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  • Thousands of volunteers with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Adopt-a-Highway program will give the state's roadsides a “Spring Clean” during the first cleanup outing of 2016 from March 28 to April 3.

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    Weather may not be the easiest thing to predict, but for two Spencer County High School graduates, forecasting their futures has gotten a bit simpler now that they’ve both landed on the air as television meteorologists.

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    The small wood-framed building on Main Cross in Taylorsville has been a center of learning since it was constructed in 1909. For most of its existence, it housed the public library. Today, it’s home to the Spencer County Adult Education Center, and its purpose is to help boost educational opportunities for adults who dream of bigger and better things for their lives.

    The center helped Angelina Rocca-Leezer achieve her dream of becoming a licensed cosmetologist.

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    Day by day, Madisyn Caudill gets out of bed, goes to school and does her best to earn good grades, which sounds unremarkable until you imagine yourself in her place.

    If savoring one more year with school friends and nailing down college plans are hallmarks of a typical Spencer County High School senior, Madisyn is typical. But Madisyn isn’t typical.

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    A new restaurant aspiring to get you hooked again on your Southern favorites is slated to open by the end of April in a prominent space in Elk Creek.

    Legacy Casual Dining will replace Scott’s Sports Cafe, which closed in January along with the adjoining Elk Creek Grocery at 4881 Taylorsville Road. The new restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, with both counter and table service available.

    A grand opening is set for April 30.

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    On January 26, Spencer County Elementary School’s classroom representatives competed in the National Scripps Spelling Bee.

  • Spencer County is among 111 public school districts statewide that delivered on a pledge made five years ago to improve the college- and career-readiness of its high school graduates by 2015.

    All of the state’s 169 P-12 superintendents and local board chairs signed the pledge – known as the Commonwealth Commitment to College and Career Readiness – in 2011. (In Kentucky, five public school districts do not have high schools). Each of the districts had a unique goal based on increasing its 2010 college- and career-readiness rate by 50 percent by 2015.

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  • As spring has finally arrived, we have several upcoming trainings that may be of interest to you. All of these are part of our annual set of SOS classes. If you are a resident of Spencer County, you should have received a flyer in the mail a couple of weeks ago. If not, you can call our office to get one, or go to our website (address is at the end of this article) and view the class listing and register online.

  • With spring just around the corner, I thought it was time to brush up on some garden nomenclature. I have long been convinced in the value of understanding more about plants than the mere fact that they need sun, soil and water. The more we learn about what it is that plants need and how to determine if they are getting it, the more we will enjoy the act of gardening. What exactly do I mean about “understanding more”? Things like tilth, loam and pH can make or break your azalea garden, and adding sulfur or lime can change the growing environment, for better or worse.

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    When Spencer County Elementary School students aren’t sure how to spell a word, they just ask Charley Miller. The fifth-grader has an exceptional knack for spelling.

    He placed fifth out of 61 competitors March 5 in the Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee. He went on from there to finish 10th in a Scripps National Spelling Bee regional competition last Sunday.

  • Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said on Friday he supports state legislation to develop a plan for ensuring that Kentucky has a steady, plentiful supply of water for agricultural uses.

  • One in six Kentuckians is food insecure, which means they lack consistent access to enough nutritious food for an active, healthy life. For Kentucky children, it’s even worse – one in four. The people described in these statistics are our relatives, friends, and neighbors – people we see at work, at the ballgame, at church. Many of them have to decide whether to eat, pay the bills, or pay for medication.

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    Spring break from teaching at U of L falls conveniently during the week of St. Patrick’s Day, which is also my target date for planting onions and potatoes. I typically manage a mid-March planting, but the condition of the soil is my primary concern. I will not start digging until the soil dries out and is considered workable.

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    Spencer County’s Lilli Hanik was one of 30 young people honored as 4-H Achievement Program Gold Award Winners recently.

    The 4-H Achievement Program was created to reward ambitious and accomplished young people throughout the state. In the highly competitive program, young people receive recognition and prizes for their accomplishments in 4-H and their community. 4-H’ers can start accumulating points as soon as they start 4-H and begin earning recognition in the sixth grade.

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    The Spencer County 4-H Livestock Club competed in the Kentucky 4-H Skill-athon Contest on Saturday, Feb. 20 in Louisville at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, during the Kentucky Beef Expo. This was Spencer County’s largest group ever participating in a state contest. Everyone represented Spencer County well, and it was an outstanding day for everyone involved.

  • Kentuckians living in counties where emerald ash borer has been detected should determine the numbers and sizes of ash trees on their properties and decide which trees, if any, should be protected. Spencer County is one of the counties where the borer has been detected. Managing Emerald Ash Borer: Decision Guide (https://extension.entm.purdue.edu/EAB/PDF/NABB_DecisionGuide.pdf) is a good tool to use in the evaluation process.