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Today's News

  • Sign spat sparks civil war between Waddy, Peytona

    There’s a bit of a civil war breaking out in eastern Shelby County, and the first shot wasn’t even heard.
    This is about Waddy and Peytona – or is it Peytona and Waddy? – neighbors along Highway 395, which crosses Interstate 64 about 10 miles west of Lawrenceburg.
    You may not have noticed, but if you travel eastbound on I-64, new signs placed there by the state now list the exit for “Peytona/Waddy” rather than giving Waddy the top billing it has had since the exit opened in the late 1950s.

  • Legion hosts Oratorical Contest

    The American Legion in Lawrenceburg hosted the Area B High School Oratorical Scholarship Contest on Feb. 13.
    Three students from Lexington, Danville and Louisville competed, and John and Jennifer Mullins and Pam Rice served as escorts for the students. The three contest judges were Heather Hardin, Bobbie Cubert and Bobby Sparrow, and organizers thanked the volunteers who worked at the event.

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  • Sign-up through March 31 for Grassland Reserve Program

    Applications for the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Grassland Reserve Program will be accepted through March 31, the agency announced.
    The voluntary program gives landowners and operators the chance to protect grazing uses and related conservation values by conserving and restoring grassland resources, according to a news release.
    Eligible land for the program includes grasslands for which grazing or haying is the predominant use, or land that has been historically dominated by grassland, forbs or shrub land.

  • Governor, state officials honors middle school archers

    Anderson County Middle School archers were among 100 National Archery in the Schools Program students honored March 1 by Gov. Steve Beshear at the state capital in Frankfort.
    The middle school team is the two-time defending middle school champion of an event titled the World Invitational Tournament in Florida.
    They were joined by middle school runners-up Bondurant Middle School from Frankfort.
    The archers were honored by Beshear, along with state Sen. Julian Carroll, House Speaker Greg Stumbo and state Rep. Carl Rollins.

  • Kentucky phrases are like music for those listenin’

    “Lord have mercy, children,” my mother would say, when something really bad was going on.
    She used another colloquialism; it was “Law-zee-day.” I spelled it phonetically because I don’t really know what she was saying. But when she said it, I knew something wasn’t right, for sure.
    I grew up in Harlan, so of course I heard plenty of colorful phrases.   

  • Beshear’s failure to reduce costs leads to ‘no’ vote 

    The gavel has fallen on another session of the General Assembly as we adjourned last week.  Although the issue of a shortfall in Kentucky’s Medicaid budget remains, we still passed nearly 100 pieces of legislation during the 2011 session.
     The two biggest bills we considered during the 2011 session were House Bill 305, dealing with a shortfall in Kentucky’s Medicaid budget, and House Bill 225, which sought to increase the dropout age from 16 to 18.

  • Eager for spring, but don’t rush the season

    Sunshine makes me smile. It’s especially nice to see after a long, cold winter.
    Here on the farm, my rain gauge has measured 15.5 inches of precipitation since Jan. 1. That’s lot of moisture and things are definitely going green.
    This Sunday, spring officially arrives. The vernal equinox means we will be warming up and all the flowers will be coming up to celebrate. The sound of mowers will soon reach a frenzied pitch, as folks start leveling off the wild onions and dandelions sprouting in their yards.

  • Whatever you do, don’t tell Lucille White

    A big surprise is close at hand for Lucille and William White, but nobody wants them to know so mum’s the word.
    The trouble is, Lucille has been asking everybody in her family what they are going to do for their 60th anniversary. “She’s driving us crazy,” said her daughter Donna.
    It’s hard to keep a secret from her mom, but her mom and dad kept a secret when they first married.

  • Not much ‘voluntary’ about farm plate fee

    With March Madness upon us and Kentucky on a roll, I hate to point out a negative about former Wildcat Richie Farmer, but will anyway.
    A man came into my office about a week ago, angrier than Charlie Sheen after a three-day bender. He had just left the county clerk’s office after renewing his license plates and was outraged that the amount of the bill he received in the mail included a $10 “voluntary contribution.”