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  • Planning, tips can take stress out of holidays

    Wow, can it really be that we are here, now, facing the holidays? If you are like me, you are totally excited.

    I love the holiday season and all its grandeur. The thought of spending time with loved ones, eating delicious foods to our hearts content and most of all, feeling the Christ-mas spirit, is enough to make any time special.

  • Osborne shares why Woods was most influential teacher

    Throughout my high school career, I have had many magnificent and influential adults who have had an impact on both my future and my character. But above all of my previous and current teachers, instructors and coaches, there is no question that my most influential teacher is and will always be Mrs. Rebecca Woods. 

  • Libraries foster a love for reading

    Of all the gifts that Benjamin Franklin gave us, one of the most far-reaching has to be establishing the forerunner of our country’s public libraries.

    They have been a mainstay in Kentucky almost from the beginning, when the first opened in 1795 at what is now Transylvania University in Lexington. Some historians believe it was also the first library outside of the 13 original colonies.

  • During the holidays, use caution to avoid scammers, thieves

    Christmas should always be a joyous time. Unfortunately, the acts of some tend to diminish the joy that this season brings.  

    At this time of year, some people become desperate and some just prey on the goodness and generosity of others. These people I speak of are thieves and scammers, which technically are one and the same.

    Please be extra cautious this year to not fall for scams.

    At the County Attorney’s office, we get calls every week either asking us if something is a scam or telling us they have been the victim of a scam.

  • Genelogy offers unique gift ideas

    If eating too much turkey made you sleepy and you missed your chance to gather first-hand history information for your research at Thanksgiving, don’t despair.

    Start planning now to interview family members during get-togethers at Christ-mas and New Year’s.

    Any family get-together can be an opportunity to collecting photos and stories that can help you fill out your genealogical research. After all, you want your family tree to be more than just a list of names and dates.

  • Using supplements can help with health along with exercise

    Dietary supplements aren’t something to use only when they have health issues. Most people who use them are healthy, and supplements help them stay that way.

    A common misconception about supplements is that they are weaker versions of prescription drugs that treat disease. But trying to prevent and treat serious illnesses are not the main reasons take supplements, according to the National Institute of Health.

  • Student organizations help students explore common interests

    Many students at the Carrollton Campus take advantage of the clubs and organizations that exist at Jefferson Community and Technical College. These organizations provide students the opportunity to meet others in their major or with similar interests.  

  • Tips to help families have safe, happy Thanksgiving

    As we celebrate this national holiday, I wish you and your family a blessed and safe Thanksgiving. You may be traveling miles to be with family and friends or might be staying home welcoming your family. Some of you may be spending a quiet day and for others it may be a big family gathering. On this day, we give thanks for the blessing of the harvest and for our friends and family. 

    Thanksgiving tradition 

  • 4-Hers invited to ‘ham’ it up during annual project

    One of the areas that 4-H offers to its youth is the country ham project. If 4-H members are interested in learning this process, a contract must be signed and in my hands by Dec. 8. 

    Please call the Extension office and request a contract or stop by and pick one up. The contracts also will be in each school office for the child to pick up. It is so exciting to see the young people as they learn some “back in the day” projects. Here are some facts about curing “green” hams the 4-H way.

  • A brief history of our nation’s holiday

    If Benjamin Franklin had had his way, it’s possible that the centerpiece of most Thanksgiving meals this week would not be the turkey.

    While he did not actually recommend it replace the eagle as a symbol of our nation, he did, in a letter to his daughter, believe that the turkey’s qualities were more virtuous.  He called it “a true original of America” and “a bird of courage.”