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Columns

  • A Legislative Perspective from the Kentucky General Assembly

     
    After concluding a truly historic first week, the new majority in Frankfort is already looking ahead to the remaining 25 days of the 2017 legislative session.
    It was invigorating to finally get the opportunity to take action on behalf of the people of Harrison, Pendleton and Scott counties.
    Before I arrived in the General Assembly, I pledged to my constituents to do everything in my power to promote job growth, increase financial opportunities for the middle class and to protect the most defenseless among us.

  • Viewpoint

    Who could turn away $28,000. Free and clear. It’s yours.
    The catch: You have to become a home owner.
    How terrible is that?
    A brand new home. You pick the carpet, the floor plan, the doors, the counter tops and the bathroom fixtures. It will have never been lived in by another family. It will be yours.
    You won’t have to deal with paying rent on something that will never be yours. And, in many cases the house payment you will make will be less than the rent you have been paying.

  • Nominations for Chamber awards sought

    The 2017 Chamber Community Awards Banquet is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 23, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Harrison County Extension Office.
    We will be honoring seven outstanding community members in the categories of Healthcare, Educator, Public Safety, Agriculturist/Farmer, Business/Business Person, Volunteer and Citizen.
    The banquet is open to everyone in the community to come out and support these individuals who have gone above and beyond in their service.

  • Viewpoint

    Last week I interviewed a fine gentleman, Jimmie Rose. That interview and his story appears elsewhere in this week’s paper.
    Earlier this week, an article appeared in the Lexington Herald about the exploits of the Edmondson County basketball team that won the boys state tournament in 1976 and supposedly saved the one-class Sweet Sixteen that Kentucky is so proud of.
    Those two separate events caused me to reminisce about some events in my past.

  • Thankful for beautiful violets

    If one of our readers knows why African Violets choose to bloom, full gorgeous blooms in the dead of winter, please share the reason with us.
    For whatever reason, every year around the middle of a cold and disagreeable January, my violets perk themselves up and produce marvelous, vivid flower stems.
    This afternoon, I even noticed that my two shamefully ignored violets out here in the patio enclosure were giving off beautiful color.

  • 2016 was a very good year for Cynthiana Main Street

    As I completed my 2016 annual report for Cynthiana Main Street, I was in awe of all the great things that our community accomplished. It was definitely a stellar year for Cynthiana and Cynthiana Main Street is proud to be a part of this community and its up-rising.
    The mission of Cynthiana Main Street is to help revitalize our downtown. It is our aim to help stimulate economic development and investment in downtown. It is our aim to promote a positive image of our downtown.
    I feel Cynthiana Main Street did an amazing job fulfilling our mission in 2016.

  • Viewpoint

    I really don’t think I have had my head in the sand, but I was astonished at the number of felony drug cases from 2016.
    While I was researching information for a sentencing story that appears in today’s issue, I found where 30 individuals had been sentenced for drug crimes in 2016 and another seven the first week of January for offenses committed last year.
    These are just the felony cases that go through circuit court.
    I would have to guess there were that many, or more, in district court.
    There are no social boundaries for drug abuse.

  • Statepoint Crossword Puzzle Solution
  • Statepoint Crossword Puzzle

    ACROSS
    1. Hang around for
    6. Is no longer
    9. *”____ Come Undone” by Wally Lamb
    13. Food from heaven
    14. Not square
    15. Annoy a bedfellow
    16. Mountaineer’s tool
    17. Anger
    18. Length of a forearm
    19. *Author of best-selling book series ever
    21. *”The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” Pulitzer-winning author
    23. Mele Kalikimaka wreath
    24. ____-friendly
    25. Stout relative
    28. Small town or hamlet

  • The gift of so many good yesterdays

    Remember that moment when out of the blue you felt out of the regular pattern of time and space? Some people call it de’ja vu, some shiver and say someone stepped on their grave and others just deny it happened.
    Me? I think the experience is delightful. It always puts me in the mind of the conjure woman who lived up one of the hollers in the mountains where I grew up.