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    Alyssa Howie is the 9th grade Most Valuable Bear. Alyssa was nominated and selected by the SCHS faculty for her hard work and dedication. She is a well rounded student who is always willing to help others. She plays basketball, softball, and is part of the SCHS choir. She plans to go to college and major in education.

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    The Spencer County High School and Middle School Drama Department will present “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” beginning this week.

    This hilarious Christmas classic, by Barbara Robinson, centers on a mother struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant, starring the Herdman kids, probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem - and the fun - when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on.

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    Despite a generation gap that spans as many as eight decades, a group of fourth graders from Spencer County Elementary School are learning plenty from recent trips to Signature Healthcare nursing home.

    Fourth grade teacher Stephanie Sanford has taken her class to the home twice this year and the visits have proven beneficial for both students and residents.

    “I wanted to involve my students in a service project that would get them out of the classroom and into the community,” said Sanford.

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    Pulaski County farmer Mark Haney was re-elected president of Kentucky Farm Bureau on the concluding day of the organization’s 96th annual meeting. Also re-elected were Webster County’s Eddie Melton as first vice president and Hart County’s Fritz Giesecke as second vice president. They comprise KFB’s executive committee along with Executive Vice President David S. Beck.

  • The 2016 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference will have something of interest for all fruit and vegetable producers. The event runs from 8 a.m. Jan. 4 until 5 p.m. Jan. 5 at Lexington’s Embassy Suites hotel.

    Preconference activities on Jan. 3 will include tree fruit, small fruit, and vegetable roundtable discussions.

  • I have always managed to do well with African violets – I generally keep them in bloom year-round. Many complain that after the first flush of blooms fades, the only thing left is a year’s worth of fuzzy foliage. Well, with a little attention you can keep your African violet cycling in and out of bloom all year. The key is to create a favorable growing environment.

  • Several years ago I made the mistake of leaving the water pump in the barn instead of storing it in the basement. Well, I found out why Daddy always stored it in the basement during the cold days of winter. When I got the pump out to do some irrigation the following summer, the primer tank had split right open. A little bit of moisture was left in the tank and it froze. The tank is made of cast iron so imagine what a little moisture might do to your favorite terracotta pot.

  • Now that we are in December, everyone’s thoughts turn toward the holidays. Each year, I like to pass along the following tips and information about the most popular plant of the holiday season, the poinsettia.

    Traditional red and green colors are well represented in the flowers available for the holidays. Poinsettias, the most popular and spectacular holiday flowers, can combine both these colors.

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    Cub Scouts and Webelos collected hundreds of pounds of food for local families in need recently, just in time for the holidays. Packs 465 and 176 gathered 2,631 items of food, which were and will be used to fill food baskets for Thanksgiving and the Christmas holiday season. The food will be distributed to local families through the Community Based Action Agency.

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    The 2014-15 Spencer County Achievement Banquet was held on Monday, Nov. 9 at the Spencer County Extension Office. Congratulations to all 4-H members who were recognized for their accomplishments.

  • Manure can be a valuable fertilizer if you store and use it correctly on your farm. But just how valuable?

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    There are many gardening tasks that must be done or are better done in the fall of the year – things like cleaning up old plant material; fertilizing trees, shrubs and lawns; and protecting tender plants like hybrid tea roses and French hydrangeas. These chores are all a part of garden maintenance, and taking care of them now will improve the quality of your garden later. Here’s a checklist to remind you of what needs to be done to get the garden ready for winter.

    Clean-Up

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    The Spencer County Middle School cheerleaders recently competed in the KAPOS Regional Competition and placed first, qualifying for the state competition on Dec. 19 at the Lexington Horse Park.

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    This program is designed to empower high school sophomores to recognize their talents and apply them to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school and community. Foster will attend a three-day seminar at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. The seminar will take place June 9-12. She will participate in hands-on leadership activities, meet leaders in Kentucky and explore their personal leadership skills, while learning how to lead others and make a positive impact in the community.

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    On Career Day at Taylorsville Elementary School, students learned what it takes to be successful in various careers. Many of the children were dressed up for the careers they aspire to, as several guests came to the school to talk about their jobs.
     

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    Megan Dysinger is the sophomore Most Valuable Bear at Spencer County High School for November. She is a positive, polite and hardworking young lady. She takes time to assist other students who are struggling, without being asked. She is always eager, pleasant and courteous to everyone – students and adults. She is one of the most uplifting students at SCHS. Dysinger is in the band and is a cheerleader. She plans to attend Morehead State University to major in music.

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    About 1,200 grandparents visited Spencer County Elementary School last week as the school hosted its annual Grandparents Days.

    “It’s very important to us, as a community school, to reach out into the community,” principal Mark Thomas said.

    Grandparents Day was held Tuesday for Kindergartners and fifth-graders, Wednesday for first- and second-graders, and Friday for third- and fourth-graders. The grandparents spent 30 minutes to an hour with their grandchildren in class and then ate lunch with them in the cafeteria.

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    Winners of the recycling bin decorating contest were announced Friday.

  • Don’t jump the gun when it comes to planting spring flowering bulbs this fall. Spring bulbs are best planted once soil temperatures cool to about 55 degrees, so wait until we have had at least two weeks of sweater weather. If it is too cool outside without a jacket, then it’s just right for planting bulbs.

  • The following students had perfect attendance during the first nine-week grading period at Spencer County Elementary School:

    Kindergarten:

    Bristol Bottoms, Mason Broderick, Landon Drumright, Jackson Finch, Kameron Fowler, Paige Fugate, Jazlyn Huizar, Lochlan Husband, Brian Jeffries, Savannah Kersey, Kyndal Neville, Leelynn Olges, Cali Opell, Landon Peers, Alexis Purvis, Mallory Rattliff, Ayden Rose, Robert Ruthstrom Caiden Sloan, Jade Slucher, Angel Watts

    First Grade: