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Columns

  • Burgoo contests show community’s heart

    Column as I see ’em …

    It’s probably my bias bubbling over, but as September comes to an end each year I can’t help but think what a great community we have.

    Of course that’s following yet another tremendous Burgoo Cook-off, the newspaper’s annual fundraiser for Shop With a Cop that had a record-setting year last weekend and drew a tremendous crowd of judges and an even more tremendous field of competitors.

    After six years it could be easy to become complacent about how well that event does, but check this out.

  • Feeding corn? Be cautious about ear rot

    Conditions during July were favorable for infections by a couple of fungi that are known to cause ear rots of corn.

    Observations of Diplodia ear rot already have been made in some corn fields in Kentucky this year.

    Although conditions have also been favorable for Gibberella ear rot, I am not aware of any observations of that disease in Kentucky corn fields at this time.

    Diplodia Ear Rot

  • Winter squash much more than fall a decoration

    Happy fall. The Autumnal Equinox has come. To me, that means shorter days and colder temps.

    Early fall is kind of like a breaking in period. Mother Nature will be fluctuating the weather like a yo-yo just to get us used to things. As I prepare for my 20th Kentucky winter, I can honestly say I’ll never get used to it.

  • She just had to really, really pee

    Column as I see ’em …

    Let’s play a little game I like to call, “What Should the Editor Do?”

    A woman called me first thing Monday morning to complain about what was, if true, an obviously bad decision by a business here in town.

    The woman, who didn’t tell me until nearly 30 minutes into our conversation that she is African American, said she accompanied a friend into the business and, while waiting, told an employee she really, really had to pee.

  • Important times, dates as upcoming general election nears

    As we near the Nov. 8 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. 7

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

    Oct. 10

    Walk-in absentee voting begins during normal business hours.

    Oct. 11

  • Fall is the perfect time to sample soil

    If you think spring is the best time to take soil samples, you might want to rethink that.

    Fall is actually the optimum time to take soil samples for fertility analyses.

  • Updated facts about coconut oil

    For many years, the high saturated fat content of coconut oil made the oil a no-no for individuals looking to lose weight or live healthier lifestyles. Recent scientific reports have said saturated fat may not be as bad as once thought or as bad when compared to trans-fat. This has allowed coconut oil to gain popularity.

  • Subscription clubs can save you time, money

    This one’s for the guys

    I know, ladies, it’s all about our husbands, boyfriends, dads, brothers or any other guy in your life, this time.

    I have found a great way for us to have our guys looking better than ever at a very low price. We pamper ourselves to make sure we look nice … I think it’s time for the guys to have a turn.

    Guys, don’t let this go to your heads, but I have found a couple of monthly subscriptions to make life a little easier, and that are cheap!

  • Act now to avoid flower withdrawl this winter

    What a beautiful weekend. I know many of you are wishing it would cool off, but I’m thankful it’s staying warm. The nights are gorgeous. Even if the sun is setting earlier, it’s still making incredible pictures to close the day.

  • Paid firefighters likely won’t happen

    Column as I see ’em …

    It was the nightmare everyone talks about that finally came true.

    A man is trapped inside his burning vehicle Friday on Versailles Road and, of course, a train blocks the crossing, delaying a full-throated response from first responders desperate to come to his rescue.

    As we reported the tragedy on our website and social media platforms, outrage grew as people took to their Facebook pages to complain about the trains and demand that something be done.

    But what?