Today's Features

  • Once again, we enjoyed sweet potatoes all winter long from a fantastic harvest last fall. I planted out about 25 organic slips in Shepherdsville in late May, and by early November we had four nursery crates full of one of nature’s perfect foods. Seven months and counting in storage with no spoilage is impressive. We are down to about a dozen sweet potatoes; just in time for a transition to other summer vegetables.


    In a year or two, expect to find Marianne Gaddie teaching high school agriculture, or perhaps working as an extension agent.

    The 2013 Spencer County High School graduate is working this summer as an intern at the Spencer County Cooperative Extension Office. She started May 16, and she’ll be putting in 40- to 60-hour weeks all summer.

    This fall, Gaddie will be a senior at Morehead State University, where she’s an agriculture education major.

  • Five local churches will be collaborating this summer to make sure no one in Spencer County goes hungry. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m., members of those churches will be serving a meal for free to anyone who comes.

    The first meal is scheduled for May 31.

    The ministry, called “Summer Supper Together,” will be held at Taylorsville Community Church, 404 Garrard St. It will run through Aug. 9.

    The meal will be followed by a short devotional and a time of prayer for any needs attendees may have.

  • University of Kentucky entomologists recently developed a website that will have the most up-to-date information on the Zika virus and its spread, as mosquito populations around the state begin to build. The website is http://pest.ca.uky.edu/EXT/ZIKA/1kyzika.html.

  • I have no complaints about plant performance this spring. But, it seems, some gardeners are still stumped by their under-performing plants. Why plants fail to thrive is a hard question to answer, of course, because a great many things factor into poor performance, lack of bloom or die back.

  • The other day I ran across an interesting article about colors and how we see them. It seems that there is some question whether we can really see colors if we don’t have a name for them.

    I’ve always wondered about this, because I’ve noticed that my wife often calls one blouse “eggplant” and another “maroon.” To me, they are both just purple–one a little darker maybe, but still just purple.

  • Men and Women’s Day at Second Baptist Church

    All are invited to join Second Baptist Church for Men and Women’s Day on Sunday, May 22 at 11 a.m. The featured speaker will be Rev. Marsha Morton, pastor of Spillman Memorial Church in Louisville. At 4 p.m., the worship service will feature Rev. Dr. David Peoples, pastor of Jabez Missionary Baptist Church in Lexington. Second Baptist Church is located at 401 Jefferson Street in Taylorsville.

    VBS at First Baptist of Taylorsville

  • The most common form of plant propagation is digging and dividing, which is best done in early spring before new growth, or in the fall before plants go dormant. Digging and dividing is great for herbaceous plants, but those plants that are considered woody ornamentals do not divide as easily with a spade. In this case, we can look to the technique of rooting out softwood cuttings from the mother plant.


    The Commonwealth Honors Academy (CHA) is an exciting, challenging three-week academic, social and personal growth program for outstanding high school students who have completed their junior year. Students will be selected from the Commonwealth and surrounding region. Upon completion of the Academy, students will:

    • receive six hours of university credit

    • have the opportunity to take three hours of tuition-free university courses at Murray State University during the subsequent fall and spring semesters


    Sarah Tipton, of Spencer County, and a junior at Cornerstone Christian Academy in Shelbyville, was recently selected as a Governor’s Scholar.