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Columns

  • Do’s and don’ts for cicada killer wasps

    Cicada killer wasps are active across Kentucky during July and August.

    Females are intent on their tasks of digging underground burrows and provisioning them with the paralyzed cicadas that will be food for their grub-like larvae. These insects are focused on their tasks and pay no attention to anything else unless handled or mashed by bare feet.

  • Putting lives at risk should prove costly

    Column as I see ’em …

    The faces of the men and woman staring into the roiling water of the Salt River last Friday morning spoke volumes about the task that lay ahead of them.

    I’m not going to say they looked nervous but they certainly were concerned as they stood along a farmer’s fence line and came up with a strategy that was the least likely way to end up dead.

  • Children don’t realize all that they have

    I often wonder how our children will remember their childhood.

    This question is usually posed after one of them complains about something as anti-dramatic as wifi connectivity.

    I suppose it is at this point that I should start in on all the difficulties we faced back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when I was their age.

    “Back in the ‘80s, we didn’t have google, we had a card catalog and an outdated set of World Book encyclopedias,” I’d say.

    (Insert tween eye rolls here.)

  • Good diet is key to healthy tomatoes

    Sunrise and sunset sure makes for a visual masterpiece and my favorite way to start and end each day.

    As the eighth month kicks off, we now have fewer hours of daylight to get stuff done. Today we have 14 hours and 22 minutes of it. By the time the full moon rises Aug, 18, we will only have 13 hours and 45 minutes of light. Not my favorite trend.

  • Flea infestations can be frustrating

    The cat flea is the most common external parasite of dogs and cats. These small, hopping insects also bite humans. In addition to the discomfort of bites and the chance of secondary infection by contamination of bite sites, the cat flea is an intermediate host of the dog tapeworm, the most common intestinal flatworm parasite of dogs and cats.

  • Hot days, nights make for thirsty plants

    Mother Nature sure can be challenging. Hot days and nights make thirsty humans and plants. All this heat puts a lot of stress on our bodies and plants, so be vigilant about keeping them both hydrated.

    Our bodies need 2 liters of water every day, and that’s if you don’t work out in the heat. If you don’t like water, flavor it with a squirt of lemon or lime. I put a shot of apple cider vinegar in mine. Even Kool-Aid is better than soda pop, if you’re still struggling with a choice.

  • Conditions right for soybean disease

    The continued frequent rainfalls and high relative humidity we have been experiencing have led to conditions favorable for the development of foliar diseases of soybean. Some diseases to look for are listed below

    Septoria brown spot

  • It’s time for America to wake up

    Is America at war? My answer is yes.

    Our culture, our religious freedom, the very foundation of our society is under attack. But I wish to be more specific. We are at war with Islamic Jihad. Just because we, America, has not declared war against them they have declared war on us and wish to destroy our very way of life.

    Just because you will not hear the facts reported on the 6 o’clock news from any of the networks does not make them less true.

  • Woman, 78, suffers in jail for no reason

     

    I’m not going to tell you the name of the person involved in this story because she’s already suffered enough.

    A local 78-year-old woman many of you would readily recognize spent four nights incarcerated at the Shelby County Detention Center earlier this month, where she was forced to sleep on a concrete floor in a freezing cell without the medication she needed.

    No, I’m not making this up.

    In that cell were seven and sometimes eight other women, three of them pregnant and, in her words, all “druggies.”

  • Letters to the Editor

    To the editor:

    My son was sadly one of the individuals accused of being involved in a string of robberies in Anderson County earlier this year. You likely saw a write-up with his picture on the front page of “The Anderson News” this past week.

    Firstly, I want to apologize to all residents of Anderson County for the behavior of my idiot son.