Today's Features


    Kennedy Shelburne was named the 7-8 Academy WT Pleasure National Grand Champion for Silver Lining Stable at the Academy Championship held in Murfreesboro, Tn., earlier this month. Kennedy was named National Champion on a unanimous judges card scoring all number one votes with her horse, “Vegas”. Kennedy has been showing for two years and this is her second try at the National Finals. Her instructor is Nicole Reason from Silver Lining Stable in Cox’s Creek. She is the daughter of Courtney and Tommy Shelburne of Taylorsville.

  • Leaf raking is an autumn chore that only children enjoy, because they get to undo it in one fowl swoop. We rake and pile and they jump. I propose a new approach that just may make us all happy; adults can still rake a little, children can still play and trees will benefit from some mulch and fertilizer. At the farm, raking leaves is passé; we let them stay where they fall (within reason, of course) which is usually beneath their canopy.


    It took just nine weeks for Spencer County Middle School faculty to know they were onto something. Since the school implemented its after-school program, test scores had improved.

    Now in its second year, Grizzlies Beyond the Bell has become a sensation. On a recent Wednesday afternoon, a pack of students were running laps outside around the school while robots were taking form in a classroom and arrows were whizzing across the gym. It’s all carefully supervised, of course.

  • Thanksgiving will be here in just a couple of weeks. One of the first things that comes to mind when we think about this holiday is the importance of the meal and the traditional foods that will be served. I do not know of any other holiday that has more food tradition than Thanksgiving. We will be feasting on turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, a sweet potato dish of some sort and then for dessert–pumpkin pie.

  • At first, Tina Dwyer of North Carolina thought it was a scam. The letter said that her $615 debt to Everest College was forgiven. “You no longer owe the balance of this particular debt,” it read. “It is gone.” But it was not a scam. A non-profit debt buyer called “Rolling Jubilee” really had bought and then forgiven her debt. And she was not alone. The group claims that it has forgiven $18.5 million in debts.

  • Knights of Columbus Chicken Dinner

  • Grace Chapel Revival

    Grace Chapel will be holding a revival November 6 through 8 beginning at 7 p.m. nightly, with the Sunday service beginning at 10:30 a.m. The preacher will be Tommy Pinkerton. Grace Chapel Pastor David Hutch and the congregation invites all to attend.

    All-Saints Holiday Bazaar

  • Masks are everywhere today. On Main street last week, kids in costumes were searching for candy and goodies. Maybe in your neighborhood you saw a few trick or treaters. You may have kids or grandkids who enjoy dressing up. Maybe you even put on a plastic mask or a wig or a pair of goofy glasses just to have a little fun. It’s just that time of year.

    My Facebook page is full of photos of masks and costumes, some elaborate, some simple, but all hiding the reality.


    Spencer County Middle School celebrated its record-high K-PREP scores last Friday at an academic pep rally dubbed “Grizzly Fest.”

    The school recently received the results of last spring’s test. SCMS students placed in the 90th percentile, a dramatic gain from its place in the 37th percentile just three years ago.

    “We have really high expectations,” principal Matt Mercer said before the event. “We work extremely hard.”

  • The horse keeps her eye on her trainer as he walks her, effortlessly eases her into a canter, then seamlessly into a trot around his huge arena.

    The mare knows Greg Kallmeyer, but just as important, he says, he knows her.

    Kallmeyer, at 54, has realized a dream. He just opened the Kallmeyer Equestrian Center in Burlington, giving horses a calm home, cushioned stalls, each with an open window from which heads poke out at will.