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In 2013, federal tax credits will mean more for working families than ever before. As the economy struggles to recover from the recession, the Earned Income Credit can provide relief for many working families who are under economic stress. The EIC can help families pay back bills, avoid util…

  • 0

There is nothing more precious than a child’s smile. Making sure that children have healthy teeth and mouths is very important. Having healthy teeth will help children chew food, speak clearly and help them to look their best.

  • 0

If you listen to or read the news at all you know that flu and other illnesses are rampant this winter. But did you know the simple act of washing your hands can be a major help in preventing illness? All it takes is a few minutes of washing your hands during the day to help you stay healthy…

  • 1

Many households experienced a 2-percent decline in take-home pay in January 2013 as the employee portion of Social Security taxes returned to 2010 levels. Combined with fluctuating prices for different goods and services, this reduction in take-home pay might have you feeling more stretched …

  • 0

The weather got pretty cold this week. Did you think about how to keep your home warm? It is very important to keep yourself and your home warm, but it can also be dangerous. Did you know that one of the leading causes of home fire deaths is heating equipment? Before it turns cold again be s…

  • 0

How many times have you wished you could find some money? Most of the time that just doesn’t happen, but surprisingly for some people it does. Finding lost valuables, such as insurance policies and unclaimed money or property is easier than you might think.

  • 0

With the world sending their thoughts to Newtown, Conn., in the aftermath of the most recent school shooting, many parents and child care workers are having to explain and comfort their own children. According to the publication Little Listeners in an Uncertain World: Coping Strategies for Y…

  • 0

The beginning of the New Year offers the opportunity to refresh and reset ourselves in a variety of different ways. One of the ways to do that is to get organized. Organization can help you feel more prepared for daily life and the unexpected situations which may arise over the next few months.

  • 0

With the holiday season upon us, there is a good chance that you have bought at least one present for a child. For many children, getting new toys is one of the most anticipated events of the season. Choosing the right toy to purchase for our children this year is more important than ever in…

  • 0

Did you know that 91 percent of children are aware of parent stress? Although there are a lot of fun things to do this time of year, it can also be very stressful. Along with the holidays comes stress related to spending, entertaining, travel and changes in routine. Follow some of these tips…

  • 0

This last month of the year can be very busy for families. Often in the hustle and bustle of daily life and holiday planning, many people overlook the importance of year-end tax planning.  There are several things you can do to realize some year-end tax savings. One of the most common ways t…

  • 0

The holiday season is generally a time for celebrating and enjoying the company of friends and family. Unfortunately, it is also a time when people eat more high-fat, high-calorie foods than they normally would. If you have diabetes, it is sometimes difficult to maintain your blood glucose w…

  • 0

Have you ever heard of Homemakers? What generally comes to mind when referring to a homemaker is the traditional vision of someone clad in an apron, spatula in hand with just-baked cookies ready to serve — but that’s only a small part of making a home. Regardless of age, gender, marital or p…

  • 0

Friday was Community Reader Day in all of the Elementary Schools of Christian County.  I hope you had the opportunity to go into one of those classrooms.  Even if you didn't, ask a child what they learned about democracy and voting.  That is the book that was read to everyone.  

  • 0

Halloween can be such a fun time of the year — pumpkins, candy, and costumes. It is a great time to dress up and be with family and friends. However, we all want it to be a safe time as our children roam the streets like ghosts, goblins and ghouls.

  • 0

There are few sights more spectacular than the changing of the colors of the leaves in the fall. And they are finally beginning to do just that.  What a great time to get outside and observe the beauty of our state and get some physical activity too and what better place to see those colors …

  • 0

Plastic food containers are a part of our lives. We purchase foods in them, we use them for food storage, we sometimes use them for storing other items like craft supplies or even screws and nails. How do you know when and what plastic containers to reuse — especially for foods?

  • 0

With the drop in temperatures this week we start thinking about heating our homes. Early fall is the perfect time to start preparing your home for cold weather.  There are several no-cost or low-cost improvements that you can make to your home to reduce your winter bills.

