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Columns

  • 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.

  • New web site will have everything minus the ink, the smell, the clutter

     To the many readers of www.cynthianademocrat.com, changes are coming and they’re coming quickly.

    In fact, visit our website this weekend to see our new look.

  • Reading to your children has many benefits

    There is an easy way to improve your childs chances at school. It will entertain and delight him. It will strengthen the bonds between him and you. And it is virtually free.

    Sound too good to be true?

    Actually, it isnt. The magical method: taking time to read aloud to your child.

  • These empty nests are for the birds

    I've been kidding myself and anyone else who has asked me in the last month about my son going off to school.

    "Ah, it'll be party time at the Barnes's," I feigned. "He's ready. This is what I've raised him for over the last 18 years. He'll be fine. I'll be fine."

    Moms, have you made similar statements of denial?

    I know there have been many mothers who have forged this trail long before me, and there'll be many more after me. However, this is it for me. My last.

    My husband and I are officially "empty nesters."

  • Cicadas' sounds were music to my ears

    On a recent Friday afternoon I was leaving the Licking Valley Campus where I work, when I saw our Bradford Pear tree working alive with activity.

    A closer inspection revealed hundreds of singing cicadas. I grabbed my camera out of the car and climbed under the lower limbs of the tree to get a better look.

    Amazing.

    I started shooting pictures while my colleague Debbie Gill gasped, "What are you doing?" She doesn't like cicadas.

  • Washed by the water: Festival combines rain, rock and religion

    There was heat, there was rain, there was a ton of cicadas.

    Most of all, there was good fellowship, music and fun.

    It was the 39th annual Ichthus Music Festival in Wilmore, Ky., held last Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It was also my first time going.

    For those who don't know, Ichthus is a three-day Christian music festival which has been held near the Asbury College campus since 1970.

  • Around the town in 180 days: A family of five proves it can survive without using a supercenter for its needs

    January 4, I remember it so well. It is clear in my mind.

    That is the last day I stepped foot into our Wal-Mart Supercenter and walked out empty handed, slightly disappointed, and with a gnawing feeling in my stomach.

    I had noticed that in recent months I have had a growing resentment to the large corporate American shopping experience and while my desire to purchase an electronic device didnt spurn this, it surely enhanced it.