•  Dear Savvy Senior,
    My 67-year-old mother’s house has become a cluttered mess. Since my father died a few years ago, her house is so disorganized and messy with stuff that it’s becoming a hazard. I think she has a hoarding problem. What can I do?
    Worried Daughter

  •  Stress — who has it? Everybody. Even children, who are not aware of the overall stressors that their parents are experiencing, and the parents falsely believe that their stress is real stress and the child is experiencing a much more tolerable level than they are.

  • Fellowship building dedication at Mt. Eden Christian
    Mt. Eden Christian Church, 12441 Mount Eden Road in Mount Eden, will host a fellowship building dedication on Sunday at 11 a.m.
    The speaker will be Bro. Odis Clark.Services will be in the fellowship building and a potluck meal will follow the dedication.
    The community is invited.

    Narcotics Anonymous meetings at First Christian
    Narcotics Anonymous meetings will be held at First Christian Church weekly on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.
    For more information, call 502-902-1648.

  • Roy Keeling submitted this photo, which he estimates was taken in 1948. Pictured from left are Bobby Smith, 7; Tommie Smith, 10; Roy Keeling, 8; and Charles Smith, 4.

    The Spencer Magnet is always looking for fun, old family photos or photos from the community in yester-year. Bring your photos by our office, located at 100 W. Main St. in Taylorsville. Photos can be scanned and returned after they run. For more information, call 477-2239, ext. 22 or 24.

  • In the years I have been involved in counseling situations, there are often some problems that arise in the divorced family as it relates to custody issues and step-parenting. None of these issues are beyond addressing and resolving, but they are often very emotional both for the parents as well as the child. (For the rest of the column, it will be assumed that the word child, may also refer to more than one child or multiple children.)

  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    What computers can you recommend for seniors with very limited computer skills? I am interested in getting one, but at 76, I need one that’s designed simplistically for me.
    Inexperienced Senior

    Dear Inexperienced,
    There are actually several companies who make and sell computers designed specifically for seniors who have little or no computer experience. Here are some top options to check out:   


  • The other day I was heading down the road and came around a corner and someone was coming at me on my side of the road. He wasn’t passing anyone; he was just way over in my lane around a blind curve. I hit my brakes and got over as far as I could. I don’t think he even saw me until it was almost too late, but he managed to get over just enough.

  • The text of Scripture from Luke 13:22-30 is one that many people are uncomfortable with, because Jesus talks about people going to heaven and  people going to hell.
    In Luke 13:23-24 a person poses a question to Jesus: Then one said to Jesus, “Lord, are there few who are saved?” And Jesus said to them, “Strive (struggle) to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.” Jesus declares how narrow the door to heaven is and that many will not fit through.

  • Wakefield Baptist to host yard sale Saturday
    Wakefield Baptist Church, located at 5517 Bloomfield Road in Taylorsville, is having a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday in the fellowship hall.
    The church will also host a bake sale with sausage and biscuits, hot dogs and hamburgers.
    The sale will take place rain or shine.

    Little Mount Baptist to host fall festival


  • This past weekend we tackled some vegetable garden clean up. The hailstorm from a few weeks back destroyed most of what was left; subsequent wind and rain finished off the battered remains. So, we replanted a few crops spread wood chips in the paths to control weeds and filled the remaining empty beds with a cover crop.

  • Summertime is the time when crabgrass rears its ugly head and begins to creep through our fescue lawns, sneak into our cultivated beds and, when we’re not looking, reseeds itself to ensure the continuation of the species. Does it sound daunting? Well, I wouldn’t look at it that way entirely; let’s just say it is a challenge to keep it under control.

  • What a difference a year makes. Compare Kentucky’s drought damaged corn crop last year with the 2013 crop that is on track to be record-setting and wetter than average. To prepare, you should ready your handling equipment, dryers and storage bins well before harvest to minimize problems that can create unexpected delays.

  • Well, beginning this month there will be a new program in Spencer County bearing the name of New Directions. It’s a program developed for a target audience as it relates to  the subject of divorce.
    Those who are already divorced and those who are currently active in the process of divorce are the “target audience” and the only people who will be in attendance. The date for the initial meeting is Thursday, Sept. 19, and the program will continue each Thursday thereafter.

  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    Are there any programs that you know of that help seniors with their Medicare expenses? I’m 67 and live primarily on my Social Security, and am having a hard time paying my Medicare premiums, deductibles, co-pays and prescription drug costs.
    Need Some Help

    Dear Need,