• The Pregnant Stone

    The Pregnant Stone, or Stone of the Pregnant Woman, also known as Stone of the South is a monolith in ancient Heliopolis, Lebanon. Together with another ancient stone block nearby, it is certainly among the largest cut stones ever quarried. The two building blocks were …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear editor: A great job to the man who put up the American flags in Cave City. It makes the town look so beautiful, like a spring day with fresh air. Great job!! Arch Westmoreland Sidney

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  • Adventures in journalism

    Last week I got a phone call from one of the editors I work with. He wanted to “warn” me that a letter to the editor was being published in the paper about one of my columns and the person was NOT too happy with …

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  • A little girl who needed an angel

    When I lived in New York, my main mode of transportation was a bike. I worked six days each week, and my bicycle thought that the one day I had free should be spent fixing it. That was what I was doing the day Emily …

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  • Boston bombers and the theory of relative laziness

    My working theory — you could call it a philosophy, or a freestanding reason of how the world works — is what I call the Theory of Relative Laziness. It goes like this: Never attribute anything to conspiracy, coordination or planning when laziness could explain …

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  • Beware the American prom

    Editor Note: This is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!” available at amazon.com.   Proms sure have gotten expensive these days. According to the San Jose Mercury News, high school kids spend nearly …

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  • Paper hard to come by in war

    When the Civil War began, President Lincoln and his General-in-Chief Winfield Scott implemented a strategy in blockading the Southern ports. The plan also called for a Federal advance down the Mississippi River in the hopes of cutting the South in two.  The purpose of this …

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  • Goodbye, Possum

    They just don’t make ’em like the Possum any more. I’ve had a lot of good memories with those “old country” singers, George Jones, Conway Twitty, Don Williams, Johnny Cash and company. On Saturday mornings, my mom would pop an eight-track into the 1970s console …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    You be the judge on wastefulness Dear editor: Wasted tax dollars. Why is the city wasting our tax dollars every day? Who is afraid of who? You see it every day. We are living day to day on Social Security checks, Medicare and welfare checks. …

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  • Dinner at the White House

    Each year, journalists, politicians and celebrities gather with the president for a few hours of fun at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington. At this year’s event, held April 27, Conan O’Brien was the guest speaker. Conan was quick to offer praise for the …

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  • Oh, to wear earrings again

    Since I can’t wear high heels or too many rings without worrying they’re going to fall off, at least I had earrings. That was until about eight months ago when a big ol’ gaudy one prevented me from that, tearing/splitting my already stretched earlobe. Now, …

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  • Ogilvie: 50 years of cartoons!

    I became intrigued by art in 1954, while in the fourth grade at Sidney (Sharp County) Public School.  A talented high school boy came to our classroom and, using colored chalk, drew a Christmas scene on the blackboard. I seldom took my eyes off the …

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