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Opinion

  • By Ken Begley

    Guest Columnist

    We learn best, not from what we are told, but from what we have lived. We appreciate and treasure least, what we have in abundance. Here’s a story that might surprise you. I hope you make it to the end.

    China is in all the news these days with the Olympics now in full swing. I love watching the Olympics. The sheer variety of sports, competition and nonstop action lures in even us with little athletic ability. But I have a different story I wanted to tell you about. It’s on China itself.

  • Dear Editor,

  • By Ken Begley

    Guest Columnist

     

    “I want to die in my sleep like grandpa did. Not screaming and hollering like all the riders in his car.”

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    Everyone has at least one personal “button” that can be pushed to guarantee instant explosive “fireworks”. Most of the time the person pushing the “button” does it innocently enough but the result is still the same.

    Do you know what my button is?

  • By Jennifer Corbett

    Sun Summer Intern

    It’s August now, and students across the country are preparing to start school. As they start a new chapter in their life, I’m closing one of mine.

    Since May, I’ve been interning at The Lebanon Enterprise and The Springfield Sun. It’s crazy thinking back to my first day in my apartment.

  • Dear editor,

    I wanted to share an issue that has been irritating a lot of teenagers around Springfield. We recently lost our right to sit around and hang out in our own town. I don’t understand why it is such a big deal if we sit in town on the weekends. I understand that people were leaving their trash in the parking lots, but if people would agree not to litter, then we should get our old freedom back.

  • Our local 11-12-year-old boys all-star team visited the Pleasure Ridge Park High School Sports Complex July 19-23 and competed against very strong teams from Nelson, Boyd, and Monroe counties at the Kentucky State Tournament.

    Though their 1-2 record did not make them eligible for the semi-finals, we missed going to the semi-final game by only six runs given in the Nelson county game. Not making the semi-finals was a heart-breaker, but I and many others who watched the all-stars play saw that they as a team did not give up.

  • By Ken Begley

    Guest Columnist

    You never know what kind of person you are until something incredibly bad happens. It’s how you react to what happens that reveals how deep your strength is. Sometimes, what you bring to light in these terrible times will inspire people you don’t even know.

    I heard this story and believe it to be true. It’s regarding the recent accident involving Thomas Riney.

  • Editor’s Note:

    The following letter was submitted to Patsy Lester, chair of the Washington County School Board, in support of Mr. Robert Stafford, the new superintendent of Washington County Schools. The letter is being printed here to show the quality of the candidate our local school system has received in the hiring of Stafford. The letter was written by Mark W. Cleveland, superintendent of Owen County Schools and Stafford’s former employer.

    Dear Ms. Lester,

  • While sitting at my desk recently, a few things crossed my mind. Some are important, some maybe not so much. Still, they were on my mind, and I think I’ll share.

    • A terrible thing happened to Justin Hatchett on June 18, when the recent Washington County High School graduate was injured in a tractor accident on his family’s farm. Hatchett remains hospitalized at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. He has been through numerous surgeries and taken more than 60 units of blood during his stay.

  • By Jeff Moreland

    Editor/General Manager

    While sitting at my desk recently, a few things crossed my mind. Some are important, some maybe not so much. Still, they were on my mind, and I think I’ll share.

  • By Stevie L. Daugherty

    Guest Columnist

  • By Ken Begley

    Guest Columnist

    18 Years.

    I believe that’s how long it’s been since Washington County fielded a team of 11- and 12-year-old boys in the Kentucky Little League tourney. But an incredible group of youth has broken that drought this year. They will play their first game in these state playoffs this coming Saturday in Louisville.

  • By Jennifer Corbett

    Summer Intern

    On June 25, horror swept through the town of Henderson, Ky., after a shooting took place at Atlantis Plastics leaving five dead, including the gunman, Wesley N. Higdon.

    Now, almost three weeks later, WHAS 11 has reported that the video has surfaced due to a Freedom of Information Act filed by the Associated Press.

    The video WHAS 11 showed was edited, and the main things I saw on T.V. were Higdon walking around Atlantis Plastics with a gun in his hand and an employee calling 911.

  • By Jeff D'Alesio

    Guest Columnist

    The conversation lasted no more than two minutes between three friends.

    One in the group had learned earlier that high school friends had had a death in their family: Their 12-year-old son.

    A healthy, sports loving child never woke up.

    A snap of a finger and life turns tragic.

    It would be insulting to those parents who have lost a child, particularly at such a young age, to try and express that I know how they feel. I don’t and pray that I never do.

  • By Jennifer Corbett

    Summer Intern

    I was in Target over the weekend and one magazine cover caught my eye. It was an article in OK! Magazine with Jamie Lynn Spears, Casey Aldridge and their newborn baby girl. They were all smiles, but I couldn’t help notice something more.

  • By Ken Begley

    Guest Columnist

    “Kids. You can’t beat’em. At least not where it shows.”

    Unnamed Sister-In-Law

    When I was 30 I thought God planned on me spending my life as a lonely old bachelor. Yep, nothing was on the horizon and I was resolved that my lot was to live all by my onesy.

    That God, what a kidder.

    A year later marriage came.

  • By Jennifer Corbett

    Summer Intern

    Every now and then I hear a song that really makes me think about life. As I drove to my apartment the other day “Just a Dream” by Carrie Underwood was one of those songs for me. Up to that point I had been in my own little world, not really paying attention to the music, but for some reason this song just snapped me back into reality.