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Columns

  • ATC’s automotive program gives students glimpse of career opportunities in hi-tech environment

    By Mark Sims, Guest Columnist
    Few things are as exciting to teenagers as their cars. Driving a car is one of the rites of passage still afforded American young people. The car also has always held a prominent place in the heart of our country, and we value our freedom of mobility almost as much as any of America’s values or privileges. Without trained, knowledgeable automotive mechanics, this wouldn’t be possible. Kentucky Tech – Harrison Area Center is working to ensure that we continue to have qualified mechanics to keep us running.

  • Everything I needed to know...

    “You don’t want to eat onions on Tuesdays because they make you sleepy,” said Thelma Taylor to a young journalism pup.
    Tuesday was and still is deadline day at The Cynthiana Democrat and if anyone knew the do’s and don’ts of deadlines, it was Thelma.
    She was the first woman to earn editor status for The Cynthiana Democrat and I know exactly how she did it. One word... caring.
    Thelma had a passion for Cynthiana and Harrison County and more importantly the people who make up that community.

  • Former editor bids farewell to ‘journalism mentor’ and ‘Cynthiana mother’

    By Herb Brock, guest columnist and former editor of The Cynthiana Democrat

  • Coming to terms

    This week marks the end of the terms for several city and county officials.
    These men and women have served our community to the best of their abilities. In many cases, they had but one vote, but they cast their votes where they felt they were needed, and not always the popular one.
    For the city, Amanda Moore, Mark Mattmiller and Jimmy New will be stepping down.
    One commissioner said that just as he was getting the hang of the job, the term ended.

  • ‘Just a few of my favorite things’ from gardener

    No matter what you celebrate during the month of December it likely involves some sort of gift giving.   Manufacturers have made certain that our options are unlimited when it comes to giving to the gardener, but some gifts are more useful than others.
    Don’t waste your money on the cute but useless or the useful but cheap. Consider, instead, some of these items that are favorites among my serious gardening friends.
    Hand pruners and a good garden spade were No. 1 and No. 2 when I took a sampling from my most accomplished gardening friends.  

  • Keep warm and safe; make sure your neighbors are, too

    I am an addicted weather watcher. I’m not real sure why or how this happened, but when the first inkling of a weather threat of any kind is predicted, I begin a satellite-to-front-window vigil.
    As early as last Thursday, I began telling co-workers that meteorologists were forecasting a winter storm for this week.

  • How about a little help from my friends?

    Hello again to one and all. Sorry I missed writing last week’s column in Viewpoint.
    It was my week to write a column there, but I was still in a little trouble from the previous one that I had written about my wife.
    I have since been allowed to sleep in the house once again... just kidding.
    The real reason that I did not write a column in last week’s Viewpoint is real easy to explain... I simply had nothing to write about.
    I am still new to this job and have not yet made all the contacts that I need to in the county and city.

  • Website was built with readers in mind

    Have you checked out the Cynthiana Democrat’s new website?
    A few weeks ago, it was announced that it was coming. Now that it’s here, there are just a few things I want to point out.
    First of all, I urge you to make use of it. It’s a great improvement over the sites we’ve had in the past.
    With this site, you can interact. There is a place after each story for you to add your comments, well wishes to the subjects in the story or ask more questions.

  • Don’t be late: Yearbook deadline is Dec. 1

    It was at the 11th hour last year that a huge influx of photograph submissions for the Yearbook were received.
    Here we are again and I’m still awaiting pictures from events that occurred in Harrison County during 2010 or those involving our local citizenry.
    The deadline for this year’s book is Wednesday, Dec. 1.
    What we are interested in are photographs that our readers captured. Obviously, the news staff at The Cynthiana Democrat cannot be at every event. Therefore, this is a way for your event to be documented.

  • At least two, no more than two is rule for keeping bureaucrats off your heels

    Fallout from a crippled economy hit the Barnes’ household a couple months ago when Ernie was laid off from his job.
    Just as any other person would, he filed for his pittance of unemployment. He worked for the Iowa-based company for over five years and easily qualified.
    And, anyone who has ever had to file for unemployment knows there is criteria to retaining the weekly stipend. Possibly the most commonly known is that the unemployed has to make a diligent effort to find a new job.