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    Workers from Waldridge Restoration have been applying a fresh coat of paint and making repairs to the Hall-Taylor Funeral Home in downtown Taylorsville. One of the oldest buildings in Spencer County, a historical marker indicates it was constructed in 1838 and is currently one of the centerpieces of downtown.

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    Several businesses with Spencer County locations were included in the 2015 Best Places to Work in Kentucky list, compiled by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management.

    Signature HealthCare was listed fourth among medium-sized companies. They operate the nursing home in Taylorsville, with over 150 employees.

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    On Wednesday, May 6, the Spencer County-Taylorsville Chamber of Commerce welcomed Hosparus with an official ribbon cutting ceremony. Hosparus is a fully accredited nonprofit hospice care organization that provides medical care, family counseling, pain management and more to anyone with a life-limiting illness, and their family, regardless of their ability to pay. Hosparus cares for patients in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, inpatient units or in hospitals in Spencer and surrounding counties.

  • The USDA Food and Nutrition Service joined Kentucky state agencies for agriculture and Market-LinkTM to host Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) merchant sign-up events in Louisville, Manchester and Morehead.

    American consumers are enjoying ever more opportunities to buy food directly from their local farmers, and state and federal agriculture departments are working together to increase SNAP recipients’ access to farmers’ fresh products.

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    In an agriculturally-diverse state like Kentucky, knowing everything there is to know about the Commonwealth’s farm production can be difficult — without a copy of the “Kentucky Agriculture Facts” booklet. The second edition of Kentucky Farm Bureau’s pocket-sized guide to state agriculture facts is available online with updated statistics.

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    Once again we enjoyed sweet potatoes all winter long from a fantastic harvest last fall.

    I planted about 25 organic slips purchased from Country Corner Greenhouse in Shepherdsville in late May and by early November we had four nursery crates full of one of nature’s perfect foods. Seven months and counting in storage with no spoilage is impressive. We are down to about a dozen sweet potatoes; just in time for a transition to other summer vegetables.

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    Marissa Allen has been chosen to represent Spencer County High School for Rising Scholars for sophomore students. She will be invited to an exclusive event at the University of Kentucky this summer, and will receive additional unique opportunities, mailings and information from UK over the next few years of high school. Allen was selected based on the following criteria: strength of record, potential for academic success, demonstration of leadership, community service and contribution to diversity.

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    Members of the Spencer County Elementary School Chorus and Percussion clubs performed at the Trills and Thrills music festival on Saturday. The festival is a part of the music events hosted by Kentucky Kingdom. The students received superior ratings from each of the judges, which is the highest rating possible. The judges commented on the great quality of their tone and recognized all of the students for their hard work. After performing, the students got to spend the afternoon enjoying the rides at Kentucky Kingdom.

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    SCHS seniors are required to complete a senior project prior to graduating. This project requires them to mentor in their chosen career field, research a social issue also in that field, and complete a project that will impact that social issue.

    Some seniors have elected to write an article for The Spencer Magnet as a way to raise awareness on their social issue.

    Over the next couple of weeks, seniors will be publishing these articles in The Spencer Magnet. Presented as written.

    Body Image isn’t reality
    Olivia Davis

  • I waited. I hope you did, too! My tomatoes and peppers are finally ready to be planted now that the forecast calls for warm spring nights.

    Tomatoes love two things: good drainage and heat. If you have struggled with tomatoes in the past consider what makes them most content when preparing the garden and setting your plants out.

    First thing first: always wait until our frost-free date — on average this is May 10, give or take a week depending on where you are located.

  • With the discovery of a few wild birds in Western Kentucky testing positive for avian influenza, also known as bird flu, many questions exist about the disease.

    Avian influenza is actually a group of viruses that can infect domestic and wild birds. The viruses can be classified by their ability to cause illness and death. The strain of concern right now is H5N2, a highly contagious strain that can cause high death loss and rapidly spread from flock to flock.

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  • It’s official. The National Wild Turkey Federation has confirmed that the massive wild turkey bagged by David Cody Guess is in the books as being the world record at 37.6 lbs. He killed the giant bird April 21 on his family’s farm in Lyon County.

    Guess says he has been tagging along on hunts since he was three years old and started hunting at age five. The biggest kill prior to this record was in Kansas with a weight of 27 pounds.

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    Mr. Jason Hahn and Mrs. Kimberly Coulter-Bennett are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Alexandrea Paige Hahn to Jarrad Lewis Mattingly.

    Jarrad is the son of Mr. Jerry Mattingly and Ms. Gail Cheatham, and is a resident of Taylorsville.

    Alexandrea is a 2013 graduate of Vermilion High School, and is currently a sophomore at Boyce, the College at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Alexandrea is employed by The Peoples Bank in Taylorsville.

  • SCHS seniors are required to complete a senior project prior to graduating. This project requires them to mentor in their chosen career field, research a social issue also in that field, and complete a project that will impact that social issue. Some seniors have elected to write an article for The Spencer Magnet as a way to raise awareness on their social issue. Over the next couple of weeks seniors will be publishing these articles in The Spencer Magnet. Presented as written.

    Hunter Wells - Fire Safety

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    The 2015 Spencer County Communications Day for 4-H was held Saturday, April 18, at the Spencer County Extension Office.

    It was a very successful morning filled with demonstrations, speeches and great talent acts in the variety show.

    The following 4-H members participated and all will be going on the Area Communications Day held on May 9 in Bullitt County.

    First and second place in the variety show get to represent Spencer County at the Area Communications Day.

  • The University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs will host its annual Equine Farm and Facilities Expo from 3:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 2, at McPeek Racing’s Magdalena Farm in Lexington.

    Horse owners and farm managers will have the opportunity to walk through a vendor trade show and see a range of equipment and supplies for horse farms of all sizes. UK specialists will provide hands-on instruction about practical aspects of management for equine operations. There will also be farm tours.

  • Now is the time for young people and their parents to begin making plans for an annual summer ritual — 4-H Camp.
    4-H camps are open to all Kentucky youth between ages 9 and 13.

    Many exciting activities and adventures await campers. 4-H’ers can spend their days participating in activities such as swimming, canoeing, high and low ropes, archery, recreation games, dances, and nature hikes.

  • I have loved green beans ever since I grew Tenderette in the fifth grade for my 4-H project at Simpsonville Elementary. Now I primarily grow the filet types of green beans, or what many call French beans or haricots verts (green bean in French).

  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    Is it safe for seniors with dementia to drive, and if so, when should they stop? My dad has early Alzheimer’s disease but still drives himself around town just fine.
    Looking Ahead