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  • Turleman-iacs

    The first time I met Ernie Brown Jr., a.k.a. Turtleman, he swept me off my feet.

    Literally.

    He does that to many women, apparently. In fact, it's become one of his signature moves. And it's just one of the many reasons why he's become a worldwide sensation.

    Sure, he catches snapping turtles and other wild creatures with his bare hands, but I've discovered that his fans love him for many other reasons besides his turtle catching abilities.

  • Building obstacles in order to overcome them

    Overcoming obstacles can be a challenge for anyone. Creating them, well, that's something else all together.

    Yet, that's exactly what Marion County JROTC students were doing this past weekend. On Saturday, students and their instructors constructed the first part of what they plan to be an obstacle course.

    They started with a 15-foot rope climb, a low crawl, a balance beam series and a six-foot wall. The plan is to add another dozen obstacles before the course is complete.

  • Turleman-iacs

    The first time I met Ernie Brown Jr., a.k.a. Turtleman, he swept me off my feet.
    Literally.
    He does that to many women, apparently. In fact, it's become one of his signature moves. And it's just one of the many reasons why he's become a worldwide sensation.
    Sure, he catches snapping turtles and other wild creatures with his bare hands, but I've discovered that his fans love him for many other reasons besides his turtle catching abilities.

  • Building obstacles in order to overcome them

    Overcoming obstacles can be a challenge for anyone. Creating them, well, that's something else all together.
    Yet, that's exactly what Marion County JROTC students were doing this past weekend. On Saturday, students and their instructors constructed the first part of what they plan to be an obstacle course.
    They started with a 15-foot rope climb, a low crawl, a balance beam series and a six-foot wall. The plan is to add another dozen obstacles before the course is complete.

  • Do veterans deserve a discount?

    A question arose recently concerning businesses offering discounts to veterans. Should businesses offer, or better yet, should business owners feel obligated to offer a vet a discount on goods and services?
    Let me say that I hold the highest respect for the men and women who served and are now serving in  the armed forces of the United States.
    I especially appreciate the service of Vietnam vets who weren't treated with the utmost respect either during the war or after it ended with the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975.

  • Scrutiny is not dying

    I have to acknowledge a random stranger for some motivation and inspiration.
    Last Tuesday I was in Frankfort, and while I waited for Mike Haydon's memorial service to begin, a man behind me was engaged in a conversation that piqued my interest.
    The word "scrutiny" is what drew me in.
    The man, who I didn't know, was telling those around him that now was a good time to do something because there was less scrutiny than in the past because newspapers were going broke.
    Now, let me put a few things out there before I dissect what I heard.

  • Evolving education

    A group of Kentucky legislators are questioning proposed education standards for Kentucky students. Apparently, in order to meet national education standards, students should be taught about evolution.
    For a few legislators, this is too much, or it's maybe not enough.
    "I would hope that creationism is presented as a theory in the classroom, in a science classroom, alongside evolution," Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, told the Lexington Herald-Leader last week.

  • State cracking down on pain pill abuse

    Kentucky is facing a prescription drug abuse epidemic. You've likely already heard the statistics. Approximately one thousand Kentuckians die each year - that's about three a day - from pain pill overdose. Some reports estimate that one in three Kentuckians has a friend or family member who they say is struggling with prescription drug addiction.

  • Always...Patsy Cline is

    By Ken Begley

     

    Unbelievable.

    The other day Mrs. Ann Faye Sallee, my daughter Jenny's unofficial godmother, stopped by the Springfield State Bank's branch out there on Bardstown Road to see Cindy. She told Cindy that we ought to go see "Always Patsy Cline" playing down at the Opera House. Ann Faye is a devoted follower of the Central Kentucky Community Theatre and said this play is the absolute best they have ever done.

  • Future shock arrives too early

    Many moons ago, I took a sociology class as a student at Western Kentucky University. I don't remember a lot from that class, but I do remember a discussion on culture shock and future shock.

    Culture shock occurs when someone finds themselves in a different culture, and the differences between what a person knows and understands and the new culture becomes disorienting to that person.