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Columns

  • It's time for Zinnia Fest at the hill; LaRue invites all to come see the vivid colors in his garden

    Next to Arbor Day, I don’t know of a holiday more exciting than the one that is fast approaching.

    This extra-special day comes around only once per year and is smack dab in the middle of the summer. Friends and family gather to celebrate a favorite flower that makes all of our spot of garden just a little more beautiful: Zinnia Fest.

    The second annual Zinnia Fest is 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 26, at Groundhog Hill.

    Grab your gardening scissors, a pail of water and cut a colorful bouquet for your Sunday lunch table.

  • Sports, physical activity and your child

    The beginning of a new school year is just around the corner. The new start provides an opportunity for your child to participate in all kinds of extracurricular activities, some of which include sports.

  • Looking for stories of the dog days of summer

    My husband Bud and I picked blackberries Saturday at the old Pearman place on Leafdale Road (that’s the LaRue County Environmental Education and Research Center for non-natives).

    I asked him if he wanted us to pick in different locations – or if he wanted me to pick beside him so we could chat. He said it was up to me – which is Bud lingo for “can’t pick no blackberries if a woman is yakking at me.” So, he went his way and I went mine.

    That gave me lots of time to think about stuff.

  • Garden of Peruvian Predicaments

    The Peruvian purple corn looks awfully good right now and might actually produce an ear or two in the near future.

    I find myself in a predicament, though: How do I harvest these Peruvian treasures before the varmints do?

    The hubbub around the Groundhog Hill hood is that a band of raccoons are touring the nearby farms and attacking unsuspecting and unprotected patches of sweet corn. One fellow farmer let loose his own pack of dogs, but they failed to keep the critters from their target.

    My brother Philip has one word of advice: Fence.

  • It's time for pickles

    Pickles are a popular home food preservation item. To ensure safe, tasty home-canned pickles, always follow research-based recipes, such as those offered by Extension, that have been tested for product safety. Follow the recipe and use the proper amounts of the appropriate ingredients to yield the best flavor from your food and to prevent food-borne illness.

  • Try vegetables on the grill

    When choosing vegetables for the grill, select firmer vegetables, like asparagus, corn, peppers, zucchini or squash. Grilled vegetables can be used in a salad or served on a side or as the main dish.

    Helpful tips for grilling veggies:

    Asparagus and corn can be grilled just as they are and other vegetables should be cut into pieces large enough that they don’t fall between the slats of your grill.

    Brush the vegetables with olive or vegetable oil and season with herbs and spices to taste.

  • 4-H Camp provided four days of fun activities

    Sixty-three 4-H campers and 15 teen and adult leaders spent four days at Lake Cumberland enjoying swimming, boating, archery, riflery, arts and crafts, recreation, high ropes and low ropes during June 24-27.

  • Pray early, prepare for the day at hand

    “Give ear to my words, O Lord” is the way Psalm 5 begins. The psalmist then gives five suggestions for us to follow that will help our prayers be heard by God.

     “In the morning, O Lord, thou wilt hear my voice; in the morning I will order by prayer to thee and eagerly watch” (5:3).

    Ask early. Jesus found asking early to be a good time for Him. Mark 1:35 says of Jesus, “And early in the morning, while it was still dark, He arose … went to a lonely place and was praying.”

  • A serving of cake, white lies and the truth

    Have you heard about the Baptist White Lie cake?

    Don’t know if this is a true story or not, but it seems that Alice Grayson of Tuscaloosa, Ala., had signed up to bake an angel food cake for the Baptist Church Ladies’ Group bake sale — Alice was known for her light, fluffy, perfect angel food cakes.

  • There's a new legend in town

    Lots of people are busy – but not everyone has as much to show for their action-packed days as Katy Cecil.

    Cecil, and her accurately-dubbed “legendary” speech team at LaRue County High School, have been featured in The LaRue County Herald News, dozens of times over the last four years. And rightfully so.

    They are proof of what the combination of hard work, talent and the right coach – at the right time – can accomplish.