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Columns

  • Seeking patience to sort through the pieces

    Autism is a mystery.

    There’s no known cure and no confirmed cause.

    Diagnosis has increased dramatically in the past two decades. It now reportedly impacts one in 110 children in the U.S.

    You might recognize I’ve been doing some research on the topic. But it didn’t start here in April, which is designated as Autism Awareness Month.

    It’s been a topic of particular interest for some time. My primary instructor is a 6-year-old redheaded boy who calls me Grandpa.

  • Focus on Finance: What's your financial IQ?

    By Michael Bateman

  • Tribute to a teacher who provided lifetime of inspiration

    I was skinny then, with toothpick legs, curly hair, freckled cheeks and two front teeth that were longer than the others. I was, therefore, quietly self-conscious as a seventh grader, and even though I appeared to be confident enough, I was insecure on the inside.

    Instead of standing out and looking people and life straight in the eye, inside the urges to blend in and look away can keep dreams from being reached and personalities from unfurling.

  • 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.”