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Columns

  • A deadly stretch of highway put to rest

    Last week we reported on the pending reconstruction of U.S. 27 North between mile points 11.9 and 12.4.
    Finally, a road project I can get behind wholeheartedly.
    I have repeatedly said I’m on the fence about the by-pass. There are pros and cons.
    With the reconstruction, I can find no cons.
    I’m certain the property owners whose homes might be in danger feel differently. However, had the design been done properly back in the 1980s, this would be a non-issue today.

  • Classmates gather for 50th year reunion

    Flipping through the pages of an old leather bond yearbook, one will see many faces.
    How they went and where they went to high school is much different from how many others have gone.
    Many of the names are not remembered and some have gone on to do great things that stamp their names in the pages of history forever.
    In 1962, a tradition was put to rest that began back in September 1872.
    That tradition included teaching students in the graded areas of Latin, analysis, surveying, mental philosophy and history.

  • It's a busy time in our fair city

    If you find yourself saying “There’s nothing to do” in Cynthiana over the next few weeks, it’s your own fault.
    I find myself wondering how or if I’ll get it all in.
    This weekend, The Licking Valley Singers will have two spring performances with a stroll down the rock’n roll memory lane.
    It’ll be the Beach Boys meeting Grease and Happy Days all rolled into one with some of the best of the oldies music.

  • Legislative session’s final day set aside for considering vetoes

    On Thursday this week, the General Assembly returns for the legislative session’s final day, which is traditionally set aside for considering any vetoes the governor may issue.
    This year, however, there will also be other work done during that time, which is expected to include passing the state’s road plan, approving a major initiative designed to crack down on prescription drug abuse and giving the go-ahead to an innovative proposal that will use coal-severance dollars to boost the number of four-year college degrees in coal-producing counties.

  • Countdown of greatest superheroes

    Most of the time I have to think before I am able to write my column for the week.
    However, on Monday morning, which started out as one of the worst in a long time, I simply had an idea slam into my head.
    I love looking on the internet to see top 10’s of different categories.
    Whether it is top 10 movies, athletes, college sports or dumb quotes of all time, I like to research those.
    The lists of top 10’s go on forever.

  • House, senate supports spending plan

    When the General Assembly began the 2012 Regular Session in January, there was little doubt what its biggest challenge would be: writing a two-year budget that could continue meeting the state’s critical needs in light of previous cuts totaling more than a billion dollars.
    On Friday evening, after weeks of discussion and several late nights working on a compromise, the House and Senate put its support behind a spending plan that will go a long way to achieving that goal.

  • Even one case of child abuse is too many

    We can no longer turn our heads and claim that we don’t want to get involved.
    Get involved!
    According to the KY Multi-County Task Force on Child Abuse, five children in Harrison County were sexually abused in 2010.
    Five.
    That’s five children whose childhood memories have been shattered by the ugliness of an adult.
    There were also five children who were confirmed to have been physically abused.
    Children are so incredibly trusting of everyone it’s sad to think that the childhood trust of even one child is stolen.

  • Passing budgets and bills

    FRANKFORT — The Commonwealth’s two-year budget plan continued to dominate much of the Senate’s attention this week.

  • Real Cat lovers bleed blue

    Due to the time of the year, I believe it is time to have a little Cat Talk.

    I am not a sports writer by any means but, since our sports writer is from Indiana, I feel it only fair that the Kentucky basketball team have some kind positive spotlight this week before they go to battle their in-state rivals.

  • We can help families salvage memories

    Cynthiana and Harrison County dodged the March 2 bullet that ripped through other parts of our state.
    Unfortunately, some of those victims lost everything they owned. Houses and barns can be replaced. Roofs can be repaired and new cars can be purchased.
    There are some things that, no matter how much insurance coverage you have, cannot be replaced.
    How devastated would you be if not only did you lose your home, but you also lost all sorts of personal items and photographs?