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Columns

  • Students, Parents get ready for schools' opening on Tuesday

    In just a few short days the 2012-13 school year will get underway.
    Stores will likely be bustling this weekend with the last-minute back-to-school shopping... and students are eager to get back into the classroom.
    This is where you hear the familiar sound of a record being scratched.
    OK, not every student is ready to go back, but don’t you remember the excitement of the first day of school?

  • Intern leaves Cynthiana with experience for the future

    By: Kristie Hammon

  • OK, let’s stop!

    The other morning my friend and co-worker Cristy and I devised a solution for all the major problems of the universe.
    Everybody stop.
    Just stop. Take a breath. Step back. Chill out.
    Politicians, stop politicking. Forget about focus groups and pork spending and back room deals and war room strategies. Democrats aren’t evil and neither are Republicans, so stop treating people with whom you disagree as enemies. We’re all Americans, so stop!

  • Much expected of new parks and recreation board

    As summer is drawing to an end, I hope that recreation will be better defined in the near future.
    As many know by now, the county and the city have agreed to enter into an inter-local agreement which will combine all parks and recreation.
    First off, let me go on record as saying that I heavily support the decision of the county and city to do so.

  • Things are ‘picking up’ at Rev. Ross Park

    Barely a handful of Cynthiana men are wanting some changes in their neighborhood park and they are willing to put in the sweat equity to make it work.
    Their hearts are in the right place.
    “It’s for the kids,” said Howard, aka “Hud,” Custard, who is just one of the voices behind a plan to grow the Rev. Ross Park.
    There used to be swings in the small park that runs along side the South Fork of the Licking River.

  • The first Battle of Cynthiana 150th anniversary is this month

    By Bill Penn, Guest Columnist
    This month is the 150th anniversary of the First Battle of Cynthiana, fought on July 17, 1862.
    On July 4, 1862, Morgan began the First Kentucky Raid in Knoxville, moved his column through Tompkinsville, Glasgow and Lebanon, finally entering the Bluegrass in mid-July. Morgan’s assignment by Brigadier General Braxton Bragg was to lay the groundwork for a later Confederate invasion to occupy Central Kentucky by disrupting Federal use of railroads, communications, and military supplies.

  • Boasting about skiing prowess leaves writer flailing

    Every once in a while, I have the pleasure of writing a column that has small traces of comical relief.
    Most of those columns steer clear of making me look anymore naïve or goofy than I already do. However, this is one tale that is simply too funny to keep among such a small group of people.
    Two weekends ago, I had the pleasure of accompanying my best friends and their parents to their get-away home located near Lake Cumberland.
    The week before we left confirms that I am still like a child the night before Christmas. The suspense was almost too much.

  • Trying a new 'cup of tea' may just suprise you

    By: Kristie Hammon

  • Use common sense when celebrating independence

    I’ve never been a huge fan of fireworks.
    They scare me and I fear for the person setting them off. I just get nervous and jittery.
    I suppose I’ve written too many stories about the hazards of fireworks over the years; each one starting off with a horror story about something exploding before it should have, someone losing a finger or their body being burned.
    Not comfortable around fireworks doesn’t even come close to my fears.

  • Hometown has much to offer for summer fun

    Summer’s here and the time is right, for dancing in the street.
    That’s right, it is definitely summertime in Harrison County.
    Summer, when I was younger, was without a doubt my favorite time of the year.
    Summer meant no more school for a few months and, to be honest, that was the bulk of why I chose summer as my favorite time of the year.
    Now that I am older, I guess fall would be my favorite time of the year due to it being the time of hunting.
    However, for the sake of the column, I will focus on summer and not what I prefer.