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Today's Features

  • Early winter is an optimum time to prepare your spring-calving herd for reproductive success. Adequate nutrition from about 50 to 80 days prior to calving is critical to maximizing a cow’s ability to rebreed and maintain a 365-day calving interval. If a cow gets inadequate nutrition or is thin at calving and breeding, she will take longer to come into heat and will require more services to conceive.

  • Most of us know that the popular spice ginger comes from the root of the plant. Well, really it is a rhizome, and the hot and pungent flavor has more to it than just a taste sensation.

    Ginger got its name from the Sanskrit word sringavera which means “root shaped like a horn.” It has been used by the Romans, the Chinese, Europeans and others for thousands of years and has been endowed with an herbal and medicinal reputation. The ginger that we use as a spice comes from zingiber officinale one of many different species of this flowering tropical plant.

  • One of my favorite Christmas stories is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. In it we have a miser named Scrooge who not only doesn’t know the meaning of Christmas but goes out of his way to make everyone as miserable as he is. He is visited by a ghost and three spirits of Christmas, the past, present, and future. After this experience he is a changed man, Charles Dickens wrote in his epilogue that if there was anyone who could keep Christmas the whole year through it was Scrooge.

  • Deborah Kaye Montgomery celebrated her business move to a new storefront on Main Street with a ribbon cutting earlier this month. Joining her in this momentous occasion were (from left) Annette King, executive director of Taylorsville/Spencer County Economic Development; Jerry Davis, president of Spencer County/Taylorsville Chamber of Commerce; Melvin Gore, chamber vice-president; Deborah Kaye Montgomery, owner; her husband, David Montgomery; and son, Jeremiah Montgomery.

  • Billie W. Wade, CEO of Citizens Union Bank, recently returned from a meeting of America’s Community Bankers Council, a division of the American Bankers Association in Washington, D.C. Composed of approximately 100 bankers representing all 50 states, the Council meets twice each year to advise the Association on issues affecting the nation’s community banks and their customers.

  • This is the way most celebrate Christmas – we start shopping on the day after Thanksgiving and continue to do so for many days after. Then after three or four weeks, we start wondering who we have left off our shopping list. Or we start worrying if someone will like the present we got for them. When Christmas Eve or Christmas Day rolls around, we begin the massive exchange of gifts and partake in bountiful meals. Most of us eat way too much and gain at least 10 pounds, feeling miserable. During these big meals, we briefly forget about the presents under the tree.

  • We all say we want winter interest but sometimes we forget about it once spring rolls around and we get excited about a new season. Have you selected things that will capture your eye in January? Look out the window and tell yourself what you see and then take some notes. What window do you gaze out the most and where, in that view, would a colorful tree or shrub make the most difference? Now, consider planting something with the best winter interest there is: berries. Berries come in all sorts of colors; and they will bring in wildlife to enjoy, as well.

  • Logan Gray, senior of Spencer County High School, was recently nominated for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards and the Toyota Community Scholars Program. Both programs recognize students for their outstanding commitment to community service and present awards based on the student’s academic performance and the overall impact of the student’s contribution(s) in the area of community service.

  • Curtsinger selected as alternate

    Chase Thomas, son of Kevin and Diana Thomas, has been selected the SCHS Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminar participant. Danielle Curtsinger, daughter of Karen Curtsinger, has been selected as the alternate participant. These students were nominated as HOBY candidates by SCHS.

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    Advent services at Risen Lord Lutheran

    Risen Lord Lutheran Church, located at 5138 Taylorsville Road near the Elk Creek Grocery store, invites the community to come worship with them tonight. The evening will start with a soup supper at 6 p.m. with a worship service to begin at 7 p.m. For more information please contact Pastor Steve Gettinger at 477-6557.

    Christmas celebration at

    Lighthouse Baptist Church