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Today's Features

  • It is strange but true — people often refer to shade as a problem. How many times have you heard of people desperately searching for that one magic thing they can do to get grass to grow underneath a pin oak? Why can’t we just accept the fact that it just isn’t possible and move on to better things?

  • Applicants for the 2015 Kentucky quota elk hunt may now go online to see if they were drawn.

    This year, 34,001 people from as far away as Hawaii submitted 70,348 applications for the hunt. Kentucky, which supports the biggest elk herd east of the Mississippi River, opened a season for elk in 2001.

  • Summer is almost here. We’ve already experienced some heat, just a taste of what’s to come. Humans aren’t the only ones who suffer when the temperatures rise. Farm animals feel it, too. You can recognize when your livestock may be in danger from the heat and what you can do to increase their comfort.

    Livestock become uncomfortable when the heat index reaches about 90 degrees. The heat index is a combination of air temperature and humidity, and is used to describe how it feels outside.

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    The newest face at the Spencer County Cooperative Extension Office is a familiar one.

    Emily Hume, a senior majoring in animal science at Murray State University, has joined the Extension staff as a summer intern.

    Hume is a Spencer County native and spent much of her time as a youth in the county’s 4-H programs. This summer will mark her eighth year showing pigs, though it will be her first in the open divisions.

  • Spencer County’s Noah Williamson was one of 61 students, representing 37 counties from across Kentucky who were recognized during The Gatton Academy’s eighth graduation ceremony in Van Meter Hall last Saturday.

    Gatton Academy Executive Director Dr. Julia Roberts expressed that the graduation ceremony was a celebration for the entire Commonwealth.

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio – Emily Hume, Taylorsville, Ky., recently received a $1,000 United Producers Inc. Scholarship.

    Hume, the daughter of David and Tonya Hume, currently attends Murray State University studying animal science.

  • The following students enrolled at the Shelby County Area Technology Center have received the Citizen of the Month for April which is a student whose behavior and attitude distinguish them as superior students.

    James Abell – Automotive Technology

    Trever Mckinnley – Industrial Maintenance

  • Spencer County resident Doug McCoy will be certified as a master environmental educator at a ceremony in Frankfort today.

    A total of 20 environmental educators from across the Commonwealth will be recognized. All master environmental educators have completed the state’s rigorous Professional Environmental Educator Certification (PEEC) course and at least six subsequent years of continuing education. The course is offered by the Kentucky Environmental Education Council (KEEC), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

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    Workers from Waldridge Restoration have been applying a fresh coat of paint and making repairs to the Hall-Taylor Funeral Home in downtown Taylorsville. One of the oldest buildings in Spencer County, a historical marker indicates it was constructed in 1838 and is currently one of the centerpieces of downtown.

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    Several businesses with Spencer County locations were included in the 2015 Best Places to Work in Kentucky list, compiled by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management.

    Signature HealthCare was listed fourth among medium-sized companies. They operate the nursing home in Taylorsville, with over 150 employees.