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Today's Features

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    Spring break from teaching at U of L falls conveniently during the week of St. Patrick’s Day, which is also my target date for planting onions and potatoes. I typically manage a mid-March planting, but the condition of the soil is my primary concern. I will not start digging until the soil dries out and is considered workable.

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    Spencer County’s Lilli Hanik was one of 30 young people honored as 4-H Achievement Program Gold Award Winners recently.

    The 4-H Achievement Program was created to reward ambitious and accomplished young people throughout the state. In the highly competitive program, young people receive recognition and prizes for their accomplishments in 4-H and their community. 4-H’ers can start accumulating points as soon as they start 4-H and begin earning recognition in the sixth grade.

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    The Spencer County 4-H Livestock Club competed in the Kentucky 4-H Skill-athon Contest on Saturday, Feb. 20 in Louisville at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, during the Kentucky Beef Expo. This was Spencer County’s largest group ever participating in a state contest. Everyone represented Spencer County well, and it was an outstanding day for everyone involved.

  • Kentuckians living in counties where emerald ash borer has been detected should determine the numbers and sizes of ash trees on their properties and decide which trees, if any, should be protected. Spencer County is one of the counties where the borer has been detected. Managing Emerald Ash Borer: Decision Guide (https://extension.entm.purdue.edu/EAB/PDF/NABB_DecisionGuide.pdf) is a good tool to use in the evaluation process.

  • I have my orders placed for onion sets and seed potatoes along with some of my favorite summer crops that will be directly seeded in the garden once the temperatures really warm…I can barely stand the wait! I have just seeded out several trays of early season vegetables that like a cool start to the season. Kale, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts are just beginning to push through the light potting mix.

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    There’s a group of young people in Spencer County whose compassion has been strengthened with first-hand experience when it comes to understanding and helping the homeless.

    The youth at All Saints Catholic Church this past Saturday night participated in the first All Saints Cardboard Charity Campout, and while the name may suggest a fun time, the aim was serious and the conditions Friday night ensured lasting lessons were learned.

  • Do you ever feel weak?  I don’t mean physically weak, though I am sure that happens sometimes.  No, I mean a kind of deep weakness that steals into your heart and life.  The kind of weakness that makes everything an effort.  The kind of weakness that might be called depression or exhaustion.  The kind of weakness that robs color from your day and paints everything in shades of grey.

  • Recently, my daughter spent three days in Kosair Children’s Hospital. The issue was severe dehydration. The nurses kept giving her bags of fluids, and liquids to drink to help her body replenish what fluids she had lost. As I watched and prayed over her, God reminded me of the story of the woman at the well who spoke with Jesus. This is a profound story because what I realized is that at times … I am severely dehydrated, but not from lack of fluids. I become spiritually dehydrated.

  • March Gladness Revival at Christian Lifeline Center

    Christian Lifeline Center, located at 174 Taylorsville Road, will be holding March Gladness Revivals every Sunday in March. The church invites you to join them each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. On March 6, the services will be conducted by Pastor Edgardo Leon, March 13 will be Pastor Tee Freeman, March 20 will be Pastor Laura Swann, and on March 27, Easter Sunday, Evangelist J.D. Redmon will preach. There will also be an Easter egg hunt after Easter services.

  • A new Blue Grass Stockyards facility will be built along Iron Works Pike despite concerns about Georgetown’s water supply, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and officials with the Bluegrass Stockyards announced Friday.

    “Blue Grass Stockyards is to cattle what Keeneland is to Thoroughbreds,” Gray said at a news conference. “It is the biggest cattle market group east of the Mississippi River. Because of its sales volume, it effectively sets the cattle price structure for the entire Eastern United States.”