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Today's News

  • Carpenter named Most Distinguished

    Just two days after being named Anderson County’s Distinguished Young Woman, Brooklyn Carpenter was equal parts happy and humble.

    “I feel very undeserving,” she said, “but very excited to be able to represent Anderson County and my school.”

    Carpenter won this year’s pageant Saturday night at the high school, edging out five other hopefuls in what was formerly called Junior Miss.

  • Keeping a family’s tradition alive

    The Guernsey heifer appeared to lay its head on Amy Kate Smith’s right shoulder.

    There was no gimmickry involved. It was just a touching moment between a large animal and its owner and manager.

    And Amy Kate, a junior at Anderson County High School, smiled broadly.

    It should not be a surprise that Smith and her heifer have such a bond. It’s just in the Smith nature to be showing cattle and getting ready for the Kentucky State Fair.

  • Flag removal shows Gritton’s leadership

    Column as I see ’em …

    Sometimes I wonder if politicians really know what’s in store for them when they throw their metaphorical hats into the ring.

    Take Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton. When he decided to run for office, it’s a safe bet to say that the last thing he thought he’d be dealing with was same-sex marriage, let alone angst over a monument that has stood in front of the county courthouse since before anyone reading this column was born.

  • Still singing after 40 years

    Those who know me best think I only recognize two music groups: 1. The Oak Ridge Boys 2. Everybody else.

    It’s not quite that way, but it’s close. What can I say?

    I was attending Oak Ridge Boys’ concerts before doing so was cool. I was listening to them when their hits were songs like “I Know” and “Jesus is the Man for the Hour.” A concert meant you got a chance to talk with them at a record table set up in a church foyer.

  • Education is the key to growing great tomatoes

    I’ve had a lot of folks asking me about tomatoes lately. Folks are wondering why their tomatoes aren’t turning and/or why they are so small. I ask what kind they planted and many times they don’t know. I can understand that. I grow so many different varieties I can’t remember all the names.

  • Safe to eat? Food safety myths

    Mayonnaise is not the culprit for food poisoning in the summer. It’s a myth that salads or any other food containing mayonnaise are a major source of food poisoning in hot weather.

  • How to establish late-summer forages

    The period from late summer into early fall in Kentucky is the best time to establish the common cool-season grasses such as orchardgrass, tall fescue, timothy and bluegrass for pasture or hay. These four grasses make up 95 percent of pasture acreage.

    To increase your success rate, remember these four points:

  • Ward Elementary unveils new 21st Century library

    When students return to Emma B. Ward Elementary on Wednesday morning, they may notice their school’s library looks a little different. It still has books, but this library is far from traditional.

    Over the summer, contractors renovated the library into what school officials call a 21st Century learning space.

    Gone are the large, hulking shelves crowded with stacks of books and organized rows of desks topped with desktop computers. Instead, the space is open and completely transformable.

  • ‘From scratch’ does not have to be scary

    One of my favorite meals to make with my kids is breakfast. Maybe I’m more patient with them after we’ve all had a good night sleep, maybe the smell of bacon and eggs makes me happy, or maybe it’s my strong cup of coffee. Either way, it’s one of my favorite times to get in the kitchen with my little ones and let them freely make their little messes and then proudly announce to daddy that, “breakfast is ready!”

  • Charity donates to senior center