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Today's News

  • COLUMN: Eastern tent caterpillar egg hatch underway

    Experts report that eastern tent caterpillar eggs have begun hatching in Central Kentucky, just as leaf buds are swelling on wild cherry trees. While it is too early to tell what 2011 levels will be, populations have been gradually increasing over the past several years.
    According to Lee Townsend, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture entomologist, the newly hatched eggs, which were laid last June, are easy to identify by the small holes tiny larva chew as they exit. In about two weeks, the tents should be about the size of a baseball and easy to spot in trees.

  • COLUMN: Early blooms not just forsythia

    True to most springs in Kentuckiana one day is sunny and warm, the next cloudy and cold.  It’s an anxious time of the year for most gardeners as we watch the sun coax open a little patch of crocus or we catch sight of an old landscape filled with waves of blooming white snow drops.  Must we wait for the forsythia to bloom as we pray for warmth?  No, there are plenty of other early bloomers to keep us happily occupied until spring truly arrives.

  • As gardening season approaches, think about how to use those veggies

    As we move into spring, many of our thoughts turn to gardening. Here are some tips for you when it comes time to prepare some fresh vegetables.
    • Add vegetables to rice and pasta.
    • Add more vegetables to soups, broths, and stews.
    • Prepare meats and eggs with vegetables.
    Simple things added to vegetables can add to their flavor.
    Try some of these combinations:
    • Beans: bell pepper, chili powder, garlic, ground cloves, onion
    • Corn: allspice, bell pepper, chili powder, garlic, onion, pimiento, tomato

  • COLUMN: Are you living luke warm?

    “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12-13, King James Version).

  • COLUMN: Taking a break is biblical

    Sometimes it seems that life is like a runaway train.  It’s going too fast to jump off and it is just too big to stop.  You look down the track and before you know it birthdays and anniversaries blow by. 
    The work week flies and Friday night bumps into Monday morning so fast that you wonder if you really had a weekend.
    Do you ever just want to stomp on the brakes as hard as you can so you can stop for a few minutes?  Just take a break, catch your breath? 

  • COLUMN: Bench players play role, too

    Most of the state is abuzz with chatter of the University of Kentucky Wildcats ending a 13-year Final Four drought.
    Lots of national attention has been placed on Brandon Knight, Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb — the fabulous freshmen that Calipari teams are becoming known for.
    Now, sportscasters are starting to pay attention to our veteran players, DeAndre Liggins, Darius Miller and, Jorts himself, Josh Harrelson.
    But, if you ask me, some very important role players aren’t getting the attention they deserve.

  • COLUMN: Moving along with Main Street Phase II

    Countless hours have been spent working diligently on Phase II, to insure compliance with Federal and State guidelines. One of my character flaws is the lack of patience; I am constantly reminded that possessing patience is a virtue.  Every setback encountered only unifies those involved, city and county officials, as well as, Main Street Committee members. The completion of the revitalization on Main Street is our collective goal.

  • COLUMN: No matter the diction, recycling is best

    When we use our normal English in conversation, we have a mental picture of the noun or pronoun we use for descriptive purposes.
    For example, “to,” “too” and “two” are all pronounced the same, but have totally different meanings.
    Therefore, consider the word “waste.” We can say the word identifies that which is left after we finish using an item (i.e., potato peelings, worn out brooms, tires, etc.).

  • Local volunteers needed at Spencer Senior Center

    Multi-Purpose CAA has many senior support services and activities. They are in need of volunteers to help at the Senior Center with crafts, games, and various other projects. The Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency provides meals to senior citizens at our facility and home delivered meals to senior citizens through the Spencer County Senior Life Enrichment Center. Please contact Linda Keeling at 477-8296 for further information.

  • A reason to Relay

    Editor’s note: As the Spencer County Relay for Life approaches, the paper is featuring submissions from local relayers and their reasons for participating in The Relay for Life.