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Columns

  • Christian vs. secular music

     I was riding in a car with a younger friend and her pack of teen and pre-teen kids.  One of the kids hollered, “Turn up the radio, Mom, I love this song.”  It was a Christian rock song singing about Jesus.  

  • Work at love

     I have had the privilege and the honor of celebrating over a thousand weddings over the years with many wonderful couples.  My goal is to personalize each wedding by meeting with the couple several times, leading the rehearsal and officiating at the wedding ceremony. My wife and I find it very exciting meeting couples in love, pledging their love and commitment to one another.

  • A bridge to peace

    By Ginger Lumpkin

     Sometimes, when I am out and about, I realize that I am not quite ready to go home. And by “go home” I don’t mean die and go to heaven. I just mean I need to find some stillness within myself before jumping back into the midst of the household. 

  • Senator Ernie Harris' legislative update

    By Ernie Harris

     The success of a legislative session is often defined on an issue that emerges out of committee meetings, floor debates and rallies that punctuate the lawmaking process. Last year it was the heroin epidemic. This year Kentucky’s burgeoning pension crisis is the marque issue facing lawmakers.

  • Music: blessing or curse?

     Music stirs the soul like few others things on earth can do.  It stirs us to be better and it stirs us to be bad.  When I was a teenager my church choir director gave me a poster I always cherished which said, “Those who sing pray twice.”  

  • Cruising with kids

    By Mark Hoard 

    Though we are in the throes of winter, better weather is on the horizon.

    And when it comes to spring break trips for those of us based in Kentucky (or anywhere in the East for that matter), two destinations are always at the top of the list — Disney World and Destin.

  • Thank you to OCS Board

    By Rick McHargue

    OCS Interim Superintendent

     Our district's teachers, administrators and staff deserve praise for their constant efforts to ensure the learning of every student in our district. But equally deserving recognition and an expression of gratitude are the locally-elected members of our board of education.

  • You can be happier
  • Becoming a ginger Ginger

    By Ginger Lumpkin

  • Music you know not

    In these days of global awareness, there is a growing trend to reach over borders, to expand our awareness, to climb to the top of mountains and see what's on the other side. We hear the struggles of people in parts of the world most of us have no perception of. 

    As Americans, we have probably become the most isolated nation when it comes to empathizing with the plights of other cultures.