• Sportsmanship more important than winning

    Most adults know winning a competition isn’t a prerequisite for future success in life. Sometimes, however, we can get caught up in the moment and put too much pressure on our children to win at whatever they do, be it at school or on the athletic field.

    Summer sports are in full swing. There is sometimes evidence that the results of the game matter more to the parents than to the young players.

  • Some murder cops, others give hugs

    Column as I see ’em …

    Sometimes it’s the smallest gestures that mean the most.

    Monday, when I’m sure it seemed he and his fellow police officers were shoveling you know what against the tide, Clay Crouch got an unexpected but certainly welcome thank-you hug from a woman he didn’t even know.

    I was at 5 Star getting a cold drink on a hot day when Crouch pulled in to gas up his cruiser and get a beverage of his own.

  • Letters to the Editor

    To the editor:

    In “The Way We Were” section on July 16, there is a priceless picture of loved ones preparing to visit my late parents in Monterrey, Mexico.

    Only two of our immediate family of C. Marion and Mazie Railey remain. My older sister Fern, and her husband Roy McClain, are getting ready to celebrate 64 years of marriage on July 29.

    The good folks of Anderson County still remain in our hearts, and the bodies of our parents are buried in Corinth Cemetery. I plan for mine to be buried there, too.

  • Save precious freezer space by canning

    We are now half way through summer. I believe I just made a bunch of folks cheer and a bunch of folks groan. Well, nothing like offering something for everyone.

    The growing seasons in Kentucky vary wildly. Here in Anderson County we can typically start spring crops outdoors in March. Summer crops can start to be planted in May and fall crops start in July and August.

  • Help available for binge-eating disorder

    Binge eating is the most common eating disorder in America.

    We hear more about anorexia and bulimia but binge eating affects more people. Some studies have found that boys and men with eating disorders are more likely to be binge eaters than to have either bulimia or anorexia. Women and girls also suffer from binge-eating disorder. It’s a hidden problem.

    According to research reports from the National Institute of Health there at least three treatment options to help patients with binge-eating disorder curtail their eating.

  • Know good stink bugs from the bad

    Stink bugs are becoming more numerous as we move into the mid-summer months; they are feeding on a wide range of agronomic and horticultural crops.

    Producers are encouraged to be on the lookout for stink bugs and their close relative, leaf-footed bugs. While they do feed on foliage of some crops, the more common damage is to the fruiting structures, the part of the plant we would like to sell.

  • Don’t let your confidence wane as retirement nears

    Americans’ confidence in their ability to retire in finan-cial comfort has rebounded considerably since the Great Recession, but worker optimism leveled off in 2016. Ac-cording to the 26th annual Retirement Confidence Sur-vey — the longest-running study of its kind conducted by Employee Benefit Research Institute in cooperation with Greenwald & Associates — worker confidence stagnated in the past year due largely to subpar market perfor-mance.

  • Facebook post no reflection on sheriff

    Column as I see ’em …

    Aside from a couple of Kentucky Sheriffs Association banquets, I’ve never had dinner with Sheriff Troy Young.

    Not at a restaurant. Not at either of our homes, and we’re practically neighbors.

    Nor have I had dinner with any of his roster of deputies.

    Oh, sure, I’ve spent countless hours with those folks at wrecks, crime scenes and the like, but as for having personal friendships or relationships, that’s not really possible, given what I do for a living.

  • Children can be gardeners for life

    Jeez-o-pete this summer is going by fast. I continually have to remind myself that summer temperatures stay with us through September.

    All those years of teaching trained me to think August was the end of summer, because school started so early. I still believe they should wait until after Labor Day, though I’m positive some parents wouldn’t agree.

  • ‘Summer slump’ is a sign of fescue toxicosis

    Tall fescue is a popular grass for Kentucky pastures for many reasons — it is hardy and tolerates drought, has a root system that aids in controlling erosion and can stand up to heavy grazing.

    Farmers can even stockpile it for winter grazing. However, an endophyte fungus that commonly infects the plant can affect livestock. Summertime tends to be peak time for fungus-related problems.