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Columns

  • I’m officially ‘that mom’

    Before having children, I vowed never to become “that mom,” but sometime in the past 13 years I have molded into her.

    I realized that I had become “that mom” Thursday afternoon, when I opted to buy my son boxer shorts rather than tackle the seemingly endless pile of laundry that a family of five acquires during the week.

    After a brief (pun intended) stop at Walmart, I decided the best course of action regarding dinner was the good ole standby — Mickey D’s.

  • Don’t forget the sacrifices of 9/11

    I don’t normally offer things to the news, but with this being the 15th anniversary of the attack I felt that there needs to be something in the paper to help our citizens remember this horrendous attack against America on our homeland.

  • File FAFSA early to get state aid for college

    The federal government has made it easier to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

    If you have gone to college or have had a child go, chances are you’ve filled out the FAFSA.

    Changes to this form announced by the Obama administration in 2015 are about to go into effect for the 2017-2018 school year.

  • Take advantage of great deals this fall

    What a beautiful weekend.

    After two months of basically no weekend, I took total advantage of this last one. I went to yard sales and found a lawn tractor that is practically brand new.

    The storm that blew through was fast and furious and I was already done with outside chores, because I’m a weather addict. Sunday was even better.

  • Learn to recycle pesticide containers Sept. 19

    The Anderson County Extension Office in conjunction with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture will hold a pesticide rinse and return program at the Anderson County Extension office on Sept 19 from 9 a.m. to noon.

    All farmers are encouraged to bring in empty pesticide containers for recycling.

    Due to the materials previously held by these pesticide containers they cannot be recycled with your ordinary household plastics. This program allows for the proper recycling of these pesticide containers.

  • Wrong on school board, right on vehicle taxes

    Column as I see ’em …

    When I’m wrong, I’ll be the first to admit it, and when it came to my prediction that the board of education wouldn’t grab all it could in additional revenue, boy was I wrong.

    After nearly a decade of holding the line on taxes and cutting spending, the board — James Sargent being the noted exception — went all in last Tuesday night by upping the tax rate as high as it could go without being subjected to a public recall (which would never happen, anyway).

  • Lessons learned as summer wanes

    This summer just flat flew. Join me in a look back at the trends I spotted this year.

    More people are eating beans and squash, in a variety of ways and that’s a good thing. Anytime I can get more people to eat green is welcomed. It’s good for your body. No, I take that back. It is essential to your body. Look up the health benefits and you’ll see.

  • These basic car care tips will keep you safe, save you money

    Whether you’re a car buff or you view your car as just a way to get from point A to point B, it’s important to have a general understanding of your vehicle’s maintenance needs.

    Preventative maintenance is one of the most important ways that you can save money and keep your car running for many years to come. Most preventative maintenance will cost you nothing other than a little bit of your time.

    It’s not too late to give your college-bound son or daughter a review of preventative maintenance. Your car may need maintenance as well.

  • Yes, there really are some bad ideas

    Saving the old Glensboro schoolhouse is something I would love to see happen, but not if it’s going to be done foolishly.

    That’s about the only way to describe an idea that was apparently the motivation for the fiscal court and school board to recently delay for 30 days the likelihood that the crumbling structure in front of the high school is doomed.

  • Now is time to prepare for winter

    Well, the rains have stopped. At least for several days. Just in time for cool nights and open windows. Now, if I can just get my carburetor adjusted on the tractor, I’ll only be in slightly high clover.

    Only two more Saturdays left at the produce stand and all I can think about is summer coming to a close. Soon, the weather won’t be nearly as favorable for outdoor chores. Now is the time to start preparing for that “opposite” season. I don’t even like to use the word.