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  • Keep tomatoes off ground for bigger harvest

    I love this time of year. Though the mornings have been a little chilly, the days and nights have been super.
    At the end of the day, I love to watch the sun go down. It’s my “ah” moment of the day. The combination of the beautiful sky colors and the comfortable lawn chair just makes me sigh out loud, happy that the day has come to an end and sleep is not far behind.

  • Know signs of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

    Editor’s note: The following was provided by the Anderson County Health Department following the newspaper being told that two people in Anderson County have contracted Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever this spring. State officials said they have no reports of anyone contracting the disease so far this year.

    Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) is a tickborne disease caused by the bacterium Rickettsia rickettsii.
    RMSF is a potentially fatal human illness that by the bite of infected tick species.

  • County changes require checking vehicle insurance

    For the past five years Anderson County has been a test county for a new insurance program for vehicles.
    This program was implemented statewide on June 5.
    What does this mean to you?
    By law, your insurance company is required to send a list of Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) that they have insured to the Department of Insurance each month.
    These VIN numbers are entered into the statewide computer database.

  • Rabbits and turtles are no match for determined farmers

    Ever have one of those days? I had one of those days, this past Sunday.
    It started out just great, with perfect weather for all my outdoor chores.
    I started at 7 a.m. and got all kinds of things done, projects completed and everything looked good. I even got to run a few errands off the farm and scored a great new indoor mini greenhouse, to boot.

  • Checklist to ensure child is kindergarten-ready

    Is your child ready for kindergarten?
    In Kentucky, children are admitted to kindergarten by age. If a child is age 5 by Oct. 1 of the school year, then the child is eligible for kindergarten.
    In Kentucky, school readiness means that each child enters school ready to benefit from early learning experiences that promote a child’s success. Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, all kindergarten students in Kentucky’s public schools will be screened with the BRIGANCE Kindergarten Screen.

  • Plants rarely stink, but they do smell

    I’m not a big fan of turtles right now. In one night, some
    hard-shelled slow poke chopped down 60 of my tomato plants. I didn’t say anything out loud when I saw them, but I was thinking about all my relatives who like turtle soup.
    OK, so I have plenty more plants, but these were already planted, dang it.
    I researched methods to deter turtles and found out a sprinkling of diatomaceous earth around the plant will do the trick. Until then, I’m keeping them dusted with baby powder.

  • Difficult decisions help maintain fiscally stable school budget

    Every year, just a few months after a new school year begins, the Anderson County Board of Education begins its financial planning for the next school year.
    In the fall, the district begins planning by making projections for student enrollment and average daily attendance (ADA).
    ADA is the foundation for each districts’ SEEK funding, as public school districts receive a flat rate per student based on ADA, not enrollment.
    For 2012-13 the rate, will revert back to 2008 levels at $3,833 per student in ADA; this amount is less than the previous year.

  • Cleaning, playing will help burn unwanted calories

    It’s time to weed the garden.
    I like being outdoors but weeding isn’t my favorite activity. I’d rather be walking or hiking somewhere else.  At least I can count it as part of my daily physical activity.
    So I don’t have to walk three miles every day to stay physically active. Here are some activities that you may have on your “to-do” list and approximately how many calories you will burn while you are doing them.

  • Clover in yard keeps pests out of garden

    This Sunday is the full flower moon and Mother Nature has gone all out to decorate. I simply love watching all the wildflowers show their colors on the farm and along the roadside.
    While most of the wild phlox purples have faded, hairy vetch still offers its royal colors.
    The snow white blossoms of the brambles are hanging all for all their worth. Add to that the fields of white clover surrounding the wild roses, all in a sea of green, and my canvas is complete.

  • Eating smart this summer will help control your diabetes

    Summer is just around the corner, and it seems as if everyone is thinking about getting in shape, hitting the pool or beach and buying those sandals and sunglasses.  Just remember, with all those summer barbeques and family reunions coming up, you have to keep your eating habits in shape, too.
    Making healthy food choices, even while on vacation, is a key step to staying healthy, feeling better and most importantly keeping your diabetes in control.