Thursday, 10 January 2013 15:34
I learned a disturbing thing during a conversation with Barbourville Police Chief Mike Broughton this week. Broughton told me that police anticipate the onset of yet another problem drug will hit the area – Black Tar Heroin.
Thursday, 20 December 2012 19:13
One thing that people often tell me is how beautiful our little town is. I must agree.
As a lover of all things holiday, it thrills me to see how our city takes decorating to a whole new level. From the 12 Days of Christmas displays that line U.S. 25E to the light displays in our city parks. Barbourville is, indeed, a festive town.
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 15:09
One of the many reasons that I love Christmas is the way local folks decorate their homes and businesses. It is absolutely beautiful! Across town, folks are getting ready for the Christmas season and decking out their houses for the season and many of them will be judged for the Barbourville Garden Club’s Decorating Contest. If you want to participate, just have your lights on that evening.
Thursday, 08 November 2012 21:35
The election is over and my congratulations goes out to all of the winners.
One thing that I am particularly proud of, as one city council member pointed out, is how clean local candidates ran their campaigns. It made me proud and restored a bit of my faith in people.
Regardless of whether the election went your way or not, let me urge you to support those who won. Nothing is accomplished when we fight, party against party or candidate against candidate. We must learn to work in a spirit of unity, both on a local, state, and national level.
We may not all look at things from the same perspective, but we all look at things with a unique perspective. When you are willing to see things from all sides, you can get the big picture.
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Speaking of being proud, let me say a big thanks to all of those who came out to vote in Tuesday's General Election. We didn't quite reach a record turnout but from what I was told, turnout for this election was sizable at 49.57 percent. Although I had predicted 48.7 percent, I am happy to say I was wrong, even if it means that I missed the mark.
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The city and county lost a wonderful lady this week with the death of Margaret Cain Bruce. Margaret served her community well for many years, not only as a businesswoman, but also as a public servant.
Margaret served faithfully on several entities, including the Barbourville Tourism Board.
Being connected through family, I have known her for several years and always found her to wear a smile. She loved helping people and took every opportunity she could to do so.
My thoughts and prayers are with her family in their time of grief.
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With Thanksgiving closing in, I challenge you to think each day of something you are thankful for.
I’m sure that your list, like mine, will be quite long.
As we count down to Thanksgiving Day, I believe that you will find that your blessings far outweigh the negatives in your life. All you have to do is be willing to recognize them.
Thursday, 04 October 2012 13:54
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