  • 0

Every October, since 1928, the first Monday of the month has been proclaimed National Child Health Day by the president. Starting in 1992, the American Academy of Pediatrics went a step further and declared the entire month of October as Children’s Health Month. Whether you’re a parent or gr…

  • 0

Anyone can fall, but the risk of falling and being seriously injured by a fall increases with age. One in three adults over the age of 65 falls each year, causing the majority of injury and injury-related deaths among seniors. National Falls Prevention Awareness Day is today, the first day o…

  • 0

You may have noticed the new single-unit dose laundry detergents when you’ve been shopping lately. Single unit packages make using products very easy, however they may be more expensive than those same products that you have to measure. If you chose to use the single packages be sure to read…

  • 0

Eating fruits and vegetables has many health advantages. For the most part, people assume that there are few food safety issues when dealing with fruits and vegetables. However, if you have been listening to the news this week you will realize that there has been a recent outbreak of salmone…

  • 0

Do you have a child going off to college this semester? Ever notice how one sick friend or roommate can quickly affect to the entire dorm or apartment? Keeping the dorm room clean probably isn’t the latest topic being tweeted but keeping dorm or apartment rooms clean can help keep students h…

  • 0

Do you have a son or daughter who is collegebound this fall? Before heading off to college, young adults should have a basic understanding of money management. College may be the first time they will be responsible for managing money. Even if Mom and Dad are paying the bills, they will not b…

  • 0

Another summer is coming to a close and it is time to get ready for school. Many children are excited and a little nervous with going back into the classroom. Many new experiences may be headed their way this year. The following tips from the University of Kentucky’s August Parent Health Bul…

  • 0

Now that many vegetables and fruits are being harvested, you might want to think about preserving them for later consumption. Should you freeze or can them? Is one way of preservation better than the other? The answer depends on the type of food you want to preserve.

  • 0

Many middle-aged adults are finding themselves caring and supporting two generations- their children and their aging parents. While caregiving can be very rewarding, it often can bring additional emotional, physical and financial stresses for caregivers as they try to balance a career, paren…

  • 0

Now that summer is here in full force, everyone wants to spend more time outside enjoying all the offerings of the season, including trips to the beach, park, water park, maybe even a night or two camping in the great outdoors. While nothing is better than relaxing outdoors with friends and …

  • 0

If not handled properly, fireworks can be extremely dangerous and can cause burn and eye injuries to children and adults. The state of Kentucky changed their laws about fireworks last year and the more powerful ones are now legal to purchase. This means that we have to be even more careful w…

  • 0

Locally grown produce is now readily available either in home gardens or at local farmers markets. Many people are preserving that produce by canning, freezing or drying.

  • 0

When a special occasion like Father’s Day arrives, a lavish gift isn’t the only way to celebrate. A gift that involves time and thought rather than an outpouring of money is both more in keeping with the meaning of the day and with our economic times. Here are some suggestions:

  • 0

Thanks to shows like “Project Runway” sewing is enjoying newfound popularity. More and more people are interested in learning how to design and make their own unique style of clothing, but have little resources to do so. If you like to sew and would be interested in helping others learn to s…

  • 0

A wooden deck can be an attractive addition to a home offering additional entertaining space during the year’s warmer months. Decks can also be a major investment that with a little care can remain looking good for years.

  • 0

Now that school is out, many people are looking forward to a family vacation. They offer a time to rest, rejuvenate and spend quality time together. Increasing prices for gasoline, airfare, lodging and entertainment may make this year’s summer getaway more difficult, though. Instead of cance…

  • 0

Many of us postpone the task of storing winter clothes and accessories as long as possible, but with the warm weather we have had this spring, even us die hards have been convinced that it is time to put away the winter clothes and get out the spring clothes.

  • 0

Local proms have been offered over the past few weekends. When Cinderella’s beautiful ball gown disappeared at the stroke of midnight, the makeup stains on her dress magically vanished, too.

  • 0

It’s tax time again. In 2011, more than half of tax payers received a refund with an average yield of more than $3,000. For many Americans, this payment may be the largest lump sum received during the year. Although it might be tempting to spend your tax refund on something fun, it is import…

  • 0

Many people start the new year with a financial resolution: to reduce debt, save money, spend money more wisely, increase their retirement savings or something similar. But despite good intentions, New Year’s resolutions often are abandoned. This coming week, Feb. 19-26, is Kentucky Saves We…

  • 0

Encouraging little ones to wash their hands sounds like an easy task. But as any parent or caretaker knows, kids can have notoriously short attention spans…and washing hands is not high on their list of things they love to do. Here are some ideas, courtesy of the Soap and Detergent Associati…

  • 0

Just when you thought you were done with holiday entertaining, along comes Super Bowl Sunday. While watching the game is more fun with a crowd, the good host takes some action to keep the cold and flu germs and the bacteria that causes foodborne illnesses at bay. Here are some tips to make i…

