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Today's Features

  • If your daffodils didn’t bloom well this year ask yourself these two questions: did you allow the foliage to die back naturally last summer before you cut it off; and has it been eons since they were last divided?

    Patience is a virtue when it comes to daffodils. Often the first color to appear in early spring, their beauty is long awaited. Then we have to wait another two months before we can remove the dulling green foliage. The foliage gathers nutrients for the bulb to store over winter, allowing it to grow and bloom next spring.

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    The end of another year of adventure is approaching for this year’s group of exchange students from EF High School Exchange Year. We, as host families, are sadly saying good-bye to these amazing teenagers we have gotten to know, and watched grow throughout the entire school year. Among this group is Carlota, a 16-year old Spanish girl who will be leaving us soon; going back home to Spain to try to explain to her friends and family about “the American way.” We hope she has some good things to say.

  • Last week I was on vacation and found myself at a four-way stop. I just sat there for a few minutes until my wife said, “You can go, it’s your turn.” I looked around for a minute and realized I had been waiting for the light to change! Since the lights don’t change at a stop sign I would probably still be waiting. I guess I really needed those days off.

  • “Honk if you love Jesus. Text while driving if you want to meet Him.” This saying has appeared on numerous church signs throughout the country.

    I admit, there are a lot of tacky sayings on church signs, some just want to make you gag. But this is one of those sayings I truly embrace. In fact, if I did have a sign on our church property, this is one saying I would definitely put on it. Unfortunately, being on Main Street, there are ordinances against such signs.

  • Elk Creek Baptist Church

    Elk Creek Baptist Church will be hosting Vacation Bible School Sunday, June 7 through Thursday, June 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 each evening. The theme is “Hometown Nazareth — Where Jesus was a Kid.” Classes are available from preschool through fifth grade. For more information, visit www.elkcreekbaptist.com.

    First Baptist Church

  • Dear Savvy Senior,

    Can you go over the different types of housing options available to seniors, and recommend some good resources for locating and choosing one? I need to find a place for my elderly mother, and could use some help.

    Searching Daughter

    Dear Searching,

    There’s a wide array of housing options available to seniors, but what’s appropriate for your mom will depend on her needs and financial situation. Here’s a rundown of the different levels of senior housing and some resources to help you search.

  • Canine influenza is on the move in the United States. A new strain of the flu has led to the death of eight dogs and sickened more than 1,700 in the Chicago area. Now dogs in other states including Wisconsin, Georgia, Texas, Ohio and Indiana are getting sick. Authorities are not yet sure if the strain of the virus is the same, but are urging awareness.

    University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Lab pathologist Lynne Cassone said there is no reason to panic, but dog owners should be vigilant.

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    The 2015 Louisville Area Communications Day was Saturday, May 9, at Cedar Grove Elementary School in Shepherdsville. I am so proud to say that everyone from Spencer County did an outstanding job.

    Junior Home Environment Demonstration: 1st Place and Blue Ribbon – Lorelae Cox demonstrated How to Make Towel Friends.

    Junior Safety Demonstration: 2nd Place and Blue Ribbon – Christopher Drury demonstrated How to Safely Haul Equipment.

    Speech Category: 2nd Place and Blue – Jackson Baird, Kentucky State Fair.

  • My interest in hardy geraniums started in about 1996. In European gardens they were as commonplace as phlox was in American perennial gardens. Twenty years later and hardy geraniums are available, in all their glory, at most garden centers. Experience has taught us which ones are suited to our warm summer climate.