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Columns

  • Eager for spring, but don’t rush the season

    Sunshine makes me smile. It’s especially nice to see after a long, cold winter.
    Here on the farm, my rain gauge has measured 15.5 inches of precipitation since Jan. 1. That’s lot of moisture and things are definitely going green.
    This Sunday, spring officially arrives. The vernal equinox means we will be warming up and all the flowers will be coming up to celebrate. The sound of mowers will soon reach a frenzied pitch, as folks start leveling off the wild onions and dandelions sprouting in their yards.

  • Whatever you do, don’t tell Lucille White

    A big surprise is close at hand for Lucille and William White, but nobody wants them to know so mum’s the word.
    The trouble is, Lucille has been asking everybody in her family what they are going to do for their 60th anniversary. “She’s driving us crazy,” said her daughter Donna.
    It’s hard to keep a secret from her mom, but her mom and dad kept a secret when they first married.

  • Not much ‘voluntary’ about farm plate fee

    With March Madness upon us and Kentucky on a roll, I hate to point out a negative about former Wildcat Richie Farmer, but will anyway.
    A man came into my office about a week ago, angrier than Charlie Sheen after a three-day bender. He had just left the county clerk’s office after renewing his license plates and was outraged that the amount of the bill he received in the mail included a $10 “voluntary contribution.”

  • Gardening is a marathon, not a sprint

    I’m watching and listening as spring rolls closer.
    I’m watching the wild onions, crocus and lilies pop up.  The green is growing.
    Listening for the sounds of spring means new bird songs greet my day and the ever-wonderful tree frogs serenade my nights. Hoosier that I am, I liken it to the Indianapolis 500. The cars are rolling up to the line and the engines are roaring.
    The trick with the gardening race is to remember it’s a marathon, not a sprint. That doesn’t mean we’re not supposed to peel out.

  • Reputation of excellence continues for schools

    By Sheila Mitchell

  • No reason to keep using Frankfort’s jail

    Column as I see ’em …
    The days of taxpayers here subsidizing the jail in Franklin County should be over.
    Our inmates can be transported to the moon for all I care, so long as our police officers and jailer never again have to deal with Franklin County Jailer Billy Roberts.
    During last Tuesday’s fiscal court meeting, our jailer, Joani Clark, had finally had enough and told magistrates about Roberts’ behavior, and that she is negotiating with Shelby County to move our inmates there.

  • March — and its smorgasbord of weather — is here

    Happy March. In like a lion and out like a lamb, March is typically a smorgasbord of weather. One day makes it feel like summer is just around the corner and the next surprises us with snow showers. It’s a tough month to garden in the field. Gardening in the house is easier.
    This is the month to start your seeds indoors for those summer veggies you’ll be transplanting in May. Seeds, trays of dirt, warmth and sunlight (or lamplight) are basically all you need to get going.

  • Support legislation that would prohibit flag desecration

    By Pam Rice

  • COLUMN: I’m sorry, sort of

    I owe taxpayers an apology, but I’m really not that sorry.
    A couple of months ago I donated the cost of an insert into The Anderson News Extra (the version of this paper that shows up in mailboxes each Monday) to the fiscal court as a means of supporting its burgeoning recycling efforts.
    The insert featured information about how homeowners can access the recycling program, including having items picked up.

  • COLUMN: No 'good' in goodbye?

    Last Wednesday, I sent a really difficult e-mail to about 50 people here in town.
    The contents of that e-mail certainly don’t get any easier to repeat, but here goes nothing.
    In case you haven’t heard or read by now, in exactly one week from today (Wednesday), I will be leaving The Anderson News to become the editor of The Spencer Magnet in Taylorsville.