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  • Following are the names of Spencer County youth who earned honors at the State Fair in the Cloverville Exhibit Hall:

    4-H Arts and Crafts

    Junior Original Design Ceramics – Jillian Dunning – White

    Junior Ceramics – Lorelae Cox – Blue

    Junior Folk Art – Joshua Sims – Blue

    Junior Weaving – Kennedy Catlett – Red

    Junior Jewelry Beadwork – Kennedy Catlett – White

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    Congratulations to the 2016 Spencer County MVP, Most Valuable Peer, Recipients:  Allie Roberts, Stephanie Keener, Sierra Knapper, Alyssa Howie, Amber Hahn, Kelly Herndon, Connor Foster, Joshua Dunkelberger, Navy Adam Davis, Jaden Cannon, Deven Cannon, Shianne Bonham, Kelly Baird, and Marissa Allen.

  • Fall harvest season is a busy time for Kentucky farmers and their families. It also is a peak season for agricultural injuries and an especially important time for farm families to pay attention to safety.

    Take time to talk to workers about safety. You need to be sure all workers are trained and physically capable of operating equipment and that they understand the safety procedures.

  • Some plants are prolific; some are not.  Dandelion seed floats through the air and disperses far and wide in spring or summer; hundreds of tiny seeds burst from the spent blooms of cleome as a sphinx moth feeds at dusk.   Woody plants can be a bit more elusive.  I have never seen a Serbian spruce spring forth from a fallen cone nor an apple tree emerge from rotten fruit beneath its canopy.  Starting woody plants from seed can be tricky.     

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  • It seems that, once again, we (meaning the collective gardening public) have disregarded the imperative known as diversity…it applies to more than the plant world, too.

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    Taylorsville Elementary School Principal Steve Rucker insists on teaching TES students patriotism, as he leads the school in the pledge and the singing of the National Anthem each day during the morning assembly. Recently, he mentioned to PTO President Christie Struck that he wished the school had a larger flag than the smaller one that hung in the corner of the gym.

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    Adam Light and Logan Light participated in the Dairy Goat Show at the Kentucky State Fair.  In the skill-a-thon contest, Logan Light was 2nd in the intermediate division and Adam Light was 1st in the senior division.

    Justin Pietz and Adam Pietz participated with Justin placing fifth in the junior division of the skill-a-thon. Adam exhibited the Grand Champion Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goat in the 4-H Show with his junior doe.

  • If you think spring is the best time to take soil samples, you might want to rethink that. Fall is actually the optimum time to take soil samples for fertility analyses.

  • While I will admit that half of my vegetable garden looks dreadful, the other half is holding steady because we mulched paths with a heavy layer of wood chips, filled unplanted beds with cover crops and have weeded the rest by hand and hoe.  I started using cover crops about 8 years ago and I am sold on the multi-purpose usefulness.  

  • Who doesn’t love bulbs, especially daffodils, a sure sign that we have made it through winter. You can fill an entire spring season with daffodils by choosing early through late bloomers.  But if you want a more diverse display consider adding some other spring and summer bulbs to the garden this fall.

  • I hope that you can take some time out of your Saturday afternoon on September 17 and join us for our inaugural “Meet Your Neighbor” Farm Tour.  

    We want to highlight some of the many agriculture and horticulture operations we have here in Spencer County.  On the tour, you’ll see some traditional and non-traditional ventures, including animals and crops, at the 6 different stops.

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    Congratulations to Kelly Baird, Jack Baird, Haley Butler, Sadie Janisko, and Shelby Butler for exhibiting their Jersey’s at the Kentucky State Fair 4-H and FFA Dairy Show.  They did an outstanding job.  They not only showed their animals, but participated in showmanship and the skill-a-thon contest.

    Christopher Drury participated in the KY State Fair 4-H Tractor Operations Contest on Thursday, August 29th.   Congratulations to Christopher for representing Spencer County well.

  • Moss no longer carries the stigma of being an undesirable plant.  Some still refer to it as a problem but largely folks are accepting of this somewhat opportunistic plant.  Moss likes it shady and moist, and we don’t always have the moisture to maintain a nice lush garden of it.  This year is certainly the exception.

  • A familiar face to many Kentucky grain producers recently was named director of the University of Kentucky Grains Center of Excellence. Chad Lee, UK grain crops extension specialist, began his new role Aug. 1.

  • CRAFTS & CERAMICS

    Basket 6” or Less

    Ardia Herndon    Blue    1st
    Shirley Thomas    Red    2nd

    Basket 8” or larger

    Shirley Thomas    Blue    1st
    Mary F. Catlett    Red    2nd
    Ardia Herndon    White    3rd

    Basket with Ceramic or Wooden
    Bottom

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    Pvt. Gregory Barkham successfully completed Basic Combat Training at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma and graduated on August 19, 2016. He is now a senior at Spencer County High School and will complete his training at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas upon graduation next spring. He is the son of Greg and Angela Barkham.