhere in the paper are some calendar reminders as they relate to the Nov. 8 general election.

    Those are dates from the Harrison County clerk.

    However, I have a couple more dates that will be important to candidates as they relate to the newspaper.

    We have always accepted candidate endorsement letters to the editor and that hasn’t changed.

    However, endorsement letters for a Cynthiana city commission hopeful from an out-of-county writer will not be printed.

  • Shopping local is economically sound


    With all the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it’s easy to forget about our wonderful small businesses downtown.  

    Cynthiana has come alive this year with so many great events. Visitors have come to our small town from all across the country. It is great to see these people on our streets, supporting our small businesses.  But I have to wonder, when was the last time you came downtown and supported your local small businesses?

  • Viewpoint

    As a retired teacher, I can remember when I was observed by the building principal or assistant principal.

    Most of the time, those observations came with advanced notification. After a few years, those became very easy. Plan a good lesson and implement it for the boss.

     Sometimes, however, the principal dropped in on a class in an unexpected fashion. Those were quite a bit more stressful. 

    Are you doing your job on a consistent basis, or just when someone’s watching?

  • Crossword puzzle solution