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Columns

  • Stacheville: population, 11

    A funny thing happens when you walk around a city with 11 guys sporting (terrible-looking) mustaches and matching t-shirts.
    A lot of people notice.
    I’ve done field research, so I speak with authority.
    Last weekend, I traveled south to Nashville with 10 other guys to make sure one of my best friends received a proper bachelor party.
    I think we were successful.
    I’m not sure if you’ve ever been in downtown Nashville late on a weekend evening, but there are quite a few folks out and about.

  • Laundry problems

    “It’s better to have loved and lost than to have to do forty pounds of laundry a week.”
    Dr. Laurence J. Peters
     
    Keeping the family laundry up is a monumental task these days.  People didn’t have as many clothes or wash them as often when I was born.  Those were also the days when some people still used coal heating and no one had air conditioning.
    Yep, we probably had quite an odor about us, but no one noticed it.
    Don’t look down your modern nose at us older people, you youngsters.

  • One way to save a life

     

    He was always getting up a game of some kind, usually sandlot football. 

    Mark had a knack for gathering my friends and me, most of us 10 years his younger, for a game of football in the fall or baseball in the spring. And he was my own personal trainer, throwing me thousands of football passes or hitting me countless groundballs, trying to make me better.

    But there was more to it than the game---something much larger than that. The sport was only an avenue enabling Mark to do something far more important than catching or throwing a ball.

  • Getting my feet back under me

     

    Sometimes we print stories about health-related issues and how the county ranks among the rest of the state when it comes to healthy lifestyles. 

    While I agree that most of us need to make exercise and eating right more of a priority, I can’t say I’ve been leading by example. 

    My diet often consists of fast food or meals prepared in a restaurant. I have the luxury of gracious in-laws and parents that still invite my family and me over for frequent meals, but my daily consumption is not usually healthy. 

  • Bless our volunteer firefighters

     

     I can think of no more stirring symbol of man’s humanity to man than a fire engine. 

    ~Kurt Vonnegut

    A couple of weeks ago I read an article in The Springfield Sun about a petition being circulated by Willisburg Fire Chief Jesse Carney and Mackville Fire Department Treasurer Bobby Lee Russell. They’re requesting the community dues for fire protection in their areas be raised to $45 a year and collected by the sheriff department as part of the annual tax bill starting in 2013.

  • What I heard in the garden

     

    By now you’ve heard the news: We’re growing, at least physically. The average American male is 17 pounds heavier and the average female 19 pounds heavier than in the late 1970s. And the percentage of overweight children and adolescents in the U.S. has nearly tripled in that same period of time.

    One of the most overlooked and effective ways to fight our growing weight problem is to grow a vegetable garden.

  • Weather rollercoasters

     

  • “HELLO DOLLY” AT THE OPERA HOUSE

     

    “I’ve worked hard and I’ve become rich and friendless and mean. In America, that’s about as far as you can go.”

    Horace Vandergelder

     

    If you love “quick wit,” then you have to see “Hello Dolly,” which is currently being performed by the Youth Actors of the Central Kentucky Community Theatre at the Opera House in Springfield. 

    It’s a hoot that will make you laugh out loud and forget your troubles for a while.

  • With diploma in hand

     

    We watched as you took your diploma in one hand and shook President Roush’s hand with the other. 

  • Broke? Join the bandwagon

     

    Cindy and I own three old worn-out vans that look like they have just enough energy left to get to the junkyard. There’s a perfectly logical reason for this situation as I’m sure most people in this day and age will understand and sympathize with.