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Columns

  • Woods and Waters: The ‘unofficial’ opening day of 2016 hunting season is Sept. 1

    Coming up in just three weeks is one of an outdoorsman’s … or woman’s… most important dates!
    I hate saying it, but if ya don’t know what it is then shame on you. It’s when friends get together have a great time and, if you’re lucky, eat a great redneck cookin’.

  • Vaught’s views: Morris family is looking forward to Lady Cats’ basketball season

    By Larry Vaught

    When it comes to playing basketball, Maci Morris has to have it in her blood.
    The Kentucky sophomore guard's mother, Patti, was a standout at Harlan High School and played at Transylvania. Her father, Lewis, was a standout athlete at Cumberland High School and went on to play at East Tennessee State and Cumberland College.

  • Sharing golf stories aplenty

    By Dennis George

    Golf courses are a great place to share stories with friends, in part because of the amount of time that can be spent standing around while waiting to hit. Let me share some with you.

  • Accuracy

    According to Pro Football Reference, Drew Brees holds the record for all time completion percentage for quarterbacks with a 66.4 percent completion percentage. Steve Kerr holds the all-time record for three-point percentage at 45.4 percent. Both of these players are (or in Kerr’s case, were) extremely accurate in their own ways and were sure to find a lot of success either on the court or field.

  • Woods and Waters: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Banquet is Saturday

    First up I need to tell ya again about the annual Central Kentucky Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Banquet coming up this Saturday, Aug. 6.
    It’ll be at Lebanon’s Centre Square and the doors open at 5 p.m. Advanced tickets are encouraged and available from most RMEF committee members - John O. Thomas and Keith Brock to name two.

  • Vaught’s Views: University of Kentucky football Fan Day is Saturday

    By Larry Vaught

    Fans will have a chance to meet and greet University of Kentucky football players Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium during Fan Day. My guess is that one of the most popular players will be freshman linebacker Kash Daniel of Paintsville.
    Sure, he's a Kentucky guy. And a Kentucky guy from eastern Kentucky who never wavered in his commitment to the Wildcats.
    He's also a special football player with unique skills. He won the Paul Hornung Award in Kentucky and was a U.S. Army All-American.

  • Tee Time: A bit of a history lesson in golf terms

    By Dennis George

    I don’t always get the chance to read these columns once they go to print. And as many of you may have noticed, I don’t do a very good job of editing them before I hit the send key on my laptop.
    So you can imagine how I felt when I did look at the headline in The Kentucky Standard that accompanied my June 29 diatribe.
    “Bunkers still pose a challenge for this duffer.”
    I’m a duffer, huh.

  • Back at it

    It's already the end of July, and we are quickly approaching the beginning of many things: school (not particularly looking forward to it personally), football season and high school sports. As the season draws closer, the sports team are already out on the field practicing their techniques, getting in shape for the upcoming season, and receiving advice from their coaches. Sports players themselves have all sorts of responsibilities and jobs, from protecting the quarterback, to protecting the basket, to guarding their man, and many, many other tasks.

  • Woods and Waters: Outdoorsmen must stay hydrated in these hot temps

    First off I want to congratulate Detective Byron Richardson on his retirement from the Lebanon Police Department after 20-plus years of service. A job well done!
    Don’t forget, the Central Kentucky Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Banquet will be held at 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6, at Centre Square in Lebanon. You can get more information and ticket by contacting John O. Thomas at Lebanon City Hall or Leo Essex at 502-507-4100 or by contacting him at leo.essex@hecmfg.com.

  • Vaught’s Views: UK quarterback wants to prove he’s a leader on and off the field

    By Larry Vaught

    Give Drew Barker credit for understanding that many University of Kentucky fans really do not yet know him -- and he wants to keep working to change that.
    "I know I have had some setbacks before but I would not label that as who I am as a person. I am definitely nice and polite. Sometimes people get the wrong picture of someone and you can't tell that is really not right if you don't know them," said the Kentucky sophomore quarterback.