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Columns

  • 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.

  • Looking for legal advice in wrong place

    Column as I see ’em …
    The next time the Anderson County Board of Health wants legal assistance from the county attorney, she should tell it to go pound sand.
    A strong response, yes, but understandable given the way the health director spent over $60,000 on new furniture for the new health department building without so much as soliciting a bid.

  • Think twice before working muddy soil

    Webbed feet, anyone?
    Well, the Almanac said it would be a wetter than normal spring. It seems like it just keeps raining. I know it’s hard, but resist working the soil when it’s wet. It just messes it up. I had a small field I dug wet once and it was two years before I got those clay lumps back to normal.

  • Mandatory trash pickup not bad idea

    You could have knocked me over with a feather when Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway said that 35 percent of Anderson County residents don’t have their trash collected each week.
    While pondering Conway’s trial balloon of making trash collection mandatory and putting the cost of doing so on property tax bills, I figured that percentage certainly couldn’t be above 10, could it?

  • Sure-fire tips to keep deer, critters out of garden

    I love my farm. I especially love spending days on end working outside on the farm. I just don’t get to do it often. As I write, I’m on day five here at the farm, enjoying my “staycation” tremendously. Though I am no wimp when it comes to physical labor, I am a bit tuckered, and so are the dogs.

  • Shabby houses, shabby treatment and judging Conway

    Column as I see ’em …
    Last week’s editorial (I write those, too) about the county’s need to get serious about trashed- and burned-out houses and the story that prompted it certainly lit a fuse.
    I received numerous calls and e-mails about other houses in similar shape that, frankly, amount to festering pimples on Anderson County’s otherwise beautiful landscape.