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Today's Features

  • Summer is almost here. We’ve already experienced some heat, just a taste of what’s to come. Humans aren’t the only ones who suffer when the temperatures rise. Farm animals feel it, too. You can recognize when your livestock may be in danger from the heat and what you can do to increase their comfort.

    Livestock become uncomfortable when the heat index reaches about 90 degrees. The heat index is a combination of air temperature and humidity, and is used to describe how it feels outside.

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    The newest face at the Spencer County Cooperative Extension Office is a familiar one.

    Emily Hume, a senior majoring in animal science at Murray State University, has joined the Extension staff as a summer intern.

    Hume is a Spencer County native and spent much of her time as a youth in the county’s 4-H programs. This summer will mark her eighth year showing pigs, though it will be her first in the open divisions.

  • Spencer County’s Noah Williamson was one of 61 students, representing 37 counties from across Kentucky who were recognized during The Gatton Academy’s eighth graduation ceremony in Van Meter Hall last Saturday.

    Gatton Academy Executive Director Dr. Julia Roberts expressed that the graduation ceremony was a celebration for the entire Commonwealth.

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio – Emily Hume, Taylorsville, Ky., recently received a $1,000 United Producers Inc. Scholarship.

    Hume, the daughter of David and Tonya Hume, currently attends Murray State University studying animal science.

  • The following students enrolled at the Shelby County Area Technology Center have received the Citizen of the Month for April which is a student whose behavior and attitude distinguish them as superior students.

    James Abell – Automotive Technology

    Trever Mckinnley – Industrial Maintenance

  • Spencer County resident Doug McCoy will be certified as a master environmental educator at a ceremony in Frankfort today.

    A total of 20 environmental educators from across the Commonwealth will be recognized. All master environmental educators have completed the state’s rigorous Professional Environmental Educator Certification (PEEC) course and at least six subsequent years of continuing education. The course is offered by the Kentucky Environmental Education Council (KEEC), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

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    Workers from Waldridge Restoration have been applying a fresh coat of paint and making repairs to the Hall-Taylor Funeral Home in downtown Taylorsville. One of the oldest buildings in Spencer County, a historical marker indicates it was constructed in 1838 and is currently one of the centerpieces of downtown.

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    Several businesses with Spencer County locations were included in the 2015 Best Places to Work in Kentucky list, compiled by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management.

    Signature HealthCare was listed fourth among medium-sized companies. They operate the nursing home in Taylorsville, with over 150 employees.

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    On Wednesday, May 6, the Spencer County-Taylorsville Chamber of Commerce welcomed Hosparus with an official ribbon cutting ceremony. Hosparus is a fully accredited nonprofit hospice care organization that provides medical care, family counseling, pain management and more to anyone with a life-limiting illness, and their family, regardless of their ability to pay. Hosparus cares for patients in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, inpatient units or in hospitals in Spencer and surrounding counties.

  • The USDA Food and Nutrition Service joined Kentucky state agencies for agriculture and Market-LinkTM to host Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) merchant sign-up events in Louisville, Manchester and Morehead.

    American consumers are enjoying ever more opportunities to buy food directly from their local farmers, and state and federal agriculture departments are working together to increase SNAP recipients’ access to farmers’ fresh products.