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Today's News

  • COLUMN: Cool season weeds waiting in the wings

  • PHOTO: FFA Participating in Kentucky FFA Ram Truck Program

  • COLUMN: Put late winter pruning on your to-do list

    In a fit of gratitude, I made a list of the things I loved about my life the other day. I managed eight solid things, none were frivolous; and one prompted the whole exercise: I love warm February days. This beautiful February day set into motion a very productive weekend. It felt so good to get some good old-fashioned garden clean up done with my husband by my side and the sheep grazing freely about. It makes you feel optimistic about the rest of your life.

  • COLUMN: Eastern tent caterpillar to hatch mid-March

    Experts report that the eastern tent caterpillar egg hatch will likely begin in mid-March for Central Kentucky.
    “The development of the eastern tent caterpillar – and insects in general – is directly correlated with air temperature. This helps predict when they will be active,” said Lee Townsend, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture entomologist. “Temperature data from UK’s Ag Weather Center so far shows a pattern in Central Kentucky that is very similar to 2012.”

  • FSA loans now available for socially disadvantaged persons

    USDA Farm Service Agency reserves funds each year to make loans to socially disadvantaged applicants to buy and operate family-size farms. A socially disadvantaged farmer is one of a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic, or gender prejudice because of their identity as members of the group without regard to their individual qualities. For the purposes of this program, socially disadvantaged groups have been defined as women, Blacks or African Americans, American Indians or Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, Asians, and Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders.

  • SAVVY SENIOR: Do you need to file a tax return this year?

    Dear Savvy Senior
    My income dropped way off when I retired early last year, and I’m wondering if I fall into the so called “47 percent” of Americans who won’t have to pay and income taxes this year. What can you tell me?
    Curious Senior

    Dear Curious,

  • COLUMN: Divorce should never equal the willful neglect of a child
  • Celebration cake is versatile, mimics a pound cake

    We recently celebrated my daughter’s sixth birthday with a party for her friends. We do not do big parties usually, but she is involved in several activities and we did not want to leave anyone out. I usually make layer cakes for birthdays, but my husband pointed out that cutting into layers for 20 children and an unknown number of adults would be difficult and messy. Not to mention that one cake would not be enough for that many people. I do not have a sheet pan of any size either.

  • Public Record: District Court Feb. 8 and 15

    The following cases were heard by Judge Matthew Eckert in Spencer District Court Feb. 8, 2013:

    Traffic:
    Jonathan B. Oliver (1988), no insurance, first offense, guilty, $500 fine and $143 court costs, covert to 30 days jail, 30 days credit for time served.

    Destiny L. Wright (1993), speeding 12 miles over the legal limit, guilty, state traffic school and $143 court costs.

    Carla S. Shepherd (1973), speeding 12 miles over the legal limit, guilty, $167 in total fines and court costs.

  • PHOTO: Dunbar joins 1,000-point club

    Spencer County Senior Chris Dunbar recorded his 1,000th career point last week in a game against Bethlehem. Despite sitting out his junior year to concentrate on football, Dunbar reached the milestone and joined his brother Logan (Class of 2011) on the Spencer County 1,000-point club. Dunbar will continue his athletic career by playing football at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro.