• American physicians offer tips to avoid the emergency room this Thanksgiving

    American College of Emergency Physicians

    Thanksgiving should be a time for family, friends and plenty of delicious food, not for preventable trips to the emergency room. These suggestions from the nation’s emergency physicians could help you avoid an unexpected trip to the emergency room this holiday season.

  • Winterize your strawberry patches for a bigger harvest next year

    By Jeneen Wiche

    If you want strawberries from your garden next season you should do a little mulching now in order to protect the buds that have already been set. These buds were set back in August, in fact. The weather was decent at the time so it should be a good year for the berries; as long as they make it through the winter unscathed.

  • Living up to your own personal standards

    By Dr. Angelia Bryant

  • Waking up from a nap to Daniel’s baked French toast

    By Gloria Yoder

    Note: last week’s pizza enchilada recipe should have listed 2 cups of pizza sauce, not two quarts. Apologies for the column editor’s error!

    Many of you are probably wondering about how things are going with our foster placement?

  • We should always try to be our brother’s keeper

    By Joberta Wells

    “It’s ten o’clock. Do you know where your children are?”

    This was a public service announcement that usually preceded the late news back in the 1960s and 1970s. Since I didn’t have any children, I never had to wonder. Back in those days parents generally knew the kids were home in bed, especially when it was a school night.

  • An introduction from the editor, and where the newspaper goes from here

    Thank you for picking up the newspaper — I mean that.

    I probably won’t write a lot of columns in the Casey County News, but I felt an introduction was appropriate. I also wanted to give our readers an idea of what I’m looking to accomplish at the newspaper. I have a few ideas of what we could add, and what we need to bring back.

  • Cook enjoys the aroma of salt-rising bread

    By Susan Schlabach

    Editor’s Note: While regular columnist Gloria Yoder is taking a week off to settle in with her two new foster children, Susan Schlabach, whose family owns one of my favorite plain-owned businesses, The Home Place Bakery, in Georgetown, Ohio, provides this column. The Schlabachs belong to the Beachy Amish-Mennonite church. The Beachy Amish-Mennonite church hews to many of the same traditions as the Old Order Amish but are more progressive in their adoption of technology and participating in missionary work.

  • Prune brambles to maintain healthy berry plants

    By Jeneen Wiche

    It’s time to clean up the bramble patch: In order to maintain healthy and productive blackberries and raspberries we need to prune out the old to make room for the new. Most brambles are biennial, which means they fruit on second-year growth. Blackberries are easy to deal with, just remove the arching canes that fruited this year and trim up and attach the new growth from this summer to your trellis; this new growth will bear next summer’s fruit. Repeat the same thing next year.

  • Clear the air: Reveal retirees’ benefits

    By Jim Waters

    When addressing generous benefits received by Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) retirees in this column, a voluminous email response — mostly critical — is the norm.

    “I seriously have issues with using the word ‘lavish’ for teachers’ pensions,” a science teacher in Jefferson County wrote. “The word produces images of wealthy retirees sitting out on their yachts or on a sunny beach somewhere enjoying their retirement.”

  • Research sheds light on Confederate statues

    By Stuart W. Sanders

    In Lexington, there are now holes in the ground where the statues of John C. Breckinridge and John Hunt Morgan once stood.

    The removal of these statues has some residents angry. They say this is “erasing history.” Others call it a “cultural cleansing” and liken it to the burning of history books.