• Column as I see ’em …

    When I got word late last week that 18 Kentucky counties were among 141 nationally with more registered voters than those eligible to vote, the last name I expected to find on that list was Anderson County.

    That it’s there is sort of like finding a rosebush in a weed bed, considering that the others on the list (Mercer County aside) are largely very rural, very poor locations where shenanigans such as voter fraud seems more likely, stereotypically, at least.

  • I can’t think of anything that has conflicted me more of late than the case of Kim Davis.

    You know the saga of the Rowan County Clerk’s refusal to issue marriage licenses to gay couples even after the Supreme Court’s decision.

    After a stay allowing her to continue not issuing those licenses expired last Monday, Davis still refused to do so based on her religious convictions.

  • Column as I see ’em …

    I jumped at the chance to take photos of (alleged) guilty truckers getting speeding tickets while they barreled through the treacherous stretch of Highway 151 in Alton.

    Det. Sgt. Bryan Taylor of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office called and asked me to join him for a couple of hours of speed monitoring, saying it would help me “gain some perspective” following my column last week that hit the state DOT fairly hard for not shutting down that road to large trucks.

  • I am loving the evenings. Watching the sun set is one of my all-time favorite things to do and lately we had some spectacular ones.

    Not only is the weather delightful, the evening concerts are, too. Mother Nature provides it all for free.

  • Teens are more adversely affected by sleep issues and missed sleep than younger children.

    Habits that may interfere with getting enough sleep include: staying up late chatting with friends, watching TV, playing video games, or staying up late to study or finish homework.

    For teens it may seem like a waste of time when you’ve got so much going on. But sleep can help you do better in school, stress less, and generally be more pleasant to have around.

    Sound good?

  • Flea problems tend to peak at the end of summer.

    Dealing with an infestation requires a significant amount of time, patience, and effort, as well as an approach that includes consideration of both the pet and its environment.

    Only an estimated 5 percent of the fleas in an infestation on animals are adults. About 50 percent are in the egg stage, 35 percent are larvae and about 10 percent are pupae.

  • On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it had voted 5-4 in favor of same-sex marriage.

    This meant that all states are to recognize same-sex marriages from other states, as well requiring all states to allow this union.

    That same day, Gov. Steve Beshear’s office issued a directive to all 120 county clerk’s offices to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples immediately.

  • Column as I see ’em …

    It’s not a good year to be a non-profit agency in Anderson County, at least for those who look to the fiscal court for funding.

    For those dreaming of swimming pools and attracting tourists, it’s not nearly as bad.

    In the 2015-16 budget unanimously approved last Tuesday morning, non-profits took a significant hit to the tune of $22,000 less than they received in the budget about to expire at the end of this month.

  • By Ben Carlson

    Column as I see ’em …

    When you’ve dug yourself a hole, stop digging.

    That old axiom is undoubtedly one that Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton heard during his years in private business, and one he certainly has put into action in regard to the county’s unsustainable recycling program.

    Gritton vowed several months ago to reign in what he estimates are losses totaling $175,000 a year in the ill-conceived recycling program that has cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.

  • By Ben Carlson, Publisher

    America and all that she stands for was on full display last Wednesday afternoon at Emma B. Ward Elementary School.

    For a moment, we watched through tear-blurred eyes the abject joy of a young boy reunited with his father, a soldier who sacrificed a year away from his wife and children so that we, you and I, can live in relative peace and security.

  • The North Star quilt block on the barn at the Anderson County Park is a beautiful addition to the park. Two community partners assisted with block finishing and hanging.

  • Hooray it’s May. Let the beautiful planting season begin. I’m willing to bet my truck that everyone with a garden patch was out working it last weekend. I can almost hear a collective “ahh” as people dabble in the dirt planting food and flowers. Whether it’s the instant gratification we get when planting beautiful flowers or the more patience inducing seed plantings, there is just something uplifting about gardening.

  • Hopefully, the wet weather we have been experiencing will abate soon and allow vegetable growers to work their soil and move transplants to fields.

    Early-season insect problems on vegetables are very different than those later in the summer. Early season pests often impact the health and vigor of the plant rather than feeding on the portion of the plant we intend to market.

  • By Ben Carlson, Publisher/Editor

    Column as I see ’em …

    Forgive me if I sound a bit frustrated this week.

    It seems that every time opportunity knocks in Anderson County, we aren’t able to respond in the ways our neighbors can.

    I spent a good deal of time during the past week asking questions about chicken swaps, truck and tractor pulls and swimming pools, only to walk away from every conversation shaking my head.

  • By Ben Carlson

    Column as I see ’em …

    I’ve heard several rumors lately about what might be coming to the land purchased several months ago by the joint economic development authority just south of the Bluegrass Parkway. I can neither confirm nor deny any of them, but have my doubts anything will be locating there anytime soon.

    The problem is natural gas. That location doesn’t have it and getting it there will require someone to spend millions to do so.

  • Anderson County as well as surrounding counties have experienced flooding. Recovery after the flooding presents many challenges.

    Read about salvaging large appliances and carpeting and other flooring. The bad news is that frequently neither large appliances nor flooring can be saved.

    It’s hard to say whether it’s harder to clean up after a flood or a fire. I personally think it’s more of a challenge after a flood.

    Large electrical appliances

  • By now you know what Andrew Harrison supposedly said.

    If you don’t know what the University of Kentucky basketball player uttered Saturday after the Wildcats were ousted from the NCAA Tournament, you obviously haven’t been paying attention.

    In case you really did miss it, here is a little refresher.

  • By Ben Carlson, Publisher

    It doesn’t matter which side you’re on when it comes to the disappointing decision of the Kentucky Court of Appeals regarding a lawsuit filed against our library and others in Northern Kentucky.

    The bottom line is that with its decision in favor of the libraries, the Court of Appeals is allowing an unelected and wholly unaccountable body to set tax rates and spend other people’s money.

    It’s called taxation without representation and, like the old TV cartoon said, that’s not fair.

  • Column as I see ’em …

    Well, folks, it’s official. As of a week or so ago, the county government – and by extension, you – is now $400,000 deeper in debt after the fiscal court voted unanimously to borrow that much money to balance its next budget.

    If you follow along you already know the reason why: the recycling program that costs a fortune and brings in almost no revenue.

  • I will never be one complain that Anderson County Schools should be in session on a winter day when my street is clear.

    While my home is now only a good snowball throw from the Lawrenceburg city limits, I lived well out in Anderson County for most of my life, including 15 years on a one-lane road. I have a pretty good idea of why schools are often dismissed when my friends who live in or close to town are wondering why.