Today's Features


    Whenever we pass the middle of August, my thoughts always turn to the Kentucky State Fair. As a child growing up on a farm, during the end of August was always a busy time because we raised tobacco and that was time to harvest it and hang it in the barns. I didn’t go to the fair much during my childhood years, but the couple of times I was able to go, it certainly was an experience I won’t forget.


    Ample rainfall and the current mild temperatures means we can get some fall planting done sooner than later. Sure, we plant trees all year round as long as we can get the shovel in the ground, but normally planting at this time results in a little stress due to high heat and lots of water hauling.

  • The Kentucky Country Ham Breakfast & Auction, a large-scale celebration of the Commonwealth’s deep agricultural roots, returns for its 52nd year as the official kickoff to Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Day at the Kentucky State Fair. This ticketed event begins at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 27, in the South Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center and is concluded by a live charitable auction of the state fair’s 2015 Grand Champion Country Ham.

  • Did you ever see movies about the flying contraptions that were tried before the Wright Brothers came along? Some looked like they would shake themselves apart; others looked like bird suits so people would crash as they flew off of cliffs. That is an example of the hard truth and the danger of the soft lie.

  • “Conscience is the most sacred of all property,” said our fourth president James Madison. This proposition by the architect of the U.S. Constitution was cast aside by Federal District Judge David Bunning and dismissed by a Lexington Herald-Leader editorial which recently called for Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis to “do her job or resign.” Such dictates leave many wondering whether there’s any room in the public square for citizens committed to doing their jobs according to their conscience.

  • The period from late summer into early fall in Kentucky is the best time to establish the common cool-season grasses such as orchardgrass, tall fescue, timothy and bluegrass for pasture or hay. These four grasses make up 95 percent of pasture acreage.

    Many years of research have shown this time frame is the best opportunity for successful establishment. Mother Nature has a hand in this because seed produced in late spring remains dormant until late summer and then early fall rainfall provides the moisture necessary for the seed to germinate.


    Local 4-H members Sydney Warren and Case Montgomery fared well July 25 at the Kentucky Junior Livestock Expo at Western Kentucky University Ag Expo Center in Bowling Green.

  • I am planting a fall garden for sure this year. The current one is a flop so it is time to start over! The challenge with a fall garden is getting seed and seedlings to germinate and grow during the heat of the end of summer. If temperatures moderate we have a better chance at success. Planting beds are ready since the potatoes have been harvested (and the rotten onions removed) All the debris has been removed and the soil has been prepared with additional compost (remember that every chance you have to add compost do so because it will improve your soil thus improving the crop).

  • The other day I was at a restaurant and a family came in with a little girl. They sat in a booth across from me and I had a great time watching that little girl and her parents. She must have been 4 or 5 and was into everything, but in the right kind of way.

  • What is happiness? Do you feel happy in this world today? There are many definitions of happiness. Here’s what a few popular people said about happiness:

    Charles Schultz said happiness is a warm puppy.
    Another person was quoted as saying, “Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory”

    Milton Burrell said, “A man doesn’t know what true happiness is until he gets married… Then it’s too late...”