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  • Now that the first week and a half of April have come and gone, many Kentucky farmers are still waiting for the right conditions to begin corn planting.

    “I think the far, far west of the state still has a little bit warmer climate than everybody else, but the majority of the state has barely gotten started with corn,” Chad Lee, a University of Kentucky extension agronomist, said last week.

    Recent cold temperatures could make uneven emergence more likely, according to Lee.

  • These students were recognized for their academic achievements for the third grading period at Spencer County Elementary School:

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    From over 400 entrees, kindergarten through 12th grade, only 20 were awarded prizes. Brittany Wiseman won first place in the 9th to 12th grade division, with Denham winning second place. Both students are sophomores in Brooke Mattingly’s (right) art class at Spencer County High School.

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    A group of Spencer County students participated in the 4-H Teen Summit at the Kentucky Leadership Center March 17 -19.

  • Sycamore Hill Farm of Taylorsville is a new member of the American Angus Association, reports Allen Moczygemba, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Missouri.

    The American Angus Association, with more than 25,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef breed association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on over 18 million registered Angus.

  • How much fertilizer do you really need to use on your lawn and garden? If you’re just making a guess, you could be using too much. But how can you know for sure? A simple and inexpensive soil test can tell you all you need to know to make your lawn and garden look great and to protect the environment from runoff of excess nutrients.

  • The magnolia family is diverse and April is the month that some of them begin to show their blooms in a most dramatic way. Among the native evergreen species are the southern magnolia (M. grandiflora) and the sweet bay magnolia (M. virginiana). The sweet bay magnolia has undoubtedly been over-used; I have seen them planted smack-dab against people’s homes on countless occasions. The southern magnolia, on the other hand, has a reputation for being marginally hardy here, so it may suffer from under planting. Selecting the right variety can solve the problem.

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    The 2016 Spencer County 4-H Communications Day was held Saturday, March 19 at the Spencer County Extension Office. It was a very successful morning filled with enjoyable demonstrations and speeches, good job interviews and great talent acts in the variety show. The following 4-H members participated, and if they were awarded first place, they will be going on the Area Communications Day April 23 in Henry County.

  • What can we do to impact the environment less? Be a green consumer. Walk or ride a bike, when you can; reuse things and if you can’t, at least recycle them. Buy less stuff that you don’t need. All are easily done, really.

    But what about in our gardens, as we struggle to keep things beautiful during the growing season?

  • The University of Louisville Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research has demonstrated a way to extract energy out of water vapor using the power of the sun, according to published research.

    There are potential implications not only for coastal regions with shortages of fresh water, such as California, but also for the Ohio River, said Andrew Marsh, assistant director of the Conn Center.

  • Thousands of volunteers with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Adopt-a-Highway program will give the state's roadsides a “Spring Clean” during the first cleanup outing of 2016 from March 28 to April 3.

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    Weather may not be the easiest thing to predict, but for two Spencer County High School graduates, forecasting their futures has gotten a bit simpler now that they’ve both landed on the air as television meteorologists.

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    The small wood-framed building on Main Cross in Taylorsville has been a center of learning since it was constructed in 1909. For most of its existence, it housed the public library. Today, it’s home to the Spencer County Adult Education Center, and its purpose is to help boost educational opportunities for adults who dream of bigger and better things for their lives.

    The center helped Angelina Rocca-Leezer achieve her dream of becoming a licensed cosmetologist.

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    Day by day, Madisyn Caudill gets out of bed, goes to school and does her best to earn good grades, which sounds unremarkable until you imagine yourself in her place.

    If savoring one more year with school friends and nailing down college plans are hallmarks of a typical Spencer County High School senior, Madisyn is typical. But Madisyn isn’t typical.

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    A new restaurant aspiring to get you hooked again on your Southern favorites is slated to open by the end of April in a prominent space in Elk Creek.

    Legacy Casual Dining will replace Scott’s Sports Cafe, which closed in January along with the adjoining Elk Creek Grocery at 4881 Taylorsville Road. The new restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, with both counter and table service available.

    A grand opening is set for April 30.

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    On January 26, Spencer County Elementary School’s classroom representatives competed in the National Scripps Spelling Bee.

  • Spencer County is among 111 public school districts statewide that delivered on a pledge made five years ago to improve the college- and career-readiness of its high school graduates by 2015.

    All of the state’s 169 P-12 superintendents and local board chairs signed the pledge – known as the Commonwealth Commitment to College and Career Readiness – in 2011. (In Kentucky, five public school districts do not have high schools). Each of the districts had a unique goal based on increasing its 2010 college- and career-readiness rate by 50 percent by 2015.