Today's Features

  • For many homeowners, dandelions and white clover are nothing more than a nuisance, but University of Kentucky entomology researchers have found they are a welcome presence to many pollinator species.

  • Proper winter storage for equipment is just as important as proper winter storage for plants. If you dig your dahlias you better bring your hoses in from the cold, too. Don’t let cold weather catch your equipment off guard.

  • Spencer County is just as important historically as any county in Kentucky, yet its accomplishments and extraordinary people rarely get the credit they are due.
    This week, we offer some parts of Spencer County history.

  • FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky has been awarded five grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture totaling nearly $313,000 aimed at getting more local foods into Kentucky schools, the USDA announced last week.
    Two grants for a total of $87,957 went to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

  • I like the winter landscape because I can see past the green canvas of summer into neighboring fields where horses and sheep graze. I can see mistletoe everywhere too, in the canopies of trees that line a spring fed stream. Even in town, if you look up while you are sitting at a traffic light, I bet you’ll see some. It is there if you look into the canopies of trees devoid of their leafy-ness.

  • Chester and Susan Crawford of Normandy in northeast Spencer County worked hard in 1905 to support the family. Both were 26 and were rearing two girls - 4-year-old Betsy and 2-year-old Ruby. Chester worked a night shift on the farms of Shelby Countian Harry Weisenger.
    It was on such a night July 6, 1905 that Chester’s work kept him away from home.
    Susan and the girls went to bed, not expecting Chester to come home. Nor did Susan expect the horror of what happened at 11 p.m.


  • To get a running start on 2015, make time between holiday obligations to take care of financial and household business that needs to be wrapped up before the end of the year. Here are some possibilities:
    • Are there any credits cards you can pay off now and start the New Year with a zero balance?
    • Make donations to a charity so you get the tax deduction for 2014. Review Charity Navigator, CharityWatch and GuideStar to be sure your money is going to a worthy cause and not administration fees.

  • When my wife and I were in our courtship years, we made several visits to a wonderful place, Crystal Beach, an amusement park in Ontario, Canada, a short drive from the area where we both lived near Buffalo, New York. My favorite ride was the Comet Coaster, which by today’s standards of roller-coasters was mild, yet a lot of fun, so I chose to ride again, but she decided to take a seat on a bench .. recovering from what she considered to be a scary ride.

  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    Where can seniors turn to for free or low-cost legal help? My husband and I need some professional legal assistance but don’t have a lot of money to pay a high priced lawyer. What can you tell us?
    Seniors in Need