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Today's Features

  • It’s not just the cost of transportation that can affect meat prices. Fuel — or more accurately, ethanol — plays a part on another level, according to a University of Kentucky agricultural economist. And it all goes back to corn.

  • I like a book that tells a story while teaching me a little something along the way; I like when the writer’s personality is revealed in their prose; and I like when a book makes me feel like I am not the only one that marvels at what nature and people can do. Here are my 2010 picks for just this sort of thing.

    I loved “Insectopedia” by Hugh Raffles (Random House 2010). This book is a collection of essays, experiences, musings, and some journalism. Raffles explores the natural world and our relationship to it (or our lack there of).

  • By DOUG MARTIN, Religion Columnist

    I recently overheard two individuals talking about Christmas. In their conversation, one explained that they were not going to have a big Christmas this year because things had been kind of rough around their house. I was sad to hear of their hardship but I was reminded that in life we all face rough times. What has 2010 been like for you?

  • The 2011 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Trade Show will have something for anyone interested in fruit and vegetable production. This year’s event convenes Jan. 3 in Lexington at Embassy Suites Hotel, and concludes around 5 p.m. Jan. 4.

  • Considering how the quest for exotic spice fueled exploration around the world in the 15th century it is no wonder that our favorite holiday flavors herald from around the world. From Southwest India to Southeast Asia we find cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and mace.

  • On a special night at Signature HealthCare of Spencer County, four unique residents and two dedicated employees were honored for their achievements and dedication.

    Plaques honoring “Hometown Heroes” were presented last Thursday to Mildred Browning, 85, of Shelby County; Lera Welsh, 92, a native of Jeffersontown; Margaret Dickerson, 98, who was born in Mount Washington and Vernon King, 94, originally from Knoxville, Tenn.

  • Christmas play at Spencer Christian

    Spencer Christian Church’s elementary Christmas play will be Dec. 12 at 6 p.m.

    The play is entitled, “Camel Lot.” Refreshments will be served following the show.

    All are welcome.

    For more information, call 477-9617.

    Grace Chapel to host revival starting Wednesday

    Grace Chapel will host a revival Dec. 8, 9, 11, 12.

    The evening services will be held 7 p.m. and the Sunday service will be held at 10:30 a.m.

  • No matter what you celebrate during the month of December it likely involves some sort of gift giving. Manufacturers have made certain that our options are unlimited when it comes to giving to the gardener, but some gifts are more useful then others! Don’t waste your money on the cute but useless or the useful but cheap. Consider, instead, some of these items that are favorites among my serious gardening friends.

  • Most people love Christmas.  They love the bows and the boxes, they love the getting and giving of gifts.  Some people love the idea of the “Christmas Spirit,” when joy and goodwill invade our hearts.  Then there are people who love those Christmas movies, you know the ones where hard hearts melt, the sad find happiness again, and little puppies find homes.

  • Monroe’s Garage celebrated its opening at 307 Railroad St. in Taylorsville with members of the community recently. Those attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony were (from left) Annette King, executive director of the Taylorsville-Spencer County Economic Development Authority; Beverly Bentley-Ingram, City Commissioner; Mark Waldridge, Monroe’s; Mike Monroe, co-owner of Monroe’s Garage; Paul Monroe, co-owner of Monroe’s Garage, Doug Williams, Chamber of Commerce Treasurer/County Treasurer; and Phyllis Williams, Chamber of Commerce Executive Board Member.