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  • Wells: Taking a step back in time

    My niece sent me a picture of two of her kids in a telephone booth recently. She labeled it “Antique.” Do what? A telephone booth is an antique? Yes, I suppose it is. I haven’t seen one in ages but I simply hadn’t thought about one, either. The last public phone I remember seeing was not a booth but a phone with a hood-like device over it, hanging off the side of the porch of Rigney’s Grocery in Yosemite. Lord have mercy, that had to be over 10 years ago.

  • Rowell: Gender neutral toys good?

    As I have stated in previous columns, sometimes I feel like a dinosaur in this day and age. We just cannot seem to make up our minds. Weren’t things more consistent back in the good old days?
    Now comes word about gender neutral toys for kids.
    A story surfaced about 13-year-old McKenna Pope and her 4-year-old brother, Gavyn Boscio, of Garfield, N.J.
    It seems that Gavyn loves to cook and asked his family for an Easy-Bake Oven for Christmas.

  • Cole: Old house inquiry garners responses

    Some of you may recall my column, “A photo of Casey Co. past,” in the Sept. 5th edition about an old home on South U.S. 127 just before the Bread of Life Cafe.
    It had caught my eye years ago when I first drove past and I finally stopped one day on my way home from work to photograph it. Well, since that article, I’ve had three people contact me wanting to share what they know about the home.

  • David Whitlock: Moving Mom and Dad

    As I walked away from the emergency room, I felt a heaviness for my friends who had just brought in their elderly father. They were rightly concerned about his health issues. But their dad wasn’t. In fact, he was angry that his adult children had insisted on admitting him to the hospital.
    There he rested on the gurney, pouting because he wasn’t home. His lower lip was turned up, childlike, which enhanced the scowl on his face as he weakly waved me away.
    It’s not easy parenting parents.

  • Rowell: Respect one of lessons taught by dad

    Since this past Sunday was Father’s Day, there was a proliferation of comments in the media from sons about lessons they had learned from their fathers.
    Most of the comments dealt with practical advice about doing something right the first time and working hard in school, that sort of thing.
    However, what I haven’t seen is a son talking about how his dad taught him what Aretha used to sing about — RESPECT.

  • Carman: Getting a dose of youth at VBS

    A man told me recently that if he was in the company of someone who began complaining about his health, the economy, the weather, or life and the world in general, he just walked away from the conversation.
    “Life’s too short,” he said. “I don’t want them dragging me down.”
    The man — not sure how old he was, I’m going to guess probably in his 60’s — said if you don’t want to feel old, don’t hang out with old people who do nothing but complain.

  • Rowell: Campaign ad time again

    After a reprieve of several months, we’re once again going to be bombarded with campaign advertisements.
    We’re already beginning to see ads for the Kentucky governor’s race and it won’t be long until presidential ads will begin airing. Just imagine — Obama, Romney, Gingrich, and can you imagine what Palin’s ads will be like?
    Now, not all ads are negative if the candidates will simply stick to the issues.

  • Carman: Tell us about dad’s advice

    Last month we honored our moms on Mother’s Day, and now dear ‘ol dad’s turn is coming up as Father’s Day is fast approaching.
    You may remember last month that The Casey County News held a mother/daughter lookalike contest, in which we asked our readers to send us their pictures of moms and daughters, along with a short note from the daughter telling us something special about her mom.

  • Wells: Y’all got any EVOO for the ‘thank you bowl’

    I LOVE cooking shows on TV!  The Food Network gets more of my attention than almost any other channel.
    I’m a big fan of Top Chef, anything Gordon Ramsay does (Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, etc.), Guy Fieri, Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa), Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, Mike Symon, Anthony Bourdain, and Two Fat Ladies.

  • White: Dear Mom . . .

    In the late 1960s, while a student at Cumberland College and later UK, I wrote my mom a letter every week.
    Mom was one of those “never throw anything away” kind of people, so she kept every one of them.
    And I’m I ever so glad she did.
    Recently, I’ve begun compiling information for a book, with the tentative title of “My 40 Years In Journalism.”
    The plan is to scatter excerpts from some of the dozens of letters to mom throughout the book.
    Such as these……

    Oct., 1968