• Mayor deserves kudos for work bettering city

    So often this space is used to slap the hands of public officials who have pulled the shades on a transparent government.
    Generally, it’s in the form of an editorial and historically is has been for some perceived open meetings infraction.
    I don’t want to do any hand-slapping today. I would rather raise my hands to offer praise this time.
    When Cynthiana Mayor James Smith took office he created a 100-day plan. He ranked 14 goals that he hoped to have achieved at the end of those days or at the very least to see movement there.

  • Personal privacy among issues in bills passed by U.S. House

    Washington, DC has the bad news blues.  Whether it’s Congress passing bills that spend billions of dollars we don’t have, rogue Supreme Court justices ignoring the clear text of the Constitution, or yet another unelected executive branch agency bureaucrat issuing a “regulation” that punishes free enterprise, it often seems that victories for freedom and liberty are rare.

  • Rain doesn't dampen fun at sister's wedding

    If you happened to read my column a few weeks ago, you might remember that I mentioned  my sister’s upcoming wedding. OK, I didn’t just mention it. I wrote a whole column about it.  
    Well, the wedding happened. No huge argument or cold feet intervened. And, unfortunately for those of us in the wedding party,  even torrential rain didn’t put a stop to the proceeding.
     And, yes, it was an outside wedding.

  • Rain has wreaked havoc all over county

    Generally, when someone doesn’t have anything else to say, they talk about the weather.
    However, this summer, weather is on the minds of many, and with the deadly devastation in Johnson County, it’s also in our prayers.
    Even before this week’s rounds of storms, we were experiencing a soggy summer.

  • Crossword Puzzle Solution
  • Crossword Puzzle


    1. *It featured Mr. T

    6. Middle-earth dweller

    9. Slavic monarch

    13. Paparazzo’s quest

    14. India’s smallest state

    15. Haul with a tackle

    16. Raja’s wife, pl.

    17. Address abbreviation

    18. *Bert’s roommate

    19. *Gilligan’s domain

    21. *Andy Griffith, e.g.

  • The scary things in life are definitely worth taking a chance on

    I’ve come to find out­—through lots of experience on the subject—that it’s usually the things that you’re a little scared to do that lead to something great.
    It’s happened to me plenty of times at work; I’ll approach a stranger and find an amazing story.
    Or I’ll have to talk to someone about a difficult topic, and find out they’re happy to talk about it. And we all know difficult topics are usually important topics, and make for stories important to readers.

  • Crossword Puzzle Solution
  • Crossword Puzzle

    1. Northern Scandinavians
    6. To use a Singer
    9. *Al Green: “____ Stay Together”
    13. Like unlucky straw
    14. Paleontologist’s estimate
    15. Confusion
    16. Emotion at a funeral
    17. *Beach Boys: “____ Only Knows”
    18. Like worthless promise
    19. *Billy Joel: “... just the way ____ ____”
    21. *Sonny & Cher: “I ____ ____ Babe”
    23. Type of evidence
    24. “The Blair Witch Project” emotion

  • Scores N' More composer retiring