• If you thought your grocery bill was sneaking up through last year, you were right. But maybe you got used to it.
    Kentucky residents saw higher food prices in the last quarter of 2014, just as they did every quarter last year, and those increases amounted to a 7.6 percent hike in food prices overall in 2014, the Kentucky Farm Bureau reported.
    That compares to a 3.7 percent increase nationally for food consumed at home in 2014, according to the Consumer Price Index.

  • Radon is the number 1 cause of lung cancer after smoking. It annually kills more than 21,000 Americans and accounts for about 12 percent of all cancer deaths. But you don’t have to be a victim.

  • I am allergic to many things and it is not just seasonal pollen…so trust me when I say don’t blame your late summer sneezes on this lovely perennial. There are about 100 species of golden rod in North America, twenty of which can be found in Kentucky. So, it is no surprise that solidago , or golden rod, is Kentucky’s official state flower.

  • By David Uffington

  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    Can you recommend any caregiving devices or technology products that help families keep an eye on an elderly parent that lives alone? Over the holidays, my sister and I noticed that my dad’s health has slipped, so we would like to find something that helps us keep closer tabs on him when we’re not around.
    Concerned Son

  • FBC presents
    women’s Bible study class
    First Baptist Church Women’s Bible Study: “Bad Girls of the Bible and What We Can Learn from Them,” by Liz Curtis Higgs begins Feb. 2. There are two separate sessions for this 11 week study: Mondays at 9:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
    Both sessions will be in the media center at the church. The cost of the book is $15. All women of the community are invited to attend. If you have questions, please contact the church office at 477-8197 or Charlotte Nedros at 477-8459.

  • What do you eagerly wait for? For example, you may be a movie buff, so you wait eagerly for the newest blockbuster movie. Maybe you are one of those people who eagerly await Friday afternoon so you can chuck your job for the weekend. You could be a sports person, eagerly awaiting the next big game.

  • By Ned Way

  • A Reading from Mark 1:9-11- At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

  • Taylorsville and Spencer County have had their own newspaper for a long time. Just how long, in fact, isn’t really known.
    When Claude A. Brock wrote a “History of Spencer County Newspapers” in 1974 for the “Spencer County Salutes The Sesquicentennial,” he said that Spencer County had enjoyed a newspaper all its own for 118 years.
    After Claude wrote that article, which was a darn good one, my own research turned up an Oct. 25, 1895 letter to the editor of the Spencer Courier that I ran in this space.

  • Lexington, KY – Karen Woodrich, State Conservationist with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service announced recently that conservation partners from across Kentucky are coming together to invest over $4 million in a project that will address the State’s water quality concerns. This news comes after Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that over 100 high-impact projects across all 50 states will receive more than $370 million as part of the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

  • The garden is not bare in the winter, far from it. There is plenty of interest to delight the gardener, feed the birds, or provide shelter for a slug. Short of having one of those unusual winters where the temperatures drop below zero for more than a week, there are quite a few interesting herbaceous perennials that persist through winter. Design a perennial bed with them in it and you’ll always have something to enjoy.

  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    Where can I find out about alternative transportation options for my elderly mother? She needs to give up driving, but before she does, we need to figure out how she’ll get around.
    Searching Daughter

    Dear Searching,
    Alternative transportation services vary widely by community, so what’s available to your mom will depend on where she lives. Here’s what you should know.

  • By Ned Way

  • Do you ever feel weak? I don’t mean physically weak, though I am sure that happens sometimes. No, I mean a kind of deep weakness that steals into your heart and life. The kind of weakness that makes everything an effort. The kind of weakness that might be called depression or exhaustion. The kind of weakness that robs color from your day and paints everything in shades of grey.

  • A Reading from Luke 2:40 and 52
    And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him… And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.
    I find this passage of Scripture fascinating, because sinful man and God both had favor on Jesus. Think about that for a moment, sinful man and God agreeing on something…Jesus being favored. Wow. I find this surprising because many people in this world only favor those who are wealthy, famous, beautiful, athletic, or intelligent.

  • Plant collectors have long appreciated orchids and African violets for their winter bloom cycle. I have amassed a collection of both, and they help me get through the winter with their colorful interest. But violets and orchids are not the only classes of plants that can deliver in the winter; think succulents.

  • Standby generators provide emergency electrical power during disruptions caused by winter storms and other disasters. However, you need to take some special precautions to ensure safe, efficient operation of these generators.

  • James Clellon “Jimmy” Sharp has enjoyed seeing his musical compositions recorded by big name artists and has also faced the frustration of having his work stolen, but he’s still writing songs when he’s not working on carpentry projects.
    Jimmy, the son of Alfred and Ella Sharp of Taylorsville, was born in Bloomfield. He and his wife, Martha (Curtsinger) live in Spencer County, down on Ky. 48 where Nelson County is just across the highway.

  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    A coworker was recently telling me about a tax credit she got last year for simply contributing to our company’s 401(k) plan. What can you tell me about this, and who’s eligible?
    Over 55