• I love “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” I especially love the scene where Charlie Brown is sitting with Lucy telling her about his problems. He admits that he knows he should be happy about Christmas, but says for some reason he is not.

    By the way, on a completely unrelated note, why is Charlie Brown the only one with a last name? Think about it. There is Lucy, Linus, Sally, Schroeder and so on and so forth. No last names.

    Anyway, over the last week I have sort of felt like Charlie Brown but about something else besides Christmas.

  • Dressed in her finest Christmas attire, she patiently awaited the arrival of her guests; and as they entered her decorated doorway, her rooms echoed with laughter and camaraderie.

  • World Peace Day is a global event celebrated at noon Greenwich Mean Time or 7 a.m. EST on the last day of each year.

    At this time, people the world over gather together for an hour of prayer and meditation for world peace.

    Stop for a moment and think how profound this really is. People the world over set aside personal issues and step into the moment, coming together to be of one mind, of one place, of one time, aware that as they combine their thoughts and energies, they create opportunities for positive changes to manifest in the world.

  • It may be hard to think past Christmas, but before we know it prom season will be here. 

    Some students think about it the whole school year, planning what they will wear, who might ask them to go, and looking forward to that rite of passage. 

    Others dread thinking about prom because they know that a fancy dress or tux is a luxury that their family cannot afford. 

  • In college, I was asked to write an essay about what I would do if I won the lottery and the paper turned out to be more of a business idea that is still my dream today.

    My long-term vision is for Owen County to have a daycare center adjoining an assisted living facility where the children and the elderly of our community will have access to the best-possible care.

    My short-term  goal is to partner with caregivers who currently provide childcare services in their homes to establish a state of the art daycare cooperative.

  • Not to sound too cliched, but it’s hard to believe we are nearing the end of the first decade of the new millennium.

    The changes this community, this nation, and this world have gone through in the past 10 years are way too many to even consider listing.

    But that’s OK.

    Americans and Owen countians need to look forward while remembering the past. We find ourselves at a different place than we did at the beginning of the 2000s.

  • Another Thanksgiving has come and gone, two more turkeys have been pardoned by the President, and now we’re on the downhill slope to Christmas.

    The other day I glanced at the clock on the wall and noticed the second hand was moving at a rapid pace. “There must be something wrong with the clock,” I thought. A few minutes went by till I glanced at it again, and it seemed to be moving even faster this time. I mentioned it to our copy editor, Richard. His response was, “It’s because you’re getting older.”

  • They should start showing up sometime around 4 p.m. July 8.

    They will be coming in trucks, campers, mini-vans and RVs.

    For them, it’s more than a weekend trip. It’s something more akin to a pilgrimage.

    They will roll across the region with a singular site in mind. Two things will be on their minds — having fun and racing.

    After years of wrangling,  the top echelon of professional auto racing will be coming to northern Kentucky.

  • Sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas, when the weather was brisk and the promise of cold air and clear skies remained for several days in a row, Owen County families prepared for the annual event of “hog-killing.” All year, efforts were made to fatten these delectable creatures whose succulent meat was the mainstay of many a winter meal.

  • Sometimes, Thanksgiving gets a bum rap.

    I’m not a global sociologist but I doubt there are many other holidays  celebrated across the world where food is such a focus.

    A lot of cultures have foods that are associated with a holiday but I would guess there aren’t many in which the meal is the centerpiece of activity.

  • It truly does take an entire community to educate a child. That point was never made clearer than at Owen County High School’s  KCCT Recognition Ceremony on Nov. 18 where more than 100 students were recognized for high academic achievement.

    It is at this ceremony where over 70 proud guests (parents, grandparents, and other family members) were present to share in this special event.

  • Early Sunday morning (Nov. 15), a vehicle crashed through a phone pole and ran through my yard. 

    Thankfully no one was seriously injured. 

    This is not the first time this has happened and it is dangerous.

    I called and asked for a guard rail to be put up earlier this year and have not had any response.

    If my children had been outside playing when this happened, they could have been injured or killed. 

    I am asking for a guard rail to please be put up.  My address is 329 West Seminary Street.

  • Thanksgiving is full of traditions. There is turkey, dressing, football, uncles asleep in recliners, indigestion, and oh yeah, pumpkin pie.

     I have also begun another Thanksgiving tradition. In case you have not caught on, this is now my third installment of the Golden Gobble Awards celebrating the biggest turkeys in sports for the past year. Well, not exactly celebrating but rather ridiculing and maybe even making fun of.

    The Golden Gobble for Team That Resembles an NFL Franchise goes to the Cincinnati Bengals.

  • It’s Margaret A. (Kasner) Murphy again.

    My thanks and appreciation to the Kentucky American Water Pumping Station II at “Hardin’s Landing” for our invitation to share in this very special celebration. More water to the people.

    Lela M. Karsner Hawkins, 93, Margaret A. (Karsner) Murphy, 91, and Christina Rice all are included with the Hardin cousins.

    Thanks to our friend Bro. David Wotier for remembering us on this day.

  • On Nov. 11, 2010 I had the privilege to address the students at Owen County High School about the importance of Veterans Day. Also in attendance were several Veterans and family members as well as many Owen County faculty and staff. Before the assembly, the Veterans and their family members were treated to a very delicious meal and a tour of the facility if they so desired.

  • Have you noticed how Black Friday is becoming a bigger deal each year?

    Back 10 or 12 years ago when big retailers started opening up before the break of dawn to offer special deals the day after Thanksgiving, it wasn’t really that big of a deal. I had no interest in going out in what I would call the middle of the night to go shopping, and I had a hard time imagining who would.

    Part of the job for any good reporter is going out and finding out what other people think, and I had my eyes opened on my first Black Friday in Corbin.

  • I wanted to publicly say thank you to Ms. Wallace and her staff for honoring the veterans this past week in such a memorable and touching way.

    Since serving in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War in the 1950s, this is the first time someone has said, “Thank you for your service to this country.”

  • There is an enormous hole in the roadside on the south side of Sawridge Creek Road across from the Monterey Firehouse and the soccer fields and the Artifacts store.

    It’s been there a while. When things get busy, which is not too often but not rare either, people and horses fall into the hole.

    So far, no one has died or been permanently injured by the fall as far as I know (I’m not sure about the horse), but it will happen again if the problem isn’t fixed.

  • I was 16 years old when Carl Johnson died on this ribbon of a road that winds between the river and a limestone cliff. He was not much older. We never spoke a word to each other. At least, I have no memory of his voice. But his black eyes looked out on the world through long, angel lashes and all the girls agreed that he was beautiful. If you favored delicate-boned, olive skinned boys, that is, which I didn’t, preferring taller, sturdier types.

  • In a few weeks, Owen County families, some of whom have traveled many miles to return home, will gather to celebrate Thanksgiving.

    Most dinners will feature “Mr. Turkey,” complemented by potatoes and gravy, vegetables, rolls, and a variety of pies served in the good old-fashioned Owen County way.