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This journalist isn't your next 'American Idol'

By Shannon Brock

The "American Idol" auditions are coming to Louisville. I've heard about it - and keep hearing about it - from family and friends, all of which followed the news with the same question: Are you going to go?

My mom asked. My cousin asked. My friends asked.

My fianc was out of the loop, but once I told him about the auditions, even he asked.

I told each of them the same thing: I don't know.

I've never been a diehard fan of the show, only watching occasionally, but up until my junior year of high school, I seriously thought I would make a career out of singing.


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All good deeds matter, no matter how small

By Katie Saltz

Last week I got the opportunity to see some Anderson County residents do some inspiring service work. These people were very enthusiastic about a cause, creative in their idea and took time from their busy summer schedules to raise money for a charitable donation. Oh, and they were 10-year-olds.

When I was informed there was a group of children selling Popsicles and lemonade to help the Anderson Humane Society, I didn't think much of it until I got there.


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The first 100 miles

By Jay Cason

I've now been on the Appalachian Trail for nine days and have covered 100 miles, including all of the trails that meander through Connecticut and about half of Massachusetts.

As my old bones, especially the knees, needed some rest, I've taken a zero day, which in trail parlance simply means staying in a motel instead of hiking.

Hiking through New England has a very different feel than doing the same in the high mountains of Maine or North Carolina.


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Catching up with an old friend

By Shannon Brock

I've been stumbling for days trying to find some ideas to write a column about. I'm getting married in 17 days, so you'd think I would have plenty.

I could easily ramble on for inches about how my wedding dress doesn't fit any more, how frustrated I am with all that comes with ordering a wedding cake or how frustrated I am with myself for forgetting to take the wedding invitations home with me the last time I went.


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An amazing budget and one dead issue

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see 'em ...

While pouring over the county budget to prepare an article for this week's paper, it was amazing to see just how much proposed spending was eliminated when compared to the year before.

Even with about $80,000 in pay increases for county employees, the fiscal court was able to create a balanced budget.

Helping the court along were significant reductions in debt and employee fringe benefits, along with nearly $100,000 in cuts from money set aside last year for economic development and the swimming pool fund.


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Hike becomes a religious experience

By Jay Cason

My latest walk in the woods began just outside Kent, a small town in Connecticut.

After about 15 minutes on the Appalachian Trail an unpleasant reality set in. I had either underestimated the degree of difficulty the mountains of the Nutmeg state would present, or had overestimated my degree of fitness.

The answer probably lies somewhere between the two possibilities.


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Mixes and sprays to keep pests away

By Cheryl Steenerson

As I sit here to type, I've got to tell you that I'm having a strong urge to go have "puppy time." At 6 weeks old, they are nothing but adorable. These are healthy puppies and each has its own personality. While spending time outside with the pack tonight, I was reminded that it is the season for chiggers.

I've been pretty good about using my chamomile tea spray, before working outside. It's when I just come home from work and spend an hour or so taking stock of the day. Duh - that's prime time for chigger and mosquito bites.


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This complaint didn't fall on deaf ears

By Ben Carlson

Kudos to the Lawrenceburg City Council for listening to business owners and tabling the idea of requiring them to submit a federal tax return to purchase an occupational license.


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The cicada dance - a trend that needs to die out

By Shannon Brock

I don't think I've ever wanted a group of living things to die so much in my life.

OK, so that's a little harsh, but I can't stand those darn cicadas.

I don't like bugs at all, really. Bees and wasps are my biggest fear and I'm not even allergic to them. I'm trying to make sure we take special precautions (even if it means paying extra) to make sure no guests of the insect variety show up at my outdoor wedding. I know it's outside so it will be pretty impossible to keep them all away, but I tell myself they won't show up because they're not invited.


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Text messages bring down the quality of conversation

By Katie Saltz

I think I recently contracted a case of acute text message syndrome. My fingers ache, I ignore my surroundings to finish a message and I will have whole conversations without actually speaking.

Alright, you probably know this isn't a real disease. But it might as well be an epidemic sweeping America. People complain about teenagers texting all the time, but I actually received a text from my mother the other day.


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