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Columns

  • ‘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.

  • The camping bug has taken a bite outa me

    I’m going camping this weekend.
    My dad and step mom are what true Floridians call “Snowbirds.” They usually launch for the sunny south around the first of October.
    So this weekend will be the last hoorah before they take flight.
    As I said, I’m a camping fan.
    Well, as best you can be with air conditioning, mattresses, porcelain and running water.

  • Remember the pyramid...the food one that is

    Sometimes it is difficult to talk about the problems that face our community, especially when kids are involved.
    I was recently at the schools taking pictures for the first day back to school.
    The kids, I must admit, were really cute. As they swarmed off the buses with their Sponge Bob Square Pants and Hello Kitty backpacks and confused-looking faces, something caught my attention very quickly.

  • Remember the pyramid...the food one that is

    Sometimes it is difficult to talk about the problems that face our community, especially when kids are involved.
    I was recently at the schools taking pictures for the first day back to school.
    The kids, I must admit, were really cute. As they swarmed off the buses with their Sponge Bob Square Pants and Hello Kitty backpacks and confused-looking faces, something caught my attention very quickly.

  • Smart Snacks for Families and Children

  • Internet dangers should be addressed with school children to keep them safe

    As Kentucky kids return to school, I want to encourage parents to take a few minutes to talk with their children about the dangers that exist on the Internet and how to stay safe online. With the proliferation of smart phones, webcams and the Internet, kids today are at a greater risk of being sexually exploited or even targeted by online predators.
    According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, one in seven kids is solicited for sex online and one in 33 kids receive aggressive online solicitations to meet in person.

  • 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.