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Columns

  • Among the best

     You hold in your hands one of the best newspapers in Kentucky. 

    Although that is my personal opinion, you don’t have to take that at face value. We have proof.

    Last week at an awards presentation of the Kentucky Press Association, The Oldham Era, your community newspaper, earned the first place award for overall General Excellence among like-sized weekly newspapers across the state.

  • Keeping it all together

     It’s easy to love someone else when they are doing well, when they are far away or any time the conditions are calm and the sailing smooth.  The challenge and true test of love is how to express care, how to show it and embody it in our own actions when difficulties arise, when needs increase, when resources are taxed and when it would be easier to simply walk the other way.

  • A week in the life of Facebook

    By Ginger Lumpkin

     If you’re not on Facebook, then you are missing a lot of fun.  You might also be missing drama, wasted time and intimate knowledge that you’d rather not have of people’s day-to-day routines. But in spite of the potential downsides, I enjoy Facebook a great deal.  

  • Universal empathy

    Native Kentuckian Abraham Lincoln has always been my favorite president. I have read countless books and articles about his universal empathy. Lincoln demonstrated time and time again “a singular ability to transcend personal vendetta, humiliation or bitterness.”

  • Generations of national adventures

    By Mark Hoard

    This is the first of a two-part column dedicated to the influence of “America’s Greatest Idea” – The National Parks – on my life

    If you were to ask someone what is the best gift their parents ever gave them, I’m certain you would get a wide range of answers, from the vital “never cross the street without looking both ways” to the trivial “my first slot car set.”

  • Spammon: breakfast of champions

    By Ginger Lumpkin

    “What do you want for breakfast,” I asked eight-year-old son. 

    “Salmon.”

    “We don’t have salmon.” 

    “I mean spammon…errr…Spam. I always get Spam and salmon mixed up.” 

  • What is faith healing?

          I went to the hospital to meet someone who I didn’t know, but I had been told they were dying of a lung disease.  We talked about Jesus Christ, and getting right with Him not only for that day, but also for all eternity.  

  • There’s a new editor in town

    By Machaela Ballard

     When this column is printed in the paper, it will be my seventh day as the news editor of The Oldham Era. What an honor!

    I must say, I have only known this area for a few months but I have already fallen in love with it. When I hear that train rolling through La Grange, I smile every time (I hear that will wear off at some point, but I’m not so sure).

  • Imperfect life, perfect hair

    By Ginger Lumpkin

    This past year has been difficult, to say the least.  Becoming a single mom after 24 years of marriage, redesigning my life, creating an entirely new future than the one I had always envisioned…all of this has wrought a great deal of stress in my life.  

  • Choose to accept who you are

     This year I did a different type of New Year’s resolution.  Instead of thinking something was wrong with me and resolving to improve, I resolved to accept myself.   I dedicated myself to see the good within myself, instead of the negative, for all of 2016.