Today's Features

  • Hannah Downs of the Nelson County High School FFA Chapter was one of 46 state winners participating in the 2007 National FFA Prepared Public Speaking Career Development Event (CDE). The competition was Oct. 24-27, during the 80th National FFA Convention.

    The Prepared Public Speaking CDE is designed to recognize outstanding FFA members for their ability to prepare and present a factual speech on a specific agricultural issue. The CDE is just one way FFA members develop their ability to communicate in an organized and professional manner.

  • In a proclamation issued from the White House, President George Bush declared November 2007 as National Hospice Month. This is the 29th straight year that November has been designated as a month that honors Hospices throughout the nation.

    In part, the proclamation reads: “Hospice care professionals and volunteers are answering a timeless call to love their neighbors as themselves. During National Hospice Month, we recognize these individuals for their strength and compassion. Their efforts make our country a more loving and caring place.”

  • Winter is a season of holiday celebrations, football play-offs, and other occasions when family and friends get together during meals and snacks. For those with type 2 diabetes, it can be especially challenging to stick to a meal plan. Mouth-watering options such as honey-baked ham, buttery mashed potatoes, and sweet yams are popular for festive dinners, while chicken wings, cheesy nachos, and chips are among the favorites at football play-offs and other gatherings. However, you don’t have to completely sacrifice all of your favorite foods.

  • T.O.P.S. 262 met Oct. 3 and gave the following awards for September 2007.

    For 4 weeks no gains were Bernice Downs, Rita Gant, Marguerite Norris, Wanda Redmon and Rita Settles.

    For six weeks at or below goal was Sarah Wachowski.

    For being three months in leeway were Lum Gant and Sarah Wachowski.

    The bracelet winner was Betty Montgomery.

    There were 14 members with perfect attendance for September.

    Bernice Downs and Kay Weymouth attained 12 weeks.

    Weekly top losers were Jean Crowe, Julia Hayden and Nancy Mattingly.

  • Through November: November is Military Appreciation Month at the National Corvette Museum and all military personnel, firemen, police officers and their immediate families will receive free admission during November. All branches including active, retired and reserve members will be honored with free admission when presenting a military or service identification. For more information, call (800) 53-VETTE or visit www.corvette museum.com.

  • The American Cancer Society will celebrate the 31st anniversary of the Great American Smokeout on Thursday, Nov. 15. With exactly half of the United States now protected by smoke-free laws, and a variety of cessation resources available, there has never been a better time to quit smoking and enjoy the health benefits.

  • “Fred Claus” has everything we expect in a holiday film, and that’s the trouble. There’s nothing special, nothing that makes our minds say “That’s cute,” “Whee, I love it!” or “Wow.” However there are moments when you’ll wonder, “How’d they do that?” For example, the actor (John Michael Higgins) playing one of the principal elves Willie, is a normal-sized man whom you will recognize from dozens of supporting roles on television.

  • Remember when you were a kid and the thought of the holidays filled you to the brim with joy? For those who have lost a loved one or suffered a setback, the holidays can feel pretty hollow. Holiday cheer can be hard to come by if you’re facing a loss.

  • Much needed rain fell in Kentuckiana a couple of weeks ago; here at the farm we got almost 9 inches in the rain gauge. Cooler temperatures, a touch of frost and some near freezing nights are timely because it allows our plants to make the transition into dormancy. I was worried that warm weather might follow the rains which could have stimulated new growth after a rather unpleasant season of heat and drought. The best scenario is to stay cool so plants do what they are supposed to do this time of the year.

  • Frank Lucas will do anything, including coldblooded murder to gain and protect the riches and power of his illegal drug empire in the Harlem section of New York. “American Gangster” is the tale of two powerful men, one on each side of the law, who want to destroy each other in the early 1970s. Contributing to the crisis is the presence of crooked cops in New York City. This film becomes even more vibrant because of the brilliant acting of its two leading actors, Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe.