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Columns

  • Tips to keep children safe in the kitchen during holidays

    Holidays are a busy time in the kitchen for many families. Gifts are made, special foods are prepared and unfamiliar foods may be within reach of children. Parents need to be careful about the foods available to the children.

    Keep small, chopped foods - choking hazards – away from children under two. This may include chopped vegetables such as raw carrots, broccoli and cauliflower. Cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes should also be out of reach for children under two.

  • Can lawn be eco friendly and attract bees?

    Researchers in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are looking for ways for home lawns to give Mother Nature a helping hand.

    Gregg Munshaw, UK turf extension specialist, and Dan Potter, UK entomology professor, are studying the benefits of white clover as a habitat for pollinators and as a way to reduce nitrogen fertilizer applications.

  • Rubbing alcohol great defense against ice

    I am such a creature of habit. Not watching TV makes that real easy, because I never see commercials for new products.

    The funny part of it is that when I do go shopping I am amazed at new stuff, and people with me have a laughing fit. Diapers with built in pee tabs that turn colors like the old mood rings. There’s a shocker.

  • Pensions, budget key issues in next session

    By James A. Tipton, State Representative

    The 2016 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly is fast approaching. The legislature will convene on Jan. 5, 2016 and the 60-day session must be completed by April 15. The primary responsibility during this session is adopting a two-year general and road fund budget going into effect on July 1, 2016. During the 2016 session, along with my fellow legislators we will also consider approximately 1,000 pieces of proposed legislation. In a typical session, only 10-15 percent of proposed bills are actually signed into law.

  • Christmas gifts that show you care

    Welcome to December. I’d guess this is the busiest shopping month of the year and lots of folks love to do it. I’m just not one of them.

    Oh, sure, I don’t mind shopping for plants and seeds at farms and greenhouses. I also have a fondness for new boots. Barring those things, I have to almost be dragged into shopping.

    You’d think that would make me an ideal candidate for online shopping, right? Nope. Though I could be classified as a novice techie, I have shopped online. I do research items, but rarely buy online.

  • Many deserve thanks for contributions to smooth-running election process

    By Jason Denny

    Anderson County Clerk

    Another election has come and gone.

    Even though we experienced a larger voter turnout than originally thought, we had very few issues. As usual, the Attorney General’s Office visited several of the voting locations looking for voter fraud and election officer compliance. To our knowledge, no fraud was found.

    I want to thank several for helping make Election Day go so well. I will start with my staff.

  • Make a list or have a hug: De-stress for holidays

    Well, it’s that time of year again. We’re just days away from everything, and lists are appearing everywhere.

    A list for the grocery, a list for getting things out of closets and cupboards, a list for the order of cooking, and that’s just for Thanksgiving!

    Planning ahead by making a list does more than just ensure a well cooked dinner for family and friends; it helps you sleep and saves you money.

  • Scores help indicate herd health

    Early winter is an optimum time to prepare your spring-calving herd for reproductive success. Adequate nutrition from about 50 to 80 days prior to calving is critical to maximizing a cow’s ability to rebreed and maintain a 365-day calving interval.

    A cow that gets inadequate nutrition or is thin at calving and breeding will take longer to come into heat and will require more services to conceive.

  • Nip in air signals winter preparations

    I feel it. That nip is in the air and the cold is coming. The dogs are feeling it, too.

    I swear they have more energy than ever when fall weather arrives. They are over the moon when I dress for outdoor work and can hardly keep from dragging me out the door. And they’re not on a leash.

  • Know dangers before using a chainsaw

    I have never used a chainsaw. However, the information in this column is from Jeff Stringer at UK Forestry Extension. I think it’s timely to talk about chainsaw safety now before winter storms begin.

    Furthermore, with cooler weather coming, many people are ready to get out their chainsaws and cut firewood. Almost everyone who has used a chainsaw, or wants to use one, thinks they know how to use it safely.

    “Anybody can do it,” they say. If you believe that, ask yourself these questions: