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  • Editor's note: Michael Yates is the son of Terry and Cheryl Yates and the grandson of Lambert and Agnes Livers and Thelma Jean Yates, all of Lebanon, and the late Joseph "Buddy" Yates.   Michael Yates isn't squeamish. In his line of work, that's probably a job requirement. Yates, 27, grew up in Campbellsville but now calls Washington, D.C.

  • My grandmother on my dad's side is often in my thoughts, especially this time of year.

    She was born Blanche Ruth Baum in 1893 in Rochester, Ind. She kept the Blanche a secret from everyone. I didn't know that was her first name until she died and Dad was writing the obituary.

    She was the only child of Ollie and Sadie, who owned and operated a general store, Baum's Grocery.

    She told me many times about spending time in the store, playing or doing her homework. When she was old enough, she started clerking after school.

  • When I first bought land and moved to Kentucky in 1973, I lived in Taylor County on Tallow Creek Road, which is closer to Lebanon than Campbellsville. So, I usually did my grocery shopping and such in Lebanon.

  • The Ham Days Treasure Hunt, sponsored by Time Warner Cable, is underway.

    Clues will be given daily.

    On Saturday (if the "treasure" hasn't been found), clues will be given every hour on the hour over the radio and on the Bluegrass Cellular Main Stage.

    The final clue will be given at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26.

    The winner of the Time Warner Cable Treasure Hunt will receive a country ham and a gift basket donated by Time Warner Cable.

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  • Don't fret - our moss-covered hero is still doing what he does best.

    The last time I hung out with the Turtle Man, Ernie Brown Jr., it was too cold for a turtle hunt. Luckily, the Turtle Man and his entourage remembered me and invited me along recently.

    I enjoyed my time with the Turtle Man last time but it's hard to get a full assessment of the Turtle Man without seeing him in action. If you've seen his videos and were impressed, let me tell you he does not disappoint in person. It's even better.

  • Since this column will run on 9-9-09, I decided to feature recipes for nine things to do with a yellow cake mix.

    These are all very tasty and easy recipes-see if you can find one you like!

  • Here are a couple of delicious Texas recipes I got from my Aunt Marge years ago.

    The Texas Caviar is a terrific salsa-like dip that I guarantee your guests will love. Serve it with tortilla chips, corn or flour, and you'll be surprised how quickly it disappears.

    The Southwestern Casserole is easy and delicious, a real family-pleaser.

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  • Chester, a Pomeranian mix, is almost 1 year old. He will be very loyal and protective of his owner. Chester is crate trained and loves to play but would not be good around small children.

  • I just came in with a basket of vegetables from the garden.

    I have some good ripe tomatoes and some beautiful green peppers, so I'm definitely making fresh salsa.

    I got a decent mess of beans, the purple ones that turn green when you cook them.

    And, of course, I also have a few more zucchini.

    The Fresh Salsa I make is super easy and delicious, great on tortilla chips, or accompanying grilled meat, tacos, etc. I also like it used as a dressing on lettuce for a great salad.

  • Jasmine is a 2-year-old Rat Terrier mix that is looking for a new home.

    She will need a little help with housebreaking, but she is a fast learner and will make a great pet for anyone looking for a pet to curl up with on the couch.  She may not do well with small children as she does not care for being grabbed at or her face being touched too much. Jasmine is spayed and current on all of her shots, this makes her adoption fee only $25.

     

  • I've had several people call and ask me what to do with an over-abundance of zucchini or yellow squash. This is a common problem for gardeners-it happens every year.

    Even though I've scaled back my zucchini to four plants, I also have more than I can eat fresh.

    If you want to freeze the excess, you can. The easiest way is to shred the zucchini, drain and pack in one-cup portions to use in bread, cookies, etc.

  • Have you ever considered the scape?

  • The City of Bardstown, Nelson County Fiscal Court and the Bardstown Industrial Development Corporation are pleased to announce that SYKES Enterprises will operate their newest state-of-the-art call center in Bardstown.

    SYKES Enterprises, headquartered in Tampa, Fla., will operate a call center for a major telecommunication company in the Kentucky Home Square Shopping Center in the site formerly home to Winn Dixie.

  • Preliminary statistics indicate that eight people died in eight separate crashes on Kentucky roadways during the four-day July 4th Holiday period, Thursday, July 2 (6 p.m.) through Sunday, July 5, (11:59 p.m.)

    Four of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and none of those victims were wearing seat belts. Motor vehicle crashes occurred in Bullitt, Clark, Davies and Mercer counties. Two of the crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol.

  • The county clerk's office is responsible for many things other than renewing automobile tags and registering voters.

    Marion County Clerk Karen Spalding submitted the following information about things the public may not know that goes on in her office on a daily basis.

    For example, if you purchase a vehicle outside of Marion County, you should request that the dealer send the title work to Marion County so the tax money will be used in your home county and by Marion County Fiscal Court.

    Other information the public may, or may not, know about includes:

  • Campbellsville University awarded Excellence in Teaching Awards to 145 educators from across Kentucky during the 23rd annual awards program May 16, 2009, in the Winters Dining Hall of the E. Bruce Heilman Student Complex on the Campbellsville University campus.

    John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president, gave the welcome and opening remarks. He congratulated the teachers for their achievements and said, "We are honored and humbled to honor you today."