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Today's News

  • You can be a zucchini houdini

    It’s late July, and many gardens are now overflowing with excess zucchini. The joke is often heard that one should not leave windows down when going to church or into town for fear that someone will leave a sack of zucchini in the car.

  • Cornerstone Christian plans basketball camp

    Cornerstone Christian Academy in Shelbyville will host a basketball camp from Monday through next Thursday.
    The camp will be led by former college coaches and former college and high school coaches. Each day there will be a special speaker. This year’s featured speaker will be former Kentucky Wildcat and Boston Celtics player  Rick Robey. He will be there to share about his days playing with Larry Bird and Pete Maravich.
    The camp will teach fundamentals from some of the best coaches in the area.

  • Batitudes finish year at 17-1

    Members of the Batitudes 12 and under girls softball team pose for a picture. The team finished with a record of 17-1 this season. Pictured, from back left, are coach Kevin Buley, head coach Eric Goodlett, coach Doug Divine and coach Johnnie Puckett. Middle row, from left, are Malayna Buley, Makayla Sutherland, Makayla Karrer, Chelsea Goodlett, Leigha O’Banion, Summer Drury and Rikki Urquhart. From front left are Jonah Puckett, McKenna Lyons, Kendall Horn, Kaylan Divine and Kaylee Smith. The photo was submitted by Brandy Karrer.

  • Calling all hunters: first season starts Aug. 20

    The first fall hunting season in Kentucky opens in less than a month. Here are some highlights of what’s to come:
    The 2011-2012 Kentucky Hunting & Trapping Guide is being printed and will be mailed to license vendors statewide next week.
    The 66-page guide is free, and details the season dates, bag limits and regulations for deer, elk, bear, turkey, small game and furbearers.

  • Local athlete to play in baseball tourney at Disney

    On Sunday, Nathan “Nute” Conard and the Louisville Longhorns 13U baseball team will open up the United States Specialty Sports Association Elite 32 World Series at the ESPN Sports Park at Disney in Orlando, Fla.

  • COLUMN: Kentucky’s connections to the NBA lockout

    “Anything that’s good for the city of Louisville is good for our state. I believe (the NBA) is good for the city of Louisville, which makes our state even better.”        
    John Calipari made the remark last December.
    First, in grand scheme time, Kentucky’s coach has lived here for roughly 15 minutes and doesn’t remember the Kentucky Colonels (1967-76).

  • USDA seeks applications for grants to improve rural housing

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced July 25 that applications are being accepted for grants to eligible applicants to help low- and very-low-income rural residents repair their homes.
    “These funds help limited-income rural homeowners improve their living conditions,” Vilsack said. “The costs associated with maintaining a home are a challenge for many rural homeowners and the funding we are announcing will be used by awardees to help low and very-low-income residents in rural areas maintain and repair their homes.”

  • COLUMN: 4-H state communications day a success for local students

    The 2012 State Communications Day was held on Saturday, July 9th at the University of Kentucky Campus in Lexington.  I am so proud to say that everyone from Spencer County did an outstanding job!
    - Junior General Demonstration:  Blue Ribbon - Apryl Wood demonstrated Zeus’ Family Tree.
    - Senior Presentation Software Demonstration:  2nd Place and Blue Ribbon - Darilyn Browning demonstrated How to Make a Soy Candle.
    - Senior Team Demonstration:  Red Ribbon- Haley Tucker and Karlee Payton demonstrated Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Brownies.

  • COLUMN: Strawberries a versatile, delicious fruit

    The strawberry was first cultivated in the 14th century after a French spy collected a berry from Chile and presented it to France’s King Charles V who than planted in the Louvre’s Royal Garden.
    By the 17th century this Chilean strawberry was crossed with some found in the Virginia colonies, which gave way to the large-fruiting varieties we enjoy today. But don’t be fooled, large does not always mean flavorful.

  • COLUMN: Praying Mantids: Alien invaders or beneficial insects?

    One afternoon last week while I was out walking my dog, I was inspecting some wave petunias and marigolds that my family had planted in a large pot next to our garage.  I was making sure that they had plenty of moisture and that there weren’t any bugs eating on them.  Moisture was fine and didn’t see any bugs so I began to “deadhead” the flowers or pulling off the old blooms.