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  • Use holiday to move toward financial independence

    Tomorrow is the Fourth of July — Independence Day — a time for our country to celebrate our independence. Many people will celebrate Independence Day with family picnics and gatherings, mini-vacations and fireworks. 

    This year, use the Fourth of July celebration to motivate yourself to take steps to become financially independent by next year.

    Imagine how much more enjoyable summertime fun could be if you have financial freedom.  Start by setting a financial independence goal. 

  • Prevention can help avoid rashes, itching from chiggers

    Summer is officially here, and with it comes some pesky bugs that like to make us itch. For this week’s column, we are going to take a closer look at one of these insects that can really make us itch: chiggers.

    Chiggers are actually the immature stage of certain mite species, and are found most often in overgrown bushy areas. They also congregate in shady, humid areas near stream banks, under or around shade trees or in berry thickets.

  • Several win department, champion awards at fair

    The 2014 Carroll County Fair is over and several people went home with special honors. We know that a lot of hard work was involved and we appreciate this.

    Carroll County Fair department plaques are awarded to the person receiving the highest total number of points in each open class department. Congratulations to the following individuals for department awards this year: art, Jessica Foster; crafts, Rileigh Darnold; culinary, Eva Ingram; floral, Juanita Chilton; food preservation, Mandy Parker; horticulture, Kevin Bartram, photo, Jim Fothergill; and textiles, Kim Bowen.

  • Volunteers made 4-H/Open Livestock shows work

    Another successful 4-H/Open Livestock Show at the Carroll County Fair is officially in the books.

    This year’s shows included poultry, rabbit, sheep, swine, goat, beef and horse.  Joyce Doyle and I could not have had such great results from the livestock shows if it was not for the amazing volunteers who helped us — Jim and Sharon Graves, and Vince Sanchez.

  • Proper storage, handling key to safe home canning

    As we begin the annual canning season, many questions arise regarding home canned products. Here are a few common questions from readers and answers giving accurate information.

    • How long will canned food keep? If properly sealed and stored in a cool, dry place, home canned food should keep for up to two years. However, for best quality, use within a year. Canned food stored in a warm place may lose some of its quality in a few weeks or months, depending on the temperature.  Dampness may corrode metal lids, causing leakage and spoilage of the food.

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  • Clark gives student commencement speech, Dean’s List announced

    JCTC’s commencement ceremony was Tuesday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kentucky International Convention Center. 

    About 500 students participated in the ceremony, where the college awarded a record 1,201 associate’s degrees, as well as 131 diplomas and 3,194 certificates to a total of 1,738 graduates.  Many students earned more than one credential.

    Carrollton campus student Marty Clark won the Maria B. Miller Speech award and gave the student commencement speech.

    The following excerpt came from the commencement program:

  • Newly planted trees could fall victim to sunscald

    The first day of summer is quickly approaching on June 21, and the warmer temperatures are definitely a welcomed sight from the cold winter temperatures we experienced earlier this year.

    However, with these warm temperatures, we begin to see the development of a type of injury on newly planted trees that is actually a result of the cold winter. This problem is called sunscald.

    Sunscald is not only disfiguring but often leads to a long, slow mortality spiral. It usually appears only on the south or southwest side of trunks and only on recently planted trees.

  • Champions announced for exhibits at Carroll fair

    I am pleased to announce the Grand Champion winners in open class at the 2014 Carroll County Fair.

    Winners are Rileigh Darnold of Carroll-ton, a lamp made from garden supplies, crafts; Eva Ingram of Carroll-ton, coconut chocolate Bon Bons candy, culinary; Charlotte Clayton of Carrollton, artistically canned green beans, food preservation; Patrick Parker, bunch of white onions, horticulture; Barbara Clymer of Carrollton, photo of a little princess, photography; and Kimberly Bowen, beautiful crocheted scarf, textiles.

  • Open class fair exhibits due Friday

    Tomorrow is entry day for open class exhibits in this year’s Carroll County Fair. I hope that a lot of you will bring in exhibits so we can really showcase the great talents of all our Carroll County residents.