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Today's News

  • Agriculture - USDA: Sunny outlook for corn, soybeans

    What a difference three weeks can make.

    As April came to an end, Kentucky farmers were almost a month behind in planting corn, with only 7 percent planted, well behind the same time last year (29 percent) and far below the five-year average (45 percent).

    But according to the latest report from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, 85 percent of corn in the Commonwealth has been planted, exceeding last year at the same time and the five-year average, both at 73 percent.

  • Agriculture - Crape mertyls can survive winter damage

    In 2010 I wrote “we should use more crape myrtles in Kentuckiana, they are not just for warm, temperate climes; in fact, there are a great many that go unbothered by an average winter in our parts.” Well, famous last words, right? I guess the operative words are “average winter!”

    Crape myrtles are one of the last of the summer blooming shrubs to break dormancy in the spring. In fact, many fear that their crape myrtles are dead because they are so slow to leaf out. But this year it just might be the case.

  • Agriculture - Spencer 4-H’ers compete at Louisville event

     

    The 2015 Louisville Area Communications Day was Saturday, May 9, at Cedar Grove Elementary School in Shepherdsville.

    I am so proud to say that everyone from Spencer County did an outstanding job!

    Junior Home Environment Demonstration: 1st Place and Blue Ribbon – Lorelae Cox demonstrated How to Make Towel Friends.

    Junior Safety Demonstration: 2nd Place and Blue Ribbon – Christopher Drury demonstrated How to Safely Haul Equipment.

  • Needle exchange saves lives

     

    Hospitalizations and deaths due to heroin overdoses are on the rise in Kentucky. According to the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, the number of Kentuckians hospitalized for heroin overdoses more than doubled from 2011 to 2012. In addition, deaths from heroin overdoses among Kentucky residents have skyrocketed from 12 in 2008 to 215 in 2013. Kentucky also has some of the highest rates of drug overdoses and acute hepatitis C infection in the nation.

  • From our readers: Government, Police and the people
  • Interim session begins in June

    While summer usually means time away from work at the beach or mountains, those of us in the General Assembly will begin gathering in Frankfort next month to begin our annual Interim Session.

    For those of you who might not be familiar with Kentucky’s Interim Session, over the next six months, beginning in June, joint committees of House and Senate members will gather to discuss various issues that were either taken up during the last Regular Session, or those that could become major points of discussion during the 2016 Regular Session scheduled for next January.

  • Protecting the vote

    In our Republic, our vote is our voice. With our vote, we speak our mind, we express our values and exercise our convictions. Voting is the heartbeat that pumps liberty through the veins of our nation. Anything that tarnishes the integrity of a single vote should be viewed as a threat to liberty.

  • Choose wisely when kayak fishing

    The first time I fished a stream out of a kayak, you may have heard the oaths I swore in Tennessee. It was a short, cockpit or sit-in style kayak. I had a hard time controlling its tippy tendencies.

    After an hour or so, my back began to hurt trying to keep the boat in position to properly fish. I had little room to stow my rod and tackle. I eventually bought a personal pontoon boat for my stream fishing, forsaking a kayak because of this bad experience.

  • SAVVY SENIOR: How to recognize stroke symptoms

    Dear Savvy Senior,

    What are the symptoms of a stroke? My 66-year-old aunt had a stroke a few months ago and neither she nor my uncle had a clue it was happening.

    Concerned Relative

    Dear Concerned,

  • SAVVY SENIOR: Home improvement assistance programs for seniors

    Dear Savvy Senior,

    Do you know of any financial assistance programs or other resources that can help seniors with home improvement projects? I would like to help my 86-year-old father make a few modifications to his house so he can live there as long as possible, but money is very tight.

    Inquiring Daughter