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Columns

  • Every family has been affected by cancer

    According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about eight million people die worldwide from cancer.

    The 1,000 luminaries lined around the American Legion Park Friday night for Relay for Life was a testament to fact that cancer touches every family in some fashion.

    My family is no exception.

    My grandfather John Smith died 4 years ago of lymphatic cancer. He was 78 years old.

    Seeing all the luminaries of mostly individuals who lost their battle to cancer made me miss my grandfather terribly.

  • Extension service offers fall prevention program to help seniors

    Falling in one’s home causes many life-threatening injuries and jeopardizes the independence for over one-third of Kentucky’s senior population, individuals 65 and older, each year.

    Falls don’t have to be a part of growing older. Many fall related injuries are preventable. Health and independence can be preserved by lowering the risk of falls.

    According to the Kentucky Safe Aging Coalition, older Kentuckians should follow these guidelines to help prevent falls:

    •Exercise regularly to increase strength and improve balance.

  • These natural remedies help keep plants lovely all summer long

    If you were a vegetable, what would you be? There are a blue million of these kinds of thing surfing the web right now. They supposedly give insight on the kind of human being you are.

    Would you be a carrot because you like to go deep? How about a tomato because you’re always turning red?

    Oh, how about a melon because they are prone to spread? It’s a lot of silliness but most at least make you smile.

  • Livestock face flies are persistent pests and should be kept down

    Face flies are one of the most difficult pasture pests to control because they are on animals for just a short time and land mainly on the face.

    Face flies use an abrasive sponging mouthpart to stimulate tear flow from the eyes. These flies lap up the protein rich secretions from the eye as well as nasal discharges, saliva, or blood oozing from wounds.

    The face fly is mostly off of animals, resting on plants, fence posts, or other objects. A good control program should keep face fly numbers below 10 per head.

  • God’s message doesn’t need improving, it needs to be believed

    According to a Gallup poll, more than 75 percent of Americans say that religion is losing its’ influential ground in our society.

    On the other hand, we live in a nation where we have well over 300,000 congregations that identify themselves as Christian and over 75 percent of Americans who identify themselves as Christian.

    How do we explain this?

    The answer is that the secularization of society is happening at a break-neck pace. Massive moral shifts are taking place as the world views of our friends and neighbors become increasingly irreligious.

  • Daddy knew heaven is for real

    By Janie Bowen

    I’ve not seen the movie “Heaven Is For Real” but I have read the book.

    It’s probably been a year or more since I read it but with Father’s Day coming up, I’ve had it on my mind, probably because of my reaction to the book as I read it.

    My hair stood up on the back of my neck as I read certain passages, not because it was scary but because it was oh soooooo awesome.

  • U.K. canning workshop will teach basics of food preservation

    By Joan Martin

    Why do people grow gardens then preserve the food? The number one reason Americans preserve food is because they’ve grown it and don’t want to waste it.

    They like the way the home produced food tastes. Some people want to know that there are no preservatives or pesticides in their canned food. Some people have a family tradition of food preservation and want to pass it along to future generations.

  • Keep gardens thriving with these tips

    These lovely evening temperatures are perfect for raising the windows to enjoy a cool night of sleep.

    Unfortunately, our tomato plants don’t find it so enjoyable.

    Nighttime temperatures below 60 degrees have a tendency to make tomato plants drop their blossoms. Since our tomatoes start with the blossom, that is definitely not a good thing!

    The only cure is to purchase something called Blossom Set. It’s a hormone that you spray on the blossom clusters.

  • Fathers need to draw strength from God to lead their family

    As we approach Father’s Day I want to issue a challenge to the dads in our community. We need to wake up and stand up in defense of our families!

    If you have not recognized that our families are under attack, you are out of touch with reality.

    While your individual family unit may be faring well, the institution of the family, as God ordained it, is under distress.

  • I like being blessed, just not when I sneeze in a meeting

    Today, a hodgepodge of thoughts.

    It’s spring and you’d think it’s August and the ragweed is blooming.

    I’m sneezing my head off, wiping my nose raw and daubing the tears from my eyes, sometimes because of the allergens that are viscously attacking me and other times because I’m just sad that my annual allergy season has been expanded by a few months.

    Still, I never forget that many people have year-round allergy symptoms and I typically only suffer through ragweed season.

    I’ve been blessed, I suppose.