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Columns

  • GINGER: I’d be better off in Australia

    Like Alexander in, “The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” there are times when I think I’d be better off living in Australia.
    For example, take last Wednesday. (Please!) In order to get a jumpstart on my to-do list, I set the alarm for 6:40 a.m.
    At 5:40, the child who is typically impossible to drag out of bed before noon made a surprise appearance. She nestled her head into my armpit, her knee into my stomach and fell back to sleep.

  • GINGER: Listen to me, 17-year-old me

    I recently read a letter that someone had written to their 17-year-old self. Mostly, she was admonishing herself to enjoy being with her mom and to stop rolling her eyes so much.
    I thought it would be an interesting exercise to write a letter to my 17-year-old self. Not that it will do much good, a quarter of a century later, but I’d like to see where it goes.
     Dear me,
     I hardly recognize you! I don’t remember joining the circus. You might want to stop using such a heavy hand when applying your blusher and eye shadow.

  • Weighing in on New Year’s resolutions

    Like a fool, I woke up the day after Christmas and immediately got on the scales.
    I was still suffering from a cheese potato and red velvet cake hangover, and decided I should know how much weight I gained over the holidays.
    This way I can accurately gauge how many pounds I need to lose in 2012. I managed to hit 180, topping last year’s high by 15 pounds. If I continue to “lose” at this rate I should be somewhere near 200 by next Christmas.

  • GINGER: Power outage builds birthday memories

    Last night our family spent a few, quality hours together sitting in the dark. I’m not sure what caused our power outage, but it appeared to be a multi-county problem.

    We were just finishing up our son’s fourth birthday party when the lights flickered, and then it was dark.

    I don’t worry too much during outages because our local rural electric membership cooperative always does a great job of having power restored as quickly as possible.

    This time, I was actually kind of excited.

  • Publisher's anniversary brings a question

    As I stroll from business to business or simply shop at a local store, I find it warming that readers notice I’ve been in Oldham County for a year now.

    I find myself answering the same question, happily I might add, that stems from my first year as the publisher of The Oldham Era.

    “How do you like it?”

    Well, I’ve embraced my new home as well as my job. Although my out-of-state move from Indiana to Kentucky felt more like a cliff jump, I must say I like Oldham a great deal.

  • Year in Review: District 3 Magistrate Bob Leslie

    Citizens of Oldham County:

    In my years as magistrate, I have been Chairman of the Environmental, Parks and Public Safety Committees. I have voted against all tax increases and advocated for reduction in indebetedness. 

    I gave my first years to various groups through out the community. The Friends of Westport was started through this grant. I was a board member for Tri-County Community Action Agency for eight years. 

  • Year in Review: District 8 Magistrate Michael Logsdon

    First, let me start by saying it has been a pleasure serving my constituents of District 8 and the people of Oldham County. It’s truly been a wonderful year and I want to thank you.

    I have learned a lot over the past year, serving on three committees, answering countless phone calls and meeting with constituents. 

  • Year in Review: District 7 Magistrate Bob Dye

    To the citizens of Oldham County:

    As my first year as Magistrate draws to a close, I would like to say thank you to everyone that assisted me in becoming a productive public servant. This past year has flown by!

    Other than my duties on fiscal court, I have attended several workshops and conferences. I have learned a great deal, but there is a great deal yet to learn. 

  • Year in Review: District 6 Magistrate Kevin Eldridge

    This first year has flown by. I truly appreciate those of you who have contacted me. We have not always agreed but we have worked toward forging relationships that will move our county forward. I want to also thank the judge-executive’s staff as well as the other county employees. They have done the day-to-day hard work that it takes to make this county run as smoothly as it does.

  • Year in Review: District 5 Magistrate JD Sparks

    Citizens of Oldham County:

     It has really been a great year serving as your magistrate in District 5. I am not sure I was fully prepared for the range of issues that we as a court would face in the new year. 

    I had hoped to be able to make much more radical changes in some ways but feel that things are very much headed in the right direction in our county.