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Columns

  • Here’s what happens if you don’t or can’t pay your property taxes

    As property owners, we all dread the October mailing of tax bills.

    All 2015 delinquent tax bills were sold to third party purchasers Aug. 11. Together, the sheriff’s office and the county clerk’s office collected over 99.99 percent of the total bills mailed last October.

    Now the 2016 process begins. Over the past several years, our office has received questions regarding the process that goes into the assessment, calculation and collection of these bills. I thought this would good time to address this very issue.

  • Horse, deer flies make life miserable for humans and cows

    Female horse flies and deer flies slash skin with blade-like mouthparts to create small pools of blood from which they feed.

    Both groups of these closely related flies can be serious pests of cattle, horses and humans. Horse flies range in size from 3/4 to 1 1/4 inches long.  They usually have clear or solidly colored wings and brightly colored eyes. Deer flies, which are more likely to bite humans, are smaller with dark bands across the wings and colored eyes similar to those of horse flies.

  • Anderson County’s worst-kept secret

    Column as I see ’em …

    Spoiler alert! If you want to be surprised Aug. 16 by who Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton names to replace retiring Sheriff Troy Young, don’t read this column.

    Well, you were warned.

    The obvious answer to what is probably Lawrenceburg’s worse-kept secret is Chief Deputy Joe Milam, a man perfectly suited to be the next sheriff.

    No, Gritton hasn’t tipped me off on his choice, but it’s obvious and one that is a no-brainer to make.

  • Cutting one night, canning the next

    Tis the season, the season of harvesting the garden. Dehydrators, canners and freezers are the major tools of the trade. The washing, peeling and slicing is only the beginning. Finding the time is the tough part, but I have learned a few tricks to help save time.

  • 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.

  • Good summer for books

    I’ve had my nose stuck in a book for as long as I can remember.

    When I’m not writing or editing at the newspaper or shooting hoops with my kids, I can usually be found with a book in my hands and a drink by my side.

    I read most any genre with the exception of romance and western. Although I must admit the only western I’ve read is “Lonesome Dove” by Larry McMurtry. And I quite enjoyed it.

    I love a good, solid summer read, and so far this summer I’ve hit a few homers with a string of books worthy of mention.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.