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Columns

  • Truly a multipurpose building

    Buildings can be much more than bricks and mortar or drywall and plumbing.

  • Enjoying the prime of your life

    Usually when someone makes a positive comment about a picture I’m in, I take it because it doesn’t happen often. Mr. Photogenic I am not.

    So when a dear, saintly lady in my church complimented the “wonderful” picture of my son Dave and me taken during this year’s vacation Bible school, I had to take a second look at it because there was something about it I didn’t like.

  • Ring Road extension is piece of puzzle

    Standing on the exit ramp pavement to dedicate the Ring Road extension and its new interchange with Western Kentucky Parkway, state Rep. Jimmie Lee made his vision clear. This is not the end of the road.

    The 76-year-old legislator is devoted to the Elizabethtown loop reaching Interstate 65. Standing on the pavement for Thursday’s ceremony, highway officials were well aware that the interstate is less than a mile from where Ring Road now ends.

  • Fudging figures is no way to solve public-pension crisis

    It’s no secret that Frankfort’s bureaucratic bean counters possess quite the penchant for manipulating socioeconomic data to make their preferred agency’s performance appear as rosy as possible.

    Within the sphere of Kentucky’s six retirement funds, this fact is all the more troubling. That’s because the best arithmetic acrobatics our number crunchers could pull off still resulted in a reported unfunded public-pension liability of $34 billion, which ranks close to the worst in the nation.

    Could that actually be rosier than reality?

  • Sunrise has long history of serving children

    In our efforts to help the children of Kentucky, Sunrise Children's Services has, for nearly a century, relied on Hardin County to play a vital role in our work.

    At Sunrise, our legacy involves not only our past history of caring for children, but also our ability to change and adapt so we can continue to serve those needs today and in years to come.

  • When lonely, lost facing a blown tire, put on the Ritz

    I was remembering an old story the other day about a businessman barreling through the countryside in his Lincoln Town Car. The guy is hopelessly lost and stops in a little one-horse town, pulling into a service station in the days when service stations were actually service stations.

    The attendant saunters out, chewing on a straw, and asks the man what he needs.

    “I’m lost,” the businessman confesses.

    The gas station attendant squints at the driver and asks, “Do you know where you are?”

  • Babe Thomas left a lasting mark on his community

    On the day after Christmas in 1922, Rola Raymond Thomas came into this world.

    You probably knew him as R.R. Thomas, the county judge with the ever-present bowtie. He directed Hardin County's civic, governmental, fiscal and even years of judicial affairs for two decades.

    Or maybe you knew him by his nickname Babe. Some in his family even referred to him as Uncle Duke.

  • Dealing with change when the boomerang booms back

    “How long did you say you are you going to be home?”

    That was my dad’s question to me, Christmas holidays, 1975.

    I had set my shaving kit in the small bathroom I had shared with Dad for years. Then, I moved his shaving cream, after-shave lotion and cologne to the side so I could spread out mine where his had been, just like I had done when I was in high school.

  • A messy hillside stirs memories of warmth

    Draped in black, the hillside behind the backyards of Red Hawk Drive homes showed the impact of an overnight train derailment.

    Tons of coal poured from derailed hoppers. A stand of trees alongside the track appeared to be propping up the silver train cars, keeping them from rolling down the hill.

    The scattered shipment covered the earth, mashing small plants and smothering the soil. It’s odd how memories work. Because at first glance, the mess reminded me of Grandpa.

  • Better Business Bureau: Shop smart, spend less on back to school

    With school bells ringing, now is the time to take advantage of annual back-to-school specials on supplies. Whether you plan to shop at your favorite retail store or in the drawers and closets of your home, Better Business Bureau recommends sticking to a budget to avoid the common overspending on school supplies.