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  • Know limits on nursing homes

    When there is a medical emergency, you most likely are not thinking about the bill. You need to get help right away.

    That’s why it’s emergency care, an unplanned medical need that requires immediate attention.  It’s not a planned medical event such as surgery.

    Don’t assume that the hospital billing procedures have your best interests in mind. They have to follow the rules for Medicare and Medicaid, which may have very different rules that your private insurance.

  • BOZA vote could open Pandora’s box

    Column as I see ’em …

    I’m very much looking forward to Oct. 20, when the Board of Zoning Adjustments (BOZA) decides the fate of Francis Recycling, a mom-and-pop operation located on the Bypass that has run afoul of the conditions set forth when it was granted a conditional use permit in 2011. (See www.theandersonnews.com or last week’s paper for details.)

  • Now’s the time to go nuts for walnuts

    Fall brings a lot of color to our lives, between the winter squash and falling leaves. It can also bring a lot of calories. Some of which are healthy, some not so much. As we near November, I think it only fitting that we talk about nuts, from a tree.

    Here on the farm I have plenty of nuts, but my favorite is the black walnut! Yes, I know they are a pain in the yard. I’ve slung quite a few from the mower blades over the years. Thankfully, no one has ever been hit by one, though there are a few I’d like to strategically line up.

  • Nothing sad about going to Heaven

    The message was as simple as it was stark: “Cancel this subscription, please. I’m going to Heaven.”

    That message came to me last week on a subscription renewal form, one of thousands upon thousands we mail out each year, usually with nothing more in return than a check or credit card number.

  • Think about safety during fall harvest

    Fall harvest season is a busy time for Kentucky farmers and their families. It also is a peak season for agricultural injuries and an especially important time for farm families to pay attention to safety.

    Take time to talk to workers about safety. You need to be sure all workers are trained and physically capable of operating equipment and that they understand the safety procedures.

  • Finances an important topic for happy couples

    If you are engaged or soon-to-be engaged, you will most likely receive much advice before walking down the aisle. Marriage experts would agree that one of the most important pieces of advice that you can receive is to talk about finances with your future spouse.

    Talking about money before marriage is a great way to work toward building a successful financial future with your spouse. Below are four questions that can help to start the conversation.

    Financial questions to ask your future spouse

  • Good weather wanes as October temperatures decline

    I just can’t believe it’s October. Seems like I just closed the stand.

    I did get most of the beds ready to cover this weekend, along with a ton of weed eating. I picked a few green tomatoes and squash for salads this week. That will probably be the end of everything until Spring. Always makes me sad to see summer go.

  • 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.