• The Amish Cook July 18

    By Gloria Yoder

    I don’t know about you all, but for me doing lots of baking in this weather and heating up the house just doesn’t seem very practical. I’d rather cut down on baked goods rather than going to too much bother on a hot day.

  • Food prices increase for second straight quarter

    Kentucky Farm Bureau

    After two years of slight quarterly declines in food prices, the most recent Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Marketbasket Survey indicates a food-cost increase for a second straight quarter. The survey, taken four times each year, price-checks 40 basic food items throughout the state in an effort to gauge current food-price trends. Since the end of 2016, surveyed food items had dropped by a total of $3.79 or just over three percent.

  • Homes sold in Kentucky drops in May

    Kentucky REALTORS

    Kentucky’s housing market followed the national scene in May, with home sales decreasing 6.2 percent for the month compared to a year ago. Even with the decline, total home sales were the second highest ever for the month, reaching 5,057, versus 5,395 in May 2016. Year-to-date, homes sales are down 2 percent with only 410 more homes sold across Kentucky in the first 5 months of 2016 than this year.

  • Kentucky soybean farmers monitor China tariff situation

    Kentucky Soybean Board

    Kentucky’s soybean farmers are busy in the fields this time of year, but that certainly doesn’t keep them from keeping a watchful eye on what’s going on with international trade.

  • Hepatitis: Are you at risk?

    By Christine Weyman, MD, PhD, FAAP

    Lake Cumberland District Health Department

  • The Yoders go to school

    By Gloria Yoder

    “What’s the forecast for Wednesday?” we all had the same question. We were all hoping for a beautiful sunny day, perfect for our annual “school picnic.”It’s a day we all look forward to. In the forenoon, the school children, in our little country school, ranging from grades 1-8 present the program they had practiced the weeks before. After a tasty meal, anyone is welcome to join in some good games of softball.

  • State Senate Legislative committe system in overdrive

    By Sen. Jimmy Higdon

    Now that the General Assembly is in the home stretch of the current legislative session, activity in the legislative committee system is in overdrive. There are only a couple of weeks left in the 2018 Session. The pace of activity in the Capitol is sure to continue increasing in the days ahead as the Senate continues work on the Commonwealth’s budget proposal.

  • Kentucky’s annual unemployment rate at lowest level since 2000

    Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet

    Kentucky’s annual unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in 2017 from 5.1 percent in 2016, while nonfarm employment gained 11,300 jobs, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. It was the lowest annual jobless rate for the state since 2000 when the rate was 4.2 percent.

    The U.S. annual unemployment rate dropped to 4.4 percent in 2017 from 4.9 percent in 2016.

  • AAA offers tips on staying safe on wet roadways

    Weather plays a role in driver safety regardless of what time of year it may be. From wind and rain to snow and ice, travelers routinely navigate roads when conditions are far from ideal.

    Wet roadways are a common occurrence. The automotive resource AAA advises that wet pavement contributes to nearly 1.2 million traffic accidents each year. Many crashes occur when drivers do not recognize the need to change their driving habits in wet conditions. Mastering driving techniques on slick, water-logged roads can help motorists avoid accidents and injuries.

  • It’s time to start thinking about fertilizing your pastures and fields

    By David Kessler

    Marion Co. Agricultural and Natural Resources Agent