Today's Features

  • Could marriage become obsolete? Why is this question being proposed? Well, maybe because the latest statistics reflect this trend in our society.
    The usual decision — which was reflected in our society in 1960, when 72 percent of all adults, ages 18 and older, were married — has changed percentage-wise to just over 50 percent with some predicting that within a few years the number will drop below the half-way mark.
    What has happened? Where are we going? Why the overall change? Are there any worthwhile answers?

  • Dear Savvy Senior,

    Can you write a column on the shameful crime of elder abuse? I’ve worked for Adult Protective Services for many years, and it seems like this ongoing problem doesn’t get enough attention.
    Concerned Citizen

    Dear Concerned,

    I certainly can! Elder abuse is an immense and often hidden problem that all Americans need to be aware of so they can recognize it, and know what to do if they suspect a problem.

  • One of the earliest families to migrate to what became Spencer County was the Hills, who arrived in 1784.
    Capt. Hardy Hill and his wife Margaret (Wallace) may have been the first couple to sit down for dinner in what became Spencer County in 1824. Before then, they would have been having dinner in Shelby County.
    Prior to 1824, land north of the Salt River was in Shelby County and that south of the river was in Nelson.
    The Hills built their log cabins in 1784, some two miles west of Taylorsville on the Boston Branch of Salt River.

  • Dear Savvy Senior
    What are the 2011 IRS income tax filing requirements for seniors? I had to file and pay federal income taxes last year, but my income dropped and I’m wondering if I’m exempt this year.
    Recently Retired

    Dear Retired,

  • In 1776, when Thomas Jefferson wrote the wonderful Declaration of Independence, he listed the pursuit of happiness as an “inalienable right,” just after “life” and “liberty.”
    Could he and John Adams and others have ever expected that some day people would ever think that “happiness” includes things like a huge TV set, a fancy watch or automobile, or a larger, more luxurious home, or some form of cosmetic surgery?

  • There is a very popular dish in my house. I serve it mostly at lunch but occasionally it shows up at dinner too. My daughter christened it with the heart-melting name, “Mommy Potatoes.”

  • I suppose every day is potentially skunk season, but right about now things start to heat up.
    Mating season is upon us so skunks are on the move a bit more than usual. I have been reminded as such by a faint funk in the garage every morning this past week. I learned a serious lesson several years back when the dog got a direct shot to the face and we had a lingering stench that was otherworldly.

  • Getting a message out to the masses has never been so convenient, and the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture is no stranger to engaging multi-generational, diverse audiences. It was a natural progression for the college to develop a strong social media presence.


    U.S. corn for grain production was estimated at 12.4 billion bushels, up slightly from the Nov. 1 forecast but 1 percent below 2010. The average yield was estimated at 147.2 bushels per acre. This was up 0.5 bushel from the Nov. forecast but 5.6 bushels below the 2010 average yield of 152.8 bushels.

  • Aaron Ashley of Taylorsville was named to the Morehead State University dean’s list for the 2011 fall semester.
    To be named to the list, a student must be enrolled on a full-time basis and achieve at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale for the current semester.