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Columns

  • Is there snow in our future? Be prepared

    We didn’t get that white Christmas I was pulling for this year, but weather forecasters are promising some snow for our future.
    I’m not nearly the fan I once was, but certainly I get excited about a forecast that could bring some snow our way.
    I like it best if it’s a day (or two) that I’m going to be home and not out on the roads. It’s great to cozy up in the house and watch it snow.
    Unfortunately, the biggest snowfalls generally happen during the week when most of us have some place we have to be.

  • Theme: World Leaders

    ACROSS
    1. Like children’s book character Nancy
    6. Grade A item on grocery list
    9. Spill the beans
    13. Greeting from Don Ho
    14. ___ chi
    15. *Location of Mohammed Morsi’s presidential palace
    16. It lacks appropriate punctuation
    17. Wood-shaping tool
    18. It often fell in old cartoons
    19. *One of EU leaders
    21. *Anti-apartheid leader
    23. Moray ___
    24. I, to a Greek
    25. Where massages are given
    28. Letter opener
    30. Pincered insect

  • Theme: 2012 IN REVIEW

    ACROSS
    1. Come from an egg
    6. Bad-mouth
    9. Cargo
    13. Gem state
    14. Make a choice
    15. Move sideways
    16. Chocolate substitute
    17. Wade’s opponent
    18. *”The _____” moved to Chicago from NYC
    19. *GOP’s 2012 choice
    21. *Deceased singing legend
    23. Pock mark disease
    24. Boris Godunov, e.g.
    25. Chicken order
    28. Vegetative prickle
    30. Speed of play, pl.
    35. Like decorated cake
    37. Luau souvenirs

  • Theme: Holiday Traditions Statepoint crosswords

    1. Prepare for surgery
    6. One time around
    9. “____ we forget”
    13. Uniform shade
    14. Sacha Baron Cohen’s ___ G
    15. Raccoon cousin
    16. Smidgins
    17. Olden-day aerosol can propellant
    18. Be of one mind
    19. *”A Visit from St. Nicholas” beginning
    21. *Waiting time
    23. Chapter in history
    24. Moldy appetizer
    25. Greyhound, e.g.
    28. Sea World attraction
    30. *They hang around
    35. Cross to bear
    37. “You betcha!”

  • Don’t fall victim to holiday scammers

    ‘Tis the season.
    Yes siree. Gifting. Baking. Decorating. Sharing. Scamming.
    Huh?
    That’s right. It’s one of the busiest times of the year for cheating thy neighbor.
    Well, maybe not neighbor precisely, but certainly cheating others.
    We are supposed to be living a Hallmark movie at this time of year. You know, no stress, perfect children, plenty of money for gift-buying; that’s the Hallmark life. Right?
    Then why is the Better Business Bureau warning about scams and bogus bargains?

  • How will you celebrate Christmas this year?

    I was recently reminded during a sermon at my church of the true meaning of Christmas.
    I have written so many articles in my short time here at the Democrat, where I stand on my soap-box and scream “no” to the countless society customs that we all find ourselves committing time and time again.
    Perhaps some of the most silly customs that we continue to embrace each and every year are those of Christmas.

  • Theme: HOLIDAY SONGS

    ACROSS
    1. Muslim woman’s headscarf
    6. Found on a keyboard
    9. *What mommy gave Santa
    13. Idealized image
    14. Beatle bride
    15. “Saturday Night Fever” music
    16. Yo-Yo Ma with a cello, e.g.
    17. Like sashimi
    18. Team event in track
    19. *”Away in a ______”
    21. Number of football players on field per team
    23. Zeus, e.g.
    24. Dog pest
    25. Boozer
    28. Red Cross supplies
    30. Like Tinkerbell
    35. Absent soldier

  • Holidays... the good, bad and ugly

    Oh the painful holidays.
    Stress reaches its peak during the months where we set aside all human characteristics and common sense before becoming walking zombies as we look forward to the new year.
    If memory serves me right, I think I have preached on the mighty soap-box before on how I think the holidays have become less than what their original intentions may have been.
    So not to make a repeat for the readers, I will try and shed light on the positives of the season and not look down the dark side of last minute shopping and bumper-to-bumper traffic.

  • Theme: Reality TV STATEPOINT CROSSWORD

    ACROSS
    1. “Wheel of Fortune” purchase
    6. Christian minister, abbr.
    9. *”Jersey Shore” stars jump in and out of them
    13. Popeye’s gal
    14. “... ___ he drove out of sight”
    15. Cuba Gooding, Jr. 2003 role
    16. Calculus calculation
    17. “Lend me your ___”
    18. Furnish with a fund
    19. *”Bravo” cook
    21. *TV’s largest family
    23. Toni Morrison’s “___ Baby”
    24. It’s everywhere you want to be?

  • Doors open on new gym, Park and Recreation System

    I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not athletic -- never have been, never will be.
    The only time I was ever on the athletic field was as a band geek. For me, that was my way out of working in tobacco in the summer and winter.
    In the summer I missed a lot of chopping weeds by sweltering on the high school pavement with a hoard of other band geeks. And, Saturdays were usually spent at some stadium in Kentucky in competition.
    I missed stripping tobacco because of concert band practices and pep band for basketball games.