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COLUMN: Yes, prudes, I said cornhole

By Ben Carlson

I was Huck Finn and hamming it up big time.

The cafeteria/gymnasium/auditorium in my tiny elementary school was packed, and the third-grader in me had no compunctions whatsoever of ad-libbing and ignoring the play's script.

Giddy and full of myself after upstaging Tom, Becky and Indian Joe, I left the stage and was immediately upbraided by a teacher who said, "Everyone has seen you, Benny, now go sit down."


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COLUMN - Plucking feathers from Chicken Little

By Ben Carlson

Thanks to me abusing the power of the press, the judge-executive, mayor, city council and fiscal court can no longer do their jobs.

That is the opening salvo of an awesome letter I received a couple of weeks ago, blaming me for "stymieing" city and county government via my editorials and columns.

I lamented in last week's column that I could not print the letter in its entirety because when I called the supposed author, he denied writing the letter.

Frankly, I believe him and still do.


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LETTER - Fiscal court owes more than money to Corn's Metal Sales

By The Staff

To the editor:

This letter is in response to "Fiscal news and notes" which appeared in the July 23 edition of The Anderson News and described purchases made by the county during the Anderson County Fiscal Court's July 15 meeting.


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COLUMN - Back to school - woohoo!

By Shannon Brock

The smell of crayons, the beginning of August and the regular sightings of those big, beautiful, yellow buses - it can only mean one thing: school is in session.

And, I challenge you to find one person who is more excited about that fact than me. (Now that I don't actually have to go to school anymore, I can be excited about it starting back. Ah, who am I kidding? I'm a total dork, and I always get excited this time of year.)


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GUEST COLUMN - Have wire, will talk: Ham radio classes start soon

By The Staff

How do we maintain communications during and following a disaster?

This is a question that I am frequently asked as I make presentations in the community. The question is very valid and certainly has been brought to the forefront in the aftermath of disaster after disaster that has struck the United States.

As we have read in many media accounts, conventional communications systems seem to fail in disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes.


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Thumbs up, down

By Ben Carlson

A round of atta-boys and raspberries for those who have earned them:

Thumbs up to the Lawrenceburg-Anderson County Economic Development Authority for taking the initiative to survey businesses in an effort to figure out what is needed to get our economic development ball rolling.

The survey, announced Tuesday morning, begins Aug. 10 and a draft of the results is scheduled for release in late September.

Hopefully, this will lead to industry and jobs coming here instead of just the counties surrounding us.


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'Live life until it ends'

By Shannon Brock

Sometimes you need a reminder of just how valuable life is. My reminder came in the form of a man named Stanley Baldwin.

I met Baldwin at the Senior Citizens Center on Monday. He was the subject of an interview for a story that also appears in this issue of our paper.

Long story short, about four years ago Baldwin's kidneys started to fail him, and he's been on dialysis ever since, but instead of getting down about it and moping because of his situation, he prefers to keep a positive outlook on life.


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COLUMN: Changes come in groups, or at least pairs

By Shannon Brock

Change. It's something that supposedly none of us like, but it's also inevitable. It's necessary for life to progress and exist, and according to Sheryl Crow, it'll do you good.

But no matter what the songs say and no matter how necessary it is, change can be difficult to deal with if for no other reason than it is what it is.

By definition, change means to "make different" or "cause a transformation" (and if you ask me, the definition should say something about how a single change is impossible because when one thing changes, so do about a million others).


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COLUMN: Five-week hike ends in Virginia

By The Staff

After backpacking about 260 miles over some of the toughest trails I've ever hiked, I decided to leave New England in search of some drier and, much as I hate to admit it, easier trail.

So I headed to northern Virginia to fill in a 40-mile section that also includes a short section of West Virginia. After completing that section, I have now hiked the entire southern half of the 2,170-miles long Appalachian Trail, as well as another 440 miles in New England.


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LETTER: Lunsford protects Kentucky

By The Staff

To the editor:

The Bush administration and the Republican leadership in Congress have taken away the American dream. That is why I'll be supporting Bruce Lunsford for the U.S. Senate.

He has the support of labor unions, which are a driving force in Kentucky politics. He is willing to work with all sides to get things done. Lunsford's agenda is progressive, focusing on universal health care, tax relief for the middle class instead of the wealthy, keeping the estate tax, making college more affordable and ending the war.


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