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Columns

  • 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.

  • A voice from the darkness makes a simple request

    Driving on an unfamiliar stretch of interstate outside an unfamiliar Ohio city, a decision was made to steer off onto a dimly lit street.

    It was just before midnight about a week ago. The immediate destination was the familiar yellow-and-black Waffle House sign glowing near the exit. Nothing else seemed to be open at that hour.

    Pulling into the parking lot, it seemed important to park near the entrance and the light escaping from the restaurant windows. I remember looking for a perfect spot, not too close to someone else’s car that might be bumped.

  • Two Views: Proposal will introduce underground hazards

    By LARA BEARD

    Something wicked this way comes to Hardin County. Represented by a firm that employs our governor’s son and cloaked with smiles and promises, the Bluegrass Pipeline is ready to ooze dark miasma into our beloved Hardin County ground, water and air. It is recommended by people who have no allegiance to place, or reason for being here, but to profit themselves and their shareholders.

  • Two Views: Pipeline can be an important to Kentucky’s economic future

    By JAMES SCHEEL
    and ALLEN KIRKLEY

    Learning that a new underground pipeline may be coming through Kentucky has some folks asking questions. What are the risks? What about my land? What about the environmental impact? These are just a few things Kentuckians have a right to know about the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline Project.

  • Better Business Bureau: Latest scam alerts released
    • Medical alert system scam: Local seniors are annoyed over automated calls from “John” saying someone has paid for a Free Medical Alert System for them. The calls are making the rounds locally. “John” just needs your personal information to ship the system. Don’t give your personal information to someone you do not know.