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Columns

  • Despite garden woes, garden still woos him

    I’ve got a garden blanket to put over the frame for your lettuce bed, whenever you’re ready to plant a fall garden,” my friend mentioned to me on the way out of church.

    I mentally surveyed the condition of my garden.

  • BBB: Paperless receipts may compromise your data

    Have you ever opted for a paperless e-receipt? Some retailers and banks have started offering customers the option of receiving receipts from purchases and ATM transactions via email.

    While this is a convenient and eco-friendly alternative to paper clutter, the Better Business Bureau is reminding shoppers to protect their identity in the process.

  • Matters of faith should not get tax incentives

    Sometimes seemingly small matters turn out to have bigger implications than you originally thought.

  • Don't slip up and miss these fall prevention tips

    Taking a fall can be scary at any age, but for senior adults, a fall can lead to serious and sometimes devastating consequences.

    Falls are the leading cause of death from unintentional injuries among older adults and the leading cause of traumatic brain injury among Kentucky residents age 65 and older.

  • BBB: Research locksmiths before you need one

    In the state of Kentucky, there are no required license or background checks for people who want to become locksmiths. Absolutely anyone can take an online or mail-order course and set up a locksmith business.

    The Better Business Bureau has these tips to protect yourself from not-so-trustworthy locksmiths who can take advantage of you when you’re locked out.

  • Are your credit cards ready for vacation?

    f your summer plans include traveling out of state or overseas, avoid stress and money problems by preparing ahead of time.

    In an effort to reduce credit card fraud, many companies will lock an account if it’s being used in an unfamiliar spending pattern. This includes being used in a different state or country and charges that are not the normal spending amount.

  • Check scam targets direct-sales agents

    Representatives for direct sales companies such as Avon, Mary Kay and Thirty-One Gifts are being targeted in a fake check scam. Scammers pose as new customers and try to con consultants out of hundreds of dollars.

    If typically begins when a consultant for a direct sales company receives an email or text message from what appears to be a potential customer.

  • Visit to Israel clarifies 'promise' in Kentucky

    Over the last couple of weeks, I had the opportunity to visit a region of the world that is a constant source of international news. In my spare time, I volunteer with Lamb & Lion Ministries. I speak as needed and am the designated leader for Pilgrimage trips to Israel. During our visit, the Middle East was once again in the headlines.

  • Some scams appear at your front door

    In the summer months, scammers take advantage of the good weather to stalk neighborhoods. Going door-to-door with different scams to steal personal information and money.

    Some sales people may be trustworthy, working for legitimate companies or are “one-man-bands” selling their services for honest summer maintenance work. But there also are scammers out there “posing” as honest sales people.

  • CASA issues appeal for folks who care about kids

    By Sylvia Griendling

    Court Appointed Special Advocates for children, CASA of the Heartland, recruits, trains and supports community volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children in Hardin County Family Court.

    The pre-service training is extensive and all encompassing — 30 hours of classroom and 10 hours of court observation. The next training class is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. weekdays July 14-25.