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Columns

  • 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

  • Seeing "Star Wars"

    So, an interesting thing happened on Facebook this week.  I posted a 29 second video of my kid wearing his new Chewbacca mask, and over 350,000 people have viewed it. While it’s nowhere close to viral, it is averaging 50 views per minute which is quite remarkable when you think about it.  

  • The problem of too-muchness

    If Shakespeare could wonder, “How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea;” if Wordsworth could complain, “The world is too much with us – getting and spending we lay waste our powers,” they should be alive today writing their sonnets – if they had time.  True, we have countless time-saving devices, but we seem to have less and less time to be human.

  • State Senate hard at work

    Floor votes, committee hearings and spirited debate highlighted an action-packed second week of session in the Kentucky Senate. Guests from all corners of the Commonwealth were welcomed to Frankfort to speak on behalf of various bills.