After 13 years, another life cycle of the periodical cicada, classified by entomologists as Brood XIX, sing their shrill tunes in western Kentucky. According to Douglas Johnson, University of Kentucky extension professor of entomology, this brood of cicadas emerged in Hopkins County around May 16 and will continue through June. Johnson is a resident of Princeton. The insects feed on sap in the roots of trees for 13 years during the nymph stage, and then come out of the ground, shed their shells and become adults. After breeding, they die.
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I met Oprah once. Well, actually, to be clear, I met Oprah, but I'm entirely positive that she didn't meet me.
In the fall of 2002, I had a fresh diploma from Columbia in one hand and a fistful of bills in the other. For the past four years, declaring myself an English-literature and creative-writing major seemed extremely old worldy.
"Angered by civilian casualties, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Tuesday that he will no longer allow NATO airstrikes on houses, issuing his strongest statement yet against strikes that the military alliance says are key to its war on Taliban insurgents," The Associated Press reports.
In the latest incident, AP says, "at least nine civilians were killed" Saturday in Helmand province during a NATO strike.
If you've had trouble mowing your lawn this rainy spring, you can relate to what Northern Kentucky's grape growers have been going through in tending their vineyards. Something that can harm a grape yield is fungus, which thrives on moisture. The wetter it is, the more growers feel compelled to spray their vines with fungicides to keep away problems like black rot and mildews.
Jean Miller celebrated Memorial Day at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Nicholasville in honor of her husband and brother-in-law, who are both buried there. She and friend Dottie VanWinkle, both of Lexington, braved the early afternoon heat to be part of the annual memorial service that included stories from veterans and music by the West Jessamine High School Band.
"Four people have been confirmed dead in an Interstate-95 bus wreck," The Richmond Times-Dispatch writes, and the northbound side of the heavily traveled route is now closed starting at Exit 98 in Virginia's Caroline County.