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Daughter’s homecoming to include grits

By Joan Martin

My daughter has been in California for the last 18 months. She’s coming home in a few weeks and has already requested cheese grits for her first breakfast at home.
Grits are certainly not as common in California. I might try the recipe below, which is a Kentucky favorite with country ham and grits. Add some broccoli to this recipe and it ups the nutritional value.
Sounds weird, but I think it’s delicious and I’m not a fan of country ham.


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Recapping the 2015 beef market

By Tommy Yankey

Recently, I attended the Agricultural Economic Outlook for 2016 presented by specialists in the College of Agriculture Agricultural Economics Department.
While there, they also discussed the 2015 cattle market and offered some thoughts as to why we saw such a drastic change from spring to fall. Below is a summary of their explanation of why this occurred.
Let’s start with the basics.


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Tipton doing his part, but solution not in sight

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em …
Mind if I do a little sniping from the cheap seats about the past week’s lamentations about the state budget?
Didn’t think so.
While it’s clearly more complicated (or perhaps convoluted) than I’m capable of understanding from the cheap seat behind my keyboard, I’m fairly sure I can provide at least one simple explanation that might provide insight into why the budget is so out of whack.


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Raising kids nowadays difficult for kids of ‘80s

By Veno Chanda

Being a kid of the 1980s makes it a bit more difficult to raise children born post 9/11. There are so many differences in the world that have occurred since we were children.
One of the biggest being that, in the 80s we didn’t have cell phones. You got a quarter to call your mom from a payphone (and yes, there were payphones everywhere) to pick you up from the mall or the arcade.


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Governor’s budget contains ‘smoke and mirrors’

Last Tuesday, Gov. Bevin proposed his 24-month spending strategy. On the surface, his budget looks reasonable and responsible. However, once we started digging deeper, we found cuts to education, human services, and other programs Kentuckians depend upon to have long-lasting ripple effects in our communities.


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Turning your problems over to God is difficult, but worth it

Since my friend Mike has been sober, he’s taken me to one of his AA meetings every so often.
I don’t struggle with alcohol, but I have my own compulsions and obsessions. In my opinion, every one of us is addicted to something and that those somethings can and do change, sometimes daily.
Simplyput, it’s about running from God and to everything and anything that’s not God. Some of our somethings are more socially acceptable and less physically damaging than other somethings, like drugs or alcohol, but they all play havoc with our souls.


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Snow days are perfect days to indulge

I could write you a column this week full of healthy recipes I made during this snowy week but that wouldn’t be entirely accurate. You see, in my house, there is something about snow days and holidays that are very similar. They both have an “anything goes” feeling.


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Tips for those raising grandchildren

By Joan Martin

Are you a grandparent who is raising a child with drug-abusing parents? You likely know that you are filling an essential role of protection for that child by providing a healthy, safe and loving place for him to grow.  At last count, there were 352 other grandparents in Anderson County who were raising their grandchildren.


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Tough decisions lie ahead in state budget

The Kentucky General Assembly completed day 12 of the 2016 Regular Session last Thursday. The decision was made to cancel the Friday session so members could return home before the inclement weather arrived.
I want to express my appreciation and gratitude to all of our dedicated transportation workers and our first responders who worked so hard to keep all of us safe last weekend.


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Turn snowstorm into a mini vacation

By Cheryl Steenerson

OK, did everyone get their snow hit? If you’re still craving more, may I suggest a trip to Minnesota? I am Norwegian American, with roots in Minnesota. I know I can “weather the snow.”  I just don’t like to, unless I’m skiing.
I could ski here on the farm, but there’s that long walk back up. Of course, I still have that long walk up after a big snow. My four-wheel drive truck can make it up or down, once. Then, I have a luge track and must wait for the thaw.


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