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Today's Features

  • So what does The Old Farmer’s Almanac say about 2011?  Even if you don’t follow this sort of prognostication, there are some interesting observations based in a little fact and a little myth.  Here are a few of my favorites that may explain a bit more about nature as we enter into another year.  

  • A nice landscape of a few trees and shrubs, some flowers and well-tended turf has value. Our landscapes help define our outdoor living space, provide shade and help screen unwanted views.

    A well-maintained landscape may add as much as 5 to 10 percent to the value of our property.

    But landscapes can provide another resource that we don’t often consider – food. What if it were possible to introduce edible plants to your landscape?

  • Birthdays are a good time to sit back and reflect on the past: Remember your accomplishments, admit your defeats and prepare for the future by learning from your mistakes.

    So it was on his 57th birthday on the last Wednesday of 2010 that retiring state Sen. Gary Tapp (R-Shelbyville) sat down with Landmark Communications and talked about walking away from 12 years of work in Frankfort as first a member of the House and for the last eight as a senator.

  • As the 2011 legislative session gets under way in Frankfort, many predicted a slow session without many results because of the upcoming governor’s race, which has Senate President David Williams seeking the Republican nomination.

    But the session started off fast, with several bills being pushed to the Senate floor in the first week and the discussion of a statewide smoking ban.

    “I know we’ve discussed it before, but I don’t ever recall voting on it [a statewide ban] before,” Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) said.

  • One longtime employee of the county was replaced and others had their positions modified as part of a marathon Fiscal Court meeting on Monday.

    The incoming court, which included new Judge Executive Bill Karrer, made the personnel announcements at the close of a seven-hour meeting –­ more than half of which was spent in state-authorized private executive session.

  • The Spencer County Board of Education is looking for ways to address drug usage in the schools and a random drug testing program at the high school could be a component used in those efforts.

  • Six people, including three juveniles, have been arrested on charges related to break-ins at Spencer County High School and Taylorsville Elementary School.

    Matthew Shake, 19, of Taylorsville, and three juveniles were charged with two counts of burglary and theft by unlawful taking of less than $500 for break-ins at both the high school and elementary school on Jan. 2-3.

  • It’s a new year, and many people are making their New Year’s resolutions. I have always had trouble keeping resolutions for more than a few weeks. It seems like too much, too fast. There’s so much expectation surrounding them that they become easy to break.

    A few years ago, I heard about a different way of making resolutions called One Little Word. The concept is to choose one word that becomes your focus for the entire year. The word reminds you of your goals and intentions.

  • Charlotte russe has been in Judy Broyles’ family for several generations. She knows her grandmother, who she never knew, made it and taught the recipe to Broyles’ mother but is not sure how her grandmother learned the recipe.

    “It was tradition for it to be our Thanksgiving dessert,” said Broyles, who has been making the dessert for 51 years herself. “My daughter and granddaughter are making it now too.”