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Today's Features

  • Typically ticks begin to appear in late spring and early summer as warm weather sets in, but this year, cases of the annual pest were reported three to four weeks earlier than normal, said specialists with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.
    The early appearance of ticks is likely due to the weather earlier this year.
    “Winter survival was probably higher due to the mild winter, and the tick season started earlier because of the warm spring,” said Lee Townsend, extension entomologist with the UK College of Agriculture.

  • We have a beautiful prickly pear cactus in bloom right now that is flaunting yellow and orange blooms like a peacock does feathers.  It is tucked in a garden on the south side of the house, so it thrives.  In fact, this cactus is native to Kentucky even if most people only associate it with the desert Southwest.
    When it comes to prickly plants, most of us automatically think of cacti in the desert; there are others with a subtler prick to consider for the mixed border.  Look into adding some texture with Acanthus, Echinops and Eryngium.  

  • The Spencer County Conservation District will accept requests for cost share funding under the Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share and Environmental Stewardship Program through June 15.          

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today its decision on Farm Service Agency  county office consolidations proposed in January as part of USDA’s Blueprint for Stronger Service. In total, FSA will consolidate 125 of the 131 offices originally proposed for consolidation with other USDA service centers. This includes the Bullitt County office that serviced Spencer County residents.
    The Blueprint included USDA’s plan to close or consolidate 259 domestic offices including the FSA offices, additional facilities and labs, and seven foreign offices.

  • On Saturday, May 19, Spencer County 4-H Shooting Sports hosted the Fourth Annual Spencer County Invitational Shooting Sports Tournament at the Spencer County Fish and Game Club. This year over 300 youth, ranging from ages 9-18, competed in this event, representing 13 counties.

  • Two students from Spencer County were among the 2,000 who received degrees during graduation ceremonies April 28 at Indiana Wesleyan University’s main campus in Marion.
    Graduating were:
    Randall Daniels, Ridgecrest Road, with an A.S., general studies, liberal arts; and
    DeeDee Miller, Lake Point Court, with a B.S., management.

  • Lilli Hanik is one of those students that many teachers would describe as wise beyond her years.

  • A woman in our church came up to me and said “Could I ask you a question?” I said “sure.”
    The question was, “Where did you go to church before you came here, and why did you leave?”
    I tried to explain the answer to her as best as I could.
    I said, “You see, I went to First Baptist in Taylorsville and Jesus called me away to this mission. I will have to be honest that I did not want to go, and it got to be such a burden, coming from Jesus, that I had to yield to him.”