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  • Help available for binge-eating disorder

    Binge eating is the most common eating disorder in America.

    We hear more about anorexia and bulimia but binge eating affects more people. Some studies have found that boys and men with eating disorders are more likely to be binge eaters than to have either bulimia or anorexia. Women and girls also suffer from binge-eating disorder. It’s a hidden problem.

    According to research reports from the National Institute of Health there at least three treatment options to help patients with binge-eating disorder curtail their eating.

  • Know good stink bugs from the bad

    Stink bugs are becoming more numerous as we move into the mid-summer months; they are feeding on a wide range of agronomic and horticultural crops.

    Producers are encouraged to be on the lookout for stink bugs and their close relative, leaf-footed bugs. While they do feed on foliage of some crops, the more common damage is to the fruiting structures, the part of the plant we would like to sell.

  • Don’t let your confidence wane as retirement nears

    Americans’ confidence in their ability to retire in finan-cial comfort has rebounded considerably since the Great Recession, but worker optimism leveled off in 2016. Ac-cording to the 26th annual Retirement Confidence Sur-vey — the longest-running study of its kind conducted by Employee Benefit Research Institute in cooperation with Greenwald & Associates — worker confidence stagnated in the past year due largely to subpar market perfor-mance.

  • Facebook post no reflection on sheriff

    Column as I see ’em …

    Aside from a couple of Kentucky Sheriffs Association banquets, I’ve never had dinner with Sheriff Troy Young.

    Not at a restaurant. Not at either of our homes, and we’re practically neighbors.

    Nor have I had dinner with any of his roster of deputies.

    Oh, sure, I’ve spent countless hours with those folks at wrecks, crime scenes and the like, but as for having personal friendships or relationships, that’s not really possible, given what I do for a living.

  • Children can be gardeners for life

    Jeez-o-pete this summer is going by fast. I continually have to remind myself that summer temperatures stay with us through September.

    All those years of teaching trained me to think August was the end of summer, because school started so early. I still believe they should wait until after Labor Day, though I’m positive some parents wouldn’t agree.

  • ‘Summer slump’ is a sign of fescue toxicosis

    Tall fescue is a popular grass for Kentucky pastures for many reasons — it is hardy and tolerates drought, has a root system that aids in controlling erosion and can stand up to heavy grazing.

    Farmers can even stockpile it for winter grazing. However, an endophyte fungus that commonly infects the plant can affect livestock. Summertime tends to be peak time for fungus-related problems.

  • The melting pot is boiling

    The world lately has become a pretty scary mess.

    A gay nightclub in Orlando gets held hostage by a terrorist who killed 49 and wounded 53 people in the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in American history. It was also the deadliest terror attack in the United States since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

  • These men, women are always on duty

    Column as I see ’em …

    Mowing, weeding flower beds and sanding a new wooden vegetable bin for my daughter were all put on hold several times over the my Fourth of July weekend, as was just trying to take some time off.

    Each time I’d make a few laps around the yard on the Cub Cadet or load a fresh piece of sandpaper, duty — newspaper duty, that is — would call.

    One was to the river, where an elderly man’s Ranger boat lost when it tangled with a large tree jutting up from the murky water.

  • Treat plants like pregnant mothers

    I think we all know that I don’t exactly act my age. You may see me riding a grocery cart across the parking lot or crawling in the grass with a 2-year-old.

    I’m enjoying the moment with all I’ve got. That said, last Friday night I was like a kid waiting for Santa. Except that I was waiting to see everyone at the stand on Saturday.

  • Smarter approach needed for criminal justice

    By Gov. Matt Bevin

    and Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Sec. John Tilley

    We’ve reached a critical point in Kentucky — one where our prisons and jails are full, overdose deaths continue to rise and far too many children have parents who are imprisoned.

    We can no longer afford to cling to the outdated idea that prison is the only way to effectively hold people accountable for their crimes. Instead, we need to take a smarter, more measured approach to criminal justice.