• A couple of weeks ago, my neighbor and I went into a joint chicken operation. By chicken operation — I mean I bought three and she bought three, plus a rooster. And by joint, I mean I pitched in for food, we split the eggs and sometimes Gail asks me to shut the chickens in at night. It’s true that I am a bit of a delinquent chicken owner, but that’s basically why I decided to get them — they require little time and I get “free eggs.” I guess a more accurate word would be fresh, not free, since I did invest in the hens and food.

  • It’s that time of year again when colors of red and green swarm stores and the shelves are overstocked for the holiday shopping season. It’s mid-November, but most retail stores geared up for the holiday shopping season at the end of September.

  • Each year in November, Americans celebrate the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smoke Out. This year will be the 33rd such annual event. The Great American Smoke Out is a designated day in which smokers throughout our nation unite in cause and commit to give up smoking for one day. These future “non-smokers” need to be: cheered, applauded, supported and encouraged by family, friends, community and everyone else who is concerned about the harmful dangers associated with tobacco use and secondhand smoke.

  • To the editor:

    I would like to take this time to express my sincere gratitude for everyone involved in a very successful and historic Election Day. I appreciate the voters for your patience and cooperation and regret any inconvenience you may have endured.   

  • Once upon a time I wanted to be Mary Tyler Moore.

    Not the real MTM, but rather, I wanted to be Mary Richards, the character she played on her television show in the 1970s.

    As a high school girl in the throes of some serious teen angst, I’d daydream about working in a newsroom, living in my own cute apartment, surrounding myself with quirky-yet-lovable coworkers and friends.

    Actually, all that is true of my life now, with the exception of the apartment. I own a villa and share it with a quirky-yet-lovable husband.

  • The idea of the “citizen-farmer” envisioned by our founding fathers as the backbone of the country has been largely eroded as the small family farm has been replaced by huge corporate agriculture operations.  

    What has all too often been lost is the common sense input from men such as William Robert King, who died last week at 85.  

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  • It’s easy to come up with an excuse not to vote. The weather could be bad, or we’re just too busy. Perhaps the line was too long or no parking spaces were available.

    No excuse is good enough to keep Stella Boone away from the polls. Approaching her 103rd birthday, Boone began voting shortly after women were granted that right in the United States.

    “I remember that day as if it were yesterday,” she said. “I was so proud.”

  • Tuesday was hard.

    Election days always are, but this year there seemed to be a bit of electricity in the air. No matter who won the election, the country would have a new leader. And after 20 months or more of campaigning, it seemed as if the entire country was ready for it to be over. But they were ready in an excited way, not apathetic as has been past sentiment during presidential elections.

  • To the editor:

    I want to bring to your attention my recent encounter with the Nelson County Road Department. After days of rigorous efforts on my part to unclog the culvert at the end of my old driveway, I was still mostly unsuccessful. Our road department coincidently came down to the end of Robert Taylor Lane with a Grade-All, a dump truck with a brand new culvert and a load of rock. I quickly found out that they were not there to rescue me. They were looking for yet another clogged culvert that was diverting rainwater out onto the roadway.

  • To the editor:

    November is national Adoption Awareness Month. I would like to share some facts and information about adoption in Kentucky and let everyone know about support that Kentucky offers for anyone touched by adoption.

  • In a number of celebrations Tuesday, this community will come together to honor its military veterans — those that are still with us and those that have died.

    Through their sacrifices and the sacrifices of their families, we are still able to live in a free country. We shouldn’t take what they do for granted. It takes a special personal and personality to serve in our military, especially during war times. And we should salute them for putting their lives in danger for the benefit of the country.

  • Delsie Williams said once she realized how many animals are euthanized at animal shelters, she decided to do something to help. So she, her husband, Don Williams, and their daughters, Danielle and Claudia Tyler, began Hilltop Haven Animal Rescue in March.

    Hilltop Haven is a “halfway house” for dogs waiting to be transported to a rescue home for adoption. The Williams family saves the dogs from shelters and keeps them on their 17-acre farm in the Cox’s Creek area until a rescue home becomes available.

  • Tuesday is a day I will tell my children about, if I ever have any. If I don’t, I’ll tell other people’s children.

    Never in my lifetime — and granted I’ve been around only 33 years — has Election Day been so exciting. There was almost a carnival-like atmosphere at the polling stations I visited. Voters had smiles on their faces, an uncommon characteristic of people waiting in line for any reason.

  • To the editor:

  • To the Editor:

    Even with the attempt made my Dean Watts to divert attention away from himself, there are issues of Nelson County code of ethics violations, lack of information provided to the Magistrates, and possible improper activities by Mr. Watts in his tenure as Nelson County Judge Executive.

  • “Historic” is a word that has been used so often and in so many ways that it has almost become a cliche, but in attempting to describe Tuesday’s election, no other word quite expresses it as accurately.

  • “Historic” is a word that has been used so often and in so many ways that it has almost become a cliche, but in attempting to describe Tuesday’s election, no other word quite expresses it as accurately.

  • Recently, I wrote a story for the newspaper about a young couple from France who flew from Paris to Miami and then set out to walk to Argentina.

    They came through my community on their way north to the Florida panhandle, then west to Texas and down to Mexico, Central America and South America. They estimate they’ll get to the tip of Argentina in about two years.