•  “How long did you say you are you going to be home?”

    That was my dad’s question to me, Christmas holidays, 1975-76.

    I had set my shaving kit in the small bathroom I had shared with Dad for years. Then, I had moved his shaving cream, after-shave lotion, and cologne to the side so I could spread out mine where his had been, just like I had done when I was in high school.

  • With redistricting in the books and even though the possibility of a lawsuit challenging the new district lines exists, for the time being, Casey County no longer has Rep. Terry Mills, D-Lebanon. And that is a loss for us.

    I first met Mills in 2010 when he was running for the seat vacated by Jimmy Higdon. From the start, I liked Mills because he seemed like a genuine person, not just someone seeking votes by telling someone what they wanted to hear.

  •  Have you heard the news? The Casey County News has a new editor, Larry Rowell. We haven’t had an editor since Donna Carman left us more than 18 months ago.

    What do I think about Larry being editor? Well, I did a little two-column accounting with the cons on the left and the pros on the right. Here’s how it turned out.

    Cons: (1) He loves Georgia football. (2) He loves U of L basketball. (3) He fries chicken in peanut oil instead of lard.

  •  After the dust had settled on Friday afternoon when state lawmakers headed home from Frankfort and this summer’s extraordinary session to deal with redistricting, the news came with a mixed blessing for Casey County.

    We’ll lose Rep. Terry Mills, D-Lebanon, who has served us well since 2010. Mills was a fixture at local events, and genuinely cared about our residents, no matter their political persuasion.

  •  They let her know he wasn’t her “real” dad when she was a little girl. 

    It stung, at least for a while. “I always thought I was my daddy’s ‘real’ little girl. I guess I was afraid that might change.”

    But it didn’t. Not even for a moment.

  • The adage, “time flies when you’re having fun,” certainly applies in the case of your humble reporter with The Casey County News.

    On Tuesday, I celebrated five years with the paper as a staff writer, and I haven’t one time regretted accepting the position and learning about this unique part of Kentucky.

    I have stated many times in this column why I like Casey County and though there is beautiful terrain here, I mostly like the residents — you, dear readers.

  •  As you may know, I’m from Russell County, and this column probably wouldn’t ever be published there because it’s about Russell Countians.

    Not all of them, of course, but some of them and their reactions to last week’s “moist” vote in the Jamestown.

  •  Just when you thought it was safe to turn on the TV and avoid political ads, well, you’re wrong — for some political action committees, it’s never too early to start airing the issues.

  •  Just when you thought it was safe to turn on the TV and avoid political ads, well, you’re wrong — for some political action committees, it’s never too early to start airing the issues.

  •  This may very well be the last column I write.

    It’s called “The Confusion Column” because (a): I am somewhat confused as I write it, and (b): I think “confusion” is the apt word to describe the present state of our society.

  •  Just in time for the middle of summer, Twinkies are on store shelves after having been pronounced dead last November when Hostess Brands went out of business.

  •  There’s nothing in the world like a first-class, old-fashioned barn burner of an election, and dear hearts, we’ve got one on the horizon.

  •  As a mere lad in 1978, I remember seeing Karl Wallenda, of The Great Wallendas, fall to his death during an ill-fated high-wire walk in Puerto Rico. 

  •  Picture it! Greece, 490 BC. The overmatched Greek army has bested the Persian army on the Plain of Marathon. A Greek soldier, Pheidippides, is sent running to Athens, a distance of 26 miles, to let the Athenians know the battle was won but to be on the lookout for the Persian navy that might be headed their way. 

  •  Laws against sagging pants


    I often read my hometown newspaper, The Moultrie (Ga.) Observer online and keep up with folks I've known for years. I'm also interested in what actions governmental bodies act upon.

    Recently, the council held second reading on a measure updating an ordinance aimed at public indecency, most notably, at people who wear sagging pants, exposing their underwear, and backsides, to the world.

  •  No, I do, really. I'm not just saying that. 

    Let me explain why.

    I am all too aware when you live somewhere, it's kind of like, what's that old saying, “You can't see the forest for the trees?” Or something like that.

    What I am trying to say is if you have worked and/or lived here for a while, you may not be aware of – or may have forgotten – some of the true gems around here.

  •  Ms. Wells' column on the five major stores in Yosemite and Middleburg was a fine article. I well remember those establishments myself.

  •  If you love a cold case, I have a doozey for you. What happened to Randolph’s sword?

    I really do appreciate people who call or write with suggestions for stories, especially with a local angle. And a real humdinger arrived in our e-mail on Friday.

  •  There may be some truth to the claim I drive the 30 miles to work each weekday morning in my sleep.

    It’s pretty much a straight shot up U.S. 127 and if the traffic’s not bad, it’s smooth sailing.

  •  Sparing the rod may keep you from being arrested