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Columns

  • Springtime is perfect for salads, tasty desserts

    In the world of a cook, each season brings a new and exciting menu full of fresh ideas to bring to the table. When I think of fall, I think of hearty soups and seasonal desserts full of aroma and spice. Christmas is all about indulging in rich delicacies such as aged cheeses and meats, and nostalgic meals that make us all warm inside. Spring time, for me, means salads of all kinds.
    Colorful pasta salads, bright green bean salads, tart and sweet fruit salads, and light and tasty desserts, all so beautiful and each with the hint of color that springtime brings.

  • Take another look at God’s ‘Amazing Grace’

    “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.”
    Most of us would be familiar with the words of that well-known song, and I find the combination of those words to be very comforting.
    But what really is grace in the life a believer? Many books have been written on the subject. I was much surprised to find in the “Webster Student Dictionary” as one of many definitions; “A power coming from God that enables one to achieve such a state.

  • Running low on empathy for addicts

    Column as I see ’em …
    Drug addiction is a disease, they say. It’s an illness, they say.
    Drug addiction is the fault of society, poor parenting, bullying, low self-esteem and a panoply of other excuses, each of which disabuse addicts of whatever personal responsibility they might be assigned for sticking needles in their arms or crack pipes in their often toothless mouths.

  • Want to help children? Support CASA

    Every child needs a safe, supportive, nurturing family in order to grow and develop into a productive and nurturing adult. But regrettably, not all children are so lucky. That is where the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program comes in. Our programs save children’s lives, and by doing so, they also save Kentuckians’ money (more about that in a minute).

  • Rejoice because spring has nearly sprung

    Come on sunshine!
    I get so much more accomplished when the sun is shining, both inside and outside. I don’t know quite what it is, but the sun seems to motivate me. Maybe there is some secret energy booster in vitamin D. My body likes to do the opposite of what the warning labels say. If it may cause drowsiness, it hypes me up. You should have seen me the first time I took Nyquil.

  • Learn to protect trees from emerald ash borer

    Kentuckians living in counties where emerald ash borer has been detected should determine the numbers and sizes of ash trees on their properties and decide which trees, if any, should be protected.
    Managing Emerald Ash Borer: Decision Guide is a good tool to use in the evaluation process.
    Emerald Ash Borers were first detected in Anderson County in 2012.

    Management

  • Freezer meals: Prepare ahead, pop in oven, enjoy

    Freezer meals are very popular these days, and we all know why.
    It seems like we are just too busy to prepare a big meal during the week and it’s so nice to have something ready in the freezer to just pop in the oven and enjoy.
    This weekend, I wanted to make a big breakfast, but my daughter had an early basketball game so I didn’t have time to make what I wanted. Thats when I realized, freezer meals shouldn’t just be for dinner, they can be for breakfast, too!

  • God provides answer on being born again

    You must be born again, but what does that mean?
    I have to admit that I struggled greatly here to try to understand this and how to apply it to my life.

  • Jobs seem to land everywhere but here

    Column as I see ’em …
    What does Woodford County have that we don’t have?
    No, I’m not talking about an aquatic center. I’m talking about the ability to attract high-paying industrial jobs at a fairly brisk pace.
    I cringed at the recent news that Versailles will gain 300 new jobs that average $22 an hour when it landed a cookie and cracker company that will sink $57 million into a factory on a 100-acre tract of land on Big Sink Pike.

  • Bill showing legislators’ retirement perks stalls in House

    This week in Frankfort, your elected House Republicans worked hard to promote something we all should value, transparency in government.
    Our caucus attempted to bring the first reading on Senate Bill 45. It would require public disclosure of all retirement benefits for all current and past legislators. SB 45 passed the Senate earlier this session by a margin of 38-0, with all members voting. Unfortunately, the bill did not enjoy the same success in the House and we have not had an opportunity to have discussion on the floor.