• 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.

  • We’re going green! Hello spring! I am so glad to see you! New life really is springing up everywhere and the prominent color is green. Those never ending carpets will soon bring forth more colorful flowers and food. I’m pretty fond of them both!

  • Springtails

    Springtails are tiny wingless insects that can flip into the air, giving them the appearance of tiny fleas. They would go completely unnoticed except that hundreds of them can accumulate on surfaces like a small, dusty gray carpet that moves.

  • By Ben Carlson

    Column as I see ’em …

    It would be easy to slam the state’s Board of Corrections for allowing Lawrenceburg resident Kris Mitchell to serve just two years of a 10-year sentence for a rash of burglaries, some of them involving guns, for crying out loud.

    Instead, I’ll slam the state legislature that a couple of years ago created God-awful HB 463, which basically allows crooks and schnooks a get-out-jail early card, provided their crimes are non-violent.

  • We’ve all heard the saying “when one door closes, another one opens.” Well, I’m slamming the door on winter and opening it for spring. Hallelujah! Though hiking up and down my driveway in 2 feet of snow gets me into great shape for gardening, let’s be realistic — muck boots and Carhartts are hardly business casual attire.

  • The most severe emerald ash borer (EAB) attacks in Kentucky are focused in the triangular area bounded by Louisville, Lexington and northern Kentucky.


    Kentuckians who live in counties where EAB has been detected should determine the numbers and sizes of ash trees on their properties and decide on a course of action. Managing Emerald Ash Borer: Decision Guide is a good tool to use. In general, ash trees can be saved if they are:

    Healthy and growing vigorously with 75 percent or more of their leaves.

  • To the editor:

    I would really appreciate it if you all would find a place in your paper to recognize the gentleman who scrapes our road and the other roads in our little part of the world. Jobey Harvey comes during every snow event on his own tractor to scrape our roads. When it snows, we have no doubt that this wonderful man will be coming bright and early to make way for our community to get out with ease.

  • Just like those giant icicles hanging by the roadside, our chances for another snow this season just keeps getting smaller. If we get any more, the broom, not the shovel, should be able to handle it. Winter is waning.

    The Old Farmer’s Almanac has called for April and May to be warmer and dryer than normal, summer should be hot and dry, and fall warm and wet. Seems like we always have a dry summer after an especially wet winter, so be prepared with your watering options.

  • By Ben Carlson

    Column as I see ’em …

    Here’s something I’ll bet you didn’t know.

    Were there enough interest, Lawrenceburg could have nine more bars.

    Yes, you read that correctly. Little old Lawrenceburg, which less than 10 years ago didn’t even allow liquor by the drink, has that many retail drink liquor licenses available should anyone choose to open that many places to drink it.

  • By Hal Goode

    Guest columnist

    Recently, the Kentucky House of Representatives took a big step forward in allowing local communities more control over their own growth and economic development. With overwhelming bipartisan support, the House passed LIFT, or Local Investments for Transformation.  This a bill allowing Kentuckians to decide for themselves if they want to allow local voters to invest in economic development and infrastructure projects in their communities.

  • To the editor:

    Warmongers in Congress learned nothing from the well-taught lessons of Vietnam. Remedial lessons were repeated in the Middle East, and they flunked them.

    Erase their failures to learn and ISIS would be one less problem in the world.

    Consequential samplings related to their failures include: Muammar Gaddafi, Libra, shot to death; Saddam Hussein, Iraq, death by hanging; Hosni Mubarak, Egypt, forced resignation.

  • Hello, March, I am so glad to see you.

    February is in the record books and I fervently hope those records stand for a long, long time. I want to open the door in the morning and walk outside to stand in shorts and a T-shirt.

    March is filled with ups and downs when it comes to the weather, but hopefully we’ll see the mercury rising in leaps and bounds. March begins with the Full Worm Moon Thursday and Daylight Savings time Sunday.

  • If you care for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease you may notice that they get increasingly agitated, anxious, more confused or aggressive as the sun begins to set.

    These symptoms may be associated with sundowner syndrome, which causes people to be confused at the end of the day and into the night. It is common for individuals who are sundowning to pace, wander, ignore directions and not sleep well.

  • To improve the reproductive efficiency, and thus profitability, of a beef cattle operation, you must understand proper heifer development.

    Properly managing yearling heifer reproduction is the first step toward reproductive efficiency.

    Your goal is to manage heifers so they’ll conceive early by reducing the age of puberty, shortening the time from puberty to conception and increasing fertility.

  • By Ben Carlson

    Column as I see ’em …

    With our state legislators haggling over smoking and minimum wage, the one bill I’m keeping an eye on is House Bill 1, which would allow communities to increase sales tax up to 1 percent to fund local projects.

    The upside is that doing so will first require approval of voters statewide, followed by approval of voters on any local projects. Even better is a sunset provision, which would eliminate the increase once a project is paid for.

  • My first column submission to the News this week was two words, “Told ya.”

    Knowing my readers as I do, I decided to dig a little deeper. I’d like to blame this wintery mess on all those who wished for a big one, but I can’t. Mother Nature took a look and said, “Well, they’ve had it easy, so I think I’ll give them a wake up call and play with the jet stream.” On the bright side, it will definitely kill all the bad bugs. I just hope the bees make it through it.

  • Cluster fly is a collective name given to several species that spend winter as adults in sheltered places, including inside homes and structures.

    They tend to accumulate in wall voids, attics, and rooms with southern or western exposures. One or more species in this group may be present.

    While cluster flies are an annoyance, they do not breed indoors, and they do not cause any damage. The flies will become active on warm days, crawling and flying to windows in an attempt to escape outside.

    Cluster fly species

  • A positive relationship with your teen will help you both make adjustments to this changing and trying time of life.

    Teens are supposed to grow in independence and decision making. Sometimes it’s very challenging for parents and teens to make these changes successfully. For every rebellious, patience trying teen, there is also probably another one who just doesn’t make many moves on her own.

    One is not necessarily better than the other.