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Columns

  • District’s cost-cutting efforts make a difference

    The Hilltop is once again all abuzz.
    When school is out, I miss all the hype of the school campus, but when its in, I think the traffic is the bane of my existence.
    The first day of school appeared to  launch without a hitch... except for the traffic slow down on U.S. 62 West.
    I must say, now that my children are already out of school, I kinda miss all the getting ready. I miss back-to-school shopping. However, I don’t miss the huge expense that was the start of the school year.

  • Hopefully, busy July means peaceful August

    July may be over, but if you’re like me, you are still trying to get over June being gone.
    The summer has absolutely flown by. I never thought I would see the day where you blink an eye and the day is over.
    I often refer to my Pappaw in many of my columns, probably because he talked a lot and said witty things.
    I can remember telling him that I wished the end of the week was here.

  • Tobacco disease update and prevention suggestions

    Blue mold finally moved out of Pennsylvania, and fortunately it went north.  
    On July 21, a case of the disease was reported in an 8-acre field of tobacco in Massachusetts. Apparently this was a very mild outbreak that affected a handful of plants in the planting.  
    Current information from the North American Plant Disease Forecast Center at NC State indicate that the threat to Kentucky and surrounding states from blue mold remains extremely low.   

  • Drastic weather calls for drastic calendar

    There’s no doubt that last winter was difficult.
    It was tough for families and businesses, but it also wrecked havoc on the school system’s calendar.
    The end of the school year was a scramble to get all the days of instruction in that are required by the state.
    Many years ago, possibly in the late 70s when there were snow storms of epic proportions, Harrison County students not only had extended days, they also had to go on Saturdays.

  • There is a time to be macho and a time to be smart

    When the heat index says 100 degrees, remember that water is your friend.
    Being a former participant of summer sports and activities, I never went a complete summer where I didn’t hear, “Go water up” or “You need to slow down and go drink some water.”
    Being younger at the time, I used to get so frustrated when someone kept hounding me about the importance of drinking water when the heat index was nearing 100 degrees.

  • Plenty to do in a summer afternoon

    By Martha Barnes, Guest Columnist
    “Three-score summers, when they’re gone, will appear as short as one.” - William Oldys (1696-1761).
    Summer truly seems to go by quickly. Make the most of those days and evenings. Please do not think or say that there is nothing to do, to see, to eat, to attend in our special town and county.

  • Worm invasion not for squeamish

    For Mother’s Day this year, my son built me a raised vegetable bed and filled it with dirt.
    I wanted to set out tomatoes and a few herbs.
    My father-in-law has always planted enough garden for everyone in the metropolis of Antioch Mills, but I wanted tomatoes at my back door; where I could just go pick one if I wanted.
    So, I researched the tomatoes.
    Beef cakes, German, yellow and so on.

  • Just an outsider’s point of view

    Saving money is what local politicians should seek out as their job description, but there is a fine line between saving and cutting at the wrong end.
    I am sure that citizens have heard rumor of the E-911 situation that has been brought to attention recently.
    Being present at the meetings and speaking one on one with local government officials, I have had the opportunity to gain some inside information that has helped me better understand the situation.

  • Searching high and low for the right hobby

    Hobbies are defining.
    Hobbies are stress relievers.. when you do them well. If not, you need a hobby away from your hobby.
    Hobbies are necessity.
    A hobby can rule you if you let it or it can be a tool used to get out of the house and off your wife’s last nerve... Why do you think so many men play golf?
    I enjoy hunting, fishing, vollyball and I have recently started lifting weights.
    Bow hunting is the hobby that requires most of my hobby money up until this point.

  • Neighbor against neighbor

    By: Bill Penn

    Guest columnist