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  • Include ‘superfood’ blueberries in your diet with this recipe

    Blueberries are delicious and healthy. They are labeled a super food because of their high antioxidant content, fiber and vitamins.

    In the last 5 years, there have been reliable studies that support the health benefits of blueberries. Citations for these studies are available at the Anderson County Extension Office.

    One finding is that blueberries can improve memory.

    After 12 weeks of daily blueberry consumption, older adults showed improvement on two different tests of cognitive function, including memory.

  • My stay was brief but this community truly won me over

    I’ve become attached to Lawrenceburg and Anderson County.

    When I arrived 4 months ago, my familiarity was based on drives to Frankfort and stopping at the now defunct food court here on KY 127.

    My cousin was married in the Kavanaugh House and still lives in Lawrenceburg to this day.

    But next week will mark my final week at the helm of The Anderson News. While my stay was brief, my leaving is still bittersweet.

    Here is the view of an outsider who got to be an insider for a brief period.

  • Darland made large corporate store all hers

    When I pulled up to Walmart Monday morning, I felt like I knew Kim Darland from all the secondhand stories passed down to me.

    Each person gave me a small piece of her.

    Mark Willard, an assistant manager at Walmart who has worked with Darland for 23 years, told me about her strong leadership.

    Darland nurtured a young cart boy who had a desire to work his way up to become more.

  • Mornings are perfect for pickin’ beans... sunsets for breakin’

    It must be the old park ranger in me but I do love a good sunset. It is such a peaceful scene, with nothing but friendly conversations between feathered friends, hopping from branch to branch.

    The hay field lays clean and green in the foreground. After the raking and baling, dried brown shoots, nourished by the sun and rain, once again give me my verdant rolling hills.

    Far beyond, cattle graze on the uplands, seen only through a break between the trees.

  • It’s Japanese Beetle season so be prepared: consider these tips

    There have been two reports of Japanese beetle sightings for 2014: late last week from Lyon County and early this week from Franklin County.

    The beetles will continue to emerge over the next 2 weeks or so, especially following a soil softening rain.

    Individual beetles live for about 5 weeks; the season usually lasts for six to eight weeks, peaking in mid-July.

    Management

    Many insecticides are labeled for use against adult Japanese beetles, if control is needed.

  • Avoiding property tax penalties and other need to know information

    By Jason Denny

    County Clerk

    As property owners, we all dread the October mailing of tax bills.

    Over the past several years, our office has received questions regarding the process that goes into the assessment, calculation and collection of these bills. I thought this month was a good time to address this very issue.

  • Creative ways to increase your fruit and vegetable intake

    It’s healthy for us to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day but many of us don’t eat that many servings.

    Fruits and vegetables are important to our diet, because they provide necessary nutrients and are high in dietary fiber and low in calories, fat and cholesterol.

    The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that you make half your plate fruits and vegetables.

  • Worship God, not the world’s idols and morality standards

    It was a year on June 26 since the Supreme Court of the United States issued their landmark rulings regarding Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.

    To say there were ripple effects would be inaccurate; it would be more precise to say that there have been waves of change across our nation since then.

    The rulings were not merely about whether or not gay people can legally marry. They paint a bigger picture. They are part of a larger narrative that humanity began to write the day our first parents willfully chose to disobey their Creator (Genesis 2 -3).

  • Memories are made at county fair

    I recall a young fellow huffing about the upcoming county fair where I was living several years ago.

    That cornball thing is a waste of time, he opined.

    I smiled at the poor misguided youth and told him that he’d completely missed the point. The fair, I said, was a field of opportunity.

    You can see sights you rarely see, eat foods you’d rarely eat and meet people you might never meet otherwise.

  • Why animal lovers should think twice about helping on the highway

    Emma Czornobaj, a Quebec native and self-professed animal lover, was found guilty Friday on two counts of criminal negligence for allegedly causing a crash that killed two people after stopping in the middle of a highway to rescue ducklings in 2010.

    According to buzzfeed.com, motorcyclist Andre Roy and his daughter Jessie slammed into Czornobaj’s parked car while she stopped on a highway to save ducklings when she did not see their mother. She intended to take them home and care for them.