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Columns

  • MARTIN: Seeing the Derby like a first-timer

    One of the best things about living in Kentucky and near Louisville is being known for the Kentucky Derby.

    No matter where you go – nationally or internationally – the first thing people bring up when they hear that you’re from Kentucky is horse racing. Well, maybe basketball and bourbon, too, but for now let’s stick with horses.

    That’s why Derby weekend is so much fun. Thousands descend on our area for a uniquely Kentucky weekend.

  • MARTIN: A 1st trip to the Oaks will be memorable

    Even though I grew up in Tennessee, which I’m still to this day not very happy about, I was in Kentucky quite a bit visiting family.

    However, now that I’ve been here for more than a decade, I realize how many uniquely Kentucky events I’ve missed out on.

    I still haven’t been to Mammoth Caves or the Corvette Museum. I haven’t been to the Newport Aquarium, although my wife and son have.

  • PUCKETT: Remembering Mr. T

    People who have read The Sentinel-News through the years are familiar with names of the editors, reporters and photographers. However, there are lots of people behind the scenes who have helped bring you reports about our community: those who work in management, those who sell ads, those who handle composition, those who oversee subscriptions… I know, because I called The Sentinel-News “home” for 27 years.

  • DOYLE: You'll flip over this yarn

    Many dark nights ago, my friend Walt Carpenter tricked me into riding the Rock-O Planes with him at the Shelby County Fair.

    You may recall this ride, in its day the most adventurous on the midway and hidden down in the dark northeast corner, just around from the blare and glare of those infamous hoochie-coochie shows, and cattycornered to the Octopus.

  • MARTIN: In a new role, it’s good to be home

    Hey Shelby County, it’s me Todd Martin, and it’s been a long time.

    I have not had a forum to tell you my thoughts since my time on the Sports Desk many years ago, but it’s nice to have this opportunity again. Although depending on who you ask, my thoughts may not run that deep.

    As many of you may know by now, I took over as Editor of The Sentinel-News a little more than one month ago, and it’s been interesting to say the least.

  • DOYLE: Friday will be our NCAA title game

    Here in ACC country, the sun is fading behind the oncoming threat of snow showers. There are tears and fear, loathing in the gloaming. Tobacco Road has rolled up its reputation and burned its hopes in the NCAA Tournament, leaving this as what ACC fans say to a Kentuckian these days:

    Louisville will be in the ACC next year.

    Yes, the Cardinals will, and perhaps the ACC would like to claim them right now, but not so fast, my friend.

  • SOUDER: You can take the boy out of the country, but…

    When we were first married, my wife, Rhonda, and I lived on the south end of Louisville (the Iroquois Park/Fairdale areas). Generally speaking, the folks that live in those areas would fit very nicely into a Jeff Foxworthy routine, and we fit in rather well with them.

    One Christmas, we and a few other couples decided to go out for a night of high culture, which for us normally meant an evening at the softball park followed by pizza, or if we were really feeling sophisticated, bowling and dinner at Po’ Folks or Big Boy.

  • DOYLE: This new rivalry feels like the old

    Our universe is in apple pie order again. Wrong returns to right. Surreal reverts to real. Upside down is right side up, and forward is the motion, not reverse.

    Some of you feel it, too, because you are devotees of Shelby County Rockets basketball, and ever since that new school opened out west, well, the Rocket Pride and the history of greatness have sort of become a footnote in the bigger swings of life.

  • CHARLTON: How do you choose with whom to associate?

    In the middle of the first century AD a rather heated theological quarrel raged among the members of the early church. The church was quickly moving from its Jewish roots and locale in Jerusalem and into the larger Roman world, and as it did, there were many questions about how to live in and relate to a society with beliefs and practices that stood in marked contrast to the burgeoning Christian movement.

  • DOYLE: A night that merged black and white

    Perhaps it is appropriate that in the month we celebrate African-American history that this week we commemorated the 50th anniversary of the historic rise to prominence of one Cassius Clay, the boxer and not the abolitionist for whom he was named, the man famous worldwide as Muhammad Ali.

    And there are few persons I can identify during my lifetime who did more to span the great divide between races, to bring focus and discussion to the principles that Martin Luther King had preached.