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Columns

  • How does winter 2013-2014 stack up?

    We’re only about half way through February but I thought it would be neat to look at how this winter stacks up to previous winters in central Kentucky. So for perspective, here are a few stats:

  • With this roasted tomato soup, you won’t miss the canned version

    Comfort food at my house includes tomato soup. However, my favorite isn’t that bland canned tomato soup from the grocery store. Creamy tomato basil soup is easy to make, cheap and tastes great. You can roast the tomatoes, garlic and onions at home which will make your house smell wonderful. Or, you can take a short cut and use canned fire-roasted tomatoes. Either way you make it, creamy tomato basil soup is sure to be popular. Serve it with a turkey or roast beef sandwich, an apple and low-fat milk for a complete meal.

  • Dealing with life’s problems requires plenty of planning

    Unemployment is up in Anderson County. It’s still below 7 percent but an upward trend is not what we want to see. The economy has been showing strength but recovery has still been slow.
    The University of Kentucky specialists in family finance have written a short publication on Financial Strain and the Lemon Experience of Life. It’s publication # FCS5-452. You can find it on the internet by searching for that number.
    This column is a summary of how to make something positive out of a negative experience.

  • Revenge apparently is best served cold

    Payback! I spent over 20 years in sunny Arizona. Each winter, I would delight in calling or e-mailing home about the warm temperatures I was having, while all my relatives froze. Now, I’m back here and they are wintering in Florida or some other warm locale. What goes around comes around.
    Over the past 17 years, I have not had actual temperatures of 17 below until this past week. My Oregon Weather Station told me the temperature was 17.7 below last Thursday. It’s not supposed to get that cold in Kentucky. Jeez-o-pete!

  • Looking for a few good trumpets, flutes

    C’mon, I know you have them.
    They’re hiding in attics or basements, maybe slowly developing mildew and rusting away under a layer of dust from lack of use or neglect.
    Or maybe you just don’t have time for them anymore.   
    I’m talking about your clarinets and flutes, your drum set and your high school-era trumpets: instruments that if you’re not using currently that could be put to better use for budding musicians at the middle school.  

  • Gardening facts to wile away snowy day

    I was never a straight A student, but I loved to learn and could always be counted on to offer up some strange, fun fact.
    Trivial Pursuit was my favorite game. As we wait out the winter, I thought it would be fun to expand our knowledge into the plant world, along with a few human tidbits, as well.

  • In Bluegrass Pipeline debate, neither side wants use of eminent domain

    For the past three months, representatives of Bluegrass Pipeline have been meeting in the homes of landowners in 13 Kentucky counties to discuss the project and the prospect of purchasing an easement, which is the right to use a narrow strip of land for installation of the underground pipeline.

  • Nothing to fear from the helpful, economical pressure cooker

    At the end of a busy day, most of us would love to quickly prepare a tasty, nutritious, home-cooked meal with minimal effort and low cost. One way to accomplish this is to use a pressure cooker. Some of you may have received a new electric pressure cooker as a gift.

  • Answers to questions about vehicle registration, taxes

    Early each year our office receives questions regarding vehicle license and taxes. I hope that the answers provided below will help.
    Why haven’t we mailed your vehicle tax bills?
    First, the cards are not bills, they are just courtesy notices and second, they are mailed by the Department of Revenue.

  • You are what you eat, so learn to eat well

    We’ve all heard the saying “You can’t have one without the other.” It works with everything, you know. All things work in combination. It’s called the Web of Life. Every living thing on this earth is connected through combinations.