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Columns

  • Zika virus remains a national health concern

    Yard signs advertising mosquito control are about as common as shaved iced shacks around Kentucky this summer. And if you’ve been watching the news over the past year, I’m sure you’ve guessed why.

  • Tips on gardening, weed control

    Home gardeners look forward to that first ripe tomato or ear of corn they pick from their carefully tended gardens, but after some vigorous gardening on a hot, humid day, you may wonder if it is all worth it.  Of course it is!

    Weeds compete with crops for water, nutrients and sunlight.  Some weeds, like quackgrass, can chemically inhibit vegetable plant growth. Others host insect pests and disease pathogens.  All of these result in fewer fresh vegetables for your table.  Let us consider some approaches to tackling weeds in our gardens.

  • Appreciation: A lost art

    I’m a man, a father and a husband. I’m also a boss and a judge. I also believe in magic.

    I got married in 1981 to my wife. We have two children. The children are older now but when they were younger they were involved in many things; sports, activities and school, just to name a few. At the same time they were well fed, wore clean clothes and always cared for when they became ill. My children are respectful, mannerly and great people.

  • Area counties celebrate Fourth of July

    When our forefathers put their signatures to paper to declare our independence as a nation 241 years ago on July 4, 1776, there was no doubt it was a time to celebrate.

    Public readings of the freshly-written Declaration of Independence were held in Philadelphia’s Independence Square amid bells ringing and bands playing. Bonfires and fireworks were added to the celebration the next year and then the tradition spread, with towns large and small joining in the merriment.

  • Getting the thrill of grilling

    With the Fourth of July this coming week, there will be many people outdoors grilling hamburgers, barbecued chicken or vegetables throughout the neighborhood, reminding us of the thrill of grilling out. Just about any food that can be broiled or roasted can be cooked on a grill.

  • How to safely dispose of needles, syringes

    Summer is here! That means kids playing in parks, barefoot play, outdoor cleaning and river sweeps are here too. You’ve been asking: What do I do if I find a needle? How do I dispose of it? We have your answers and tips to doing so.

    According to the Department of Health, Australian Government the recommended way to dispose of a discarded needle and syringe varies between cities and states.

  • Stay cool by fixing salads, grilling/cooking outdoors

    Hello once again, my friends. As I write this article there is only one thing I can say. It’s hot! It’s summer time, of course, so I guess it should be, but it always surprises me at how quickly I am ready for the dog days of summer to be over even when they are just first starting.

    That leads me right in to this month’s cooking thoughts. When it’s boiling hot outside, it’s time to pull out all the stops to make food preparation easier.

  • Holding public records hostage

    By AMYE BENSENHAVER

    Bluegrass Institute Center for Open Government

    While employed as an instructor at the University of Kentucky’s School of Journalism, former hostage Terry Anderson recounted his five-year battle with federal agencies to obtain copies of public records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) relating to the government’s efforts to secure his release from Hezbollah kidnappers during his nearly seven-year captivity.

  • Flag Day deserves to be recognized

    Flag Day commemorates the official adoption of the Stars and Stripes as our national symbol, an action taken by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777.

    Usually this isn’t much of a holiday. Stores are busy, federal and state offices are open, and the US Postal Service runs the mail. Come June 14 each year, the vast majority of Americans probably have no idea that a holiday is being observed.

    I believe Flag Day deserves better. So let’s pause for just a minute to reflect on why.

  • Social media posts can have real life repercussions

    Technology has become one of those buzzwords that can mean a lot of different things or nothing really at all. It is interesting that we have such words in our language. I love it when someone answers a question with a very lengthy, high in vocabulary sentence, but when you break it down they really did not say much at all. I think technology has fallen into that category.