•  On Saturday in neighboring Lincoln County a crowd gathered inside the garage of the Stanford Fire Department. Some lined up to get their heads shaved and others to offer donations, all for the sole purpose of supporting a co-worker, a neighbor, and a friend. 

  •  We have had a miserable and long winter. There are signs, however, that spring is on its way. I have been waiting for way too long for those signs.

    The frogs (Pseudacris crucifer — also known as spring peepers) are finally singing. They are a little late this year, probably due to the hateful cold weather we’ve had this winter.

  •  It seems that the media has picked up an interesting story about a Baptist church in western Kentucky that hosted a sportsmen’s banquet this past weekend. 

    What’s unusual about this particular banquet is a raffle where rifles and shotguns were given away to some lucky attendees. 

    However, we Baptists don’t believe in luck but I’m a little hesitant to proclaim that the winners won by divine providence. Even so, I won the Clementsville Volunteer Fire Department rifle at the 2012 Apple Festival.

  • It’s too bad we don’t know the person’s name who said it, for there is much truth in the statement: “What man does not understand, he fears; and what he fears, he tends to destroy.”

    Michael Dunn claimed fear was the reason he shot to death the young black man, Jordan Davis at a Jacksonville, Fla., gas station in an argument over loud music. Did Davis point a gun at Dunn, as he alleged? No gun was ever found.

  • The question of the week has to be, “Can a judge, one person who fancies himself an expert on constitutional law, overturn and negate the will of more than 1 million voters in Kentucky who passed a law?”

    That’s exactly what’s unfolding here in Kentucky with U.S. District Judge John Heyburn and his recent ruling that parts of Kentucky’s 2004 marriage amendment is unconstitutional and therefore gay and lesbian couples marriages in other states are legal here.

  • Three charged with DUI

    — Cornelio Utrerai, 44, of West Loudon Avenue, Lexington, was arrested on Feb. 25 on North U.S. 127 by Deputy Jamie Walters and charged with first offense DUI and no operator’s license. Court documents state that Utrerai was involved in a two vehicle accident where he dropped off the roadway and hit a parked car.

  •  For anybody that may have been hiding under a rock for the past week, the Winter Olympics which were held in Sochi, Russia, are finally over. How many people watched, I don’t have a clue. I fit in somewhere between “didn’t care at all” and a “slight interest.”

    Mainly, I checked the medal counts between countries and paid attention to the hockey match ups, but beyond that, I didn’t care. I didn’t watch a single event.

  •  Only two more days and we will be rid of February, the nasty month, the seemingly longest month of any year. I have had 70 Februaries in my life and I believe this one has been the worst. I would not want to live in Florida year around but I believe I could live there for the month of February.

    I didn’t keep count but how many days of single-digit temperatures did we have? How many days did the wind chill give us “feel like” temperatures below zero? Frankly, too danged many! Even one day would have been too many.

  • I tried. I really tried but it just ain’t happening between me and the wildly popular TV show “The Walking Dead.”

    TV Guide reported that TWD show finished 10th in the top 25 programs with 14.3 million viewers weekly during the 2012-13 TV season.

    For the uninitiated, zombies, or dead people, walk around in towns, fields, and other places and make horrible noises all the while trying to bite the few normal people who aren’t zombies.

  •  I took my younger brothers to the theater to see The LEGO Movie and I was initially surprised when the tickets were sold out for the 7 p.m. showing, but we hung around for the later time. After all, it was the first day the movie had been released.

    After watching the film, I can understand why the tickets were selling out. In a word, the movie is awesome! 

  •  It’s difficult for many younger folks to not remember having the Internet and search engines like Google.

    However, for anyone over the age of 55, we can remember the day when almanacs served up good tidbits of advice.

    My friend John McQueary, the director of the recycle center in Casey County, gets all kind of books destined for the recycle bin.

  • By David B. Whitlock 

     “Let’s not get anything for each other this Valentine’s,” Lori announced to me.  “We don’t have time to look, and besides, we need to save the money.”

    But how do I know she means it? 

  •  U.S. District Judge Henry E. Autrey handed down a decision saying that it’s okay to flash– your headlights that is.

    Judge Autrey of Missouri said that penalizing drivers for flashing their headlights to warn oncoming motorists of speed traps is a violation of their First Amendment rights. 

  •  Well, it’s a month into the new year. How many resolutions have you broken? I haven’t broken a single one. There’s a reason for that — I never made any!

    I never vowed to lose weight. Yes, I need to but it’s just a battle I’m not likely to win. I have no will power and I like to eat. I say those are insurmountable obstacles. Good excuse, yes?

  •  I’ve been reading with interest editorial and other opinion columns about Greensburg state Sen. David Givens’ bill which would allow high school students to substitute taking a foreign language with learning computer code, or language.

    Givens is simply saying that knowing how to speak computer will get you a job a lot faster than learning to speak a foreign language.

  •  It certainly wasn’t the first time I had prayed for my friend, Don Hughes, but I was convinced it was my last. 

    Our friendship was forged by prayer as he fought colon cancer. Several years ago, Gene, one of Don’s five sons, told me his dad was sick. “Would you please pray for him?” he asked. 

    And so I went to visit Don Hughes.

     “I thank you for coming,” he said as I left his house. “You’re always welcome here.”

    And I was.

  •  For months there has been an on going debate about the treatment of killer whales at SeaWorld stemming from the release of the documentary “Blackfish,” which aired on CNN last October.

    The documentary, composed of videos and interviews, claims that the whales are mistreated, putting employees are at risk.

     The film centers around the 2010 death of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau by the orca Tilikum. 

  •  Every year since 2009, I have tried to encourage Casey County residents to do something very important that doesn’t cost a lot of money ― pay fire dues.

    For the average family, that translates into $25 a year, which is less than the cost of a meal for four people in a restaurant.

    Think about what a bargain that is, fire protection by trained, professional firefighters using modern equipment coupled with the latest firefighting knowledge and techniques.

  •  I could be a vegetarian in the summer. I could eat my weight in fresh green beans and tomatoes. Winter is a different matter. I want high-protein and calorie-laden foods. I think I was descended from the Ursus americanus (black bear) line instead of the Homo sapiens (human being) line. Let’s face it, with all the clothes I’ve been wearing all winter I look more like a bear than a human being.

    There comes a day in late summer or early fall when the weather gets chilly and all I can think of is a big pot of pinto beans. 

  •  Finally, we got a decent amount of snow to actually enjoy!

    Depending on your location, the area saw between 1-6 inches of snow; a sufficient amount to engage in a snowball fight, build a snowman, and go sledding (or at least attempt).

    Kids had the entire week off and were eager to get outside and enjoy the powder. Dressed in multiple layers, mittens, hats, scarves, and snow boots, children braved the elements.