Today's Features


    Congratulations to Spencer County 4-H and FFA members, Sydney Warren, Zach Herndon, Hailey Pawley, Briar Honeycut, Connor Foster, Georgi Herndon, Madisyn Caudill, and Darilyn Browning for participating in the 2015 Kentucky State Fair Market Lamb Show. In Market Lamb Showmanship Zach Herndon won his class with Sydney Warren 2nd and Hailey Pawley 3rd, Darilyn Browning was 4th. Darilyn Browning had a class winner in the market show.

  • Fall is a great time to take soil samples for fertility analyses.

    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’ 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.

  • 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.

  • When I was 17 and 18, I had the privilege of traveling with the circus. It was a great experience, one I hope to never repeat. When I went back home, I looked at my cat. It was not a special cat, just a cat. But I remembered how they trained those big cats to jump through hoops of fire. I looked at my little cat, and said, “Maybe you will never jump through hoops, but I bet I can train to do a few tricks.” I’ve always believed cats were smarter than dogs. After all it’s been said, “dogs have masters, cats have staff.”

  • Words are funny things, at least the way we use them in America. For example, if I take a bow on stage I am doing one thing, if I take a bow off a package, it is something entirely different. Not only does it mean something different, we even pronounce it differently.

  • Second Baptist Booth space rental

    Booth space during Saturday’s Octoberfest in downtown Taylorsville will be available for rent on Saturday at Second Baptist Church on Jefferson Street. Booths are $25 and can be used for yard sales or other activities. Contact Gwen at 303-4313 or Camille at 296-6473.

    First Baptist Yard Sale

    A gigantic yard sale will be held at First Baptist Church in Taylorsville this Friday and Saturday, Oct 2 and 3 from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Proceeds will go to the youth for mission work with Kentucky Changers.

  • Fall is a beautiful time in Kentucky gardens, but it can also be a messy time. Tree leaves turn from green to vibrant fall colors and then drop, creating big piles. Then there are the leaf and spent shoots from our flower beds.

    The way we address our yard waste can have a significant impact on our gardens and on the environment. Gardeners commonly rake up and bag leaves to haul away to yard waste dumps.

    This option, while tidy, uses a lot of energy, both yours and the energy to transport the leaves and mixed garden waste.

  • I’m not frightened by spiders; this doesn’t mean that I want them crawling on me. I enjoy seeing them in the garden this time of the year. They seem to be everywhere: between the chair and the umbrella, in the frame of the garage door, across the window frame in the office, and across the path through Daddy’s Japanese Garden. This last one sometimes elicits panic because I have a tendency to forget about it at night and end up walking through it on the way to close up the chickens for the night. I like spiders, but I don’t want one on my shoulder.

  • Not long ago, I was stuck on an elevator. It reached the floor I wanted, but the door wouldn’t open. After a long day, I just wanted to get to my hotel room and call it a day. Instead, I spent the next 45 minutes trapped, just waiting for someone to get me out of that little box. Someone had to come with a key to get me safely out of the elevator.

  • What would you do if you knew the world was going to end at 7 p.m. this evening? What would you be doing at say 6:45? Would you be bargaining with God? Would you simply put on your saintly smile? Would you be asking friends for forgiveness? In other words, how would you be living the rest of your time here on earth?