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  • As you get out and enjoy the July 4th weekend, I just wanted to remind you that it’s chigger time across Kentucky. Just talking about them may make you itch. Chiggers are actually the immature stage of certain mite species. You’ll find them most often in overgrown bushy areas. They also congregate in shady, humid areas near stream banks, under or around shade trees or in berry thickets.

  • The acreage filing report for spring seeding crops is approaching. The United States Department of Agriculture reminds farmers that July 15 is the deadline to file an acreage report for spring seeded crops. Planted acres must be reported to FSA by July 15.  The Agricultural Act of 2014 requires producers on a farm to submit annual acreage reports on all cropland.  


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  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    I just turned 65 and received my Medicare card. I see that the ID number on my card is the same as my Social Security number, and on the back of the card it tells me I need to carry it with me at all times. What can I do to protect myself from identify theft if my purse and Medicare card get stolen?
    Conflicted Beneficiary

  • The answer: All of them! In fact, the dictionary definition of “anxiety” includes the words: fear, worry. And, phobia typically involves fear. So, since they are all alike, today’s column will focus on anxiety.

  • Little Mount Baptist holds vacation Bible school
    Little Mount Baptist Church is hosting its Vacation Bible School for children 3 years through 9th grade July 6-10, with family night on July 11. This year’s VBS theme is Agency D3, where children will discover, decide and defend faith in Jesus Christ.
    VBS will be held from 6-8:30 nightly, with lots of food and fun. The community is invited to attend.

  • Here it is again, the Fourth of July, Independence Day. Every year we set aside this day for families to gather, for fireworks to fly, to simply celebrate the freedom that all Americans share.
    Our freedoms were won with the blood and toil of our founding fathers. Our freedoms have been maintained with the sacrifices of hundreds of thousands since. We have learned to apply our freedoms to men and women of all races, though we struggle with those things still.

  • Cattle numbers in the United States are the lowest they have been in more than 50 years.
    “There has always been variation in cattle inventory from year to year,” said Kenny Burdine, agricultural economist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “There was an upward trend from the 1930s to the 1970s, followed by a sharp and then more gradual reversal that has continued through today.”

  • Little Mount Baptist holds vacation Bible school
    Little Mount Baptist Church is hosting its Vacation Bible School for children 3 years through 9th grade July 6-10, with family night on July 11. This year’s VBS theme is Agency D3, where children will discover, decide and defend faith in Jesus Christ.
    VBS will be held from 6-8:30 nightly, with lots of food and fun. The community is invited to attend.

  • A Reading from St. John Chapter 8:

  • Powdery mildew is probably the most common garden fungus around. It is not too terribly picky about where it spreads, it likes humid weather, thrives in the heat of the summer and is hard to control once it has started. The trick here is to prevent it from happening by proper plant selection, spacing, pruning and treatment before it spreads.

  • Daniel Boone was Kentucky’s most famous frontiersman, but a historian says he did not get proper credit for being an accomplished land surveyor, and was the unfortunate victim of a misnomer that made him appear a bumbling backwoodsman.
    Author-historian Neal Hammon of Shelby County says Boone was the leader of the westward movement and his land surveys show he knew what he was doing. Hammon has studied Boone’s surveys and doesn’t buy the often-heard allegation that the explorer lost his own land claims because of inattention or ineptness.

  • 60 Years Ago
    June 17, 1954

    SPENCER HELPS BOOST USE OF FERTILIZER
    Spencer county farmers helped boost Kentucky’s total fertilizer use in 1953 to 563,228 tons, reports the Middle West Soil Improvement Committee. The statement is based on compilations by the University of Kentucky’s Department of Feed and Fertilizer.
    The use of fertilizer on Kentucky farms has increased nearly sevenfold since 1940, according to the committee.

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  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    Can you recommend any credible resources that rate the best vehicles for older drivers? My wife and I are both in our seventies and are looking to purchase a new automobile but could use some help choosing one that’s age friendly. What can you tell us?
    Car Shoppers

  • Plum Creek hosts Bible school this week
    Plum Creek Baptist Church will be hosting a vacation bible school through Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Plum Creek Baptist Church, Ky. 44 and Plum Creek Road, Waterford. Sign-in begins at 5:30 p.m., and a commencement service will be June 22 at 6 p.m. followed by an ice cream social. All children are welcome and the theme for the Bible school is “Weird Animals — Where Jesus’ love is one of a kind.”