April 18, 2014

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“Getting Stuck”

Most of us at one time or another have gotten into situations that were next to impossible to escape. I remember one of these predicaments.

My childhood was filled with many, of what I consider, exciting events. To the modern day youngster, these events would be simple and even boring, but to us even a trip to the country store or the Falmouth Livestock Auction was a thrill in itself.

Stupefying our Youth

I do not like Bill O’ Reilly of Fox News. I find him to be arrogant and egotistical. He interrupts guests on his program. And he brags about the books he has written.

But I find myself agreeing with many of the points he makes. His books on Killing Lincoln, Kennedy, and Jesus are the most powerful histories I have ever read. And, a recent Factor program provided some of the material for this column. To be sure, he is conservative, but he backs up his point of view with an arsenal of facts. Finally, I think he is the most powerful voice in America for common-sense morality!

KSP fifth grade student poster contest targets missing children

The Kentucky State Police (KSP) is calling all fifth grade students to compete in the National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest sponsored by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Washington, DC. KSP will select one nominee from Kentucky to participate in the national level competition. The Kentucky nominee will receive an Award of Excellence from KSP and their poster will be prominently displayed at the Kentucky State Fair in KSP’s Safety Town Exhibit.

Book review of “Born Country”

No doubt anyone drawn to the music of the group Alabama will want to read “Born Country: How Faith, Family, and Music Brought Me Home” by Randy Owen with Allen Bucker.

Optometrists offer tips on how to deal with dry eye caused by winter weather

Cold winter weather arrived early this year. It not only dries out your skin, it also can contribute to dry eye.

“The tears your eyes normally produce are important for your overall eye health and vision,” said Dr. Matthew Burchett, an optometrist with the Eye Care Center, which has eight offices in Central Kentucky. He also is president of the Kentucky Optometric Association. “When your eyes don’t produce enough tears, or the tears don’t have the right chemical composition, you may experience stinging and itchy, scratchy eyes.”

Republican leaders come to Falmouth

Pictured from left: PC Chairman Billy Matthews, House Minority Whip John Carney, Falmouth Mayor and former PC Chairman Mark Hart, Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Steve Robertson, former PC Chairman Bill Roseberry.

Republican Party officials from Frankfort traveled to Falmouth to meet with three Republican Party Chairmen on January 15, two former and one current.

The Amish Cook prepares delicious cheddar chowder

By Lovina Eicher

My husband Joe is smoking deer jerky in the smoker right now. He mixed up 16 pounds of it yesterday. He also mixed up 25 pounds of summer sausage from the venison meat.  Mose brought us the deer. It was the fourth one he shot this season. We really appreciated the meat. Joe has cut up a lot of nice steaks from the deer. Son Benjamin, 14,  was along when the deer were shot so he was pretty excited. He said they saw a lot of deer. Mose’s family live on a big farm so there are a lot of deer.

Reuben Lovers Rejoice for this Wonderful Dip
January is Birth Defects Prevention Month

More than 120,000 babies are born with a birth defect each year in the United States - 3,000 of which are born in Kentucky, according to the state Department for Public Health (DPH).

To help raise awareness of this issue and prevent future birth defects, the Kentucky Birth Surveillance Registry (KBSR) Program, which is housed in DPH, is partnering with the National Birth Defects Prevention Network this month to dispense educational information and promote public health resources. Gov. Steve Beshear officially proclaimed this monthlong observance in the Commonwealth to further emphasize the importance of taking steps to reduce and prevent birth defects.

Flu level raised to widespread in state

Public health urges vaccination for Kentuckians

Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) officials reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week that the influenza (flu) activity level in the state has increased from regional to widespread. Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state. The activity levels for states are tracked weekly as part of the CDC’s national flu surveillance system.