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Today's Features

  • Before you squish consider the next generation of beneficial insects that you may be eliminating from your garden.  We have come to look at all insects as bad, which is far from the truth.  We delight over butterflies but likely kill many while in the caterpillar stage; we love lady beetles but the nymph stage looks a little scary; and we swat and spray ever fly, wasp and bee in ear-shot.

  • Hay is a significant agricultural crop in Kentucky, with receipts around $150 million in 2009, the most recent year for which data is on file. The Commonwealth typically harvests around 2.5 million acres of hay, the vast majority of which is fescue/grass hay.
    Because hay is important to livestock producers of all types, learning to effectively manage a hay crop for higher and better yields is a critical skill. New research from the University of Wisconsin Extension summarizes how to shorten the harvest window, enhance forage quality, and reduce the chance for rain damage.

  • Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers have until Aug. 1 to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local Farm Service Agency county committees.
    FSA county committees make decisions on commodity price support loans, conservation programs, disaster programs, employing county executive directors and other significant agricultural issues.

  • Recently the Taylorsville Elementary School Chorus under the direction of music teacher, Erin Kelley, competed in the Music in the Parks Competition at Kings Island.

  • The Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Department conducted a fire safety training for Spencer County Schools on June 3.

    Members of the custodial, maintenance, Bear Care, and cafeteria staff experienced hands-on training with the proper procedure for using fire extinguishers. Spencer County Schools Director of Operations Brett Beaverson said hopefully none of the school employees will have to use the training, but felt good to know that many employees are trained in using a fire extiguisher.

  • The EF Foundation recently recognized Spencer County High School for all of its efforts in working with Katharina and Thibault (T-bo) as exchange students this past school year.  In the picture with three people are Linda Goldy, school counselor, Robyn Baxter, vice principal and Katharina Meissneitzer, an exchange student from Austria.

  • The Spencer County School System is currently participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals are provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children.
    There will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals are being provided at Taylorsville Elementary School through July 1. Breakfast is served from 8:30 a.m. until 9 a.m. and lunch is served from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m.
    The meals are provided through the United States Department of Agriculture. For more information or to file a discrimination complaint, call 866-632-9992.

  • These days it is out of fashion to encourage men to be strong and courageous, but with Father’s Day coming up I think it is time.  When television shows tend to portray men as sex-starved incompetent children and our elected representatives can’t tell the difference between right and wrong, we have a problem.  Lately, our heroes play basketball or football and we ignore their character if they can score a few points.  We are being taught that strength is just some macho bravado and that courage is out of date.

  • As we look at the three letter word ‘sin,’ many people think they have sinned or been so bad in life, there is no way God is going to save them. They are so blinded by the devil and lived for him so long they fail to realize how much God loves them.
    First of all, they need to read:
    “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
    “For there is no respect of persons with God” (Romans 2:11).

  • The Beard family and related lines have been around Spencer and Nelson counties for a mighty long time. In The Terre Haute (Indiana) Morning Star, Oct. 17, 1904, there appeared a tribute to John L. Beard, 80, and his wife Judith Frances Wells, 75, who had been married for 56 years.
    In a copy of the newspaper appears a picture of the couple, but because of the age of the paper, the photograph is not very sharp. The couple lived in Vigo County, Ind.