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  • No primaries would be better for Cynthiana

    The city of Owensboro is on to something.
    For years I have pondered the need for primary elections in non-partisan races. Particularly those for Cynthiana and Berry commission races.
    As it stands now, the mayor and commissioners are in a constant state of campaigning if there are enough candidates who have filed.
    If more than eight people file for the city commission seats, they have to run in a May primary to narrow the field to eight. Then in November, they run again in the general election to get the four officials.

  • Crossword Puzzle Solution
  • Crossword Puzzle

    ACROSS
    1. India’s first P.M.
    6. *Lake Geneva or ____ LÈman to the French
    9. “The Fame Monster” Lady
    13. Soft single in baseball
    14. Go wrong
    15. Like Al Yankovic
    16. Goes with a dagger?
    17. ____ bum, found in mountains
    18. Pavlova and Karenina
    19. *Bourbon ____ in New Orleans
    21. *The Smithsonian, e.g.
    23. Questionnaire check box
    24. Table hill
    25. “____ to the Bone”
    28. *You spend it in Acapulco
    30. Manual calculator

  • Sister's nuptials lead to yearning for big wedding one day

    My older sister is getting married next month. This will be her second wedding since I’ve been single. For those who like to keep score, it’s 2-1, with her in the lead.
    Plus, my “wedding” when I got married at the age of 18 didn’t really count. It wasn’t a big, fancy wedding, to say the least. It was just the two of us, at home, in our jeans, and we had to go knock on the next door neighbors’ door and ask them to be our witnesses.

  • Crossword Puzzle Solution
  • Crossword Puzzle

    ACROSS
    1. Lip ____
    6. Military operations, for short
    9. Breakfast raisin companion
    13. Pizazz
    14. *Bruce Willis in “____ Hard”
    15. Constructed
    16. *Lon Chaney was the Phantom at it
    17. “____ the fields we go”
    18. Discompose
    19. *Chris Kyle, “American ____”
    21. *Richard Gere role
    23. Salon product
    24. Move
    25. *Music genre in “8 Mile”
    28. Stiff hair
    30. Big ____ or V.I.P.
    35. Jet black

  • Take advantage of county schools’ feeding program this summer

    As far back as I can remember, the Harrison County Board of Education has supported the Summer Feeding Program.
    And, as far back as that, I can remember heading down to River Road Park around noon one day after school was dismissed for the summer.
    There have always been eager faces waiting for the day’s nutritious fare.
    It’s an outstanding opportunity for families to grab a quick lunch for their children. It’s only for kids­—not the parents.

  • Honor Flight trip drives home true meaning of Memorial Day

    How did you spend your Memorial Day? Did you spend time with friends and family;  display your flag; tidy up the grave of a family member? Did you stop and think of the true meaning of Memorial Day and ask yourself, “Did I do enough? Can I do more?”  
    Though I have always observed Memorial Day in the usual ways, I have not always stopped to think about its true purpose – to recognize and remember the heroes who have fought and died to keep us free.

  • Crepe myrtles and winter damage

    In 2010 I wrote, “We should use more crape myrtles in Kentuckiana. They are not just for warm, temperate climes. In fact, there are a great many that go unbothered by an average winter in our parts.”
    Well, famous last words, right? I guess the operative words are “average winter.”   
    Crepe myrtles are one of the last of the summer blooming shrubs to break dormancy in the spring.  In fact, many fear that their crepe myrtles are dead because they are so slow to leaf out. This year, it just might be the case, however.  

  • Rocky road finally smooths out for new writer, leads to Cynthiana

    It’s really hard to believe that I have been at the Democrat for just over a week. It feels much, much longer.
    Part of it might be because I jumped into my role immediately, already having written five stories (plus this column). And part of it is probably the whirlwind of having met so many people. Mainly, though, I think it’s because from the moment I walked in the door, I felt at home, like it’s where I’m meant to be right now.