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Columns

  • Take gardening inspiration from arboretums, garden shows

    Necessity is the mother of invention. Plato usually gets the credit for this quote, though no one really knows for sure. We all come up with brilliant ideas, eventually. Just look at Pinterest.

    I think environment also plays a key role. Our surroundings set the scene and our imagination takes off. When I see a pile of “junk,” I wonder what I could do with it.

    I think we should take this same approach to our landscape. Walk by the front of your house with a visitor’s eyes.

  • Who are you in Christ?
  • State of my marriage address

    Note: On May 3, my husband and I will be married 41 years. I’ve adapted this column from 2009.

    While out for our semi-regular Sunday drive, as I flipped through the radio stations I asked my husband what kind of music he liked.

    That’s the kind of questions you ask on a first date, not after 41 years of marriage!

    I’m not sure what that says about the state of our marriage. You don’t even know what kind of music your husband likes?

  • Narcan, jail costs are budget busters

    Column as I see ’em …

    As folks fret and debate over installing a needle exchange at the health department (at taxpayer expense, of course), taxpayers might also want to consider the other costs associated with what is quickly becoming a hard-drug epidemic here in Lawrenceburg.

    In March, the county’s jail bill to house inmates in Shelby County was right around $70,000.

    That’s just for one month and heady stuff compared to what the county was spending even a year ago.

  • May means it’s time to hit the garden

    Yay, it’s May, let the hardening off begin!

    All my seeds have sprouted and grown and now await the process of hardening off.

    This just amounts to me carrying trays in and out, every day, for a few hours to get used to the outside world. They go from climate controlled, to anything goes, in a matter of a week.

  • The good and bad about carpenter bees

    Male and female carpenter bees are becoming active after spending winter in last year’s tunnels. These large yellow and black bees have shiny, bare abdomens in contrast to the hairy ones of bumblebees.

  • Complaint puts DOT in tough spot

    Column as I see ’em …

    Transportation officials are going to have a mighty hard time explaining to a judge why they’ve continued to allow heavy trucks to travel Highway 151, given what we’ve learned over the past couple of weeks. (See story, A1.)

  • Options exist for battling drug addiction

    Unfortunately, drug addiction and the consequences to individuals and their families have been in the forefront of our community news lately.

    My heart aches for those who are dealing with these issues. In the course of my duties as county attorney, I have opportunities to discuss these issues with families multiple times in a week and am able to share options with them in their attempt to help. My guess is that there are many families my office does not have the opportunity to talk with who could benefit from the knowledge that there are options.

  • ‘Harden off’ plants before transplanting

    I can’t believe how quickly April has passed. Didn’t it just start? With 80-degree temperatures popping up, our mind goes in to summer mode and our flip flop/sandal brigade begins.

    There are two warning points that I want to make here. It is not summer yet and chiggers and ticks are out in force.

  • A deal that would make Trump smile

    Column as I see ’em …

    I sure am glad to report that the industrial park on U.S. 127 appears to be finally getting some action.

    When the Economic Development Authority bought that lot, I wrote at the time that I’d be shocked if it didn’t already have a potential business in mind that would be moved in within months.

    I sure was wrong about that because it has taken closer to a year and half.