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Columns

  • Wood is an abundant resource in Kentucky

    It may be cliché, but for much of Kentucky’s history, it was fair to say most citizens literally couldn’t see the forest for the trees.    

    The state’s first forester, for example, wrote a century ago that most people “wondered why anyone should be concerned about the forests.” It was considered such a never-ending resource back then that even massive wildfires – which burned a half-million acres alone in 1880 – could not sway public opinion.  

  • 100-degree temps cause blossom end rot in veggies

    Congratulations go out to Bill Bockelman, who won the Carroll County 4-H Shooting Sports raffle for a Henry Golden Boy Lever Action .22 LR.

    Thank you to all who entered the raffle, which helps to support this 4-H program. 

    Also, thank you to Glauber’s Sports for their cooperation.

    Blossom End Rot

    Normally, a hot, dry year would favor vegetable production as long as growers have adequate irrigation.

  • Congress must continue to invest in conservation

    By DAVID ROWLETT

     

    This summer, Kentucky has been hit hard by a severe drought, which will have a serious impact on crop production across the state.

    Carroll County is now included in the Level 1 drought declaration as of last week.

    It is estimated that corn is nearing a 50-60 percent loss in our area, while soybeans and pastureland are estimated at a 30-40 percent loss.

  • Indicators show that postsecondary reform is working

    It has been a little more than 15 years since the General Assembly revamped Kentucky’s postsecondary education system and set a series of far-reaching goals to reach by the year 2020.   

    If that seemed a long time down the road in 1997, it doesn’t seem too far now.

    The good news: In many ways, we are well within reach of what we had hoped to achieve. We got the latest update last month when the Council on Postsecondary Education presented a comprehensive snapshot of our progress in recent years.

  • ‘Back to school’ shopping far different from the past

    I was in Staples the other day with a friend and was awed by the size and variety of displays for “Back to School” supplies. I think the one that totally blew me away was the one labeled “Locker Accessories.” Accessories for the locker?

  • Library thanks United Charities

  • Budget cuts hollowing out court system

    As chief justice, I find it disheartening that I can no longer assure you that the courts in Kentucky will be open when you need them. For the first time in modern history, we will have to close every courthouse in the state to balance the Judicial Branch budget. For three days in 2012, we must furlough all court personnel and close all courthouse doors because the General Assembly has not allotted enough money to fund court operations at current levels.

  • Liven up a summer party with Bloody Mary tomatoes

     I spent several hours with my Club Sisters this past weekend discussing a menu we were going to prepare together.  Of course, we got off on our many tangents, because that is what talking about food does for anyone.  It started with us reminiscing about foods we had had throughout the years and oh how good they were.

  • Photos still needed to complete photo book on Carroll County

    With my final deadline now just a couple of weeks away, time is running out and I am now to a point where I’m looking only for specific photos to make this Carroll County book project complete.

    I have already scanned hundreds of wonderful photos, and now I have to go through and determine which ones will “make the cut.” Thank you to everyone who has donated these images.

  • Colorado shootings causes heartache

     Everything I begin to write tonight feels wrong. I want to write about the ache in my heart for those families touched by the events early Friday morning in Aurora, Colo. Words seem banal, not enough as I type, delete and type again.