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Today's Features

  • Some years are worse than others: I remember years when it was like a siege of lady beetles, other years a few popped up here or there.   Usually they sneak their way into our homes as a noticeable chill settles in.  On sunny days they cling to the screen door on the south side of where I write, but I need not worry about them as they sun themselves.  The ones that make it inside, however, meet my vacuum cleaner.

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    Editor’s Note: The following story was submitted to The Spencer Magnet and highlights the efforts of a local couple to establish churches in rural Nicaragua.

    On Friday June 16th of this year, a small village in rural Nicaragua called Concepcion celebrated the opening of their first Catholic Church. The church was consecrated by the Monsignor Jorge Solorzano Perez, Bishop of Granada, Nicaragua and named St. Michael, The Archangel. The funding for this church was the result of several churches working together.

  • Fires in the fireplace or outside in the fire pit are intrinsically connected to our visions of nestling in for a long comfy winter. Let the winter bring its ice and snow if it wants. Inside, we have a fire to snuggle up to.

  • I like the winter landscape because I can see past the green canvas of summer into neighboring fields where horses and sheep graze.  I can see mistletoe everywhere, too, in the canopies of trees that line a spring fed stream.  Even in town, if you look up while you are sitting at a traffic light, I bet you’ll see some.  It is there if you look into the canopies of trees devoid of their leafy-ness.  

  • Christmas activities at 2nd Baptist Church

    Come meet Santa and enjoy other Christmas activities on Saturday, December 23 at Second Baptist Church on Jefferson Street from 12 noon until 5 p.m. In addition to having photos made with Santa, there will be food, games and prizes.

    Christmas Eve Service at United Methodist

  • Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in an obscure village. He worked in a carpenter shop until he was thirty, and then for three years he was an itinerant teacher.

    He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never owned a home. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never traveled, except in his infancy, more than two hundred miles from the place where he was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompanies greatness. He had no credentials but himself.

  • The 2018 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference will have something of interest for all fruit and vegetable producers. The event runs from 8 a.m. EST Jan. 8 until 5 p.m. Jan. 9 at Lexington’s Embassy Suites Hotel.

    Preconference evening activities Jan. 7 will include vegetable, tree fruit and small fruit roundtable discussions.

  • Specialty crops such as tree nuts, dried fruits and honey stand to get a boost from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s 2018 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

    Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced last week that his department is seeking concept proposals for the grant program through March 1. Kentucky receives funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service and then conducts an annual competitive application process to award grant funds.

  • You’ve all heard the song, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”  And I must admit, I generally agree.  But there are times when the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season turns me into a bit of a Grinch.  What about you?