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Fur flies as Facebook friends debate vaccines

Local sales tax bill worth watching

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em …

With our state legislators haggling over smoking and minimum wage, the one bill I’m keeping an eye on is House Bill 1, which would allow communities to increase sales tax up to 1 percent to fund local projects.

The upside is that doing so will first require approval of voters statewide, followed by approval of voters on any local projects. Even better is a sunset provision, which would eliminate the increase once a project is paid for.


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Plan now for this summer’s garden

By Cheryl Steenerson

My first column submission to the News this week was two words, “Told ya.”

Knowing my readers as I do, I decided to dig a little deeper. I’d like to blame this wintery mess on all those who wished for a big one, but I can’t. Mother Nature took a look and said, “Well, they’ve had it easy, so I think I’ll give them a wake up call and play with the jet stream.” On the bright side, it will definitely kill all the bad bugs. I just hope the bees make it through it.


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Fly problems in the winter? You bet

By Tommy Yankey

Cluster fly is a collective name given to several species that spend winter as adults in sheltered places, including inside homes and structures.

They tend to accumulate in wall voids, attics, and rooms with southern or western exposures. One or more species in this group may be present.

While cluster flies are an annoyance, they do not breed indoors, and they do not cause any damage. The flies will become active on warm days, crawling and flying to windows in an attempt to escape outside.

Cluster fly species


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Helpful advice for parents trying to deal with teenage children

By Joan Martin

A positive relationship with your teen will help you both make adjustments to this changing and trying time of life.

Teens are supposed to grow in independence and decision making. Sometimes it’s very challenging for parents and teens to make these changes successfully. For every rebellious, patience trying teen, there is also probably another one who just doesn’t make many moves on her own.

One is not necessarily better than the other.


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Taxpayers sucker punched by fiscal court deficit

By Ben Carlson

 

Column as I see ’em …

I’d normally do a private version of the Snoopy dance when something I’ve warned about for years comes true, but I’m in no mood to dance over this and after reading this week’s front page, I’m sure you aren’t, either.

The prospect of the fiscal court having to borrow $400,000 to balance its budget is nothing short of an outrage.


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Our jailer’s working out just fine, thanks

By Ben Carlson

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A recent news report from a media outlet in Kentucky took some fairly stiff jabs at elected jailers in counties without jails, which includes Anderson County Jailer Joani Clark.

The overriding point the article tries to make is that, in large measure, counties without jails shouldn’t have an elected jailer — the state’s Constitution be damned. Instead, those counties should turn over to sheriff’s offices those jailers’ duties.


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Debunking myth of gender roles

By The Staff

I was deeply saddened to hear about the suicide of transgender Ohio teen Josh Alcorn who renamed himself Leelah.

The 17-year-old reportedly died after being hit by a tractor-trailer while walking along a highway near her home Sunday, Dec. 28. Her suicide note had more than 200,000 shares on tumblr.


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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Editor’s note: The following was written by Francis P. Church and was first published in The New York Sun in 1897. Church married shortly after the editorial appeared. He died in April, 1906, leaving no children.

Virginia O’Hanlon went on to graduate from Hunter College with a Bachelor of Arts degree at age 21.

Virginia O’Hanlon Douglas died on May 13, 1971, at the age of 81, in a nursing home in Valatie, New York.


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Concert proves classical music still has a place

By Shelley Spillman

News Editor

Sunday, I had the pleasure of attending the Handel’s “Messiah” concert and I want credit to Sue Lou Smith, Anderson County High School staff, students and the First Christian Church Chancel Choir for hosting a fantastic concert.

Members of the Lexington Philharmonic added to the experience, making it a truly unforgettable concert.


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She keeps bad boys jailed, state lets ’em go

Column as I see ’em …

By Ben Carlson

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When the keyboard is ripped away from my mouthy fingers and I’m sent home for good, I now know how I intend to spend at least a portion of my so-called golden years.


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