Features http://www.spencermagnet.com/features/todaysfeatures en BACK IN TIME: 1994 - Dry weather putting strain on Taylorsville Water Plant http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/back-time-1994-dry-weather-putting-strain-taylorsville-water-plant <p> <strong>60 years ago<br /> </strong></p> <p> July 22, 1954</p> HISTORIC PATHWAYS: Call them facts, because they likely are http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/historic-pathways-call-them-facts-because-they-likely-are <p> This week, a reiteration of facts about local history for you to chew on. They concern people and events not questioned over the years because research has shown them most likely to be based on absolute truth.<br /> Historical stories, articles and books are only as accurate as the research that was used to produce them. If the research was faulty, the product of the research is also likely to be porous.<br /> So, here we go:<br /> ENGAGEMENT: July 23 edition http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/engagement-july-23-edition <img src="http://www.spencermagnet.com/sites/www.spencermagnet.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/engagement.jpg" alt="Gary and Kim Bowman announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather Thompson, to Tanner Kendall, son of Steve and Tonya Kendall and Tina and Brian Stowers. No wedding date has been set yet by the couple." title="Gary and Kim Bowman announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather Thompson, to Tanner Kendall, son of Steve and Tonya Kendall and Tina and Brian Stowers. No wedding date has been set yet by the couple." align="left" hspace="6" /> Students win at communications day http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/students-win-communications-day <img src="http://www.spencermagnet.com/sites/www.spencermagnet.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/4-h_c._drury.jpg" alt="Christopher Drury demonstrates safety from servicing and maintenance of lawn equipment. " title="Christopher Drury demonstrates safety from servicing and maintenance of lawn equipment. " align="left" hspace="6" /> In the Garden: Dig and divide Iris and daylilies http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/garden-dig-and-divide-iris-and-daylilies <p> Why is it that the perfect time to dig and divide your iris bed is in July at the height of the season&rsquo;s heat? For bearded iris it&rsquo;s because they go through a dormant period in the summer. This hardy perennial is a beautiful spring bloomer that is virtually immune to diseases. But to ensure health and vigor you should divide your bearded iris every three to five years. If they receive adequate sunlight (at least 6 hours a day) but do not bloom well then it is definitely time to divide.<br /> Farming Facts: Converting from year round calving http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/farming-facts-converting-year-round-calving <p> Maintaining a controlled breeding and calving season can be one of the most important management tools for cow-calf producers. Uniform, heavier and more valuable calves are key reasons to keep the breeding season short. Plus, more efficient cow supplementation and cow herd health programs are products of a short breeding season. However, you shouldn&rsquo;t convert from yearlong breeding to a shortened breeding season without a lot of planning.<br /> Cattlemen present scholarships http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/cattlemen-present-scholarships <img src="http://www.spencermagnet.com/sites/www.spencermagnet.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/goodlett.jpg" alt="Shelby County Cattlemen’s Association president Irvin Kupper, second left, presented John McKinney, Tyler Goodlett and Matthew Young with $2,500 scholarships at the Cattlemen’s annual picnic in July." title="Shelby County Cattlemen’s Association president Irvin Kupper, second left, presented John McKinney, Tyler Goodlett and Matthew Young with $2,500 scholarships at the Cattlemen’s annual picnic in July." align="left" hspace="6" /> A planting for the Lord http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/planting-lord <p> In the parable from Matthew 13, Jesus compares sharing the Gospel to planting a crop. It seems that the farmer in this parable had some mixed results from his planting efforts. Let&rsquo;s take a look at the text and see what we can learn.<br />