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  • Gardens are filled now with seasonal treats characteristic of the region like corn, tomatoes and zucchini. But if fresh produce lovers are looking for something sweet and a bit unusual this summer, local teenager Shane Greenwell can help.

    This summer, with the assistance of his father, Dwight Greenwell, Shane raised a unique hybrid variety of fruit known as canary melons on his family’s farm off Highway 44 East. When ripe, the melons are characterized by their bright yellow color, waxy skin and sweet but slightly tart flavor.

  • In our church, we have several little children that attend regularly. I tell you, these children have stolen my heart. They cause so many memories to wash over me of my own childhood.

    This one little girl, maybe 10 years old, had never been to church before. Another was four and he also had never stepped foot into a church.

  • Central Kentuckians are probably noticing brown spots and lots of weeds in their lawns. While the area has had above-average rainfall for the year, no significant rainfall has occurred in the past couple of weeks. Mix that with temperatures in the 90s, and that has put stress on grass.

  • FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA

    Green Tobacco – 5 plants per stick – Sarah Perry, Blue, 1st; Matt Recktenwald, Blue, 2nd; Sam Perry, Blue, 3rd; Austin Gibson, Blue, 4th

    Potted Tobacco Plant – Sarah Perry, Blue, 1st; Sam Perry, Blue, 2nd; Matt Recktenwald, Blue, 3rd; Austin Gibson, Blue, 4th.

    Clover or Clover Mix Hay – 20 lb – Matt Recktenwald, Blue, 1st; Austin Gibson, Blue, 2nd.

    Alfalfa Hay – 20 lbs – Sarah Perry, Blue, 1st; Sam Perry, Blue, 2nd; Matt Recktenwald, Blue, 3rd; Austin Gibson, Blue, 4th

  • Knights’ seafood buffet

    The Knights of Columbus will be hosting a seafood buffet Friday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at All Saints Catholic Church, located on Main Cross in Taylorsville.

    Fish fry

    A fish fry dinner will be served at Grace Chapel Friday, August 27 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Grace Chapel is located at 60 Ray Drive in Taylorsville.

  • One existence that cannot be denied, a new sign has just been erected near the Kentucky State Fair and Expo Center and it has the city buzzing. Lifted high above the roadways near the Louisville airport a giant billboard reads: “Don’t believe in God? You are not alone.”

  • The Spencer County Fair 4-H and FFA Hog Show was held July 17 with Warren Beeler, of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, judging.

    There were showmanship classes for all ages, including Novice. 

    In the Junior 4-H class, Courtney Jeffiers placed 1st, Ashley Montgomery placed 2nd, and Tatum Neal also participated. 

    Emily Hume placed 1st in the Junior FFA class, Danielle Montgomery placed 2nd, and Jane Webster took home the 3rd place honor. 

  • The book of Acts is the first gospel of the New Testament church. Today I am going to write many scriptures from the books of Acts on repentance. Most people know that without repentance there is no forgiveness of sin.

    Let’s look at the first sermon Peter preached. When they heard the Lord Jesus Christ preach, they asked Peter what they must do?

    “Then Peter said unto them, repent, and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. “ Acts 2:38.

  • The time is ripe for Kentucky cantaloupes and watermelons.  Americans consume about 14 pounds of watermelon a year and about 11 pounds per year for cantaloupes, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. But how do you pick the best ones? 

  • Little Mt. Baptist fall festival

    Little Mount Baptist Church will be holding their annual fall festival Saturday, Sept. 11. Events will begin at 10 a.m. and include horse drawn wagon rides, music, food, yard sale, children’s activities and a live auction.

    Free booth space is available for yard sales and other organizations,’ however, there will be no concession food allowed at booths.

  • The Kentucky Gourd Society hosted teacher Bonnie Gibson on August 4 - 6. Gibson is a self-taught artist living in Arizona who is internationally know for gourd carving. The classes offered were:

    • Power Carving Class, a class for beginner and intermediate gourd carvers

    • River Bed Gourd, where students created recesses in the gourds and added pebbles for a river bed effect

    • Peacock Feather Gourd, where students inset a piece of glass on their gourds and designed a peacock feather around it

  • Chamber luncheon

    How do you turn ordinary products in to super brands?  What are the key components of branding and how can those relate to small businesses?    See what super brands do consistently to communicate their brand story to the public and win loyalty.

    Tomorrow’s Chamber luncheon features Allegra Print & Imaging and discusses what small businesses can learn from the world’s best brands.  The luncheon cost $10 for members, $13 for non-members and will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the chamber building in Taylorsville.

  • Jan Darnell of Elk Creek changed the recipe she found on the back of a cake mix to create her own version of apple spice cake. She found a spice cake mix that called for applesauce but decided that she wanted chunks of apples instead.

    When apples are in season, Darnell uses fresh sliced apples. She often freezes sliced apples in the fall so she can make pies year round and uses those frozen apples for the cake out of season.

  • CLOTHING, NEEDLEWORK, CRAFTS, & CERAMICS

    Lady’s Suit – Virginia Smith, Blue, 1st.

    Child’s Dress – Shirley Thomas    Blue, 1st; Autumn Wilson, Red, 2nd.

    Baby’s Dress – Shirley Thomas,    Blue, 1st.

    Lady’s Blouse – Virginia Smith, Red, 2nd.

    Vest – Virginia Smith, Blue, 1st.

    Clothing Article, Other – Shirley Thomas, Blue, 1st; Virginia Smith, Red, 2nd.

    Child’s Playwear – Virginia Smith, Red, 2nd.

  • Blackberries are plentiful this year in Spencer County for those who grow them. There are several ways to preserve the harvest, and making jam or freezing the berries are two good ones. Several local growers were willing to share their tips for growing and preserving blackberries.

    Patti Davis puts up blackberry jam every year that she gets a good crop. “I have been known to have five boxes of jam stacked,” she said.

    Most years, Davis makes about ten pints of jam, and this year she was able to get fourteen. She uses the recipe on the Sure-gell box.

  • Submitted to The Spencer Magnet

    The Spencer County FFA Dairy Judging team  (from left) Allie McGaughey, Lauren Brown, Stetson Baird, and Jacob Walker placed first in the Eastern Kentucky University Dairy Judging contest  held July 26.   Stetson Baird was high individual.

  •  It had been another grueling day and night of work for Taylorsville Police Officer Floyd Snare.

    Because of the resignation of daytime officer W.M. Cook 12 days earlier, Snare was doing double duty, covering both the day and night shifts. He was exhausted by the time he was able to go home to his apartment on the second floor of the Taylorsville Firehouse about 3:15 in the morning, Saturday, Feb. 13, 1941. Snare’s wife was in Hickman because of the death of her mother. 

  • Octoberfest information

    Spencer County October fest, will be October 1 and 2. The theme will be “Down On The Farm.”

    For booth rental contact Gary Kehne at 376-2376. For parade registrations , call Keith Thomas at 572-5555 and for pageant information, contact Patsy Lewis at 321-0093.

     Meet the GOP candidates

  • Some people call me an old time preacher. They may be right, I am old enough! I am 80 years old and still like the challenge Jesus Christ gives me in serving him.

    I preach that heaven is a beautiful place which God has prepared for the ones who have given their heart to him through his son, Jesus Christ. I believe Christ is sitting on the right hand of God the father, interceding our prayers.

  • Consumers may be in the driver’s seat when it comes to higher meat prices. Indications are that retail meat prices may rise to record highs later this year, according to a University of Kentucky agricultural economist, and it all rests on that bedrock of free market economics – supply and demand.