• Many deserve thanks for contributions to smooth-running election process

    By Jason Denny

    Anderson County Clerk

    Another election has come and gone.

    Even though we experienced a larger voter turnout than originally thought, we had very few issues. As usual, the Attorney General’s Office visited several of the voting locations looking for voter fraud and election officer compliance. To our knowledge, no fraud was found.

    I want to thank several for helping make Election Day go so well. I will start with my staff.

  • Make a list or have a hug: De-stress for holidays

    Well, it’s that time of year again. We’re just days away from everything, and lists are appearing everywhere.

    A list for the grocery, a list for getting things out of closets and cupboards, a list for the order of cooking, and that’s just for Thanksgiving!

    Planning ahead by making a list does more than just ensure a well cooked dinner for family and friends; it helps you sleep and saves you money.

  • Scores help indicate herd health

    Early winter is an optimum time to prepare your spring-calving herd for reproductive success. Adequate nutrition from about 50 to 80 days prior to calving is critical to maximizing a cow’s ability to rebreed and maintain a 365-day calving interval.

    A cow that gets inadequate nutrition or is thin at calving and breeding will take longer to come into heat and will require more services to conceive.

  • Nip in air signals winter preparations

    I feel it. That nip is in the air and the cold is coming. The dogs are feeling it, too.

    I swear they have more energy than ever when fall weather arrives. They are over the moon when I dress for outdoor work and can hardly keep from dragging me out the door. And they’re not on a leash.

  • Know dangers before using a chainsaw

    I have never used a chainsaw. However, the information in this column is from Jeff Stringer at UK Forestry Extension. I think it’s timely to talk about chainsaw safety now before winter storms begin.

    Furthermore, with cooler weather coming, many people are ready to get out their chainsaws and cut firewood. Almost everyone who has used a chainsaw, or wants to use one, thinks they know how to use it safely.

    “Anybody can do it,” they say. If you believe that, ask yourself these questions:

  • Let’s join together to honor American’s servicemembers

    By Mitch McConell, United States Senator

    One hundred years ago, “the war to end all wars” ravaged Europe. What we now call World War I ended in part thanks to the more than 4 million Americans who mobilized to join the Allied Powers’ fight overseas. Over 100,000 of them did not return home. The war ended on Nov. 11, 1918, and the commemoration of that day has become the holiday we now observe as Veterans Day.

  • Trade Agreement could put tobacco producers at a disadvantage

    The United States, along with 11 other nations (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam) recently approved provisions in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, which could potentially impact consumers in about 40 percent of the world’s economy.

  • Get your last minute chores done before cold weather sets in

    Happy November! We’re one month closer to summer! Well, that what’s on my mind anyway.

    As we enjoy this Indian summer like weather this week, may I remind you that the Old Farmer’s Almanac is calling for snow by Nov. 11. That ought to get you out of the house and into those last minute chores.

    Keep getting those leaves off the lawn or chop them up with the mower. Take advantage of sales at the garden centers. Cut those mature mums back to the ground. Mulch those strawberry plants. Remove weak stems from your roses. Whew!

  • Let’s talk turkey: Follow food safety guidelines with your big bird

    Turkeys must be kept at a safe temperature during the “big thaw. When frozen, a turkey is safe indefinitely. To ensure that food-borne illness isn’t a guest at your holiday table, follow these tips from USDA when buying and preparing your turkey.

    When buying a turkey, allow one pound per person. If you buy a fresh turkey, check the “sell by” or “use by” date to make sure that it really is fresh, and buy it only one or two days before you cook it.

  • Gathering what you need for winter?

    Holy moly! Where did this month go?

    I can only hope that the next few months speed by just as fast. This Saturday should be an interesting night. Halloween falls on a full moon. There should be plenty of light for tricky treating.

    This full moon is commonly called the Full Hunter’s Moon. Not only are there less leaves on the trees, the fields have been cut and plump critters of all sizes can be easily seen. This full moon was especially celebrated by Native Americans because there was the threat of winter looming coupled with an abundance of food.