1974 — Free transportation next step for the county's senior citizen

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60 years ago
Feb. 11, 1954

Short courses for purebred and commercial breeders of beef cattle, feeders and herdsmen will be held at the University of Kentucky.
Speakers will include Dr. C. S. Hobbs, University of Tennessee; Ken Littleton, Round Hill, Va.; Doyle Chambers, Oklahoma A. and M. College.
Some of the topics to be discussed are: How beef cattle cycles affect the cattle economy and how farmers plan to profit by them, brucellosis and other cattle diseases and their control, artificial breeding under beef cattle conditions, and new methods of foot trimming and spraying.

Farm Land Prices Drop, Report Says
A report of a ten percent drop in land values in Kentucky from Nov. 1952 to Nov. 1953, has been announced by the United States Department of Agriculture, through the University of Kentucky. The report said the drop is in keeping with the trend in land values the country over.
The decline in land prices which first became apparent in the spring of 1953, continued during the summer and fall. In the four months ending Nov. 1 declines of two percent or more occurred in all but three states and ten states had declines of five percent or more.

50 years ago
Feb. 13, 1964

Committee Recommends New Wheat Program To Raise Farm Income
Quick enactment of a voluntary wheat program to avert a sizable drop in farm income has been recommended to Secretary of Agriculture Freeman by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee on Feed Grains and Wheat.
The recommended program would take the place of the mandatory wheat program rejected by farmers in a national referendum last spring, and would preserve the basic program features of present law on a voluntary basis.
By a wide majority, the Committee favored financing the voluntary wheat program through a system of marketing certificates, rather than a system of compensatory payments. Under the certificate plan, returns to farmers and cost of wheat foods to consumers would remain near recent levels.

40 years ago
Feb. 14, 1974

The Ever-Ready 4-H Club held its monthly meeting January 23, at the home of Judy McClain. There were 12 members, two leaders and one visitor present. The meeting was called to order by the president and the secretary called the roll and read the minutes of the last meeting. The pledges to the flag were repeated.
Free transportation next step for the county’s senior citizens
Thanks to a recently approved Federal Grant, Senior Citizens from Spencer County soon will be able to dial a Taylorsville phone number and request transportation to the doctor’s office, grocery store, or even to Louisville. The service will be absolutely free to the user!
The Federal government, through the Louisville Red Cross, pays all costs for the vehicle and it’s maintenance, including insurance on the volunteer drivers.
Nancy Greenwell, chairman of the local transportation committee, responsible for overseeing use of the vehicle, said that the structure and guidelines pertaining to the vehicle’s use are being ironed out, and once volunteer drivers have completed a required Red Cross first aid class, eligible persons will be able to start phoning in transportation requests.

Five Taylorsville High School students have been selected as Outstanding Teenagers of America for 1974.
Selection for the Outstanding Teenagers awards program automatically qualifies these students for further state, regional and national honors and scholarships totaling $7,000. Local nominees are:
Kathy Brookshire, Timothy lngam, Monica Smith, Carl Duane McClain and Dennis Lewis.
Nominated by their principals, the Outstanding Teenagers of America are chosen from individual schools across the country for excellence in academic achievement and community service.

30 years ago
Feb. 16,1984

FFA Students Win Awards
The winners of the 1983 Future Farmers of America Contest are: State champion: Kimberly O’Banion, Taylor County; the other regional winners are: Dwayne Montgomery, Spencer County: Jeffrey M. Riley, Caldwell County; Danny Gray, Lyon County; Barry Hines, Daviess County; Kevin Gardner. Barry County; Steve Meredith, West Hardin; John Oldfield Ill, Morgan County; Kevin Buchanan, Knox Central; Richard L. Walker, Jr., Adair County; and Larry Britton. Woodford County.

Ho Kim Represents Spencer County High At Music Conference
Ho Kim represented Spencer County High at the Kentucky Music Educators annual conference in Lexington, Feb. 1-3. He participated in All State Chorus where he was among 360 other students from 96 participating schools.
After auditions in October, Ho was selected because of judging that was done on district levels. After two and one-half days of intensive rehearsals, a concert was given on Friday evening of February 3 held at the Lexington Convention Arena.

20 years ago
Feb. 9, 1994

Academic Team wins 4th
The Spencer County Middle School Academic Team captured fourth place at the district Governor’s Cup competition held Friday and Saturday at South Oldham Middle School.
First place honors went to the Future Problem Solving Team of 8th graders Susan Shouse, Holly Roark, Cami Shouse and 6th grader Julie Roark.
Daniel Brown place third and Richard Nation placed fourth in the math written assessment category and Laura Becker placed third in the language arts written assessment category.

Improved grazing systems can raise incomes
Improved grazing management systems are excellent ways for farmers to increase their livestock incomes this year.
The cheapest feed on any livestock farm is the feed that the animals harvest for themselves.
The nutrients harvested by grazing cost about half as much or less as those harvested and fed as stored food, such as hay.
The cost, availability and variety of fencing has improved which makes the development of improved grazing systems possible for many farmers.

10 years ago
Feb. 11, 2004
Main Street committee Suggests improvements
Main Street in Taylorsville could be getting a face-lift if the goals of the Taylorsville Main Street Committee are fulfilled.
Recently, the committee has been working to implement its Transportation Enhancement Program, through the Kentucky Department of Transportation. Committee Manager Jennifer Hesse said that phase one of the program would cost an estimated $242,000.
It includes renovations from the corner of the courthouse to the end of Washington Street, on both sides of the road including:
• Sidewalk reconstruction along with new steps
• Utility lines will be relocated one block off of Main Street.
• Electricity will be installed outside so that during festivals outlets will be available.
• Benches will be placed at designated areas on the sidewalks.
• Planters and other landscaping materials will be added.
Hesse said funding for the program is a combination of federal, slate and local dollars. The grant obtained will supply 80 percent of the cost and the city and the committee would supply the remaining 20 percent.
Hesse said that a loan would not be taken out to support the project, but that the costs will be absorbed in other ways. The city’ equipment will be made available for the project for free and volunteers from the community, including committee members, will help solicit donations for landscaping materials. She said that state and federal grant monies would pay for the sidewalk and step reconstruction.
Although the funding for the .project has been secured, it has not yet been distributed. Hesse said she expects it will not be awarded until this summer, at the earliest.
“My plan is to hold the funds, re-apply in 2005, and when we
get awarded the second phase funds, then start the reconstruction all at one time.”
Hesse said the current money would only fund renovations for the block of Main Street that runs from Washington to Main Cross Street. She said she and the committee would like to hold 10 the funds and try to get the second phase funded so that the entirety of the street could be renovated, starting in the fall of 2005.
however. Hesse said that if the second phase funds cannot be obtained next fiscal year, the project will move ahead with the first phase. grazed continuously, he added.
“Another point is fertility ,” Henning said. “Grazing animals will return most of the phosphorous and potassium in the forage back to pasture.
However, unless the distribution is uniform, some redistribution of nutrients will occur.”
Soil testing should be done 10 determine phosphorous and potassium levels of pastures in the grazing systems, he said.
However, the implementation of a good rotational system will reduce the amount of fertilizer needed compared to making hay.
“And last is the forage factor,” Henning added. “There is a beucr environment for highly productive, management-responsive species such as alfalfa in these grazing systems,”