• By Nick Schrager

    Landmark News Service

  • We just returned from Taylorsville and on the drive home Andy remarked, “Wow, we have passed four dead skunks!” We don’t see them on the farm as much as we used to because of the dogs, although I have been getting whiffs of them for about a week now. The lightbulb moment: it is mating season for skunks and they are on the move.

  • A lot happened in Spencer County during 1948-49. Of course, things happen around these parts every year, but for some reason, the here-to-fore mentioned two-year period included events that beg for recollection.
    This writer was a mere 9-year-old Taylorsville town brat in 1948 who took in everything going on and was duly impressed by major items, although not understanding the significance of many of them.
    My father, Orville “Tape” Watson, was mayor of Taylorsville after serving on the city commission.

  • 50 years ago

  • Not only are gasoline prices falling, the prices for cars that use the gas are predicted to fall as well. So says the NADA Used Car Guide in its 2015 market forecast.
    The availability of late-model used cars is predicted to rise by 8 percent, which means that consumers are out there shopping for new vehicles and leaving those used cars behind.

  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    What can you tell me about kidney disease? My mother died from kidney failure a few years ago at age 76, and I’m curious what my risks are and what I can do to protect myself.
    Kidney Concerned

    Dear Concerned,
    Anyone who has a family history of kidney disease, or who has high blood pressure or diabetes is at risk and needs to have their kidneys tested. Here’s what you should know and some tips to help you take care of your kidneys.

  • Spencer Christian to host community open house

  • This morning I was heading up the stairs and I tripped. I didn’t fall or anything, just stumbled a bit and put out my hand to catch myself on the steps ahead. It wasn’t a big deal, but it got me thinking.
    Most of us have probably stumbled on a step a time or two. In a crowd we may look around in embarrassment and give a little chuckle. But let’s be real, tripping up the steps, and falling down the steps are two very different things! Even if we fall up the steps, we don’t fall that far, and we just pick ourselves up and move on.

  • I was at an amazing conference last week in Chattanooga, Tennessee. One of the larger nondenominational children’s pastor’s conferences in the country. Why, as a senior pastor, would I be going to a children’s pastor’s conference? Well, there are several reasons. Other than having taught workshops there for many years in the past, I like to know what’s going on in the world of children’s ministry.

  • Brussels sprouts have made a comeback! It used to be that no one liked them and they were hard to come by fresh. Old varieties have been greatly improved from those forced on you as a child. Equally, updated cooking methods probably can stand some credit for elevating the previously mushy, bitter Barbie-doll-sized cabbage to a crispy, nutty treat! In short, don’t boil them to death; try some quick roasting beneath the broiler, instead.

  • Many Kentucky growers are using high tunnels to extend their crop seasons. While it offers a great opportunity, high tunnel production can be overwhelming without the right tools. Growers can learn to navigate the ins-and-outs of high tunnel production through a series of six webinars offered in February and March.
    The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Center for Crop Diversification, through the Barnhart Fund for Excellence, is sponsoring the series.

  • Wow, I can’t believe it! I happened to catch one of those “Get Cash Now” commercials. I wasn’t really paying attention but I glanced at the screen when that little disclaimer blurb flashed up. You know the one you can barely see and never have the time to read? Anyway, all I saw was 99.25 percent APR. You’ve got to be kidding!

  • God designed people to be in loving and peaceful relationship with him.

  • DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 95 now and take no medications. My primary-care doctor wants me to take aspirin, even just the baby aspirin, twice a week. Some of the supplements I take do have blood-thinning characteristics, and for that reason I am fighting the aspirin recommendation. In general, is it OK to refuse the recommendation of one’s doctor? -- F.V.

  • The more consumers do business online for the convenience, the more opportunities there are for scams to increase. Of all the places online to do business, your banking can be the most worrisome when it comes to safety. The FDIC has a comprehensive website that contains everything you need to know and the steps to take to keep your money safe.
    Among the highlights:

  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    I’m about to sign up for Medicare Part A and B and would like to find out what they don’t cover so I can avoid any unexpected costs down the road.
    Almost 65

  • Andrew J. Shoemaker of EI Segundo, California wrote recently with some good questions about his’ ancestors who were the Shoemakers and Offutts of Spencer County.
    There are still several Spencer Countians who must remember the Offutts and possibly some of our Shoemakers are kin to him, so at the end of this article I am listing Andrew’s address if you’d like to write to him.

  • 30 years ago

    January 31, 1985