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Columns

  • Sometimes what is said isn’t always what you may mean

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Sometimes we just get a little confused in life.

    When the column submitted by state Rep. Russell Webber’s staff in Frankfort came through the e-mail, I was admittedly confused.

    (The column can be found here)

    The basis of the article is that local communities had road projects stricken from the governor’s new transportation plan submitted to the legislature last week.

  • Bring back that old way to inform us of snow closings

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - A little bit of this and a little bit of that….

    *I guess I’m getting old but I miss the way we used to notify the public about snow closings.

    For many of us, listening to the school closing music on television was a fixture.

    Now, the anchors will talk about Jefferson County schools and that’s about it. The rest of us will be directed to the bottom of the screen.

    And, radio is totally different.

    I remember listening to Wayne Perkey continue to read the school closing lists - over and over.

  • There are still good people who help others

     There is still goodwill in the world. I want to take this opportunity to thank my saviors the other night‚Äîthe Burkheads.

    On Monday night I went out to Kings Church Road to cover a fire. Long story short, I pulled over too far let the fire trucks pass and got my car stuck for several hours in the snow.

    There were a couple of people that passed me and asked if I was OK, but this man and his son were the only two that attempted to help me get my car out. 

  • Some comments can ‘really’ be confusing, entertaining

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - It’s time for another installment of those REALLY moments from the past few weeks.

    The first revolves around how businesses react to big events, such as the Super Bowl.

    One major restaurant said it would close at 7 p.m. on Sunday due to the Super Bowl. I can understand that one as the game started around 6:30 p.m.

    But another one drew my REALLY comment.

    It announced that it would close at 9 p.m. due to the Super Bowl. 

  • Prognosticators on the run as annual day of prediction nears

     Multiple snowstorms. Temperature below zero. Wind chill advisories. Day after day, week after week. And all during an election year.

    Local officials, many of which are slated to run for re-election, will not stand back and let that happen.

    By a 4-1 margin, Bullitt Fiscal Court agreed on an ordinance banning any future prognostication by formerly-official county groundhog Nichols Nick.

  • Don’t forget to let kids be kids as they do their schoolwork

     I had the opportunity to photograph the district’s science fair recently and I would like to share with you some of my findings.

    Now it’s been about 10 years or so since I’ve been to one, but when did when did the projects get so complicated and involved?

    I entered the science fair twice when I was in school.

    The first project I did was about trees and the second about the solar system. Someone almost always did a volcano.

    But there were no volcanoes in sight at this fair.

  • Santa Barr pulls something out of hat at last minute

     With the hours suddenly becoming minutes, it is time for Santa Barr to leap into action.

    Feeling like Mike Farner and waiting until the final moment to write this annual column, I quickly forced down a Snickers bar.

    I am back to normal. And Farner is still normal as he procrastinated even longer than I. But not only did he run out of time but he also found himself out of space.

    Without further delay, the deer have been fed and my belly is full for a long night of delievering packages to the good little boys and girls.

  • Writer provides very unique look at upcoming holiday

     As I continue to cover Bullitt County over the past month, people say to me, “Farner (remember the good ol’ days when I used to get confused with younger co-workers?), are you going to write another one of those hilarious Christmas stories again this year?”

    Well, it’s not always that easy to be funny. Sure, in Bullitt County there’s always something to poke fun at, but sometimes my thoughts go elsewhere.

  • Be thankful for those special ‘gifts’ you have this Christmas

     In the spirit of Christmas, I think it’s essential to take time to reflect on all of the presents in our lives.

    As the day draws near, our minds are filled with gift ideas and holiday engagements (and I am just as guilty), but I encourage you to stop and take a minute to recognize the priceless presents around you -- your parents, siblings, grandparents and friends. Because these can never be replaced once lost.

  • Pancake breakfast more than a fund-raiser

     In the world of reporting, it is not unusual to see tears shed.

    But you normally don’t see that happen at a youth baseball all-star game. And, when it happens, the tears normally flow from an upset child after a loss or an angry parent who believes his or her child didn’t get enough playing time.

    On this particular Saturday afternoon, it was a coach shedding tears and apologizing to one of his players.

    He was upset the young man had not gotten into the game. 

    His displeasure in himself led to tears. His own tears.