Clark County Round-up: ‘Happy we have a local paper’

Published 4:04 pm Thursday, December 2, 2021

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A round-up of all things Clark County…

First, Winchester Sun wants to know what you think about the issues. Letters to the editor (me) and/or perhaps opinion columns are welcome. Be forewarned, unlike the national lamestream media, we take a dim view to folks who just want to cast stones for the sake of being divisive. Times are tough enough as it is. That said, ideas are welcome from all quarters and all points of view. Maybe jot something down and show us what you think.

Local columns about the issues are much more thought provoking than reading idiocy conjured up by syndicated pinheads from New York or DC.
Next, if you need to get into the Christmas spirit, Winchester Chorale Christmas Concert offers two performances this weekend at Winchester First Church of God: Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

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Also, President of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU) Dr. O.J. Oleka is scheduld to speak at the Rotary Club of Winchester’s meeting that starts at noon at Woody’s on the bypass. AIKCU advocates for higher education policies at the state and federal level that will lead to increased affordability and access to Kentucky’s independent colleges. Much praise goes to Rotarians for their service to the community.

And, Diane Hooten called to say her father James Hooten is having a birthday Jan. 5. He’s turning 102 years old, so the family’s probably going to need a big cake to hold all those candles. Happy birthday. A longtime Clark County resident, imagine the history and change that Hooten has seen — Great Depression, World War II, Civil Rights, Beatles’ music, President Reagan ushering the end of the Cold War, President Obama making history — all stories that appeared in the pages of the Winchester Sun.

On that note, to get the latest news, please subscribe to the print and online versions of our newspaper and sign up for our daily newsletter. You can go to the website at to sign up or if you’re old school like me, a person who still tries to pay bills in person, visit or call the office at (859) 744-3123 or email

Please check out our Winter Sports special section that appears in the pages of this newspaper. A lot of work went into producing that section that previews the season ahead for basketball, bowling, cheerleading, swimming and wrestling. There may be other GRC winter sports that we missed, but we’ll catch these teams on the rebound with stories as we move forward rebooting our sports coverage. Reporting on those matters, games big and small, is a very important part of serving the community. Go Cards!

On that note, Clark County Public Schools is sponsoring a Community Event between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 at Central Baptist Church, 101 W. Lexington Avenue. The event will focus on awareness for parents on topics such as mental health, internet/social media safety, and drug awareness. The event is dedicated to inspiring, protecting and educating our Clark County families and students. Please join the county schools for a community wide event filled with information on current issues that impact us all.

Lastly, Marian Sublette of Ironworks Road sent me a note that said she was not happy that a column appeared twice in early November, and she’s right. I could offer an excuse about it being my first week on the job when the Sun published John Maruskin’s very informative column about the library’s comings and goings, but that wouldn’t change anything because what’s done is done. I know who Maruskin is now and when his column is publishes, so that mistake won’t happen again.

Long ago, a sage editor I knew also printed a story twice within a week. When I asked him about the mistake, his perfectly timed witty response was that “maybe some readers missed the story the first time” or better yet, his article was so “good that it needed an encore.”

Marian finished her note by saying “I am extremely happy that we have a local paper. Keep it going.”

Much appreciated Marian. I am grateful for your letter. Never hesitate to send me note, email or reach out via Facebook rather than call since I tend to lose cellphones and ignore numbers I don’t recognize because they are most certainly those dreaded robocalls asking about my vehicle’s extended warranty.

The only way a local newspaper survives and thrives is that it has to be a community endeavor. We have to work together to publish Clark County’s daily happenings to let family, friends and neighbors know what’s going on in our backyard.

Please send me notice of happenings in the community so we can publish them in the Sun’s print and web editions. My email address is And certainly reach out to me or the newspaper on Facebook.