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Today's Features

  • Not everyone was forced to endure the bitter cold and heavy snowfall that hit many parts of America hard during the first days of 2011. Brooke Armstrong, a 2009 Spencer County High School graduate, recently spent two busy weeks in Central America through a study abroad program she found on the Internet.

  • The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture is once again teaming up with the University of Tennessee to offer the sixth-annual Mid-South Stocker Conference set for Feb. 21 and 22 in Bowling Green. This year’s conference will provide cattle producers with innovative ideas.
    Sponsored by the Cooperative Extension Services of the universities of Kentucky and Tennessee and each state’s Cattlemen’s Association, in partnership with Bayer Animal Health and BEEF magazine, this year’s conference will offer information relative to a changing industry.

  • As I write, I am comforted by the snow that has accumulated on the boughs of my Nordmann fir and Serbian spruce. It is beautiful, yes, but more important, the snow serves as an insulator against desiccating winds and frigid temperatures. We must not forget that evergreens, particularly broadleaf evergreens like rhododendrons and American hollies, lose a great deal of moisture through their leaves in the winter.

    Winter desiccation is not unusual but the effects are magnified coming out of a season of drought.

  • Sweet potato dumplings have become a favorite dish at Adina Milburn’s home over the past few years. She was first introduced to it at a potluck dinner at her church, Highview Baptist Spencer Campus.

    Angie Melton brought the dumplings and Milburn liked them so much that she asked for the recipe.

    The sweet potato dumplings call for sweet potato patties, but sweet potatoes can be used.

    “Angie originally told us to use sweet potato patties,” said Milburn. “It’s so much easier to use the patties.”

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all babies be exclusively breastfed for the first six months, but according to the CDC in Kentucky, only 58 percent of babies are ever breastfed, and only 12 percent of babies are exclusively breastfed at 6 months. Part of the reason that breastfeeding rates are so low is that women often do not grow up seeing other women breastfeed.

  • Bryan Scott Macdonald married Melissa Gale Keeling on Dec. 31 in Finchville, KY at the Misty Valley Wedding Chapel. Melissa’s daughters, Alisha Marie Polly and Amber Blair Polly, were in attendance by the bride’s side at the ceremony.
     

  • Brittany Tindle and Troy Valley would like to announce the birth of their son, Donald Bradyn Valley.

    Bradyn weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and was 19 inches long.
    Bradyn was welcomed home by his sister, Jasmine Valley and his brother, Cameron Tindle.

  • The main theme of Exodus 2:23-25 is the providence of God. God knew – and he still does! He heard the cry and groans of his people, He cared about their suffering, and he knew just how to deliver them.

  • Have you received your W-2 yet? That little slip of paper is always so surprising. Not surprised at getting it, surprised at what it says about us. It is just a simple piece of paper that tells us how much we made last year. It reports a few other things too, but it is the income surprise that always catches me.