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  • The Kentucky Supreme Court has let stand an appeals court decision that only regulated utilities can use the power of eminent domain to get land for pipelines.

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    A strong scent of skunk has been lingering around the house for the last few weeks, which is actually surprising – surprising because of the livestock guardian dogs’ presence; not surprising, however, because it is mating season for skunks, and they are on the move.

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    The following students were honored at Taylorsville Elementary as “Great Students” over the past nine weeks. Teachers’ names are in all caps:

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    Wyatt Allgeier, Joseph Arnold, Aiden Badon, Tailynn Barnes, Jazilyn Bruck, M. Tate Flanagan, PJ Godoy, Chase Greenwell, Alivia Lee, Sophie Moline, Macy Nation, Avery Pooler, Keagan Prewitt, Claire Raisor, Rodney Smith, Thomas Valenzuela, Joslyn Waldridge, Lydia Whittington, Sarah Wilder.

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    Campbellsville University’s Valentine’s Queen was chosen at the pageant last Friday at Ransdell Chapel. Candidates were announced recently at the school, including Chelsey Robinson, far left, a senior from Taylorsville, representing the Social Work Club.

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    This week’s SCHS “Most Valuable Bear” is Halee Hood. Halee is very involved in the arts through both chorus and drama. She is a great student, kind and friendly, and always willing to help others. She’s a joy to be around and has an unforgettable personality. She plans to major in theatre after graduating high school this year.

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    Is fat a bad word? Not necessarily. Simply put, fat is just the body’s storage form for energy. If an animal consumes more energy than it uses, its body will store the excess calories as fat, like money in the bank the animal can use in an energy shortage. (Think cows calving in late winter) Fat imparts flavor to food (like a T-bone steak), but it also adds calories. So managing fat can be a delicate issue in the cattle business.

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    I suspect most of you have no idea about the person and the saintly episode that is commemorated each February 14 by friends, family and most importantly, lovers. In fact, there are several versions of how the most romantic Saint became a commercial success.

  • More than 100,000 cattle move through the Bluegrass Stockyards each year. The facility has been a mainstay in Central Kentucky since the mid-1930’s. Recently a massive fire completely destroyed the location near downtown Lexington, and local producers will feel its absence.

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    It’s February and of course we instantly think of Valentine’s Day. What better way to create a warm spot during the cold bleak month of February than to plan a tasty dinner and dessert for that special someone in our life on Valentine’s Day, particularly if the dessert is chocolate.

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    Spencer County High School sophomore Skylar Volz claimed statewide recognition recently when her wildlife conservation essay won third place out of 17,665 entries from across Kentucky.

    “I did not think I was going to make it that far,” she said. “… Even though I didn’t win, it was still a really big deal for me.”

    Volz wrote her essay last fall when her school required all agriculture students to participate in the Kentucky Division of Conservation’s annual writing contest.

  • Editor’s note: The following is the winning essay written by SCHS Sophomore Skylar Volz:

    Dear Kentucky Representatives,

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    It isn’t hard to find the art classroom at Taylorsville Elementary School, but once you get there, it’s easy to get lost in the art. The pottery will carry you to times past, to peoples far away. The paintings will make you feel like you’re right there in the scene.

    At TES, every student spends 50 minutes in art class each week. The caliber of the art is a testament partly to the giftedness of Spencer County’s kids, partly to the talent of their teacher, Catherine Knapp.

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    The rules on amending soil have changed over the years. Part of the change relates to the fact that good soil is hard to come by in new developments where enormous earth moving equipment is used to level trees and land. This equipment not only removes valuable topsoil, it also compacts the subsoil and kills much of the living organisms that make up a healthy soil system. The less we disturb the soil the better, but for many the reality is bleak so some sort of amendment is necessary in order to improve tilth, drainage and nutrition for our plants.

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    The Kentucky state veterinarian’s office is monitoring the avian influenza outbreak in poultry flocks in southern Indiana to protect Kentucky’s $1 billion poultry and egg industry.

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    One day earlier in December, I came home to find a string of small colorful bags attached to my living room door frame. It was quickly explained to me that we would be celebrating Advent with my German exchange student by opening up one bag a day and enjoying small delectable goodies like marzipan, German chocolate or gingerbread cookies.

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    Deborah Lewis was nominated by Spencer County High School faculty for her determination and participation in extra-curriculars such as softball, and leadership amongst her peers. She is a great student, always positive and a hard worker.

  • Even though it’s winter, it’s not too early to start thinking about summer camp or summer jobs. 4-H has a way to combine both. All 4-H camps are now hiring staff for the summer.

    Many opportunities for rewarding summer jobs have recently been posted on the University of Kentucky employment website.

    All staff members are required to be trained and certified in first aid and CPR prior to the beginning of camp staff training in May, before they can be employed by the 4-H camping program.

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    A veteran Spencer County cattle farmer has earned a statewide honor for his agriculture leadership.

    Jim Naive, 85, was inducted into the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Hall of Fame at the association’s annual convention in Owensboro, Ky.

    “It’s rather humbling to me,” Naive said in an interview this week. “I’m not sure that I’m that deserving. But when I found out about it, I was very proud to be a part of it.”

  • The three most important things you can do to protect livestock in cold weather are providing sufficient water, giving ample high-quality feed and offering weather protection. Cold stress reduces livestock productivity, including rate of gain, milk production and reproductive difficulty, and can cause disease problems.