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Today's Features

  • Most of us are not fluent in Latin so distinguishing between an Aesculus parviflora and an Aesculus pavia may take some extra effort. Throw hybrids and cultivars into the mix and our plant choices may increase with our confusion.

  • The latest Marketbasket Survey, conducted by the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation in December 2011, indicates that average retail food prices in supermarkets across the state have decreased by 1 percent during this last quarter. According to the survey, the total cost of 40 basic grocery items was $115.90. This reflects a decrease of $1.16, or 1 percent, from the same list of items reported in the previous quarter.

  • This article is courtesy of the History of Kentucky by Lewis Collins and J.A. and U.P. James, published in 1847. It was reprinted by the Henry Clay Press, Lexington, Ky., in 1968.
    Because so many Spencer Countians were once Shelby Countians before the division of Shelby in 1824, it seems quite appropriate to offer this biography. Remember, this was published in 1847. Because of its length, The Spencer Magnet is presenting the article in two parts. Make sure to check out next week’s edition for the second half of the story.

  • How does it feel to see the old year out, and the beginning of a new year? Maybe this year, the promises made to change yourself will be a true resolve, with no procrastinating. Why not start by memorizing this very short, simple little poem:
    Procrastination is my sin…
    It causes me endless sorrow…
    But, I’ve made up my mind to quit…
    And I will begin … tomorrow.
    Well, as silly as that little poem seems, maybe it is more true than it should be. Especially, for most of you, as it relates to marriage.

  • Before our daughter was born, we had a tradition to spend New Year’s Eve with some of our friends. We always went out to dinner, usually at a nice Chinese restaurant, and then went back to someone’s house to play karaoke or Rock Band and watch the ball drop on television.

  • Jennifer Stidham and Ryan Thornhill were married on Oct. 15, 2011. The couple was wed at the Caldwell Chapel Louisville Presbyterian Seminary by Pastor Dale Decker.

  • Danielle Nicole Burke would like to announce the birth of her son, Bradley Michael Burke, who was born Dec. 12, 2011, 8:22 a.m., at Baptist Hospital East in Louisville.

  • Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan, along with leaders from food and agriculture organizations, introduced recently a free online tool to help U.S. producers of all sizes achieve good agricultural practices harmonized standards and certification, helping to further expand economic opportunities for American agriculture.

  • Hope you don’t mind that I take this opportunity to reflect a little.  Another year is gone. I remember my elders marveling over this and how quickly time goes by and I get it now.  I have learned some this year but I don’t necessarily feel smarter; I have aged some but don’t necessarily feel older; and I have made new friends that have taught me that there is always potential, which has made me excited about the rest of my life.