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Columns and Editorials

  • 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.

  • Customers are the lifeblood of your business

    Customers are the lifeblood of business, whether it is retail, service or manufacturing.  There are some ideas you might consider when thinking of your business and how you and your staff relate to your customers.

    1. Learn

    Learn all you can-about individual customers, industry trends, our company’s products or services, policies, and procedures - anything that can help you identify your customers’ needs and how your business can meet them.

    2. Analyze

  • Our future under the health care law

    When the health care law was passed, the Democrats cleverly front-loaded some of the goodies, but left the most troubling mandates and requirements to be implemented at a later date.  When the Obama administration recently released its contraception mandate, we all got a glimpse of what is coming from Washington as the health care law is implemented.

  • When a receipt is more than a receipt

    File those Receipts

    When we bought our home in 1992, we installed ceiling fans in every room. I know decorators hate them, but who cares what they think? Anyway, in 2008, my Mom reached up and pulled the chain on the fan in her bedroom and kaboom! It shorted out and burst into a ball of fire.

    Thankfully, my husband was home and he was able to disconnect it and save the night without anyone getting hurt or the house burning down.

  • Confessions of a rebate addict

    Oh, how I love to get paid to shop! I adore getting checks in the mail for things I normally buy. There’s just something about it that makes me smile. I’ve gotten hundreds of dollars back from rebating in the form of checks and gift cards. Want examples? Here are a few: