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Columns

  • 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.

  • Holding out hope, no matter what

    On April Fool’s morning, I found myself in a crowd of 5,000 runners, struggling up and down the hills of Old Frankfort Pike, hoping my injured leg would hold up for the 13 miles of a half marathon I wasn’t ready to run.

    The day before the race, I was listening to an interview between Michael Barbaro of the New York Times, and Mark, a retired coal miner from Harlan.

  • 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.

  • A wall of Trump’s own making

    I’ve hit a wall of my own making.

    I started jogging before Christmas, and though I could not complete even 1 mile without walking some, I decided to sign up for my first half marathon on April 1.

    With zero experience running long distances and not bothering to research training regimens, I figured three months would be plenty of time to get to 13 miles. I would work hard. I was committed. Piece of proverbial cake.

  • Live in Taylorsville? I don’t think so

    Taylorsville is a neat little community, but I sure wouldn’t want to live there.

    Here’s why: A front page story in last week’s edition of The Spencer Magnet chronicled how a teenager housesitting for friends cowered in a bathroom after hearing someone breaking into the house. The teen called 911 but, because law enforcement in Spencer County is a full-blown Dumpster fire these days, the first officers to arrive were troopers who traveled there from Anderson County.

  • Throwing some shade on safety report

    Column as I see ’em …

    While admittedly running the risk of sounding like President Trump poo-pooing intelligence reports from the nation’s spooks, I nevertheless have to throw some shade on the Transportation Cabinet’s safety study on Highway 151.