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  • When it rained it poured in March 1909. The Salt River water shed and Brashears Creek went on a rampage, helping the river to stretch out of her banks. Taylorsville suffered a major flood during which an act of heroism by a man named Miller was not overlooked by the Andrew Carnigie Hero Fund.

    We quote the late Fred Prewitt from a recording of a local historical society meeting several years ago. Fred said his father was sick in bed at Taylorsville when the flood struck.

    The family lived near the intersection of Garrard and Main Cross Streets.

  • Jan Milby hosted an open house of her new quilt studio, Quilting @ Fashion and Flowers, on Sunday, Nov. 14. She retired in September after thirty-five years of being a hairdresser. For the last thirteen years, Milby had her own shop on the side of her home, which is located at 888 Mudd Lane in Finchville. When she retired, she decided to move her quilting hobby out of her spare bedroom and into her shop.

  • Editor’s note: This article is the third in a three-part series featuring the stops on the 2010 Christmas Home Tour, sponsored by the Taylorsville Main Street Committee and hosted by The Red Scooter. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased by visiting The Red Scooter at 32 East Main or by calling 502-477-6608.

    Stops on the Saturday tour will include four local residences, a church and two businesses.

    The tour runs from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m.

  • Can you believe that December is already here? In just a few short days this year will be over and we will be starting 2011. How did that happen? Where did the last year go?

    I guess it went to elections and homecomings; it went by in birthdays and in anniversaries; there were a few weddings and way too many funerals. Day by day the year ticks off, and now with Christmas upon us, we are looking forward to a new year. But for a minute, I want us to look back.

  • Picking out the perfect Christmas tree is serious business for me. Some may find it a trivial chore but I want a tree that will be worth the effort of cleaning, moving furniture, hauling boxes, lights, step ladders and more. But once the mundane is done, then the fun begins. Each ornament that adorns the tree has a story to tell about my grandparents, parents or me. The tree is indeed important because it holds the past. And it must hold the past, in the form of many beloved ornaments, securely and with style.

  • Every winter we look forward to the pleasures of warming our hands and feet by a blazing fire, mesmerized by the dancing flames.

    When buying firewood two factors will determine just how hot your fire is—seasoning and the kind of wood.

    Wood is made up of air and cellulose (wood fiber). The more air space that wood has, the less there is to burn. Buying wood with the heaviest/densest per unit volume will keep you toasty.

    Osage orange, hickory, black locust, all of the oaks, sugar maple and ash produce hot fires; plus they are easy to split.

  • Traditions are what make holidays so memorable and fun. Thanksgiving traditions involving family recipes and favorite activities like taking a long walk after dinner or all day card game sessions make the holiday even more meaningful. There is always room for a new tradition to come along that reinforces the meaning of the Thanksgiving.

  • Thanksgiving is just a few days away. The holiday season is about to kick off for real, but before that happens, I just want to stop for a minute and say thanks to a generous and supportive community.

    This past Sunday night was the Ministerial Association’s annual Thanksgiving Service.

    It was probably the best attended service we have had in several years.

    I want to thank Pastor Johnny Hood and Grace Chapel for sharing their church and their talents with us.

  • Jesse and Frank James did a considerable amount of their hiding in northeast Nelson County around Chaplin and in the Samuels-Deatsville section not far from Bardstown. The area was friendly territory for the soldiers of fortune where families named Dawson, Samuels, Sayers, Pence and Hall provided food and lodging.

    The Tom and Nancy Dawson log house still stands where Confederate Guerrilla Captain William Quantrill wrote love poems to Nancy Dawson, their granddaughter.

  • Even if we cook a small turkey or have lots of guest, there always seems to be a lot of turkey left over after Thanksgiving. I love turkey sandwiches, but there are only so many I can eat. My solution for using up our leftover turkey is tortilla soup. I found the recipe twelve years ago in Southern Living magazine, and I adapted the recipe to use leftovers.

    The original recipe called for chicken instead of turkey. The year I found the recipe, my mother had smoked the holiday turkey and thought the leftovers would be excellent in tortilla soup.

  • Did you know that the cranberry used to be called the “craneberry?” When the colonists first learned of this berry from their American Indian hosts in the New World they thought the blooms of the native shrub looked like the long neck and bill of the crane. Eventually, as language goes, it was shortened to cranberry.

  • SrA Erin Thompson (second from left) recently completed Airmen Leadership School (ALS) at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. This is the first of four professional education programs that enlisted professionals have the opportunity to attend during their Air Force careers.

  • Just last week my own local paper, The Sentinel-News, had a cautionary article about deer and their movements this time of the year. It’s a dance that can cause injury to car, body, or store front in some cases. It seems there is a story at least once where a deer walks into a local business or busts into someone’s living room. I am here however to remind you that your young trees are vulnerable too, love and hormones can make for some crazy behavior and the deer rut has begun!

  • Bob Gill is the owner of Dairy Queen in Taylorsville and was the first to enforce his business as “Non Smoking”. He is truly an advocate for children. He has collaborated with the Spencer County School System in promotions of “Child Abuse Awareness” week and “Red Ribbon” week.

  • Just a few weeks ago, eight members of Plum Creek Baptist Church took off on an adventure to Thunder Bay in Ontario, Canada. The goal was to help a ministry called Eagles Cove to reach out to the Native American population in the Ontario Province.

    Eagles Cove is associated with a Canadian ministry called the Shantyman’s Christian Association or SCA. They were founded about 100 years ago to reach the native population and the men working in the rough logging and fishing camps in the Canadian north.

  • The Spencer County Homemakers hosted their 9th annual Holiday Workshop for the community on Tuesday, November 9th. Workshop participants are shown how to make simple holiday crafts and dishes.

    The cost this year was five dollars per person.

  • Tabitha Prater created this chili mac recipe to give her family some variety in the chili dishes she usually makes. She took this version to a potluck meeting of the Bluegrass Basket Guild in September.

    “I make it fairly often,” said Prater. “Chili is one thing I can guarantee my son will eat. When it’s cold, I fix a lot of chili and chili mac type stuff.”

  • Due to dry conditions, the majority of Kentucky livestock producers are already into their winter feeding programs which some began as early as September. Producers need to inventory their hay supplies now to ensure they have enough to last through the winter.

    If they find they’re short, buying additional hay now can save them a lot of headaches later, said Tom Keene, hay marketing specialist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.