  • 0

Did you set “better money management” as a New Year’s resolution? Even if you did not, these tips from an extension specialist at Kentucky State University might be of help to you during 2012. Do you find yourself strapped every month to pay your bills and never seem to have enough money to …

  • 0

Did you know that the home is the second most common place of unintentional fatal injuries in the United States, accounting for 20 percent of injury deaths? Did you know that most accidents occur at home? Were you aware that most of these accidents are preventable? Every day in homes across …

  • 0

Do you have your stockings “hung by the chimney with care?” Nothing signifies the holidays like the hanging of festive colored stockings on the fireplace mantle. As with many traditions, the exact origin is unknown. However, the most recognized origin is the one that honors the generous natu…

  • 0

The holidays are upon us. It is a time of family and friends, hot cocoa and cookies, firelight and brightly lit trees, big bows and wrapping paper. Unfortunately, it can also be a time when we try to do too much and end up stressed and exhausted. If you have already been hard at work and are…

  • 0

Since colonial times, eggnog has been a favorite part of the holidays for many Americans. George Washington is said to have had his own secret recipe for the treat. However, consumers need to keep in mind that salmonella is a concern when consuming homemade eggnog.

  • 0

Children are extremely curious, and their curiosity only intensifies during the holidays when homes sparkle with beautiful decorations. If you have children in your home or plan to have grandchildren, nieces, nephews or other children in your home during the holiday season, make their safety…

Inquiring Reporter

Author Name: Mary D. Ferguson

Mary D. Ferguson is a staff writer and columnist for the Kentucky New Era. Her column runs every Friday. .

Phone: 270-887-3230

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In Plain Sight

Author Name: Jim Coursey

James B. Coursey is a contributing columnist for the Kentucky New Era, with Christian County Historian William T. Turner. This column runs each month in the Living section. He can be reached at jbcourseydesign@aol.com.

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Ducks in a Row

Kentucky New Era columnist

Author Name: BETSY BOND

BETSY BOND is a professional organizer/consultant from Hopkinsville. Her column runs the fourth Thursday of the month. For more information, check out her Web Site at www.thats-neat.com or call 270-439-7080..

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What's on the menu

Author Name: Margaret Prim

Margaret Prim runs a clothing business from her Hopkinsville home and enjoys entertaining for friends and family. Her column runs the first Wednesday of every month. If you have questions or comments about her column, email them to living@kentuckynewera.com.

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In 2013, federal tax credits will mean more for working families than ever before. As the economy struggles to recover from the recession, the Earned Income Credit can provide relief for many working families who are under economic stress. The EIC can help families pay back bills, avoid util…

  • 0

There is nothing more precious than a child’s smile. Making sure that children have healthy teeth and mouths is very important. Having healthy teeth will help children chew food, speak clearly and help them to look their best.

  • 0

If you listen to or read the news at all you know that flu and other illnesses are rampant this winter. But did you know the simple act of washing your hands can be a major help in preventing illness? All it takes is a few minutes of washing your hands during the day to help you stay healthy…

  • 1

Many households experienced a 2-percent decline in take-home pay in January 2013 as the employee portion of Social Security taxes returned to 2010 levels. Combined with fluctuating prices for different goods and services, this reduction in take-home pay might have you feeling more stretched …

  • 0

The weather got pretty cold this week. Did you think about how to keep your home warm? It is very important to keep yourself and your home warm, but it can also be dangerous. Did you know that one of the leading causes of home fire deaths is heating equipment? Before it turns cold again be s…

  • 0

How many times have you wished you could find some money? Most of the time that just doesn’t happen, but surprisingly for some people it does. Finding lost valuables, such as insurance policies and unclaimed money or property is easier than you might think.

  • 0

With the world sending their thoughts to Newtown, Conn., in the aftermath of the most recent school shooting, many parents and child care workers are having to explain and comfort their own children. According to the publication Little Listeners in an Uncertain World: Coping Strategies for Y…

  • 0

The beginning of the New Year offers the opportunity to refresh and reset ourselves in a variety of different ways. One of the ways to do that is to get organized. Organization can help you feel more prepared for daily life and the unexpected situations which may arise over the next few months.

