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  • 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.

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    The first day of preschool for Spencer County children was August 24.

  • Way back in the dark ages, I began my research making notes on loose-leaf paper, and then “graduated” to using printed  forms. Two forms will get you started:

    • Ancestor Charts, or Pedigree Charts. There are many varieties available for free download from the internet; search for Genealogy Charts. Your local library may have printed forms that you may photocopy for your use. Remember the “rules” – full names, three-letter abbreviation for the month in dates, the county name for each event.

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    Fifth graders at Taylorsville Elementary School recently participated in seminars to teach them how to combat bullying. Each year, the school instructs fifth graders how to stand up for themselves in calm and safe ways. The school employed the help of district employees and members of the community to help in the event.

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    Seniors from the Spencer County High School football team recently showed up at Taylorsville Elementary School to greet students as they arrived in the morning.

  • Bellarmine University has named Taylorsville, KY resident Cheyenne McKinley to the dean’s list for the  Spring 2016. McKinley is a junior majoring in Nursing, and previously attended Spencer County High School. Bellarmine Dean’s List recognizes students who receive a grade point average of 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale. She is the daughter of Craig and Michelle McKinley.

  • 2016 SPENCER COUNTY FAIR
    EXHIBIT HALL RESULTS

    ANTIQUES

    Apple Peeler
    Paula Zolty        Blue    1st
    John Zolty        Red    2nd
    Chalkware
    Pat Douglas         Blue    1st
    Hammered Aluminum Piece
    Luke Brewer        Blue    1st
    Paula Zolty        Red    2nd

  • If you plan accordingly, you can have more than mums blooming in your fall garden.  There are a considerable number of other “late-bloomers” to choose from for the perennial garden. Coreopsis, salvia, dahlias and helianthus continue to bloom well into fall just as the caryopteris, Japanese anemone, sedum, ageratum, golden rod and sweet autumn clematis start to show their color.  Couple all these perennials with asters, and your garden will keep you entertained through October.

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  • EDITOR’S NOTE: Next week’s edition will feature the final listing of fair results received from the Spencer County Fair.

    4-H Wood Science

    Level 1 Made From Kit

    Blue & Reserve Champion: Lorelae Cox.    

    Level 1 Not Made From Kit

    Blue & Grand Champion: Joshua Sims.    

    4-H Home Environment

    Color Collage

    Blue & 1st: Grace Ann Rock.    

    Texture Collage

  • You can prevent hay bale or barn fires if you bale hay at appropriate moisture levels and monitor the temperature of recently baled hay.

    Generally, hay will begin a heating phase within one to two days after baling. During this time, you should monitor hay to make sure it does not reach temperatures that can damage the hay or lead to spontaneous combustion.

  • One of my favorite things about summer is my front row seat at the orchestra.  The orchestra of insects, that is.  Late summer, when temperatures cool down enough to turn the air conditioner off and open the windows, we fall asleep to the sounds of katydids, crickets and cicadas.  I sometimes cheat in the heat of the summer and crack the window in my office so I can hear the insects and the birds as I work at the computer or in the kitchen.

  • It’s not too late to continue to enjoy your garden and to add new plantings. You can grow a variety of produce in Kentucky gardens in the coming weeks and have several fresh items available well into the fall.

    Cooler nights later in the year can increase the sugar content of many crops and thus increase their quality. Cooler nights also slow growth, so your crops can take longer to mature than in the summer. Keep this slower pace in mind when you check seeds for days to maturity.

  • 4-H Arts & Crafts
    Junior Folk Art
    Blue & 1st: Joshua Sims.
    Blue & 2nd: Chloe Sims.
    Blue: Kennedy Catlett, Kerrigan Catlett, Michelle Thomas, Lorelae Cox, Abel Shreve, Caroleine Bear, Carissa Vincent, Yemi Shreve.
    Red: Collin Vincent, Hadassah Shreve
    Junior Weaving    
    Red & 1st: Kennedy Catlett.
    Junior Jewelry Beadwork
    Red & 1st: Kennedy Catlett.       
    Junior Basket Making

  • Corn has been a staple food for centuries.  It was first cultivated by Indian peoples in Central America; in fact, the adoption of agriculture and the art of cultivating gave way to the grand cities of the Aztec and Mayans.   What would the world be without corn and potatoes, both of which were first cultivated in Central America?