Commonwealth Journal


  • Bryant_George.jpg Former General basketball standout Bryant to get key to city of Burnside

    February 26, 2013 1 Photo


    February 26, 2013 1 Photo

  • haylee whitis (by David Rogers).jpg Dog for diabetic child could be a lifesaver

    February 26, 2013 1 Photo

  • snakes.jpg Snakes alive .... in December!

    December 4, 2012 1 Photo

  • Wolf Creek Dam repair work.jpg Wolf Creek Dam repairs scheduled for late 2013 completion

    The seven-year rehabilitation of Wolf Creek Dam is 88 percent complete and the project is still on track to be finished in about 14 months –– December 2013.
    Bill DeBruyn, resident engineer at the dam, said 1,053 of the concrete piles to form a permanent barrier wall to stop uncontrolled seepage are in place, leaving 144 more piles to complete the wall.

    October 10, 2012 1 Photo

  • Meece for web.jpg Gerald Meece: From Colo to Alaska

    October 4, 2012 1 Photo

  • Cline Calhoun RGB 12-2011.JPG Like, whut’s happnen’ dude?

    I contacted the editor and asked if it would be possible to resume submitting articles to his fine news outlet, and perhaps they could be occasionally printed on the Opinion Page. He opined that I had retired more times than Michael Jordan. Seriously, I didn’t know Michael retired—I thought he was still playing for the National Hockey League.
    I really did need to take a break. Being a full-time great granddad during harvest season can be challenging. But now the tomatoes and green beans are picked and canned.
    Unfortunately, the squirrels and raccoons got the corn, the cucumbers looked like grub worms and the moles unearthed my potatoes and they dried out during the drought. Now I’m left with a plot full of dead and dying stalks and vines and seriously considering dousing it with gasoline and setting it on fire. Hopefully I shouldn’t have to mow these three acres of ragweeds again.
    While toiling in the sun, drowning in my own sweat and choking on rag weed dust, I had time to think about matters of grave concern. For example, does anyone think it’s possible to hear a teenager utter an entire sentence without using the word “like” at least two or more times?
    Teenage conversation:
    • Dufus;
    “Like, man I gotta have a pair a them $300 boots from LJ, like, ya know?” (Translation: Labron James Chinese made sneakers)
    • Clueless;
    “Awesome man. Like, I gotta come up with some bread cuz da old man said he wouldn’t, like, gimme da whole pot for a pair a them bad shoes. Like, man I ain’t breakin’ bad and workin’ my fingers when he’s bringin’ home all that jack and like, expectin’ me to listen to all that jive in school, ya feel me?”
    • Dufus;
    “Like, man I know where we can score some pot and like, jack it up and like scoop some extra bread, ya know?”
    • Clueless;
    “Man if we score some smoke, like, we gotta jack it enough to make some bread and have enough for us to roll, ya feel me?”
    • Dufus;
    “Yeah man, and like, have enough to txt da chicks and score with them hot chitties that’s like, been buggin’ me for some smoke.”
    • Teenage pledge of allegiance (As read from an iPhone):
    Like, I pledge of allegiance to the flag, like, of the United States of America, and to the Republic, like, for which it stands, one nation, under God, like, with liberty and justice for all. Ya feel me?
    Before you run to the keypad to write a letter to the editor about that hayseed hillbilly degrading the educational systems of today, I admit the aforementioned conversation is on the edge. But I have overheard exchanges that were eerily similar.  
    Remember the days when we were taught proper English and how to speak it? We were required to diagram sentences and learn what verbs, nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs and all the components were. No one had to be a Shakespeare, just learn the basics and then you had a reasonably good chance of effectively communicating with your fellowman. We were expected to write book reports, and I mean write, not tap on a keyboard. We had reading math problems, which I hated, but we had to do them.
    Progress is a good thing, but I wonder what its doing to the mental capabilities of the youth of the world. A calculator does their math and a computer does their thinking. With texting they have no need to hear a human voice, so they can’t understand what their parents are trying to say. Ask a teenager what he/she wants in a cell phone and you’ll probably hear: “4 inch retina display, wireless, A6 chip, 8-megapixel iSight camera, iOS 6 and iCloud.” Ask him/her who the Secretary of State is and you’ll probably hear; “You mean Kentucky has a secretary?”
    I’m reminded of the youngster berating an older gentleman, telling him he was out of touch and still in the Stone Age regarding technology. The older guy calmly replied
    “We didn’t have all the gadgets you play with today, so we invented them. What have you accomplished, you ungrateful pup?”
    My great granddaughter is just starting to talk, but as she progresses, if she uses the word “like” in any grammatical way other than for what it was intended, I swear I’ll put her in timeout for a week.

    September 26, 2012 1 Photo

  • Taylormugforweb.jpg A 'Titanic' Opportunity

    September 20, 2012 1 Photo

  • Hal Rogers with path copy.jpg Hal Rogers again targeted by ethics group

    Eastern Kentucky may love Hal Rogers, as evidenced by their continual support of him in election years, but not everyone feels the same way.
    A political watchdog group known as the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has named Rogers — Kentucky’s Fifth District U.S. Representative hailing from here in Somerset — as one of the most corrupt members of Congress.
    This is the fourth time Rogers has made this infamous list. It’s also not the only organization to target the prominent Republican representative in recent years. The Center for Public Integrity, which bills itself as a “nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organization,” has targeted Rogers as “engaging in controversial relationships involving ex-staffers-turned-lobbyists, contractors, campaign cash, and earmarks” as a member of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, making the list as a “new member” first in 2010. Rolling Stone magazine has also placed Rogers on their list of “worst Congressmen.”

    September 13, 2012 1 Photo

  • Shucking corn rev.jpg O’Shucks, They’re All Ears!

    Sandra Haste Buis prepared corn for freezing while spending some time with her granddaughters and the family pets. “I got it from the Mennonites over at Argyle and it’s some of the best I’ve seen,” says the resident of Bethelridge, near the Casey-Pulaski line. Buis, 58, and a recent retiree from corrections work, says she has been employed at numerous places in Somerset, including Palm Beach, Roses, and McDonalds. “I’ve always held two jobs at a time,” she says. One of 12 children of the late Andrew and Myrtle Haste, she and all her siblings sing gospel and Bluegrass together as “The Haste Family.” Ages range from 50 to 75 among the nine females and three males. Grandchildren are Destiny, nine, and Autumn Hatter, six (holding doll) of nearby Yosemite.

    September 13, 2012 1 Photo

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