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Opinion

  • To the editor:

    It is a shame that our elected officials would even consider rezoning a few acres closest to U.S. 32 (Connersville Pike) in the business park from I-1 (light industrial) to I-2 (heavy industrial) to accommodate the needs of a hazardous business. The plan to rezone has raised major concerns of the residents as to the safety issues of such a plan since it will be like having a potential “bomb” next door to us and our safety will depend on the three employees who will work there.

  • Last Saturday night I ate Mexican food in San Marcos, Calif., with my nephews Dan and Eric, their dad (my brother, Tim), their mom (Nika), my favorite only sister Peggy and my cousin Jan.

    Eric, a corpsman in the Navy, ate chimichingas and I had a chicken tamale and a fish taco. There’s nothing like California Mexican food to make me feel I’ve truly come home.

    I had flown home for my niece Kacie’s wedding on Friday.

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    At the last Planning & Zoning meeting, the board voted to change a lot at the corner of the Industrial Business Park and Connersville Pike from light industry to heavy industry.

    This was to accommodate a propane storage facility which will have an above-ground tank, holding 30,000 gallons of propane. The lot, with tanks, trucks, and a modular office, is only a stones throw away from houses in the Lebus subdivision.

  • By 10:10 a.m., the place was packed.

    I had come for the 10:30 a.m. worship service, the first one in Cornerstone Baptist Church’s new ministry campus in Inverness, Fla.

    They had set out 800 chairs, but by 10:30, more than 1,000 people had shown up.

    The pastor opened the service by singing, “The hand of our God is on this place.”

  • To the editor:

    There it is - the good news that Harrison County will be using taxpayer money to buy another farm. I am overjoyed to hear that a large sum of money will be going to a select few because another article in the same paper sadly proclaimed that unemployment hit 12 percent. This is a red-letter day! I am happy to see this new leadership continue the practice of buying farms/properties to line the pockets of a few individuals.                       

  • One might think Cynthiana and Harrison County are a bit off the beaten path for a nationally recognized innovator and leader who is responsible for a brand new movement in this country.

    We might be off the beaten path, but Frank X Walker, founder of the nationally recognized, Affrilachian Movement is coming to town. Through his hard work and networking skills, he has brought a strong spotlight to poetry excellence for Appalachian sources and most particularly as created by African American artists.

  • A guest instructor and published poet, Leatha Kendrick, from the Carnegie Center in Lexington will appear on Sept. 18-19 as the Licking Valley Writer’s Workshop in the role of publishing guru. Ms. Kendrick’s publishing credentials include her own published works as well as those of many of her former students, whose work appears in print largely because of her guidance and help.

  • A few weeks ago my daughter confessed to the blogosphere that she’s a fraud, albeit an unintentional fraud.

    Her neighbor wanted to take my granddaughter to Toys R Us with her girls and then out to lunch. She called Alison and apologetically admitted that she was planning to take the girls to McDonald’s.

  • To the editor:

  • I’m always the first one in the newsroom in the morning and there’s often leftover food from the night crew left out on the counter.

    Normally I toss it out because it’s usually uncovered, which means bugs and mice probably crawl over it and poop on it...

    Today a big white box sat on the counter, and because I’m a trained newsperson, I had to investigate. I mean, it’s my job and all.

  • A new school year has teachers hopeful that lessons have not been forgotten over the summer. Often a long break can bring even greater changes in family and emotional coping of a child by a death. Returning to school can be comparatively as stressful as an adult going back to work after only a few bereavement days; yet even more so for a child considering developmental factors.

  • To the editor:

    I just wanted to publicly thank the First Church of God and Rohs Opera House for bringing the Beth Moore simulcast to Cynthiana. It was a wonderful weekend where women from different church families could grow in our faith and praise the Lord together.

    Thank you to all the people who worked hard to make this a success. Our community was blessed by your efforts.

    Jo Lynn Perraut

    Harrison County

     

  • After 54 ½ years I met my first Muslim this week.

    I’ve probably met others before and didn’t know it, but never to have an actual conversation about Islam. Never to write about it for the newspaper.

    Never after Sept. 11.

    I write this column for the Citrus County Chronicle in central Florida, but it also runs in about a dozen other papers in Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana, plus several online sites.

  • Democrats, lost mountains and folktales may seem a strange combination, but one look at the irrepressible grin on Ann Shelby’s face tells us not to worry.

    Shelby, who will be leading sessions on creative non-fiction at the Licking Valley Writer’s Workshop at MCTC/Licking Valley Campus on Sept. 18-19, brings with her an amazing array of talents and accomplishments.

  • From Aug. 21 through Sept. 7, law enforcement authorities will crack down on drunk driving across the Bluegrass. A statewide mobilization campaign for ‘Drunk Driving: Over the Limit - Under Arrest’ will be in effect. The key to this is highly visible enforcement together with public awareness. Law enforcement officials will be out in numbers to remind the public to be aware that if you are caught driving impaired, you will be prosecuted.

  • To the editor:

    We think our great-grandfather, Riley Frazer Williams, was enslaved at the Handy House and he ran from there in 1863 when he was six years old, with his parents, Nathanial and Maria, and his siblings, Daniel, Amanda and baby Emma.

  • To the editor:

    This is a Food Pantry update to everyone in Cynthiana and Harrison County.

    The Pantry has been doing well this spring and summer with the kindness of many of our churches and individuals that have shared with us money and food. Many have shared fresh vegetables from their gardens and this has really helped and the people really appreciated them.

  • To the editor:

    This past spring, the Recreation Department Board saw fit to remove the skate park from its River Road location - accusing skaters of breaking rules like dress code, littering and foul language. Although the city ordered a new location be found, still no skate park can be found in Cynthiana. I see we got a new picnic/deck area built at the River Road Park. Maybe that frivolous project could have been delayed a while in order to provide a place for dozens of kids in this town to get the exercise they need.

  • On Tuesday, Aug. 11, another year of school will begin. Everyone needs to remember to stop when they see a school bus on the streets of Cynthiana and the roads of Harrison County picking up or dropping off our children. Every year the Cynthiana Police Department and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department receive complaints of motorists passing school buses while the bus’ lights are flashing and the arms on the front of the buses are extended out.

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