Features http://www.spencermagnet.com/features/todaysfeatures en Agriculture - Local youth do well at State Fair Swine show http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/agriculture-local-youth-do-well-state-fair-swine-show <img src="http://www.spencermagnet.com/sites/www.spencermagnet.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/skill_a_thon_group_shot.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Congratulations to all of the Swine Exhibitors from Spencer County that participated in the 2015 Kentucky State Fair. In the Kentucky State Fair 4-H/FFA Market Swine Show Ashley Montgomery, Makala Hatzman, Madisyn Caudill, Courtney Jeffiers, Dalton Stallings, Kelly Herndon, Emily Herndon, Seth Goodlett, Dillon Stallings, Jenna Thompson, Noah Dunning, Casey Montgomery, Lee Tyler Owen, Ethan Thompson, Emily Truax, Desmond Stubbs, Noah Frank, Jillian Dunning, and Taylor Goodlett represented Spencer County 4-H and FFA well in the all of their classes.</p> Agriculture - Persimmons are dropping early this year http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/agriculture-persimmons-are-dropping-early-year <p> The apple orchard has been picked clean. Some are stowed in the refrigerator, some are applesauce, some frozen and the rest are dried and sitting patiently on the shelf until the dead of winter (we are not allowed to eat them until all fresh are eaten).</p> AT HOME - It’s apple time, but not just any apple will do http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/home-it%E2%80%99s-apple-time-not-just-any-apple-will-do <p> Apples come in many colors, textures and flavors. You will be more satisfied with your culinary results when using recipes with apples if you are aware of, and knowledgable about, the varying characteristics of each type of apple.</p> Deer collisions on the rise http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/deer-collisions-rise <img src="http://www.spencermagnet.com/sites/www.spencermagnet.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/map.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Brace yourselves, Kentucky drivers; the annual three-month increase in roadway encounters, and unfortunate collisions, with white-tailed deer is once again upon us.</p> Church Happenings - Week of October 7 http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/church-happenings-week-october-7 <p> Fall Festival at Spencer Christian</p> <p> Spencer Christian Church will be hosting a Fall Festival this Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the church, located at 5720 Taylorsville Road, in Elk Creek. There will be fun for the whole family, including a pig roast, live music and games, contests, a cake walk, hay rides and much more. Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy this free event.</p> <p> Tent Revival</p> Solid as a rock http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/solid-rock <p> A few years ago I had a chance to travel to Marble Colorado and visit the marble mines there. Now, when I think of marble, I think of the monuments in cemeteries, the decoration on courthouses, things like that. In fact, the marble from this area was used to build the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.</p> Agriculture - Flowering tropical plants can benefit outside now http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/agriculture-flowering-tropical-plants-can-benefit-outside-now <p> When attempting to grow tropical plants, we are met with the challenge of mimicking their native habitat which is difficult inside our homes; we can allow Mother Nature to take care of some of this, outside, for now. Move some of your orchids, holiday cacti and Clivia outdoors for the remainder of the season because we can initiate bloom by naturally managing day length and nighttime temperatures.</p> Agriculture - Fall a good time for soil sample http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/agriculture-fall-good-time-soil-sample <p> Fall is a great time to take soil samples for fertility analyses.</p> <p> Doing it now can allow you plenty of time to follow fertility recommendations before planting season, and that could end up saving you time and money. When you receive the soil test results, look at the recommendations for lime and pH, a measure of soil acidity that affects plants&rsquo; uptake of all nutrients. If the soil pH is too low, it decreases the uptake of essential nutrients, and elements like aluminum and manganese can become toxic to growing plant roots.</p>