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Today's News

  • Meal prep saves times, frustration, calories

    Deciding what to have for dinner each night can be a daily conundrum for many of us. As a result, we may find ourselves in line at a fast food restaurant more than we care to admit. But it does not have to be this way. By preparing at least portions of our meals in advance, we can have home cooked, healthy meals on a regular basis.

  • Greenwoods compete in Cincinnati stair climb
  • Teaching youth outdoor safety

    As soon as the weather warms up, most of us head outdoors. If outdoor activities like camping or hiking are in your family’s near future, make sure everyone knows how to keep themselves safe.

    Planning is one of the most important safety measures you can take. Proper planning ensures your family has enough water and food in the event you get lost. It also means you have clothing like rain jackets and boots that you can use if the weather rapidly changes. Talk to your young people about your expectations for their behavior before you go on an outdoor adventure.

  • Weather or extraterrestrials?

    Anyone who grew up in the Ohio River Valley is well-acquainted with erratic weather. We grumble about unseasonable cold, torrential rain and “the air you can wear” humidity. Fickle weather is as much a part of Kentucky as bluegrass and aristocratic thoroughbreds.

    No matter how inconvenient it may be, our weather is like an annoying relative. No matter how much of an irritant it may be, it holds a special place in our hearts because of its familiarity.

  • Eight tips to get your garden growing

    Springtime in Kentucky is a great time to get outside and enjoy the home garden. Every aspiring gardener should do a few things to have a successful season.

    Plan your garden on paper before you begin. Think about the things you want to grow and when they will be ready to harvest. Draw it out on paper so you can get a visual of what the garden might look like at planting and harvesting times.

    Select a good gardening site. You need to plan for a site that is in full sun, relatively level, well-drained, close to a water source and dries quickly from morning dew.

  • Perkins announces departure from extension office

    Every person goes through changes in life and I am no different.

    An opportunity has come to my family and we are moving back to Tennessee. I have been offered a Farm Manager position that I could not refuse. Most people knew how much I missed running cows on a daily basis and this is a great opportunity to go back to doing that. The owners are all in and have made our family part of theirs, however, change is hard and leaving friends is even harder.

  • Lady Raiders softball brings back wins from Grant County

    After getting knocked from the All “A” Classic by Walton-Verona, the Lady Raiders regrouped and nearly brought home a win Thursday against Simon Kenton, but the Lady Pioneers picked up a two-run homer late in the sixth to seal Trimble’s fate in a 10-9 loss.

    There wasn’t much rest time though as the girls played against Cooper and Grant County on Saturday. The Lady Raiders found themselves the victors in both games with scores of 8-3 and 10-8, respectively.

  • Abundant life...with sprinkles, please

    Nobody loves eating doughnuts more than my great-niece, Lily.

    At 3, she eats them face-first, right into the top of the pink frosting and sprinkles (her favorite kind).

    Lily says, “I like them because they’re yummy.”

    What else is there to say?

    My niece Jennifer, Lily’s mom, sometimes posts videos of Lily eating a doughnut on Instagram, and as I watch I can’t help but think that God gets as much, maybe more, pleasure watching her as I do, or as Lily does eating.

  • Recognizing trauma is our ‘ace’ over ACEs

    Childhood trauma, or Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE), causes adult onset of chronic disease. It was determined by a group of neurobiologists at Harvard University and Rockefeller University that the toxic stress of chronic and severe trauma damages a child’s developing brain. It essentially stunts the growth of some parts of the brain, and fries the circuits with overdoses of stress hormones in others.

  • Q&As on the quasi-government agencies

    In the days since Governor Bevin vetoed a retirement bill affecting our quasi-governmental agencies and regional public universities, I have had many people ask me a lot of questions. Here are my responses to some of the more popular ones.

    1.) What is this issue about, exactly?