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  • Mission: Possible

    By Jess Thompson, faith columnist

  • Long drinks better than short for thirsty plants

    Caliente. Heiss. Chaud. Het.
    Those are just a few other words that mean hot in Spanish, German. French and Norwegian (I couldn’t resist).
    I just thought you’d like a few other terms to use while we’re sweating bullets in this heat. Even I think it’s hot, and that takes some doing.

  • Program to teach diabetics to take control

    Approximately 3.8 percent of the residents of Anderson County have been diagnosed with diabetes.
    The national average is 7.8 percent. That makes Anderson County look good.
    However, if you or your loved one has diabetes, then it doesn’t matter what the percentages are. It’s still a concern for you.
    Whether you have been recently diagnosed or have had diabetes for a long time, the 12-week class on Taking Ownership of Your Diabetes will help you learn about living with and managing diabetes.

  • Prepare now for garden-fresh taste this winter

    Well, you don’t need a calendar to know it’s July. The thermometer is telling us it’s hotter than a firecracker.
    If you do nothing else this week, please wash your cars and leave the windows down at night. Anyone knowing of a rain dance please feel free. We need rain.
    Our gardens need 1 inch of rain a week to grow well. The high temperature increases that need.

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  • Business license renewals are due by July 1

    In 1987, the Anderson Fiscal Court enacted an ordinance that required anyone conducting business in Anderson County during the fiscal year to purchase a business license.
    The ordinance requires the Anderson County clerk to issue the licenses and collect all associated fees.

  • America’s second Declaration of Independence

    This July 4 marks the nation’s 236th anniversary from British rule. However, 2012 is also another important date in our nation’s history. This year marks our 200th anniversary from our second independence from British domination during the War of 1812.

  • Bee garden great way to give back to earth

    Sunrise to sunset, summer is awesome.
    Yes, I know it can get hot, but just watch everything grow.
    The warm evening temperatures have given tomatoes and peppers a big jump. Squash is appearing overnight.
    Blackberries are getting blacker by the day. Mother Nature is in full swing.

  • Break out the hose and watch your garden grow

    Summer is official here and that means the real fun is about to begin.
    Cabbage, potatoes, and squash should be gracing dinner tables everywhere, and beans, corn, cucumbers and tomatoes aren’t far behind.
    While I love my winter casseroles, summer food is my favorite.

  • Rebates are out there, you just have to try

    In April I mailed in a rebate request for a garden hose I had purchased locally.
    I received a postcard stating that I had forgotten to send in the receipt and had a couple of weeks to return it with the postcard attached. I was lucky to find the receipt quickly. It cost two stamps and less than 10 minutes altogether to get the $10 rebate.  
    Did you know that many rebates go unclaimed?  Consumers don’t complete the forms either on-line or through the mail. Others throw away the box with the bar code on it.