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Columns

  • The only thing constant is change

    When I think back over the past year I have spent working at the Cynthiana Democrat, I am reminded of a line from my favorite Broadway play.
    During a scene of the well-known Broadway hit Jekyll and Hyde, Dr. Jekyll turns to a group of aristocratic naysayers and says “The only thing constant is change.”
    When I played the role of Jekyll and Hyde in Laura Stephens’ Harrison County High School production of the play I didn’t really understand the full capacity of that line until one year of working at the local newspaper.

  • Encouragement for working together

    It’s a good move.
    I don’t agree with change just for changes sake, but I do agree with progress.
    Politicians are quick to say things like “If you aren’t moving forward we’re moving backward.”
    And, while the saying may be profound, certainly not every move forward is progressive.
    However, I like what I’m hearing with the proposed Department of Parks and Recreation.

  • It gets sweeter as the days go by

    Well, I made it or really I should say, we made it.
    A whole year in the books with plenty more for sure.
    My wife and I celebrated our one-year wedding anniversary last Monday.
    Looking back over the past year I found it humorous and encouraging at how we have adapted and learned to live with one another.
    Now, I know that seems kinda harsh to say, but anyone who is married or has been married will agree with me when I say that getting married takes some major adjustment to work smoothly.

  • Everyone just wants to be ‘liked’

    No body wants to be the last person picked for any team. I know, I was usually the scrawny, freckle-faced, redhead who was the left-over player.
    I wasn’t ever really “picked” because I was what was left.
    It’s all about being “liked.”
    Now, nearly 50 years later, being liked has a new avenue of validation. It’s called facebook.
    I don’t spend a lot of time on facebook with the whole social networking thing, but it has proven a great way to catch up with some old friends and to stay in touch with new ones.

  • Federal troops form Camp Frazer

    By: Bill Penn

  • LVC’s Literati and our community

    By Ashley O’Brien, Guest writer
    High on a hill, above the Licking River* is a college truly making a wonderful name for itself.  I am a student at Maysville Community & Technical College’s Licking Valley Campus and am in my second semester. This semester, I wanted to get more involved with school.  
    I am the accompanist for the Campus Choir, which is directed by Bill Webber, but that wasn’t enough for me. I woke up one morning on fire for school. I started making plans of how I could do more, be involved, and make a difference.

  • A family of pen pals have first face-to-face

    Very seldom does a story walk in off the streets and into my office.
    However, that’s exactly what happened  last week when the busiest senior citizen of Harrison County, Charlie Tribble, brought Prue Manson from Timaru, New Zealand, by for a chat.
    Prue came to the states to make visits all around, but primary on her itinerary was visiting her mother’s pen pal, Beverly Steffe.
    Miss Steffe, a retired school teacher and sister-in-law of Charlie, had been pen pals with Prue’s mother, Heather Scott, since 1978.

  • Warmer weather is gone, but I need more volleyball

    With the city spending money on City Hall gym, I think it is time to bring back some of the winter sports to Cynthiana.
    All summer long I have enjoyed learning the game of volleyball.
    From the diving and spiking in the sand to the occasional, “accidental” shots I took toward my wife’s head.
    Yeah, nothing is better than getting off work on a Monday afternoon and heading back the long gravel trail to the front-yard, sand volleyball court.

  • ‘We will not forget’

    If you notice our inside special section, you’ll see that we are saluting all of Harrison County’s first responders.
    I’ve said it many times before, not just on the 10th anniversary of the 9-11-01 American tragedy, these men and women have my highest admiration.

  • Community theater gives small town taste of big city

    The arts are strong in the community, just ask anyone who goes to the theater.
    I have always enjoyed theater and watching plays and musicals.
    I was into theater, especially in high school when Laura Stephens cornered me and told me how I WAS going to be in her first musical “State Fair.”
    Stephens, a former student of the well-known drama coach Bill Caywood, looked to bring theater and arts back to Harrison County High School after a long drought of no student plays.