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Columns

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Three powerful battlegrounds of faith

     In his book, “Fuzzy Memories,” Jack Handey writes, “There used to be this bully who would demand my lunch money every day. Since I was smaller, I would give it to him.  Then I decided to fight back. I started taking karate lessons, but the instructor wanted $5 a lesson. That was a lot of money. I found that it was cheaper to pay the bully, so I gave up karate.”

  • Optimistic for 2016

     I’ve got a feeling that 2016 is going to be a good year.  

    I have no idea where it’s coming from, but it’s there.  This is going to be a good year.  

    Maybe it has something to do with where I am this year in contrast to where I was last year.