Today's Features


    It’s that time of the summer–tomato season! For those of us who love this fruit–yes, it is a fruit–it makes summer meals so easy, refreshing and tasty.


    The dishwasher is an unsung hero of many a kitchen. When a dishwasher is working properly, it can make fast clean-up of scores of dishes, silverware and glasses.

    As handy as dishwashers can be, sometimes they seem to lose their cleaning power. While inadequate cleaning may indicate the time has come to replace the dishwasher, many times all the appliance needs is a little maintenance and TLC.


    Dear Savvy Senior,

    What can I do to stop the perpetual prerecorded robocalls I keep getting? I’m signed up with the National Do Not Call Registry, but it seems like I still get three or four robo telemarketing calls a day offering lower credit card interest rates, medical alert devices and more.

    Fed Up Senior

    Dear Fed Up,

  • I carry a cellphone with me, most people do these days. In fact many of us carry smart phones. I think mine is probably smarter than I am.

    I’m not really sure why we even call them phones anymore. One recent survey listed making phone calls as the fifth most popular use, behind texting and surfing the internet and a few other things. A recent smartphone was unveiled with all its bells and whistles, but nobody even mentioned whether it was a good phone or not.

  • Hometown Heroes Community Celebration

    Everyone is invited to the “Hometown Heroes” community celebration that will remember the heroes of 9-11 and to honor local heroes. The event is sponsored by Plum Creek Baptist Church and will be held on September 13 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Waterford Park. There will be free food, games, live music and door prizes.

    Elk Creek Baptist Revival

  • My neighboring vendor at the Belknap Farmers’ Market, Janet Haggerty, shared some little cherry tomatoes with me last week that came from a stray seedling: the little tomatoes where a dull yellow and about the size of a gooseberry. They were fantastic.

  • Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini today encouraged producers to examine the available U.S. Department of Agriculture crop risk protection options, including federal crop insurance and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage, before the sales deadline for fall crops.

  • The Spencer County Conservation District is accepting requests for cost share funding under the Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share Program.

    Among the 18 practices eligible under the State Cost Share Program are Agricultural Waste Utilization, Ag Waste Control Facilities, Stream Crossings, Heavy Use Area Protection, Winter Feeding Areas, Pasture and Hayland Erosion Control and Rotational Grazing System Establishment.

  • The Farm Service Agency recently announced that the Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program, which provides low-interest financing to producers to build or upgrade storage facilities, will now include dairy, flowers and meats as eligible commodities.

    “For 15 years, this program has provided affordable financing, allowing American farmers and ranchers to construct or expand storage on the farm,” said Dolcini. “By adding eligible commodities, these low-interest loans will help even more family farmers and ranchers to expand on-site storage.”


    The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) recently announced that Tamara Leigh Humphrey of Taylorsville, has been selected to become a member. The Society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment. Humphrey is a student at Spencer County High School.