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Columns

  • Derby helps promote Kentucky proud

    The Kentucky Derby elevates the Commonwealth to a global stage. The Derby – as well as the Kentucky Oaks and the run-up to Thoroughbred racing’s biggest weekend – also gives Kentucky Proud foods a chance to shine.

  • Do you complain about politics but still tune in to all bloviators?

    At a recent book club gathering, while discussing J.D. Vance’s bestselling Hillbilly Elegy, we fell to talking politics.

    Our fall came unexpected. Book club has always been sacrosanct, a space carved out once a month for literature, fun, good friends and conversation. For, let’s be honest, a night out with wine and cheese.

    That’s not to say we spend every minute of the night talking about the book we (were supposed to have) read. But politics? Politics have always been a big fat no.

    Until Hillbilly Elegy, where we could not avoid it.

  • When it comes to activated charcoal, look before you leap

    Following trends is not a bad thing. I don’t believe in magic bullets or miracle cures. I do however, monitor all the food trends in the stores, media, food blogs, etc.

  • House addresses serious issues in Kentucky

    The most productive and significant legislative session in modern history has officially come to an end. Although it was a short, 30-day session, the General Assembly has accomplished more in 2017 than we have in most 60-day sessions.

  • Spring has sprung so go mow your grass

    The smell of fresh cut grass wafting through the neighborhood is one of the surest signs of spring. You should already be thinking about lawn care since it’s time to clip the grass for the first time. Your most important annual lawn duties begin with that first mowing.

  • Eyes, nose, fingers best tools to select fruit

    Some days it’s really tough to stay inside and do chores and today is one of them. It’s sunny and almost 60 degrees. I know myself very well, and if I put off writing this until tonight, my body and brain will be too tired. So, I like eating almost as much as I like being outside so let’s talk food.

    Fruit is my idea of candy, well besides hot cocoa. While I may have more knowledge than some when it comes to picking good fruit, I do fail at times. It’s really hard to tell when shopping at the grocery. They’ve gotten really tricky.

  • Care for ill inmates a real budget buster

    Column as I see ’em …

    Never mind, for a moment, that Anderson County shattered a record last month by sending 128 people to jail.

    The real threat to the county’s ever-expanding jail budget isn’t the increasing number of arrests, it’s the failing health of those being arrested.

    With three full months left in the fiscal year, Jailer Joani Clark’s budget is a whopping 263 percent over the budgeted amount for inmate medical expenses, and for that we should actually consider ourselves lucky.

    Here’s why.

  • Spring veggies the pefect fit for warmer weather recipes

    Spring is here. The red buds are in bloom, the warmer weather, fresh cut grass, and lots of rain.

  • How to prevent soft-bodied slugs from ruining your plants this spring

    Slugs are among the first creatures to become active in spring. They scrape their mouthparts across leaves, stems and flowers to ingest plant tissue. Shade gardens are ideal habitats for slugs, along with mulched areas containing bedding plants. New transplants and small seedlings are especially vulnerable to these creatures. Feeding damage and silvery slime trails are already apparent on bedding plants.

  • Time to get spring veggies in the ground

    Talk about some gorgeous days! The longer light and warm temperatures sure have made for some productive days on the farm. I’ve noticed several newly plowed garden plots around the county, so I know I’m not alone in ratcheting up our outdoor activity level.

    While I was out playing, I noticed numerous times when a teeny, tiny little tick was crawling on my hands. These things are smaller than a pin head and they can crawl into lots of places. You don’t even feel them crawling on you because they are so light.