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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Letters to the Editor - July 16

    Take pride in our town

    I really love living in Hodgenville. I didn’t grown up here, but I do plan on growing old and raising my children here.

    The only thing I do wish is that the community would take more pride in the way this town looks and how they keep their homes and lawns.

    My family keeps our yard and home as nice as we possibly can, but I see homes with old cars, trash and grown up lawns and think. “wow, this is our city.” This is your home – take pride in it.

  • There's always room for the Farm page

    A few months ago, I was invited to become an at-large board member of the Kentucky Press Association. I’ve learned a lot at the few meetings I’ve attended – which is always a good thing.

    On a couple of occasions, I’ve felt very out of place. There are several representatives from the state’s largest dailies on that board – and their experiences and outlooks are different from mine.

  • 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.