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Today's Features

  • A few days before Christmas, I checked the schedule for Turner Classic Movies, one of the few TV channels I watch. I was looking for Christmas movies, maybe the 1938 Reginald Owen version of “A Christmas Carol” or something like that - something for the family. I was pleased to find three favorites back-to-back that I’ve seen with my wife and daughters, all nice Christmas romances - and all with a similar happy ending.

  • Gospel Sing at Old Gospel Barn

    There will be a Gospel Singing and Pray-in on New Year’s Eve at the Cumbos Old Gospel Barn beginning at 7:30 p.m. on December 31. Featured groups will include the Common Creek Band, Nichols Church Band, The Samaritans, Shelton and the Cumbos. The event is free and everyone is invited. Cumbos Old Gospel Barn is located 11286 Louisville Road in Cox’s Creek.

    Sunday Drive in Concert at First Baptist Church

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    The Spencer County FFA Farm Toy Show was held December 11-12 and attracted more than 1700 attendees for the weekend. The show featured over 50 vendors and 180 tables of items.

    One of the highlights of the show was the farmscape exhibits and judging. This year, the John S. Shouse Memorial Award, which is given to the top farmscape, was presented to Jesse Smith, Matthew Benedict, and Jake Graves from Springfield.

  • Every couple of years I like to revisit my father’s favorite Christmas poem inspired by Clement Moore’s famous work, ‘Night Before Christmas’. The writer is unknown, but he or she certainly was a gardener; and you may even get some last minute gift ideas from its verse.

  • I have always been interested in the nativity story. Joseph and Mary making the long journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem for the Roman census has always piqued my interest. Why couldn’t the Inn Keeper find someplace for Mary and Joseph on the night Jesus was born? Did Bethlehem as a whole miss the birth of the King of Kings? Didn’t anyone show up to assist this young couple who was forced to use a manger for a cradle?

  • Community Christmas Eve Service

    A Community Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held at the Taylorsville United Methodist Church at 11 p.m. on December 24. The offering will go to the benevolent fund of the Spencer County Ministerial Association. The church is located on Main Street.

    Christmas Eve services at Spencer Christian Church

    Spencer Christian Church will be conducting Christmas Eve services onThursday involving special music and a short message. Two service times are planned, one at 4:30 p.m. and another at 6 p.m.

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    The Spencer County Extension Office hosted the District 3 Holiday Staff meeting last week.

  • Few plants can liven up a winter day like the amaryllis.  The large pink, white, red, orange and variegated flowers are truly spectacular. Maybe you received an amaryllis bulb as a holiday gift.

    A member of the lily family, the amaryllis rises from a large bulb.  The growth habit makes it well suited for blooming during the colder months of the year.

  • Holiday greenery has a history that goes well beyond the Victorian Christmas tree we gather around today. Most of the holiday greenery we use to decorate dates back to the pagan holidays of the Romans and Northern Europeans when certain plants were chosen for their symbolic powers of restoration and protection.

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    Students at Spencer County High School lent a hand to local and state police during the Cram the Cruiser effort to collect food for various charitable programs. Students brought in food and blocked the doors of several teachers in the school last week, before they gathered it all together for the effort.