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  • Socializing is important for living a healthy life

    Just as we need food and water to survive, we also need meaningful social relationships and connections. Because we are wired for social contact, going without it increases the risks to jeopardize our overall health, well-being and life quality. While it is okay to feel lonely and to be alone at times, chronic loneliness can cause serious health concerns. Researchers continue to demonstrate how important meaningful relationships with others are to our mental, emotional and physical health.

  • Spiders like the golden argiope keep other bugs away

    Spiders can have a bad reputation. They are creepy-looking with all those legs stretching out from their bodies, and honestly, what creature should have six or more eyes?

    While there are dangerous spiders out there that we should avoid at all costs (black widow and brown recluse), most spiders are very beneficial, and if they are not right in our way, we should let them be.

    One such spider that is out and about during this time of year is the golden argiope or black and yellow garden spider.

  • Full calendar this year for 4-H

    4-H has started and it’s going to be an exciting year. Please look over the schedule and call the office (502) 732-7030 and sign your child up for the activities that they would be interested in. Also, if you have livestock (goats, poultry, swine, cattle, sheep, rabbits) please attend the livestock orientation at 2 p.m. Sept. 24, at the Carroll County Cooperative Extension Office.

    Joyce Doyle is the Carroll County Extension agent for 4-H and youth development. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to JWDoyl2@email.uky.edu. 

  • Tips to optimize your stockpiled grass for cows-calves

    Feed, and specifically winter feeding, is the single highest expense in cow-calf production systems. In many cases it can make up more than 50 percent of the total cow-calf budget.

    Traditionally, hay is the main feed that is used during the winter months. Producing hay that is high enough in forage quality to meet the nutritional needs of lactating brood cows can be difficult. Feeding that hay during the cold, wet and muddy winter months can also be a challenge, especially if you work off the farm since it is dark when you leave and dark when you get home.

  • Have a safe tailgating experience

    The air is getting cooler and the leaves are changing color, signaling the beginning of fall and the start of football season in Kentucky. With football comes tailgating.

    Football fans love to gather in the stadium parking lot and set up the grill to cook and eat while discussing football strategies to win that big game.

    However, the excitement of the game is no excuse for forgetting about proper food handling procedures.

  • Some insects looking for a late season ‘sweet fix’

    Fallen, rotting fruit, along with plants infested with aphids and other sap-feeding insects, attract yellow jackets, hornets, paper wasps, bees and flies looking for a late season “sweet fix.”

    Let us look at some ways to try to reduce their numbers:

    Sanitation is an important management technique to limit the attractiveness of our homes and yards to these flying insects.

  • Teens get a taste of court life

    A 15-year-old Carroll County juvenile was sentenced Aug. 30, for underage drinking. But this was a unique situation. This was a mock trial for the newly created Carroll County Teen Court, where teens served as the prosecution, defense, jury and bailiff in a case before District Court Judge Elizabeth Chandler.

    While this may have been for practice, it was the last that would be pretend, as the Teen Court will begin hearing real cases in September.

  • Teens get a taste of court life

    A 15-year-old Carroll County juvenile was sentenced Aug. 30, for underage drinking. But this was a unique situation. This was a mock trial for the newly created Carroll County Teen Court, where teens served as the prosecution, defense, jury and bailiff in a case before District Court Judge Elizabeth Chandler.

    While this may have been for practice, it was the last that would be pretend, as the Teen Court will begin hearing real cases in September.

  • Carroll 4-Hers win at state fair

    The Kentucky State Fair has ended, and Carroll County 4-H was in the spotlight.

  • Tips on how to make your own salsa

    Tomatoes are now in season, and soon you might have more on your hands than you know what to do with. A great way to use excess tomatoes, peppers, onions and other ingredients is by making salsa you can enjoy fresh now, or preserve for use throughout the year.

    To safely can salsa at home, you have to use proper food preservation techniques. If preserved incorrectly, the salsa could not only taste bad but also result in botulism, a deadly food-borne illness caused by toxins produced by bacteria in the canned food.