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Today's News

  • Christians shouldn't be afraid of losing Jesus when admitting sins

    Those who write columns are bound to get people who disagree with them — like “Ole Fred.”

    Fred has written me a few times, most recently to take offense at a column about Christians who cuss and how I didn’t want to be one anymore. For the life of me I can’t figure out how he could find fault with that, but he did.

    One thing he wrote in his e-mail caught my attention and I’ve thought -- and prayed -- about it all week, in case he’s right and I have this whole grace thing wrong.

  • Community Calendar

    THURSDAY, Jan. 8

    Berry City Commission will meet Thursday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m., at Berry City Hall. The meetings are open to the public.

    Cynthiana-Harrison County Economic Development Authority will meet Thursday, Jan. 8 at 9 a.m. in the boardroom at the Farmers National Bank, Southside Branch.

    FRIDAY, Jan. 9

    Bookmobile. The Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library Bookmobile will be available Friday, Jan. 9 at Grand Haven at 3 p.m.

  • 2009 New year baby

    2009 New year baby. Dr. Derek Clarke delivered the first baby of the New Year on Jan. 1 at 9:46 p.m. at Harrison Memorial Hospital. Noah Patrick Thomas Ballinger was born to Brad and Kayla Ballinger of Cynthiana. He is welcomed by his sisters, Hopelynn and Alexxi, and brother, Christian. Noah and his parents received many prizes donated by local Harrison County businesses.

  • Arson cause of Boyd fires

    Family, friends and neighbors are working to clean up  what is left after an arson fire destroyed a Boyd home Saturday night.

    Kentucky State Police investigators have concluded the fire was set first in a barn on the property, and then on the back corner of a rental house next to the Bell home.

    “You can’t stop an arsonist,” said Charles Bell, son of the home owner.

  • Church Briefs

    CYNTHIANA FIRST

    CHURCH OF GOD

    ‘Fireproof Your Marriage’ beginning Jan. 11 on Sundays at 10:45 a.m. Also available ‘Fireproof Small Groups’ beginning Jan. 17 on Saturdays. There will be a showing at Roh’s Opera House on Jan. 10 at 4 p.m., sponsored by Cynthiana First Church of God. Dinner at Biancke’s (on you) following the movie. For more information call the church office at 234-3845.

    HARRISON COUNTY

    MINISTERIAL

    ASSOCIATION

  • Those that "cheat the system" don't win at end of day

    One of the things I love most about my job is getting to talk to people, especially those people that have a passion for what they do.

    I talked to many passionate individuals this holiday season.

    I believe Christmas couldn’t have come at a better time for all of us this year. With the economy at record bottom and so many families struggling to make ends meet, it was such a breath of fresh air to welcome the hope of Christmas into the community.

    And that’s where the passionate individuals enter.

  • Making ends meet

    Editor’s note: The identity of the subject has not been revealed in order to protect the privacy of the individuals mentioned in the story.

    For many families in Harrison County, Christmas wasn’t quite the same as in years past.

    “Christmas is kind of skimpy this year,” said Jane Doe, in her living room one Monday morning. “This year I just wanted to give the kids a good Christmas since their dad was gone.”

    John Doe is currently serving in Afghanistan. He has been gone a year and won’t return home until March.

  • Two very different bloomers for indoors

    Many of our tropical houseplants aren’t so happy indoors during the winter.

    Low light levels and low humidity are contrary to their tropical nature. There are some plants in the house, however, that don’t seem to be phased by indoor winter conditions.

    If you have moderate light you can maintain a nearly non-stop bloom cycle with African violets. Their fleshy, fuzzy leaves are their defense against lack of humidity; and with adequate sunlight, some fertilizer and well-drained soil you can keep them blooming all year round. 

  • During the best of times and worst of times, God's help never comes too late

    With apologies to Charles Dickens, it truly was the best of times and the worst of times.

    I had just learned I was pregnant with our now- 25-year-old daughter. We had wanted another child, and the news was definitely in the best of times category. It remained best and blissful for about a month until the worst of times began.

    I can still see my husband walking across the yard of our apartment complex toward our back gate. It was the middle of the morning as he handed me a check and said, “I lost my job — I got laid off.”

  • Plan ahead while dreaming of Spring

    Plant and seed catalogs will be jamming the mailbox any day now. I always feel like January ushers in a clean slate for the garden: optimism abounds among the fresh ideas and new goals; and promises never to repeat a crop busting mistake are sharp in my memory. 

    Sometimes the slate stays clean; sometimes it doesn’t. Either way the next couple of months can be used to plan and prepare for the next growing season. Don’t get over whelmed by (or over indulge in) all the catalogs until you actually decide on what you want to accomplish for the year.