  • 0

With the holiday season upon us, there is a good chance that you have bought at least one present for a child. For many children, getting new toys is one of the most anticipated events of the season. Choosing the right toy to purchase for our children this year is more important than ever in…

  • 0

Did you know that 91 percent of children are aware of parent stress? Although there are a lot of fun things to do this time of year, it can also be very stressful. Along with the holidays comes stress related to spending, entertaining, travel and changes in routine. Follow some of these tips…

  • 0

This last month of the year can be very busy for families. Often in the hustle and bustle of daily life and holiday planning, many people overlook the importance of year-end tax planning.  There are several things you can do to realize some year-end tax savings. One of the most common ways t…

  • 0

The holiday season is generally a time for celebrating and enjoying the company of friends and family. Unfortunately, it is also a time when people eat more high-fat, high-calorie foods than they normally would. If you have diabetes, it is sometimes difficult to maintain your blood glucose w…

  • 0

Have you ever heard of Homemakers? What generally comes to mind when referring to a homemaker is the traditional vision of someone clad in an apron, spatula in hand with just-baked cookies ready to serve — but that’s only a small part of making a home. Regardless of age, gender, marital or p…

  • 0

Friday was Community Reader Day in all of the Elementary Schools of Christian County.  I hope you had the opportunity to go into one of those classrooms.  Even if you didn't, ask a child what they learned about democracy and voting.  That is the book that was read to everyone.  

  • 0

Halloween can be such a fun time of the year — pumpkins, candy, and costumes. It is a great time to dress up and be with family and friends. However, we all want it to be a safe time as our children roam the streets like ghosts, goblins and ghouls.

  • 0

There are few sights more spectacular than the changing of the colors of the leaves in the fall. And they are finally beginning to do just that.  What a great time to get outside and observe the beauty of our state and get some physical activity too and what better place to see those colors …

  • 0

Plastic food containers are a part of our lives. We purchase foods in them, we use them for food storage, we sometimes use them for storing other items like craft supplies or even screws and nails. How do you know when and what plastic containers to reuse — especially for foods?

  • 0

With the drop in temperatures this week we start thinking about heating our homes. Early fall is the perfect time to start preparing your home for cold weather.  There are several no-cost or low-cost improvements that you can make to your home to reduce your winter bills.

  • 0

Every October, since 1928, the first Monday of the month has been proclaimed National Child Health Day by the president. Starting in 1992, the American Academy of Pediatrics went a step further and declared the entire month of October as Children’s Health Month. Whether you’re a parent or gr…

  • 0

Anyone can fall, but the risk of falling and being seriously injured by a fall increases with age. One in three adults over the age of 65 falls each year, causing the majority of injury and injury-related deaths among seniors. National Falls Prevention Awareness Day is today, the first day o…

  • 0

You may have noticed the new single-unit dose laundry detergents when you’ve been shopping lately. Single unit packages make using products very easy, however they may be more expensive than those same products that you have to measure. If you chose to use the single packages be sure to read…

  • 0

Eating fruits and vegetables has many health advantages. For the most part, people assume that there are few food safety issues when dealing with fruits and vegetables. However, if you have been listening to the news this week you will realize that there has been a recent outbreak of salmone…

  • 0

Do you have a child going off to college this semester? Ever notice how one sick friend or roommate can quickly affect to the entire dorm or apartment? Keeping the dorm room clean probably isn’t the latest topic being tweeted but keeping dorm or apartment rooms clean can help keep students h…

  • 0

Do you have a son or daughter who is collegebound this fall? Before heading off to college, young adults should have a basic understanding of money management. College may be the first time they will be responsible for managing money. Even if Mom and Dad are paying the bills, they will not b…

  • 0

Another summer is coming to a close and it is time to get ready for school. Many children are excited and a little nervous with going back into the classroom. Many new experiences may be headed their way this year. The following tips from the University of Kentucky’s August Parent Health Bul…

  • 0

Now that many vegetables and fruits are being harvested, you might want to think about preserving them for later consumption. Should you freeze or can them? Is one way of preservation better than the other? The answer depends on the type of food you want to preserve.

  • 0

Many middle-aged adults are finding themselves caring and supporting two generations- their children and their aging parents. While caregiving can be very rewarding, it often can bring additional emotional, physical and financial stresses for caregivers as they try to balance a career, paren…

  • 0

Now that summer is here in full force, everyone wants to spend more time outside enjoying all the offerings of the season, including trips to the beach, park, water park, maybe even a night or two camping in the great outdoors. While nothing is better than relaxing outdoors with friends and …

  • 0

If not handled properly, fireworks can be extremely dangerous and can cause burn and eye injuries to children and adults. The state of Kentucky changed their laws about fireworks last year and the more powerful ones are now legal to purchase. This means that we have to be even more careful w…

  • 0

Locally grown produce is now readily available either in home gardens or at local farmers markets. Many people are preserving that produce by canning, freezing or drying.

