• Whitlock: Finding the real deal

    “You don’t seem like a preacher, at least not a typical one. You’re ‘the real deal.’”
    The comment, coming from an inmate in jail, I took as a compliment, although I frequently ask myself if I’m really real.
    His comment was followed by a question, “How did you ever get to be a preacher in the first place? (“Do you think I should have been something else?” I am tempted to ask.)

  • Rowell: Really, Reality TV?

    An article yesterday in the New York Post about southerners watching reality TV shows confirmed what I’ve suspected for some time. We’ve sunk to a whole new low in the south.
    According to the Post, the rural south is the hottest thing in TV right now, and it’s not northerners gawking that account for the staggering ratings — it’s southerners.

  • Cole: 2013 — the year for book lovers at the theater

    I love to read and I love movies, which means 2013 is going to be a great year for me. There are so many bestselling books that have been adapted to the movie screen being released this year.
    The majority of my favorite books are sci-fi/fantasy and although no movie has ever been better than a book for me, I’m really excited for 2013’s movies-from-books.

  • Wells: Eyebrows are not that important

    People do the dangedest things! Eyebrows are a perfect example of this. The only people, in my opinion, who could get away with crazy eyebrows were the old-time comedian, Groucho Marx; Larry Hagman as J.F. Ewing on “Dallas”; and Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock on “Star Trek.” All three had very distinctive eyebrows but they were men, not fashion-impaired women. What a hoot they were.

  • Rowell: There is no privacy in today’s world

    An ever increasing concern for people today is the fact that no one’s life is private. With everything from Social Security numbers to medical data to credit card information on the Internet, our lives are open books.
    However, there are times when that information is stolen by computer hackers and sold to others. That’s why it’s important to check your credit report and that’s free, thanks in part to a federal law that mandates every citizen’s right to an annual free credit report from one of the credit rating agencies.

  • Whitlock: Is it someone important, or just family?

    By David B. Whitlock
    Guest Columnist

    “Is someone important arriving here, or are people just waiting for family?”
    Before I could answer the man, the lady standing next to me in the airport terminal said in a voice loud enough for everyone around us to hear, “Family IS important!”

  • Rowell: Are toy guns bad for kids?

    The gun debate rages on in the wake of the terrible shootings in Newtown, Conn., and the Christmas day tragedy in Webster, N.Y. where four firefighters were gunned down — with two of them dying — while responding to several house fires set by a convicted murderer with past mental problems.
    And now comes a not unexpected reaction from some parents who have banned their children from playing with toy guns.
    However, I don’t believe that this decision will, in the long run of a child’s life, make a difference.

  • Cole: Where did 2012 go?

    This is the last issue of The Casey County News for the year of 2012. I don’t know about you, but I just can’t believe how fast the year went by.
    And just like Casey County had events that will go into the history books, the year of 2012 will be an important one for me. My husband and I made some pretty big decisions this year; 2012 will be the answer to quite a few questions our future kids may ask us. When did you move to southern Kentucky? When did you get your first house — or hopefully — when did you get this house?

  • 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.