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Today's Features

  • Changes are coming in K-12 education at the national level with passage of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, with the potential for more change at the state level at a time when the Commonwealth’s new budget will be squeezed.

  • BY DAVID LILLY
    Owen County Emergency Management Director

    Owen County Emergency Management has announced the launch of Kentucky’s Yellow Dot program, designed to improve emergency care to motorists involved in a vehicle crash.

    The “dot” is a circular yellow sticker which is placed on the lower left corner of the driver’s side rear window and alerts emergency responders that a pamphlet with identification and medical information about the motorist is in the glove box.

  • 25 ways to eat better in the New Year:

    To help with portion control, use the smallest plate that will hold your food.

    At mealtime, serve from the stove instead of putting a serving bowl on the table.

    Make double vegetables and serve them first, to take the focus off meat.

    Switch to whole wheat pasta.

    Eat vegetarian one night a week.

    Cut back on butter or margarine—newer whole grain breads are tasty on their own.

  • BY JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

    Indeed, the fall season lasted just into January 2016! The ferns that hang from lamp posts in Old Louisville finally got zapped by a freeze just after the new year. Winter jasmine is in bloom, among other late winter bloomers, and a few spring flowering trees have broken bud! Our current cool down is welcome just to slow things down a bit.

  • Standby generators provide emergency electrical power during disruptions caused by winter storms and other disasters. However, you need to take some special precautions to ensure safe, efficient operation of these generators.

  • Every time you bring a load of firewood inside this winter, you may be opening the door for wood-infesting insects to make your home their home.

    Most insects brought into the home on firewood are harmless, but you can greatly reduce their numbers by following a few simple steps:

  • “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” -- Roger Caras, author/photographer

    Though a bit blurry, the photo creates a poignant image of a man and his dog. Taken prior to his tragic death in 1947, William Duvall and Butch share a special moment together in a typical Owen County farm scene.

    William and Butch were inseparable until William died in 1947. When William was crushed between a truck and scantling at one of his barns, Butch tried to sound an alarm by constantly barking, but to no avail.

  • I hate to mention the obvious, but it snowed Saturday night. From near 70 degrees early Saturday morning to an inch of snow on the sunroom stoop Sunday morning. That’s weird, even for Kentucky.

    I played bridge on Tuesday, dressed in jeans and a light sweater. It was good to see everybody again. We had problems getting eight people together to play during December, so we had to keep postponing.

  • BY ROGER ALFORD
    N-H Columnist

    A judge asked a woman who had been arrested for shoplifting a can of peaches why she had done it.

    “Because I was hungry, and I wanted something to eat,” she replied.

    The judge then asked how many peaches were in the can. She responded: “two.”

    “Then I’ll give you two days in jail,” the judge said.

    That’s when her husband quickly spoke up: “Your honor, she also stole a can of peas.”

  • My husband and I started a tradition a few years ago of attending Christmas Eve service at a church we’ve never attended before.

    That can be good and that can be not so good.

    Last year we went to a church in Orlando after hearing great things about it. We were flying out the next day from Orlando to visit our daughter who was in North Carolina at the time, so we decided to make Christmas Eve into a mini extravaganza with church, dinner afterwards, a walk downtown and a night at an Orlando hotel overlooking Lake Eola.