  • 0

When a special occasion like Father’s Day arrives, a lavish gift isn’t the only way to celebrate. A gift that involves time and thought rather than an outpouring of money is both more in keeping with the meaning of the day and with our economic times. Here are some suggestions:

  • 0

Thanks to shows like “Project Runway” sewing is enjoying newfound popularity. More and more people are interested in learning how to design and make their own unique style of clothing, but have little resources to do so. If you like to sew and would be interested in helping others learn to s…

  • 0

A wooden deck can be an attractive addition to a home offering additional entertaining space during the year’s warmer months. Decks can also be a major investment that with a little care can remain looking good for years.

  • 0

Now that school is out, many people are looking forward to a family vacation. They offer a time to rest, rejuvenate and spend quality time together. Increasing prices for gasoline, airfare, lodging and entertainment may make this year’s summer getaway more difficult, though. Instead of cance…

  • 0

Many of us postpone the task of storing winter clothes and accessories as long as possible, but with the warm weather we have had this spring, even us die hards have been convinced that it is time to put away the winter clothes and get out the spring clothes.

  • 0

Local proms have been offered over the past few weekends. When Cinderella’s beautiful ball gown disappeared at the stroke of midnight, the makeup stains on her dress magically vanished, too.

  • 0

It’s tax time again. In 2011, more than half of tax payers received a refund with an average yield of more than $3,000. For many Americans, this payment may be the largest lump sum received during the year. Although it might be tempting to spend your tax refund on something fun, it is import…

  • 0

Many people start the new year with a financial resolution: to reduce debt, save money, spend money more wisely, increase their retirement savings or something similar. But despite good intentions, New Year’s resolutions often are abandoned. This coming week, Feb. 19-26, is Kentucky Saves We…

  • 0

Encouraging little ones to wash their hands sounds like an easy task. But as any parent or caretaker knows, kids can have notoriously short attention spans…and washing hands is not high on their list of things they love to do. Here are some ideas, courtesy of the Soap and Detergent Associati…

  • 0

Just when you thought you were done with holiday entertaining, along comes Super Bowl Sunday. While watching the game is more fun with a crowd, the good host takes some action to keep the cold and flu germs and the bacteria that causes foodborne illnesses at bay. Here are some tips to make i…

  • 0

Did you set “better money management” as a New Year’s resolution? Even if you did not, these tips from an extension specialist at Kentucky State University might be of help to you during 2012. Do you find yourself strapped every month to pay your bills and never seem to have enough money to …

  • 0

Did you know that the home is the second most common place of unintentional fatal injuries in the United States, accounting for 20 percent of injury deaths? Did you know that most accidents occur at home? Were you aware that most of these accidents are preventable? Every day in homes across …

  • 0

Do you have your stockings “hung by the chimney with care?” Nothing signifies the holidays like the hanging of festive colored stockings on the fireplace mantle. As with many traditions, the exact origin is unknown. However, the most recognized origin is the one that honors the generous natu…

  • 0

The holidays are upon us. It is a time of family and friends, hot cocoa and cookies, firelight and brightly lit trees, big bows and wrapping paper. Unfortunately, it can also be a time when we try to do too much and end up stressed and exhausted. If you have already been hard at work and are…

  • 0

Since colonial times, eggnog has been a favorite part of the holidays for many Americans. George Washington is said to have had his own secret recipe for the treat. However, consumers need to keep in mind that salmonella is a concern when consuming homemade eggnog.

  • 0

Children are extremely curious, and their curiosity only intensifies during the holidays when homes sparkle with beautiful decorations. If you have children in your home or plan to have grandchildren, nieces, nephews or other children in your home during the holiday season, make their safety…

Garden Corner

Author Name: Kelly R. Jackson

Kelly R. Jackson is the Christian County Extension Agent for horticulture. He can be reached at 270-886-6328 or visit Christian County Horticulture online at www.christiancountyextension.com.

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Marsha Parker

Author Name: Marsha O. Parker

Marsha O. Parker is the Christian County extension agent for family and consumer sciences. She can be reached at 270-886-6328.

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