• Do chores before snow begins to fly

    Did anyone else feel like winter came up and smacked us in the back of the head this weekend? Talk about a wake up. Just as my body was adapting to the cold, Sunday rolled around and I was sweating in 74-degree weather. October really is a yo-yo month.

    This is the time of year when people seem susceptible to getting sick. How many people do you know who recently got a bug? I blame it on the ups and downs of weather, and our lifestyles. Taking care of you is a much better alternative to getting sick.

  • Get best advice if starting business

    The Anderson County Extension Service provides assistance to small business development through CEDIK – Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky.

    I serve on the agent advisory council.

    We don’t have funds to help start a small business but we can provide professional help to assist you in developing a viable business plan.

  • Now’s a perfect time to have soil analyzed

    Fall is a great time to take soil samples for fertility analyses.

    Doing it now can allow you plenty of time to follow fertility recommendations before planting season, and that could end up saving you time and money.

    When you receive the soil test results, look at the recommendations for lime and pH, a measure of soil acidity that affects plants’ uptake of all nutrients. If the soil pH is too low, it decreases the uptake of essential nutrients, and elements like aluminum and manganese can become toxic to growing plant roots.

  • Timely information as General Election nears

    By Jason Denny

    Anderson County Clerk

    As we near the Nov. 3 General Election, I thought it would be a good time to remind everyone of important dates and times.

    We have had several inquiries regarding registering to vote, making a party change and other election related questions.

    Currently: Mail-in ballots are being sent out daily. Call our office to request an application.

    Oct. 3: Inspection of voting equipment at 8:30 a.m. at the clerk’s office.

  • Amaze your friends with this very unique use of vodka

    Well, it’s here. Equal days and equal nights just cruised into town.

    Fall marks that slow march into more dark than light, for our non-summer pleasure. October does have its good points. As the chlorophyll levels drop in the leaves, their true colors pop. Bight gold next to crimson red sure makes for a beautiful sight. We also don’t have to mow as much, thought this drought helped us with that one.

  • Adopted pet becomes member of family

    By Jane Sinnett

    Guest Columnist

    It has almost been a year and I think of how our lives have changed since Kena came into our lives.

    I still remember the day we beat a path to the Anderson Humane Society that Saturday afternoon. Nothing like waiting to the last minute, huh?

  • Don’t let loved ones fall victim to fraud

    Anyone with money can be a victim of fraud. Children are not exempt from fraud and neither are senior adults.  Everyone in between can also be subject to fraudulent financial transactions and identity theft.

    Sometimes family members are the culprits.

    Look for these signs. If you have power of attorney for someone, you should be especially vigilant about these concerns.

    You or your loved one thinks money or property is missing.

  • Hoping that it’s a long, warm fall

    Sunrise is a little later. Sunset comes a little earlier. The location of the sun is changing to that blinding windshield angle. It’s official. Fall has arrived. I think I can hear some cheers going up.

    Fall is Mother Nature’s way of letting us down easy. The emerald green is fading away as fast as the leaves are falling. Morning temps have reached jacket weather. Long sleeves, short sleeves and back again to long in one day. It’s like being backstage at a Monty Python play.

  • It’s not too late to bring some green into your home

    Welcome to Kentucky’s roller coaster weather.

    Days upon days of almost 100-degree weather, with no rain, followed by highs of barely 70 and rain storms.

    Yep, it’s September.

    The birds are feeding off the flower seed heads faster than bread and milk sales when the weatherman says snow.

    I’d copy them. I’ve already seen flocks of geese heading south.

  • Avoid leftovers by learning to cook small

    I don’t like leftovers. I prefer food that is freshly prepared, not something that has been in the refrigerator for two or three days or in the freezer.

    Small batch cooking doesn’t have to be challenging. On Sept. 24 I will be teaching a free class on cooking for one or two people. Maybe it doesn’t sound new to you.

    It’s really an old idea that has been revisited with the idea of small batch baking and preparing one serving meals in mugs. These meals go together quick and cook even faster in the microwave.