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Today's Opinions

  • Dig and divide Iris, Daylilies

    Why is it that the perfect time to dig and divide your iris bed is in July at the height of the season’s heat?  For bearded iris it’s because they go through a dormant period in the summer.  This hardy perennial is a beautiful spring bloomer that is virtually immune to diseases.  But to ensure health and vigor you should divide your bearded iris every three to five years.  If they receive adequate sunlight (at least 6 hours a day) but do not bloom well then it is definitely time to divide.

  • Readers want answers from football boosters

    The Grant County Football Boosters weekly bingo at the Dry Ridge Outlet Center is supposed to support all the football programs in Grant County.
    This year, the officers apparently decided not to give any funding to the Grant County High School Football program.
    Now to make this clear, I have never had trouble with the officers running the bingo/hall but here lately it is a mess.

  • Amusement is a blast but I’ve had enough

    Recently some of my family and I went to Kings Island. It had been the better part of 15 years since I had been there. Two teenagers, two children and three adults. This should be fun.  
    I was excited to take a day off and go be a kid myself.
    An hour and half to get there after a breakfast stop and making sure everyone had taken a potty break. We were as ready as ever to ride the rides everyone had been talking about since we left.
    While we waited to pay our way in, everyone was jittery with excitement about what rollercoaster to get on first.

  • Small ears may mean poor pollination

    Small stalks, small ears, poor kernel development…does this describe your corn crop this year?  Or maybe the raccoons absconded with the crop! If this sounds like you there may be several factors at work.  Drought at the wrong time can stunt your corn crop; cold damage can stunt corn (if you put your crop out early you could see a little stunting from a late spring cold snap); and poor drainage and poor soil fertility, especially nitrogen, can stunt the crop as well.  

  • O’ death, where is thy sting?

    For me, last week began and ended with funerals.
    On Monday, I attended the funeral of Mary Zawalich, whom I’d never met, or maybe I have and I don’t remember.
    About a month ago, she called me. She told me her name and said she was 92 and she was dying, but that it was OK, that it was a “happy death.”
    She had called to say that she’s been a reader of my column and that I’ve been a “wonderful part” of her life. She called to thank me, to say that she admired me, that she has loved me.

  • Curing onions, garlic and potatoes for harvest
  • Gordon family thanks Grant County for its patriotism

    The family of Sgt. Paul M. Gordon thank the community of Sherman in particular and Grant Countians in general for your support during the internment of the remains of our Uncle Paul. We appreciate the coverage of his identification and return home by the Grant County News staff.  The display of patriotism and respect that we observed during the trip from Sherman Baptist Church and the National Veteran’s Cemetery was most touching.

  • Who drank the Kool-Aid?

    In November 1978, a group of true believers were led to their deaths in the forests of Guyana which is located near Venezuela on the eastern side of Latin America.  Their deaths were orchestrated by a religious leader who urged his followers to commit the “’revolutionary act’ of suicide.”