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Columns

  • Counting on crop insurance

    The drought of 2012 couldn’t have come at a worse time. Sure, no one wants to experience a drought, but this drought hit with near record-low carryover stocks for grains, already the smallest cattle supply since the 1950s, and an extremely high number of corn acres planted across the country. So what will save the grain sector of the agriculture industry from complete failure this year? Crop insurance.

  • The unanswered question in Aurora's theater No. 9

    Why?

    It’s the first question I asked and likely the one you first asked too.

    It still echoes from theater No. 9 in the Century 16 Theatre in Aurora, Colo., where 12 people were killed and 58 injured.

    And it’s the one question we never completely will know.

  • Hall-of-Fame lives begin with youthful opportunities

    On consecutive weekends, Elizabethtown has played host to major events that celebrate youthful athletic accomplishments.

    First, the celebration of yesteryear’s achievements featured some premiere basketball players. The Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame conducted its first induction ceremony for 16 of its 100-member centennial class before a packed house at the Historic State Theater.

  • Financial aid schemes target students looking for help

    The Better Business Bureau warns students and parents to be cautious when looking for cash to pay for college.

    With the cost of college outpacing inflation and crimping family budgets, students and their families are eager to find scholarships and other awards to help pay for a higher education.

  • New day for child protection transparency

    Others will no doubt see the big story of today as the state’s appeal to the Supreme Court around the release of child fatalities and near fatalities records. That is important, but let’s face it – that is an old battle being waged to its bitter end.

  • Considering marriage, religion matters

    It’s wedding season. May through August are the most popular months for marriage ceremonies.

    While planning a wedding, depending on the elaborateness of the ceremony and number of guests attending, can involve months of preparation, thriving in a marriage is a lifelong project, filled with challenges. Somebody said in marriage there are three rings:  engagement ring, wedding ring and suffering.

  • Senior Life: Retirement: The golden years?

    Sometimes I like to dream about my retirement. Even though I am several years away, I like to think about it from time to time. Of course, with any luck, I will be able to work for many years to come, but I do allow myself to think to think about the luxury of time. I dream about the places I will visit and the things I will do once I retire.

    For anyone approaching retirement, the excitement could be a hard thing to contain. The reality of retirement may quickly overtake dreams and plans.

  • Leaving the post-vacation depression zone

    Like me, you’ve been on this road before, no doubt.

    It’s the road home after you’ve been on a vacation, weekend getaway or retreat. And as that idyllic place - the lake, beach, cabin in the woods or special hotel - begins slowly to recede in your rearview mirror, you want to screech your breaks to a halt, turn around and somehow grab your vacation spot and take it with you.  

  • Senior Life: Summertime heat precautions for seniors

    Ted loves to spend long hours working in his garden. He’s worked outside all of his life; first on the family farm helping with the crops, and then in his own garden working to grow food for his family. His flower garden is the envy of the neighborhood. Ted often has said the heat and humidity typical to Kentucky doesn’t bother him.

  • Don't cry over hot and dry conditions

    Any one else remember when grass was green and didn’t crunch?

    After weeks of dry conditions and now days of stiffling, triple-digit high temperatures, yards everywhere have a hazy brown look. For those of us who dispair as summer days disappear to the continual burden of yard care, that’s the sole silver lining in the cloudless skies.

    For yard and garden devotees, don’t shed any tears for next month’s water bill. That only will contribute to the potential for dehydration.