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Columns and Editorials

  • Relishing the pleasure of snow

    I am one happy camper this week; we have snow! I am one of those people who love the snow. Do I sound like an overgrown kid? That’s probably because I revert to being a child again when it snows.    

    The rest of the adult world may see snow as being problematic, but I see it through a child’s eyes, and I light up brighter than a Christmas tree when I see the white fluffy stuff falling from the sky.

    Nature’s white blanket has always delighted me. As a child, snow meant we might have a day off from school.

  • The Bible: Breath of life or smothering weight?

    After all these years, the Bible remains a best-selling book.  For many, it is a source of life and inspiration.  For some, it is a window through which the revelation of God shines. For others, it can be a smothering weight.

    I can’t remember a time when I did not read the Bible.  I still have my first Bible, which I received as a Christmas present when I was 5 years old. My name is written on the presentation page, in pencil, in my father’s handwriting.  It is the only example I have of his handwriting.  I cherish that Bible.  

  • Understanding 'Couponese' – the language of couponing

    If you’ve ever overheard couponers conversing about their deals, it’s likely to have gone something like this:
    “So, I went to WM, Pm’d BL’s ad on the games, used two IP’s on them, used two IP’s on the razors which was a MM, used an IP on the wipes and the butter, used Cats from Wags and Kroger on the tweezers and floss, more MM’s and got it all for $2.85.”

  • Beginning Farmer Academy gets under way Jan. 20

    The Beginning Farmer Class will get under way Jan. 20, with plans for weekly sessions each Friday through February and into March, with further sessions later in the year. Most sessions will be 9 a.m. through lunch, rotating between Henry, Shelby and Oldham County Extension Offices.  The first two sessions will be held at the Shelby County Extension Office.

  • Sewing teaches practical skills

    Sewing is a skill that complements the total development of the individual. It teaches concrete, measurable skills and provides an incremental learning curve, in which each success allows for the next project to be attempted. The new sewing project year will begin meeting two days a week. 

    The first year participants will meet on Mondays from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Henry County Extension office on Jan. 23. Those that have sewn in the past will begin on Thursdays starting Jan. 19.

  • Preventing teen suicide

    According to a report released by the Surgeon General two years ago a young person commits suicide every two hours in our country.  In fact suicide now claims the lives of more adolescents than any disease or natural cause.

    It should also be noted that adolescents commit suicide at a higher rate than that of any other age group.  What is even more alarming is there are even more suicidal attempts and gestures than there are actual completed suicides.

  • General Assembly has a lot to consider

    Early this week, the General Assembly returned to the Capitol to begin another legislative session, which in even-numbered years lasts for 60 days and runs through mid-April.  

    Gov. Beshear will help set the stage when he gives his State of the Commonwealth address this week and, later this month, presents his two-year budget proposal. Redistricting, something done each decade to align the state’s legislative and Kentucky Supreme Court boundaries to changes in population, will also be a major issue in the session’s opening days.

  • Find the system that works for you

    Now that you know where to find coupons, you need to have a system so you can keep them organized. Here are three tried and true systems and I will list the pros and cons of each. I have tried all of them. There is a right or wrong way to do it. I actually incorporate all three.

  • Count the benefits of buying local

    When shopping runs you ragged, and you think there is no end to the trips to the Big City,” stop and think about the fact that Henry County has many good businesses that may offer just what you need without the hassle. 

    While we all realize we need more businesses to offer the items you cannot purchase here, we should remember to help our current businesses stay in the community.

    Why shop Henry County? Let us count the ways…

  • U.S. Senate urged to get the job done

    With the holidays right around the corner, struggling families and American workers face uncertain budgets in the New Year because the payroll tax holiday and unemployment insurance benefits are set to expire at the end of this month.

    As President Obama said and Speaker John Boehner has echoed, Congress should not adjourn for the holidays until it finishes the pending work on these items.