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Columns and Editorials

  • March weather is poor indicator of late freeze

    With all of the warm weather there have been questions about whether there is any correlation between that warm weather and the last spring freeze event. The quick answer is No.

  • Spring great time to 'clean up' financial records

    With what appears to be an early spring, many people may have already started spring cleaning. As you prepare your house by dusting and cleaning, remember that spring cleaning should not be limited to only the physical space of your house.

    Take time to “clean” up financial records.

    Sort through financial paperwork, identify old statements that can be shredded or thrown away. It is always a good idea to shred any paperwork that contains personal information, especially bank account, credit card or other financial information.

  • Know the signs of COPD

    You may not know the scientific definition of COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, but we all know what it looks like.

    The hacking cough, pursed-lip breathing, and portable oxygen tanks are an all-too-familiar scene at any local store.  COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States.  COPD is a general name for progressive lung diseases that make it hard to breathe.  There are two main causes.

  • Returning to the place of my dreams

    When I was young, I felt like a captive locomotive. Time didn’t move fast enough for me. I couldn’t satiate my young appetite for the world that waited beyond my rural landscape. Part of my childhood was spent here in Henry County.

    My father and my two sisters lived in Lockport. We had chickens, two turkeys — Tom and Jezebel — and enough farmland for my stepbrother and I to have the idyllic adventures typical of rural America boys. We didn’t have running water or cable television, but we didn’t need them.

  • Protecting yourself from scam artists

    While we were lucky this time, many Kentuckians have lost a lot as a result of the March 2 tornadoes. As those hit the hardest begin to piece together their lives and rebuild, they should be on the lookout for those who may want to prey on their misfortune. Many times, after an area has been hit by a natural disaster, it will see an influx of scam artists and fly-by-night contractors, so take heed and keep these pointers in mind in case we are ever hit again.

  • A Capitol experience for Henry County 4-H

    A delegation of 24 4-H’ers and seven adults made their way to Frankfort last Tuesday to see our government in action. The day began with a general assembly of 4-H’ers from across the Commonwealth held in the Capitol Rotunda. Several legislators addressed the group and brought greetings. 

    The Henry County group attended several committee meetings where bills were reviewed and voted on by committee members. One of particular interest was on banning public smoking in restaurants across the state. 

  • Neighbors: What makes 'em good?

    Neighbors! We all have them. Whether five miles away or 20 feet away, we are all connected to our neighbors in some way. Neighbors, like friends and family, are part of our daily lives. There isn’t any escaping them. They are always there, close by.

    So why am I writing about neighbors? Am I bragging or complaining?  I would like to be modest and say neither, but that wouldn’t be exactly true. Being honest with myself, I would say I am in a state of amazement when it comes to my neighbors, both past and present.

  • Be safe: Adults should buckle up; children should use booster seats

    Sometimes we look back and think that it’s a wonder we all survived our childhood in one piece. 

    Growing up on a farm, I remember doing things like riding with my dad on a tractor that had no cab or seat belts.

    We didn’t tell my mom that sometimes he would even let us ride in the bed of his pick up truck. As a kid this seemed like great fun, but now that I am older I realize why we didn’t volunteer this information to mom. 

  • Answer to coupon fraud is simple: Don't do it

    I hope that among your resolutions, saving money was included, and I hope my columns have given you a good idea how to start working toward that goal.

  • Flex your foot muscles

    After seeing many people wearing the new “minimalist” shoes that look like gloves for the feet, and hearing how much people loved their new-found foot freedom, this author decided to try a pair.

    It didn’t hurt that she found them on deep discount at her favorite after-Christmas store.