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Columns

  • Help Anderson Humane Society get a new vehicle

    Anderson Humane Society is proud to announce we’ve been selected as a finalist in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program. Now we need your support.
    Vote for Anderson Humane Society at www.facebook.com/toyota on June 4.

  • Manure tea just the thing for soggy soil

    May is over and June has arrived. Let’s just be thankful for every sunrise we see.
    Tornado season is upon us. One of them hit the family farm in Huntingburg, Ind., last week. Though no one was injured, there is not a building that didn’t get damaged. Insurance will cover the costs but what a rough road ahead. We’ve been lucky here, so far.

  • Kentucky’s history wrapped in West Virginia lore

    The late Tom Clark, historian at the University of Kentucky, said something once that has always stuck with me: “Virginia is the mother of Kentucky and Kentucky is the mother of the West.”
    So true, we are the sum of all the history of Virginia, and to ignore it is to ignore the history of Kentucky.
    As I completed the article on long hunters, I remembered one of the probably most entertaining stories of Virginia, as not all explorers wore buckskin and linsey-woolsey, some wore satin and velvet.

  • Examining stupidity, ignorance

    As I observe my fellow classmates, peers and citizens in general, I see a common denominator. Stupidity at its best. Look around yourself right now; I’m sure you’ll see it, too. Whether on television, text (written documents, not text messaging), or coming straight from the person sitting in front of you, it’s highly prevalent in today’s society.
    Now, notice a child’s behavior and marvel at something truly remarkable: ignorance rather than stupidity.

  • Throw a tea party — for your garden

    I am a sunshine girl! After 23 years in Arizona, I have a hard time getting through weeks of rain and clouds. I was almost on the edge of depression, and then the sun came out. There’s always a silver lining. At least we haven’t had to water!
    All this cool and damp weather makes our plants prime targets for a whole host of problems. There is gray mold, dampening off (pythium), septoria and more, all making life difficult for plants to grow and thrive.

  • Mandatory pickup is only viable solution

    Column as I see ’em …
    My considerable gut tells me that at some point the trash issue is going to hit the fan.
    After discussing it with the judge-executive Monday afternoon, it’s clear that there is no shortage of folks who will kick and scream and vow ballot box revenge were the fiscal court to enact mandatory trash collection. They’ll scream poverty, property rights and claim that the idea is yet another example of government trying to control their lives.

  • Garlic helps keep bloodsuckers at bay

    I love waking up with the birds. I don’t know the names of those serenading me, but I know who sings in the early morning and late at night.
    Special songs and sounds tell me the time. Everyone should have these neighbors. With acres upon acres of hay fields, woods and ponds, this is like the Beverly Hills for birds. It also serves as an all you can eat buffet of berries and bugs.

  • Plenty of time left to get garden planted

    OK, enough with the rain already. Let’s expect the sun to come out. It will and it will warm up and dry up. Remember how it stayed warm long into fall? Well, keep that in mind. Our gardens will flourish. They just won’t be producing as early as we want.
    Big deal.
    Those of you down hearted because you haven’t even tilled yet need to just chill. It is not too late to get the garden going. We have plenty of time to grow our favorite veggies. It may be late August before we start canning, but we will can.

  • Polling places are changed

    As we enter the home stretch toward the May 17 Primary Election for state officials, I thought it to be important to talk about the final decisions for the polling locations.
    During April’s meeting of Anderson County Board of Elections, the board gave until May 9 at 10:30 a.m. (special called meeting) for Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway to get approval from fiscal court to spend up to $10,000 on the Rutherford and Hickory Grove precinct voting locations to bring them up to ADA guidelines.

  • Don’t let excessive rain ruin your garden

    Whoever thought white floors were a good idea?
    People with maids, maybe. One thing is for sure, spring weather in Kentucky is never boring. You know, if we were smart, we’d dig holes to store all this water for later use this summer, but it’s too wet to dig.
    Lawns look like hay fields, ready to bale and rubber boots are everywhere.