• A Texas legend

    My father’s family grew up on Long Run out in Texas, just a few miles from Springfield on the old Perryville Road. 

    “Mr. Henry” Best, the head teacher at the Texas school house, lived between the Cocanoughers and Johnnie Key, who still worked his team of mules when I was a kid in the early sixties.  
    The Best family had old ties with the Denny Goode clan, and Denny’s raccoon hunting tradition fascinated this young man, transplanted to the Kenton County suburbs.

  • “Victims of abuse deserve true love”

    “Look for the girl with the broken smile
    Ask her if she wants to stay awhile
    And she will be loved”

    ---Maroon 5, “She Will Be Loved”

    Lowering her eyes, the young lady, still a teenager, turned away, trying to conceal the evidence: But it was unmistakably there.
    The marks on her face were painful reminders; she had indeed become another girl with a broken smile.

  • The Fall of the American dream

    During the last three or four months we continue to hear about how things are getting better.

    The focus has been on the need for more government spending.
    Politicians are forever quoting moral values, theological concepts, as if they are the only ones who understand the true meaning.
    Unfortunately, we are being led down a path from which there may be no return.
    From this view point, we, as citizens, are not getting the truth and we are forgetting about the real problem we are facing.

  • Legislative update from Senator Higdon

    After a pause for President’s Day, the legislature moved into the second half of the 2012 General Assembly Session.

    I had visits from groups representing adult day health care providers and developmental disabilities.
    Many Boy Scout troops came to Frankfort for the annual Boy Scout Day at the Capitol.
    It was a pleasure to see these civic-minded boys and young men and their dedicated troop leaders and parents.
     Of the bills we focused on this week, two were of particularly high-profile.

  • A historic moment

    The word ‘history’ was used a lot on Monday evening at St. Catharine Hall.

    I think I’m correct when I predict that the word was used fittingly.
    On Monday, a partnership was officially formed between St. Catharine College and The Berry Center.
    The Berry Center is based on supporting sustainable agriculture.
    You may have heard of one of the Berry’s.
    His name is Wendell. He’s an internationally-known author.

  • The Alltech Challenge: Opportunity Knocks

    I’m a 37-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army and now the U.S. Army Reserve. 

    My misson for the past several years is to teach future officers in the ROTC program at Centre College in Danville.
    My students are extremely intelligent, disciplined and athletically-gifted individuals.  
    The truth is, this worn- out old sergeant has little he can really teach them.
    Yet, there is one area I feel strongly about and I stress over and over again.

  • Legislative update from State Senator Jimmy Higdon

    We have reached the half-way point of the 2012 General Assembly Session.

    There are daily committee meetings, policy briefings, visits from constituents, and meetings with various advocacy groups.
    Early in the week, the Senate passed Senate Bill 103 in a bipartisan vote that will require a doctor performing an abortion to first perform an ultrasound (which is done anyway) so that the woman may view it, if she wishes.
    The woman will not be forced to look at the picture.

  • A day that lives in infamy

    Our office changed last Wednesday.

    It was not a good change, in my opinion.
    The sniffles heard outside my door that day indicate I’m not alone.
    Kim Hupman, a long-time employee of The Springfield Sun, walked out the door for the last time.
    Kim didn’t retire and she still has a job in the company. Things could be much, much worse.
    She’s been relocated to Bardstown, to the office of The Kentucky Standard.
    Lucky dogs.
    She’ll still be doing Sun ads as part of a centralized graphics team.

  • The Messenger

    A lot of times I love to use this space to write silly little stories that I hope will make you laugh.  

    Afterward, people frequently ask me, “Did that really happen?” Of course, most of it didn’t. My column is just another version of the funny paper in those cases.
    But every now and then, I do write deeply-personal stories that have touched my life or those I love very intimately.  Today is one of those stories.

  • Winter is for nesting: Take time to examine your life

    Because we spend a lot of time indoors during the winter, we can channel these increased hours spent nesting to allow for a thoughtful examination of our life and goals.

     Often, resolutions to change financial burdens or eating habits are made in the beginning of the year, but it’s also a great time to assess life goals and priorities, and how they relate to happiness.
    This year, following several trying economic years, offers an opportunity to reevaluate what you want out of life and how you can find happiness with what you have.