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Columns

  • One senior reflects on day of service

    On a cold, rainy Saturday morning, 51 students of my senior class braved the weather, gave up their Thunder over Louisville weekend and lost some sleep to catch a bus to help residents of Henryville, Ind., on the National Day of Service.

    As a student on the trip, I witnessed events which affirm what I always have believed — North Hardin is a school of pride and one that truly cares about its tradition of excellence.

  • Power of friendship can start something

    When a child in need is matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister, it doesn’t take long to notice the changes: Parents say their children start focusing on school work, they get along better with their siblings and – best of all – they start talking about the future.

    I asked a group of parents, “Why? Why do your children respond so quickly and dramatically to this one friend in their life?”

    One parent said, “That’s easy. They start to feel accountable.”

  • Shift into moving season with confidence

    Following a few simple rules when selecting a mover will go a long way toward protecting yourself from being victimized by scams this moving season. Better Business Bureau and American Moving & Storage Association recommend doing your homework before selecting a mover.

    As we approach the busiest time of the year for changing residences, BBB encourages consumers to know their rights and the red flags of moving scams. Every year BBB and AMSA receive thousands of complaints from consumers who have fallen prey to dishonest and often unlicensed moving companies.

  • Eight letters divide their world and mine

    Recognizing that the space between her world and the one she is slowly but surely entering is drawing closer, Pat Summitt stepped down as coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols last week. Summitt, who has won more basketball games than anyone in NCAA history, was diagnosed with early onset dementia last year at age 58.

    Early onset dementia attacks people younger than 65. Many are in their 40s and 50s and some even in their 30s.

  • Knox nixes Nugent and a debate ensues online

    Ted Nugent expresses his opinion about the Obama administration. It was quite unfavorable. A video found its way to YouTube and his rock music status fueled ferver over the remarks.

    The issue surfaced locally last week when Nugent was dropped from plans for a summer concert at Fort Knox. This newspaper’s posting to Twitter and Facebook lit up with comments Thursday afternoon.

    Many, but certainly not all, offered support for Nugent.

  • A bad week for bad boys

    Last week was a bad week for bad boys.

    First, 51-year-old Bobby Petrino, at the height of his career, got himself fired as the University of Arkansas football coach for allegedly trying to deceive the university’s athletic director about the coach’s relationship with the 25-year-old football employee and former volleyball player, Jessica Dorrell.

    Then 11 Secret Service agents were placed on administrative leave for allegedly being involved with prostitutes in Cartagena, Columbia, while preparing for President Obama’s visit.

  • Minister offers arguments in favor of jailhouse baptisms

     Christianity is the one true religion of the one true God. I make no apologies for that statement.

    Although God loves all mankind, he sent his son into the world so that the world through him might be saved. Jesus claimed, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me.”

  • When travelers find each other

    My wife and I were the only customers in the souvenir and gift shop, lone shoppers during an off-season in Daytona Beach, Fla.

    The lady at the cash register was kind but guarded, like the person checking your ID at airport security. But something about this lady intrigued me: Was she shy or resentful? Uncaring or prudent? Calloused or bruised?

    Directing me to the next aisle, she snapped, staccato style, “Sweatshirts and hoodies over there; caps, next aisle.”

    Her accent, which I guessed to be Eastern European, was heavy.

  • Value of jail ministry not in question

    For the past 36 years, the Hardin County Detention Center has enjoyed a very active and successful jail ministry with a variety of local churches. 

    Currently, 32 separate denominations or religious groups participate in jail ministry. This unique ministry began in 1976 when  jail chaplain Larry Vance along with Dr. Les Langley, Bill Evans, Kennett Smith and Patricia Wheeler  began the ministry on the “cell block.” They literally shared with inmates “through the bars” at the Hardin County Jail. 

  • Celebrating two notable deaths in my life

    Today is Easter Sunday. Coincidentally, it’s also my father’s birthday.

    Both celebrate death.

    One focuses on a loving, heavenly father who sacrificed to provide eternal life. The other focuses on a loving, earthly father who sacrificed in his own way to provide my stable life.

    Dad would have been 74 today. He only saw 54 birthdays.

    He’s come to mind a lot lately. I’m 54.