• A gardener’s Christmas poem

    Every couple of years I like to revisit my father’s favorite Christmas poem inspired by Clement Moore’s famous work ‘Night Before Christmas’.  The writer is unknown but he or she certainly was a gardener; and you may even get some last minute gift ideas from its verse.

  • Oddville Homemakers Christmas party
  • Way Back When

    10 years ago . . .
    Births announced this week are: No births to report this week.
    Cynthiana’s landfill, which was closed in 1992, will soon be getting a boost from state government to turn the Cook Pike property into wetlands. The project is entirely state funded and will eliminate the city’s annual costs that exceed $53,000.
    The Harrison County Breds win A.C.I.W.T. classic which was held in Anderson County; the wresting team also won its first tri-match in Covington winning matches against Simon Kenton and Holmes High.

  • Holiday greenery has symbolism

    Holiday greenery has a history that goes well beyond the Victorian Christmas tree we gather around today. Most of the holiday greenery we use to decorate dates back to the pagan holidays of the Romans and Northern Europeans when certain plants were chosen for their symbolic powers of restoration and protection.
    In celebration of the Winter Solstice, the Romans celebrated Saturnalia, during which they would decorate homes and temples, feast and revel in honor of their god Saturn.  

  • Local Company Honored With 2015 BB&T Hospice Hero Award
  • USDA explains why food safety should be at the top of all of our holiday lists

    With Thanksgiving behind us, the holiday season is just gearing up. The next few weeks are full of good cheer and plenty of food. To help keep your holiday season healthy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing holiday inspired food safety recommendations for your Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve, Three Kings Day, or other festive gatherings. These tips come from years of experience working to make sure that the meat, poultry and egg products you eat are safe, wholesome and properly labeled.

  • Way Back When

    10 years ago . . .
    Births announced this week are: Carleigh Marie Witajewski, Oct. 24, daughter of Jeff and Jan Leigh (Fuller) Witajewski.
    Fifth grade student of St. Edward School, Bradford Cotter, has written a children’s book to help raise money for his school.
    Dotson Brothers Select Motor Vehicles, located in the Harrison Square Shopping Center, is now open to serve your needs.
    Cedar Ridge Health Care Campus to host its first Christmas Bazaar.

  • Museum Musings

    * Log Cabin, Jan. 3, 1896 -- “Aside from the rush in the several business houses in Cynthiana, the first thing to remind one of the near approach to Christmas was a wagon drawn by four gray horses and containing Santa, with his proverbial tin horn which paraded the streets on Christmas Eve. The handsome turnout was a catch ‘ad’ for the immense furniture store of H.D. Frisbie of this city.”

  • African violets long-lasting bloom

    I have always managed to do well with African violets. I generally keep them in bloom year round.  
    Many growers complain that after the first flush of blooms fades, the only thing left is a year’s worth of fuzzy foliage.  
    Well, with a little attention you can keep your African violet cycling in and out of bloom all year. The key is to create a favorable growing environment.
    African violets, or Saintpaulia, are named for the German plant collector Baron Walter von Saint Paul-Illaire.  

  • Marriage Licenses

    Trina Catherine Vanover, 55, and Thomas Madison Varnado, 53, married Nov. 6, 2015.
    Margo Renell Gasser, 46, and Timothy Lee Singer, 52, married Nov. 2, 2015.
    Christina Louise Wiglesworth, 23, and Franklin Wayne Kinney, 24, married Oct. 31, 2015.
    Cindy Ann Lawrence, 37, and Richard K. Jones, 54, married Nov. 11, 2015.
    Emily Elizabeth Holley, 22, and Joshua Wade Howard, 22, married Nov. 14, 2015.
    Kayla Michelle Kiskaden, 24, and Benjamin Reyes Felix, 31, married Nov. 17, 2015.