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Columns

  • The holiday season is more about what we already have

    I celebrated my 25th birthday this past week. I like to think of it as an age where I finally catch an insurance break but my wife was quick to point out that I am now a quarter of century old.
    Once those hurtful however true words were spoken and her little cackling subdued, I began to think about how right she was... and I will never admit it ever again as long as I live.
    I don’t feel older at all, if anything I feel as young as I did when I turned 18 to be honest.

  • Harrison County Sheriff's Department
  • Yearbook photo deadline is Dec. 1

    OK folks. This is the last call for photos for the annual Cynthiana Democrat Yearbook.

    Don’t wait until the day after the deadline, which is Dec. 1, to bring in a picture in hopes that it will get published. This has happened the last two years.

  • Community getting in gear for seasons

    Since writing for the paper, every other week I sit in front of my computer pondering the events that have taken place recently and try to come up with a column.
    However, there has been so much that has gone on and will be going on that I am finding it too difficult to narrow my column down to just one story idea.
    So, I thought a general overview of ideas may be the best avenue for this week’s column.
    First of all, 94.5 FM has broken the ice. Yes, that’s right, Christmas carols are on the air for another month and a half.

  • Regretting the ebb of summer and the woe of winter

    Is anyone happy about having to scrape frost from their windshield?
    Count me out.
    I’m not a fan of cold weather. I don’t like to be cold. I don’t like to feel the wind whipping through my hair.
    That’s just not sexy.
    There’s nothing, let me repeat, nothing that makes me shiver more than a slight nip in the air that seems to just find the nap of my neck then seeps down my spine and robs any warmth that I’ve been able to store.

  • 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