Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


December 2, 2012

In Your View

ASHLAND — Boyd science nights praised

Thursday evening (Nov. 29) I had the pleasure of visiting Cannonsburg School which was hosting a Science Family Fun Night. This project, by first year teacher Pennie Thomas and her mentor, Megan Thomas, was designed to give students the opportunity to share with their families concepts they are learning in class. Topics involved sound, chemistry, light and heat.

 This type of activity offers encouragement in an area where many students struggle. Earlier in the fall a similar Science Night was hosted at Boyd County Middle School.  

It is efforts such as this of which the Boyd County Schools should be proud. 

Dr. Barbara Walters, Director, ACTC/FIVCO, Science & Engineering Fair

Get dog houses ready for winter

Winter with its bitter wind, rain and snow is rapidly approaching. Now is the time to check our dog house, patching and repairing all cracks and leaks. It is also time for new, clean bedding, and straw is best.

This bedding will need to be replaced often putting a board along the bottom of the door opening will help keep the bedding inside the house. Also, turning the door away from the wind helps protect your dog from the cold.

For those who still have not built or purchased that dog house, there are some important things to remember. The house should be only large enough for the dog to walk in, turn around and lay down. If the house is that size, the dog’s body heat can warm the interior somewhat. When a dog house is larger than needed, your companion will suffer greatly from the cold weather this winter.

More ideas to help your dog: the door needs to be off-set to one side, giving the dog a wall to lie behind; an over-lapping roof and small porch can also give your dog additional protection.

Cats also need a house, something they can get into not just a box with a blanket in the garage or barn.

Even though the weather is harsh, take time each day to talk and play with your cats and dogs, they love you, you are their whole world.

Once again I plead with you, please have your dogs and cats spayed and neutered. When you do, you are eliminating the possibility of a number of different kinds of cancer and you are also taking a giant step towards ending animal suffering caused by over-population.

Lucia Beeler, Cecilia

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  • Along the river

    Here’s hoping the weather will be as close to perfect as possible on the evening of May 30, as members of the Paul G. Blazer High School class of 2014 gather on the banks of Ohio River for the school’s first graduation on the river that has helped fuel this community’s economy since the time when it was known as known as Poage’s Landing.

    April 22, 2014

  • Good opportunity

    Morehead State University is using a highly successful program for outstanding high school juniors and seniors at Western Kentucky University to launch a similar program beginning this fall on the MSU campus.

    April 20, 2014

  • What's next?

    While virtually all cities in northeastern Kentucky provide their residents with some utility services — water and sewer, mainly, and sometimes natural gas — to the best of our knowledge, Olive Hill is the only town in the FIVCO region with its own electrical company.

    April 13, 2014

  • 'Waited too long'

    Lt. Garlin Murl Conner left the U.S. Army as the second-most decorated soldier during World War II, earning four Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars, seven Purple Hearts and the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions during 28 straight months in combat.

    April 12, 2014

  • Enact HB 3

    The National Rx Drug Abuse Summit is under way hundreds of miles from eastern Kentucky in Orlando, Fla., but the three-day conference which runs through Thursday, was organized by Operation UNITE, the eastern Kentucky anti-drug group that knows all too well the devastating impact the prescription drug epidemic continues to have on this region.

    April 11, 2014

  • State officials cease efforts to stop advance of ash borer

    Kentucky’s war against the tiny emerald ash borer responsible for already killing more than 25 million ash trees in the eastern United States has ended in surrender — by state officials, not the tiny insect.

    April 8, 2014

  • Demise of apparel industry in Kentucky continues

    The steady demise of the once thriving clothing industry in small Kentucky towns continues with the latest factory to announce it is shutting down being one of the largest: Fruit of the Loom has announced it is closing its last remaining plant in Jamestown, a move that eventually will see the elimination of more than 600 jobs in the small town near Lake Cumberland.

    April 7, 2014

  • None on ballot

    The 2014 Kentucky General Assembly considered an unusually high number of proposed amendments to the Kentucky Constitution on such issues as casino gambling, the restoration of voting rights for convicted felons and the elimination of state and local elected offices.

    April 4, 2014

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    April 3, 2014

  • Time runs out

    Two bills proposed by House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins and designed to boost the economy of this region have apparently died in the Kentucky Senate after being approved by the House of Representatives. Despite easily being approved by the Democratic-controlled House, neither bill was even brought up for a vote by the Republican-controlled Senate.

    April 2, 2014