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Society

  • Back to school snacks can be healthy and easy

    Today was the first day of school.

    Did you survive? I put a very sleepy Junior on the bus with his very excited kindergarten little brother.

  • Ruggles anniversary

    Ed and Doris Ruggles marked both of their 90th birthdays and a 69th wedding anniversary on July 30. They celebrated with family and friends.

  • Five generations

    Mary Bell Welch, right, proudly welcomes her great-great-grandson Johnny Perry into this world July 16, 2016 along with his great-grandmother Sheryl Duke, center, grandmother Tammy Cox, left, and his father Jasper Perry.

  • Calendar of events

    Aug. 3

    8:30 a.m. — Breakfast club at the Anderson County Senior Center

    10:30 a.m. — Sock hop with Sylvester at the Anderson County Senior Center

    11:30 a.m. — Lunch at the Anderson County Senior Center

    1 p.m. — Uno and rook card games, pool table and Wii at the Anderson County Senior Center

    Aug. 4

    8:30 a.m. — Breakfast club at the Anderson County Senior Center

    9 a.m. — Exercise group, errands, and shopping at the Anderson County Senior Center

  • Peaches, blueberries are made to be together

    The peaches are bursting with flavor this year. I wish I could say the same for my blackberry bushes. I forgot to cut them back and now I have nothing to show for them. That doesn’t stop me from going to the farmer’s market or Kroger and buying some. They’ve been exceptional this season also.

  • There are plenty of recipes for all that zucchini

    When is the only time people lock their car doors at church?

    Zucchini season!

    If you’ve ever come out of church and found a big bag of zucchini on your front seat, you know what I’m talking about. Have no fear, there are a lot of yummy things you can do with those magically appearing, green, farmer’s orphans.

    Chermoula or

    Charmoula (Arabic)

  • Recruit kids to help in the kitchen

    I don’t believe in coincidences. When I meet someone or I’m put in a situation that challenges me, I step back and consider why that is.

    Last week, I was talking to my mail carrier about the food column and she suggested I write about kids in the kitchen. Later that same week, I read an article by Jamie Oliver about kids and nutrition and all the wonderful work he has done.

    He has brought a lot of attention to the growing problem of child obesity in regards to processed food, school lunches and advertising.

  • Wedding

    Abigail Grace McLain and Jay Bruce Springate were married on June 25, 2016 in Atlanta.

    The bride, 26, is a native of Atlanta, and is a 2012 graduate of Auburn University. She is employed in Seattle as a counselor/therapist to hospitalized children with serious illnesses. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lewis McLain of Atlanta, and is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Reeves Johnson of Huntsville, Ala., and of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Polk McLain.

  • Houtz-Harmon engagement

    Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Houtz of Lawrenceburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Angela Marie Houtz to Anthony Lynn Harmon, son of Glenn Harmon of Springfield and Rebecca Harmon of Apex, North Carolina.

    Hautz is a 2001 graduate of Anderson County High School. She graduated from Nash Academy of Lexington in 2012, where she studied animal arts. She is employed at America’s Uptown Hounds Luxury Resorts.

    She is the granddaughter of Charles and the late Doris West of Nicholasville, and Allene and the late LaVern Houtz of Winchester.

  • It’s 5 o’clock somewhere

    It’s the peak of summer. The countdown begins to the first day of back-to-school shopping. Parents are thrilled and kids want to stretch each day out to put off the inevitable.

    It’s been a busy summer for me and we didn’t get away to some exotic place or even Tennessee. I’m a band mom so in just a few days, my middle child and I will have our summer come to an abrupt end. That doesn’t mean I can’t try to imagine beach sunsets from my back deck. How? Through food and fabulous cocktails, of course.