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Today's Features

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    The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) recently announced that Tamara Leigh Humphrey of Taylorsville, has been selected to become a member. The Society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment. Humphrey is a student at Spencer County High School.

  • Forty-three Gatton Academy students, including Joshua Baunach, a senior from Taylorsville, have returned home following a 23-day study abroad program to London and Harlaxton College in Grantham, England.

    Accompanying the students on the trip were Professor Walker Rutledge, WKU Department of English, and Dr. Julia Roberts, Beth Hawke, Zack Ryle and Danetra Hodge of the Gatton Academy.

  • Amid some controversy and opposition, the Spencer County High School Site-Based Decision Making Council Monday evening gave approval for the formation of a student club that will focus on promoting diversity within the school.

  • Eight students from Spencer County have been named Senator Jeff Green Scholars by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). To earn this honor, a student must have a 4.0 grade point average each year of high school and at least a 28 composite on the ACT.

    These students have also earned $2,500 a year in Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) awards. If they keep their grades up in college, they will have $10,000 to use toward a four-year degree.

  • My neighboring vendor at the Belknap Farmers’ Market, Janet Haggerty, shared some little cherry tomatoes with me last week that came from a stray seedling: the little tomatoes where a dull yellow and about the size of a gooseberry. They were fantastic.

  • Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini today encouraged producers to examine the available U.S. Department of Agriculture crop risk protection options, including federal crop insurance and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage, before the sales deadline for fall crops.

  • The Farm Service Agency recently announced that the Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program, which provides low-interest financing to producers to build or upgrade storage facilities, will now include dairy, flowers and meats as eligible commodities.

    “For 15 years, this program has provided affordable financing, allowing American farmers and ranchers to construct or expand storage on the farm,” said Dolcini. “By adding eligible commodities, these low-interest loans will help even more family farmers and ranchers to expand on-site storage.”

  • The Spencer County Conservation District is accepting requests for cost share funding under the Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share Program.

    Among the 18 practices eligible under the State Cost Share Program are Agricultural Waste Utilization, Ag Waste Control Facilities, Stream Crossings, Heavy Use Area Protection, Winter Feeding Areas, Pasture and Hayland Erosion Control and Rotational Grazing System Establishment.

  • As a Marine going through boot camp I heard sayings like, “No pain, no gain.” or “Pain is good and extreme pain is extremely good.” Now, trying to keep in shape or even preparing for battle, those sayings make sense. A few sore muscles or a few scrapes may save your life. But I must admit, in general, I am not a fan of pain.