• courtesy of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture

  • Record keeping may not be every farmer’s favorite activity, and probably not the reason you got into farming as a career. With time, patience and a commitment to get it done, it can make your financial life a lot less worrisome.
    Record keeping doesn’t have to be stressful. It’s a way to discover things about your farm that will help you make better long-term decisions. You can use a ledger book or a computer—whatever helps you maintain consistency. Software programs can make your data more meaningful.

  • I don’t mind a gloomy day here or there, I actually find them somewhat restorative. Too many in a row, though, can be sort of depressing. So, when the winter sky moves in I search out the plants in the landscape that have color.

  • It was so cold in these parts 37 years ago, creeks and rivers, including the Ohio River at Louisville, froze over.
    I was driving to work, headed for the Associated Press in the Courier-Journal building when I went by the mighty Ohio to see how much ice had formed.
    It was Wednesday, Jan. 19, 1977. People were walking across the frozen river (frozen over, not frozen solid). I snapped a few pictures of the walkers, then within minutes police arrived and ordered everyone within sight to stay off the river.

  • 30 Years ago

    Dec. 22, 1984

  • Knights of Columbus to host dinner
    The Knights of Columbus–All Saints Council in Taylorsville invites you to their all-you-can-eat chicken dinner on Sunday, December 21 from noon until 2:00 p.m. at All Saints Church on Main Cross in Taylorsville. They feature broasted chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, butter noodles, and all kinds of desserts. They have their dinner the 3rd Sunday of each month at the same time. Drink and dessert are included. Proceeds go to the All Saints Council of the Knights of Columbus to fund their charitable work.

  • Maybe I am a little out of date, but what on earth is a mid-season finale? I was watching TV the other night and an ad came on promoting the “mid-season finale” of some other program. It sort of made my head spin.
    If it is “mid-season” then it can’t be a finale, can it? I mean finale, according to the Oxford Concise English Dictionary, means the last part of an entertainment. In other words, it means the last show, the last act, the final curtain. Can you have a finale before the show is over?

  • A Reading from Psalm 95:1-7

  • LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky State Fair brought home numerous awards from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions Convention in Las Vegas, including two that involved Kentucky Department of Agriculture programs.

  • For many homeowners, dandelions and white clover are nothing more than a nuisance, but University of Kentucky entomology researchers have found they are a welcome presence to many pollinator species.

  • Proper winter storage for equipment is just as important as proper winter storage for plants. If you dig your dahlias you better bring your hoses in from the cold, too. Don’t let cold weather catch your equipment off guard.

  • Spencer County is just as important historically as any county in Kentucky, yet its accomplishments and extraordinary people rarely get the credit they are due.
    This week, we offer some parts of Spencer County history.

  • FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky has been awarded five grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture totaling nearly $313,000 aimed at getting more local foods into Kentucky schools, the USDA announced last week.
    Two grants for a total of $87,957 went to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

  • I like the winter landscape because I can see past the green canvas of summer into neighboring fields where horses and sheep graze. I can see mistletoe everywhere too, in the canopies of trees that line a spring fed stream. Even in town, if you look up while you are sitting at a traffic light, I bet you’ll see some. It is there if you look into the canopies of trees devoid of their leafy-ness.

  • Chester and Susan Crawford of Normandy in northeast Spencer County worked hard in 1905 to support the family. Both were 26 and were rearing two girls - 4-year-old Betsy and 2-year-old Ruby. Chester worked a night shift on the farms of Shelby Countian Harry Weisenger.
    It was on such a night July 6, 1905 that Chester’s work kept him away from home.
    Susan and the girls went to bed, not expecting Chester to come home. Nor did Susan expect the horror of what happened at 11 p.m.


  • To get a running start on 2015, make time between holiday obligations to take care of financial and household business that needs to be wrapped up before the end of the year. Here are some possibilities:
    • Are there any credits cards you can pay off now and start the New Year with a zero balance?
    • Make donations to a charity so you get the tax deduction for 2014. Review Charity Navigator, CharityWatch and GuideStar to be sure your money is going to a worthy cause and not administration fees.