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  • Uplift the mood of your home with indoor plants

    The winter months can be a dreary time, especially with the icy and rainy weather we have experienced this week. When I took down all my Christmas decorations, my house looked a little cold and empty, and it felt like the dreariness outside was beginning to creep inside.

    What can be done to lift the mood? Add some plants!

    Having plants in the home and office can help reduce stress, improve health and purify the air.

  • Saying the 4-H pledge gives children sense of belonging

    Happy New Year! As we begin a new year, I will continue to instill in the youth of Carroll County the importance of living every minute of every day following the words of the 4-H pledge.

  • Use caution with standby generators

    Standby generators provide emergency electrical power during disruptions caused by winter storms and other disasters. However, take special precautions to ensure safe, efficient operation of these generators.

    Purchase a generator that will supply more than what you need, so you do not blow a fuse or damage the equipment you plan to attach to the generator. You will find power information on the labels of appliances, lighting, and other equipment. The wattage on a light bulb indicates the amount of power it needs.

  • Learning about diabetes

    Diabetes is a condition that affects the way the body uses energy.

    More than 29 million Americans are affected by diabetes and close to one-quarter of these individuals do not know they have the disease. In Kentucky the prevalence of diabetes has increased from 6.5 percent in 2000 to more than 10.5 percent now. Diabetes may affect your quality of life. People with diabetes have a greater chance of increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, eye problems, and stroke.

  • Money wise – Start saving now

    Carroll County Lady Panthers traveled to Shelbyville, Ky. to play in the Lady Rockets Legends Holiday Tournament Dec. 20-22. Carroll won one game and lost three, placing seventh in the tournament.

    The Lady Panthers lost a close game to Grayson County, 63-56. Abby Evans led the team in scoring with 22 points. Abigail Aulbach and Andrea Searcy each added 10 points. Hannah McCarty scored nine points. Aulbach and Amelia Napier each had eight rebounds.

  • Online tool to help protect bees from pesticides

    Dr. Tammy Potter, state apiarist, at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture has developed an online tool to facilitate communication between pesticide applicators and local beekeepers. This registry system can be used when, under specific circumstances as indicated by pesticide labels, applicators must notify beekeepers 48 hours prior to certain types of applications.

  • Being there for teens proven to help in their development
  • Friendship a precious gift

    Friendship is one of the most precious gifts you can give any time of year. It’s especially important to have close friends around during holiday seasons. These times of year people often are stressed or depressed. Perhaps they’re hundreds of miles away from loved ones, or recently have lost a family member or close friend.

    Meaningful relationships are based on friendship, which thrives on kindness and respect.

  • State’s Fish and Wildlife offers recycling to aid in disposal of Christmas trees

    After the holidays, instead of throwing out your live Christmas tree, consider recycling it as a fish habitat.

    The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife has several drop-off points across the state where you can bring your tree. Fish and Wildlife will take your tree and combine it with others to create fish attractors for lakes all over the state.  These brush reefs provide nesting and rearing habitat for gamefish as well as creating homes for invertebrates and smaller fishes that provide food for larger fish.

  • Herbst shares a favorite children’s Christmas story

    “Christmas Day in the Morning” is a children’s book written by Pearl S. Buck, a Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author. Originally published in 1955, it tells the story of a treasured relationship between father and son.

    The story begins with adult son, Rob, reflecting on the Christmas when he was fifteen. Waking at four o’clock each day was the norm, as he was expected to help his father feed and milk cows. Like a typical teenager, he tended to drag his feet when his father called on him. He loved his dad, but all those chores felt like a hassle.