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Columns

  • House of Representatives offer assistance for devastated areas

    FRANKFORT – A little more than a week ago, when I was writing my weekly newspaper column, I had no idea of what the dangerous storms already on the horizon would bring.
    As we all know by now, it was one of the deadliest days in our history, and many communities were hit especially hard. That includes our neighbors to the north, in Pendleton, Campbell and Kenton counties, and in such other areas as West Liberty and East Bernstadt. For some of them, it will take months if not years to rebuild.

  • Spring peppers welcome us back

    Absolutely nothing says spring more than the distant chorus of spring peepers. There is a wooded stream just off Conner Station that is home to a cacophonous band of peepers all competing for as many females as they can.  
    On a warm March evening, especially after a shower, spring peepers remind me of how glorious rural life can be. Just by listening a whole other world can be imagined.
    Male spring peepers are the noise makes.  

  • Connersville school welcomes all alumni for reunion

    If you went to school at Connersville, close your eyes.
    Can you hear the sound of the ping pong ball hitting the table in the gym?
    Can you see Jimmy Fryman, who was tagged “the Champ of the Tramp,” doing flip after flip on the trampoline?
    Can you hear principal and teacher Charlie Tribble walking down the hall?
    Can you see all of the experiments that were lined up for the many science fairs that were held during the school’s short life?

  • House says yes to opening court for abused, neglected children cases

    This past week, the Kentucky House of Representatives spent much of its time focusing on two important groups: Our children and our farmers.
    On Wednesday, for example, the full chamber voted to make viewing child pornography a crime, a move that would close a loophole that has made it tougher to prosecute pedophiles who don’t actually possess the images they view on the internet but don’t keep.

  • Accelerating fuel costs are spring disappointment

    Nothing gives spring’s arrival away better than the ever-growing thorn in all drivers’ sides.
    When I think of spring, I generally think of things that make me happy.
    For example, with spring comes warmer weather, outside events, volleyball, warmer weather, getting a tan, volleyball and the always enjoyed... warmer weather.
    In a small rural community like ours, the farms tend to shine and the scenery, for the most part, looks similar to pictures you might see in a magazine.

  • Dropout age could raise to 17 by 2016 if voted into law

    FRANKFORT – In today’s economy, most employers ask for at least some postsecondary experience and all but require a high school degree.  Those who drop out are often not even considered.

  • Former bookeeper will be missed

    Cynthiana lost one of its Christian soldiers last week with the passing of Ruth E. Furnish.
    When I first started working at The Cynthiana Democrat in 1976, Ruth was the bookkeeper for the newspaper and the Cynthiana Publishing Co. plant. During her tenure, she served with several publishers.
    I say “with” because many of those publishers would probably agree that they were publishers because Ruth said they could be, much like most men are the head of the house because their wives say they can be.

  • FRANKFORT FOCUS: Leaders set goals to rid state of prescription drug abuse

    FRANKFORT – One of the biggest issues this legislative session – stopping prescription drug abuse – took a major step forward early last week, when Governor Beshear and House and Senate leaders voiced their bipartisan support for plans to take quick action.
    There is no doubt that something needs to be done.  We are seeing far more Kentuckians die from prescription drug overdose than on our highways, and our rate of abuse is well above the national average.

  • Time is truly how to say ‘I love you’

    Isn’t it amazing how our significant others sometimes put their agendas aside to put a smile on our face?
    This week is, if you ask me, the biggest excuse for couples to blow money on one another that should be saved.
    Valentine’s Day. I never really understood it and now that I am married I have grown to dislike it.
    For the record, my wife does not require me to purchase a dozen roses and chocolate-covered strawberries.
    Instead, she gets a bigger kick out of me leaving her alone to watch her reality television for the night.

  • Cynthiana will survive if everyone chips in

    A few weeks ago and friend posed the question: “What are we going to do about our town?”
    “Everything is closing,” said one of the ladies having lunch at Biancke’s.
    I agreed and we commiserated. Up to that point, I suppose I was in denial. It didn’t seem like a “we” problem.
    We talked about the bypass around Cynthiana and weighed its pros and cons, trying to determine if it will help or hinder.