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Columns

  • When we help others, we also help ourselves

    The good news is that we’re not dashing through the snow. However, it’s a pretty sure bet that we are through the stores.

    Dang, it gets busy this time of year. There are parties and presents and punch, cookies and candles and cake. Between all the running and wrapping, please, please, please make time for a little resting. There are bugs among us.

  • From newlyweds to future oldlyweds

    Sunday marks my one-year wedding anniversary. OK, granted in the grand scheme of things a paper-wedding anniversary isn’t as flashy as a gold, silver or diamond anniversary.

    You won’t see one-year anniversary announcements in the local paper. Nor will you see awe-stricken people eagerly approaching a couple that has been married a year to ask their secret.

  • OK, but why aren’t the scales being used?

    By Ben Carlson

    Publisher

    Column as I see ’em …

    Magistrate David Ruggles in his letter to the editor this week apparently thinks that I disagree with the fiscal court’s decision to install scales and begin charging for people to get rid of junk and yard debris.

    My beef is not with the scales; in fact, I fully support and applaud the decision to purchase them. It’s instead with the fact that the scales, as of Monday, are not being used despite being in place since earlier this year.

  • Learn to understand power of plants

    Happy December. What a wacky last day of November we had. It got up to 69 degrees here on the farm. If only we could keep of few of those days on tap. I’d like to just sprinkle them in when we needed it. Let’s hope Mother Nature is kind to us this winter.

  • Try these recipes to get rid of turkey leftovers

    Turkey leftovers should be in the freezer now. While you can substitute turkey for chicken in almost any recipe, it is nice to try new recipes. If you have already used all that turkey, then keep these for planned over meals another time.

  • Kentuckians have right to make their own destiny

    By Jim Host

    Guest Columnist

    Election season is special time in Kentucky. Next to basketball season, there doesn’t seem to be a time that gets Kentuckians more excited.

    But what happens when it’s over and the last ballots have been cast and counted? Then it’s time for Kentucky to get down to the business of the initiatives that move the Commonwealth forward.

  • A few holiday tips for family caregivers

    The holiday season can be full of challenges for family caregivers and include some moments of joy. Establishing a realistic approach will help you enjoy more and stress less.

    Teepa Snow, dementia care education specialist, provided this information at a recent conference at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. Check out her website for more ideas

    Family members may plan a big celebration with the idea that this may be the last holiday that they will share together. Instead think about quality time together, not the length of time.

  • Jesus saves, in more ways than one

    By Alexis Weathers

    Guest Columnist

    It is spring of 2012, the second week of the H1N1 virus. I lie completely still on the couch, breathing small, shallow breaths. My skull is pounding, throbbing, making my ears ring something horrible as I listen to the commercial ending and the news coming back on the TV.

    “Breaking news today: there have been 20 more 911 calls concerning the deaths of more H1N1, or as some call it the swine flu, victims across the state.”

  • These tips will help save on electric bill

    As the calendar starts to creep up on Christmas, I thought this would be a good time to focus on saving a little green. The cold temperatures have made for some chilly days and nights, and that means electric bills will be going up as fast as the Christmas trees.

  • Will you cook a turkey for me?

    When I was in journalism school one of my first photo assignments was to take pictures of 10 strangers. The pictures consisted of people of all ages, including children.
    It was an extremely awkward assignment at the time, “Excuse me, ma’am, may I take a picture of your daughter?”