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Columns

  • Organic fertilizer recipe

    If you are a regular reader of my column you likely know that I much prefer an organic approach to farm and gardening and that I believe that building healthy soil produces healthy food.  As I continue to learn more about pest control and fertility the more I have come to understand why healthy plants and animals have an edge over their synthetically doped counterparts.

  • A picture is worth a 1,000 words

     

  • Soccer is a cruel game

    Sunday around 5:30pm, feeling as patriotic as I ever felt, I got dressed up in all of the red, white, and blue apparel I could muster up from my wardrobe, grabbed our American flag, and ran around and out of my house waving the flag as I got myself, and as many other people as I could, pumped up for the U.S.’s match against arguably the best player in the world. Little did I know what would transpire in the next two hours would leave me feeling almost every emotion in the book.

  • Sgt. Paul Gordon, 19

    Sgt. Paul Marshall Gordon, 19, of Grant County, died June 30, 1951 while a prisoner of war at the Suan Village Camp in North Korea.  
    In late January, 1951, Sgt. Gordon was taken prisoner after engaging with enemy troops in the Wonju Province of South Korea.  Sgt. Gordon served with the U.S. Army, H Company, 2nd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment.
    He was the son of the late Doll and Urie Gordon.

  • DOWN AND DIRTY

    Powdery mildew is probably the most common garden fungus around.  It is not too terribly picky about where it spreads, it likes humid weather, thrives in the heat of the summer and is hard to control once it has started.  The trick here is to prevent it from happening by proper plant selection, spacing, pruning and treatment before it spreads.

  • Holy cow! Just shoot him already!

    In my 25-plus years of working in the community newspaper business, I often get asked when I’m going to write about my family. (Keep in mind it’s usually my family that is doing the asking.)
    I (kind-of) jokingly reply that I have to wait until they are all dead and buried so they won’t sue me.
    When I write a column, I try to find humor in most all situations because that’s how I deal with life and let’s face it families can be just downright funny sometimes.
    Take what started out innocently enough on a recent Sunday afternoon.

  • I believe we will win

    “I believe that we will win” is a chant that takes me all the way back (only three years ago) to high school cheering on our basketball team. This cheer though has taken on a whole new meaning in terms of the US Men’s National team competing in the World Cup.

  • Taking care of the future

    Recently my daughter and I went to a Build-A-Bear workshop at the Dry Ridge Fire Department. This event benefitted Shriner’s Hospital in Cincinnati and Shriner’s Hospital in Lexington.
     I explained to my daughter that she was going to make bears for sick children in the hospital.
    Shriner’s Hospital has always been dear to me for several reasons. The hospital gives care to children without regard to race, color, creed, disability, national origin or ability of a patient or family to pay. They care for them because they need it.

  • Paint the Town was a success!

    It’s hard to believe that winter finally seems to have moved on and spring has finally sprung. It was a long-time coming, but now that the weather has turned warmer the days are flying by.
    April is nearly over and it feels like the calendar page just turned.
    I was most impressed with this year’s observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Grant County School District made a concerted effort to take their message to the public with a Blue Ribbon/Pinwheel Decorating Contest and a community breakfast held at Grant County High School on April 9.

  • Critical week ends with budget bill

    This was a critical week as we continued to hash out state budget details with the House in a conference committee after passing our versions of the budget bills.  
    There are many different opinions and philosophies on how to spend the money, raise revenue and support the important public services for Kentucky.  The budget is the ultimate statement of priorities for the Commonwealth.