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  • Louisville, KY ­— As the annual Earth Day celebration returns and encourages communities across the country to applaud their local environmental champions, perhaps the search needs not extend further than the nearest family farm.
    The men and women tending to Kentucky’s 77,000 farms are committed to preserving the state’s land and water for a healthy return on the seeds they sow and the livestock they raise — for today and generations yet to come.

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    Spencer County High School FFA member Baileigh Bogard stands with a farmscape she displayed at Nelson County High School last month, which won first place. She and fellow SCHS student Barry Campbell have entered a number of contests and will put their displays to the test in Shelby County this coming weekend. Bogard said her involvement in FFA has had a great impact on her the last three years and she hopes to pursue a career in farming here in Spencer County.

  • How do precipitation and temperature affect plants?
    Well, in every way possible. Excessive precipitation, especially in poorly-drained soils, can restrict oxygen intake by roots. Oxygen is vital for all other processes to occur that impact growth and vigor. In years where we have experienced excessively wet springs, we typically see stunting and yellowing in herbaceous plants.

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    The 4-H Teen Summit provides young people with essential leadership skills that can help them mature into successful, community minded adults. The Teen Summit is a middle school age 4-H leadership conference and 4-H Teen Conference is a high school age leadership conference. Please contact Mollie Tichenor at 477-2217 if you are interested in learning more about these programs or other opportunities through 4-H.

  • Spring planting of strawberries is recommended for Kentuckiana, as early as March. The key to a good crop is to plant them in the right spot and to choose the right variety… and this is where it can be a little confusing.

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    by MOLLIE TICHENOR
    CEA 4-H Extension Agent

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    Carl and Susan Glasscock, of Taylorsville announce the engagement of their daughter Kristina (Kristy) Elaine Glasscock to Damien Ballard, son of Mike and Laura Ballard, of Bloomfield. Damien is a 2010 graduate of Nelson County High School and works for Team Fishel Electric Contractor in Louisville. Kristy is a 2012 graduate of Spencer County High School and is employed at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville.

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    Elk Creek Baptist Church hosted its annual Easter Egg hunt on Saturday. Afer a visit from the Easter Bunny, families enjoyed a luncheon at the church

  • by BRYCE ROBERTS
    Agriculture Extension Agent

  • by JENEEN WICHE
    Garden Columnist

  • by Tim Thornsberry
    Kentucky Press News Service

  • The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is seeking additional public input about forest management and restoration of woodland species such as grouse.
    A recent series of public meetings on the topic included a survey for attendees to complete afterward. The department has placed this survey online to gather more input from those who were not able to attend the public sessions. The survey is located on the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website at fw.ky.gov.

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    Students at Taylorsville Elementary School dressed up March 26 as their favorite musicians. This was part of Music Appreciation Month activities at the school.

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    Taylorsville Elementary School, Spencer County Elementary School, Spencer County Middle School and Spencer County High School joined forces on Saturday, March 28, for the first Spencer County Public Schools All-County Choir Concert in the Spencer County Middle School gymnasium.

  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    Are there any easier alternatives to a colonoscopy to check for colon cancer? I’m in my sixties and would like to be tested, but hate the idea of drinking all that laxative solution, and being sedated for the procedure.
    Squeamish Jim

  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    What products can you recommend for seniors with hand arthritis? I really struggle with anything that requires gripping and turning, which makes most activities difficult.
    Gripless Joan

    Dear Joan,
    There are literally hundreds of different arthritis aids and other products on the market today that can help people with arthritic hands and carpal tunnel syndrome.

  • One of the most anticipated rites of spring is dusting off the tiller and heading out to the vegetable garden for a little soil play. It is one of those things you can’t plan for, though. It becomes a waiting game because we can’t do it if the soil is too wet; we don’t want to do it if it is too cold and we only have the time to do it when the weekend rolls around.

  • When we mentioned that Dr. J. Floyd Furnish of Spencer County delivered quintuplets, our information was a bit skimpy.

    Since then, we’ve learned more of the unique delivery.

    It happened Feb. 11, 1914 in a small two-room house on Plum Creek near Waterford. It was the first delivery of quints in the United States.

    The parents were Gaither and Bertha Drury: Gaither was from Spencer County, but Bertha’s family originated from the eastern Kentucky mountains.