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Today's Features

  • Have you ever gotten blamed for something you haven’t done?  Most of us have experienced this and it is a dreadful feeling.  Well, there are a great many things we blame erroneously on one thing or another, and lichens are one of them. Lichens, often described as barnacles by worried gardeners, usually show up on woody plants after some sort of thinning or decline has occurred.  They are not the problem only the result of a change in the plant’s environment.

  • Hayley Leach, 18, of Dry Ridge, will compete in the Miss University of Kentucky  pageant on July 1.
    Leach is majoring in political science, writing and rhetoric and digital studies.

    Her ambition is to attend law school and become a special needs attorney. Her platform issue is “Autism Awareness-See the Able, Not the Label.”  

    Her talent presentation will be clogging to Michael Jackson’s “BAD”.
    Leach is sponsored by the Miss University of Kentucky Scholarship Organization and received a $400 scholarship.

  • Grant County High School junior KoryBeth Whitehead recently returned home from Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders (IFAL).

    Whitehead and 43 other high school students from around the state attended the five-day summer leadership conference, held June 18-22 at the University of Kentucky.

  • Jerry and Rita Thompson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on July 1, 2017.

    Jerry and Rita were married at Knoxville Baptist Church.
    In observance of their anniversary, a party will be held from 2-4 p.m. July 2 at the Kentucky Farm Bureau building in Williamstown. The couple request no gifts.

  • It’s been hot and humid the last few weeks! I was hopeful that this summer was going to be idyllic…at least we got pop up rainstorms to keep things hydrated. These 90-degree days, however, are putting us on track for some serious heat and some of our vegetables will love it and some will not.  
    I know we can’t change the ambient air temperature on a 90 degree day but we can provide some shade for our plants on the hottest days of the summer with reasonable results.

  • The Captain John Lillard Chapter, NSDAR met at the Main Street Gardens recently to celebrate their 75th anniversary with regent, Robin Menefee presiding.

  • Charles and Betty Neal Lawrence will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on June 29, 2017.
    Charles and Betty were married by Buford Odor at Lystra Church of Christ in Mason.

    In observance of their anniversary, an open house will be held from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 2 at Jean La Beth’s (formerly known as Hogan House) in Dry Ridge.
    The party is being given by their family.

    Only your presence is requested, no gifts please.

    Charles and Betty have two children, Tena Webster and Troy Lawrence, both of Dry Ridge.

  • Years ago, I had a friend who was desperately trying to get a book published.
    Every time she sent her manuscript out to yet one more publisher, she’d get her hopes up.
    “This one could be the one,” she’d tell me.
    But it was never “the one,” and she continued to get her manuscript returned, albeit always with a kind rejection letter attached.
    She tried to stay positive, but with constant rejection, it began to tax her faith.

  • “If the word noble had to be applied to only one kind of tree, the honor would probably go to the Beech.”- James Crockett
    I must agree with Mr. Crockett’s sentiment.  The Beech remains one of my favorite trees.  They make great shade trees with a low canopy, often touching the ground.  Beeches are stately trees that can be easily identified in the fall because of their golden color; and in the winter because the leaves have a tendency to remain attached to the tree. The smooth, elephant-like bark of beeches is a plus in any season.