Today's Features

  • I am so grateful that my husband Andy is in charge of the orchard. Fruit tree maintenance, I am convinced, is an art. There are details to pruning that can make or break good fruit set, branch structure and ability to pick when the limbs are laden with ripe fruit. While I understand the basics, I am glad Andy is the one that executes the task.

  • Most people are aware of the danger to ash trees from the emerald ash borer throughout North America. According to a sobering USDA Forest Service publication, “Emerald ash borer is the most destructive forest insect introduced into North America in recent history. Our present ability to detect, contain, eradicate, or manage EAB infestations is limited . . . The eventual loss of the vast majority of ash trees in North America should be anticipated.” To read the entire publication, please visit http://na.fs.fed.us/pubs/eab/eab_strategy.pdf.

  • Army Reserve Pvt. Daniel R. Lewis has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.
    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.

  • Family and friends are invited to celebrate G.W. Washburn’s 90th birthday with a party on Sunday.

    The party will be at the Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Department on Water Street from 2 to 5 p.m.
    The family requests no gifts.
    Dessert will be served.

  • Nikki and Josh Waldridge of Taylorsville announce the birth of their son, Lucas James Carter Waldridge, on Nov. 16, 2011, at 12:16 p.m. at Norton Suburban Hospital in Louisville.

  • I have heard many people say, “The Lord is coming back to Earth,” ever since I was a little child and he hasn’t come back yet. The Bible says he is coming back and I believe it. I also believe it will not be very long. Just take a look at how sinful our country is and the rest of the whole world. Sin will be the reason he will come back.

  • Today I’ll make several phone calls, I’ll respond to my email and maybe even answer a text message or two. Today I’ll interact with people by waving at them from my car or conversing with them on the street. Like you, I am connected to people in all sorts of ways, from quick glimpses of life on Facebook to deep conversations over lunch.

  • Below are the names of the Western Kentucky University students who were named to the dean’s and president’s lists for the fall 2011 semester. Included are the students’ names and their hometown cities.
    Students making the dean’s list have a grade-point average of 3.4 to 3.79 on a 4.0 scale. Students on the president’s list have GPAs of 3.8 to 4.0 and are indicated by an asterisk (*).

  • Could marriage become obsolete? Why is this question being proposed? Well, maybe because the latest statistics reflect this trend in our society.
    The usual decision — which was reflected in our society in 1960, when 72 percent of all adults, ages 18 and older, were married — has changed percentage-wise to just over 50 percent with some predicting that within a few years the number will drop below the half-way mark.
    What has happened? Where are we going? Why the overall change? Are there any worthwhile answers?

  • Dear Savvy Senior,

    Can you write a column on the shameful crime of elder abuse? I’ve worked for Adult Protective Services for many years, and it seems like this ongoing problem doesn’t get enough attention.
    Concerned Citizen

    Dear Concerned,

    I certainly can! Elder abuse is an immense and often hidden problem that all Americans need to be aware of so they can recognize it, and know what to do if they suspect a problem.