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Columns

  • The melting pot is boiling

    The world lately has become a pretty scary mess.

    A gay nightclub in Orlando gets held hostage by a terrorist who killed 49 and wounded 53 people in the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in American history. It was also the deadliest terror attack in the United States since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

  • Children can be gardeners for life

    Jeez-o-pete this summer is going by fast. I continually have to remind myself that summer temperatures stay with us through September.

    All those years of teaching trained me to think August was the end of summer, because school started so early. I still believe they should wait until after Labor Day, though I’m positive some parents wouldn’t agree.

  • ‘Summer slump’ is a sign of fescue toxicosis

    Tall fescue is a popular grass for Kentucky pastures for many reasons — it is hardy and tolerates drought, has a root system that aids in controlling erosion and can stand up to heavy grazing.

    Farmers can even stockpile it for winter grazing. However, an endophyte fungus that commonly infects the plant can affect livestock. Summertime tends to be peak time for fungus-related problems.

  • These men, women are always on duty

    Column as I see ’em …

    Mowing, weeding flower beds and sanding a new wooden vegetable bin for my daughter were all put on hold several times over the my Fourth of July weekend, as was just trying to take some time off.

    Each time I’d make a few laps around the yard on the Cub Cadet or load a fresh piece of sandpaper, duty — newspaper duty, that is — would call.

    One was to the river, where an elderly man’s Ranger boat lost when it tangled with a large tree jutting up from the murky water.

  • Treat plants like pregnant mothers

    I think we all know that I don’t exactly act my age. You may see me riding a grocery cart across the parking lot or crawling in the grass with a 2-year-old.

    I’m enjoying the moment with all I’ve got. That said, last Friday night I was like a kid waiting for Santa. Except that I was waiting to see everyone at the stand on Saturday.

  • Smarter approach needed for criminal justice

    By Gov. Matt Bevin

    and Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Sec. John Tilley

    We’ve reached a critical point in Kentucky — one where our prisons and jails are full, overdose deaths continue to rise and far too many children have parents who are imprisoned.

    We can no longer afford to cling to the outdated idea that prison is the only way to effectively hold people accountable for their crimes. Instead, we need to take a smarter, more measured approach to criminal justice.

  • Be on lookout for vegetable diseases

    Kentucky vegetable growers should be on the lookout for bacterial spot of pepper this week. As the most common disease of pepper in Kentucky, homeowners or growers not actively using preventative practices will likely experience at least some bacterial spot.

  • Fixing problems, a pothole at a time

    Column as I see ’em …

    Sometimes getting a problem fixed is knowing the right person to call.

    I spent a couple of hours last week interviewing a fellow named Ashley Courchene, one of the residents who lives on Berdine Way, a dead end street across the highway from Honeysuckle Drive.

    Ashley, who motors around the community in a power scooter, called to let me know about a big pothole in the road and share his frustration in getting someone, anyone in county government to fix it.

  • Meeting a hero, close to home

     

    It used to be Superman,

    Johnny Bench and then George Jones.

    But lately I’ve been finding all my heroes

    Closer to home.

    —The Oak Ridge Boys

    I never met Mason Rucker until I was out of college, but he quickly became one of my heroes.

    If you ever got to know him, he’d be one of yours too.

  • Learn how to plant garden, grow flowers on the cheap

    Those rascally rabbits just ate 100 of my tomato plants. At least I hadn’t planted them yet.

    Those were my later tomatoes, but still. It was easy pickins, and my fault, because they were in a float tray, in a tub, on the ground. Oh well, the trials and tribulations of a farmer.

    There have been several new gardening tips come my way lately and I thought I’d share with you this week. Gardening does have its expenses, so any time I can find a way to save, I’m on it.

    Let’s start with flowers.