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Today's Opinions

  • Now is time to prepare for winter

    Well, the rains have stopped. At least for several days. Just in time for cool nights and open windows. Now, if I can just get my carburetor adjusted on the tractor, I’ll only be in slightly high clover.

    Only two more Saturdays left at the produce stand and all I can think about is summer coming to a close. Soon, the weather won’t be nearly as favorable for outdoor chores. Now is the time to start preparing for that “opposite” season. I don’t even like to use the word.

  • Learning to live with bumble bees

    Bumble bees are social insects that nest in protected places: belowground in abandoned burrows of small mammals, in birdhouses, stuffing in abandoned furniture, or under piles of grass or rags in sheds or barns.

    They visit flowers to collect pollen to feed their larvae and nectar that provides them with energy.

    Do not disturb

  • Searching for great deals? Look no further than your phone

    Hello, everyone. I know it’s been a little while, but life has a way of throwing curveballs. So I am back at it and saving even more money.

    Did you know there are several different apps you can download and save more money? I know a lot of you are reading this from your phone, so why not just download some apps and save some more money?

  • Letters to the Editor

    To the editor:

    The Anderson County Family Resource and Youth Service Centers would like to thank all the community partners, school staff and

    volunteers for their continued support of the Anderson County Family Fun Fest.

    This year proved to be another success. We handed out close to 1,000 backpacks and supplies to local students in grades preschool through 12th grade.

    We also had more than 60 vendors who participated by distributing information about local businesses, agencies, and activities.

  • Don’t let garden woes bum you out

    When is the last time you heard someone utter the phrase, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again?”

    Think about it. It’s just not that popular anymore. I recently read an article about the lack of problem solving skills taught in education today. I didn’t agree with all of it, but it did get my wheels turning.

    Those of us with five or six decades under our belt did have more opportunity to problem solve. We were allowed to fail, over and over again.

  • Here’s what happens if you don’t or can’t pay your property taxes

    As property owners, we all dread the October mailing of tax bills.

    All 2015 delinquent tax bills were sold to third party purchasers Aug. 11. Together, the sheriff’s office and the county clerk’s office collected over 99.99 percent of the total bills mailed last October.

    Now the 2016 process begins. Over the past several years, our office has received questions regarding the process that goes into the assessment, calculation and collection of these bills. I thought this would good time to address this very issue.

  • Horse, deer flies make life miserable for humans and cows

    Female horse flies and deer flies slash skin with blade-like mouthparts to create small pools of blood from which they feed.

    Both groups of these closely related flies can be serious pests of cattle, horses and humans. Horse flies range in size from 3/4 to 1 1/4 inches long.  They usually have clear or solidly colored wings and brightly colored eyes. Deer flies, which are more likely to bite humans, are smaller with dark bands across the wings and colored eyes similar to those of horse flies.

  • Anderson County’s worst-kept secret

    Column as I see ’em …

    Spoiler alert! If you want to be surprised Aug. 16 by who Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton names to replace retiring Sheriff Troy Young, don’t read this column.

    Well, you were warned.

    The obvious answer to what is probably Lawrenceburg’s worse-kept secret is Chief Deputy Joe Milam, a man perfectly suited to be the next sheriff.

    No, Gritton hasn’t tipped me off on his choice, but it’s obvious and one that is a no-brainer to make.