• 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.

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    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.

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  • 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.

  • Walking is probably the most popular form of fitness. Schedule a regular time to walk. On the weekends, make time to get out and enjoy nature. Kentucky state parks and nature preserves are just some of the places we can go to see the state. Walking is good for your health – mind and body.

  • Penny Burns was trying to come up with something simple to serve at a recent Garden Club meeting that would be light and refreshing. She planned to have a fruit tray but wanted a lighter dip than her usual marshmallow and cream cheese. Her co-host, Cheryl Wantland, mentioned that she had heard of a lemonade dip made with yogurt.

    Burns looked on the internet and found several recipes, including one that used Tang as the flavoring. The one she chose specified Crystal Lite, but she used Kroger brand lemonade.

  • I can still remember standing on the porch of Little Mount School, ringing the big brass school bell that meant recess was over. Usually, the teachers would ring the bell but sometimes a student would be selected to do the job. It was a real treat indeed.

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    The FFA Floriculture Evaluation team competed at the Eastern Kentucky University summer FFA day on July 27 in Richmond.  The team of (from left) Nora McCoy, Hannah Clayton, Susan Mann, and Courtney Cox placed first overall. 

    Clayton and Mann were the 2nd and 3rd high individuals overall in the event.  They will compete next at the state FFA contest held at the Kentucky State Fair in August. 

  • Concert of Prayer for area schools

    A Concert of Prayer for local schools has been scheduled for Sunday, August 22 at 3 p.m. in the Spencer County Middle School auditorium. Please contact Greg Taylor at 477-8942 or Carol Herndon at 477-0150 if your church would like to participate.

    Everyone is invited to attend.


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  • You’ll find Radio Shacks at more than 6,500 locations, but you won’t find many as unique and customer-friendly as the one operating in Taylorsville.

    Purchasing the franchise store here in 2003 was a dream-come-true for Louisville native Wesley Martin and wife Joy, a native of the Philippine Islands.

    The pair met in California, where Joy grew up, while both were working in the telecommunications industry.

    In the late 1990s, Wesley was offered a position in Louisville, and after an extensive search, the couple found their ideal home in Spencer.

  • Hearing impairment is something that Spencer County High School Principal and SEC Basketball Legend Jocelyn Lyons had always viewed as one of life’s hurdles. It was just another obstacle to overcome.

    But in recent years, Lyons was looking the reality of complete deafness in the face – and she didn’t like what she saw. As the active mother of 13-year-old daughter Makiah and a passionate high school administrator, she knew being deaf would forever change her life and how she interacted with others.

  • Kentucky FFA State Sentinel Kevin Herndon, of Taylorsville, recently participated in the National Leadership Seminar for state officers in Springfield, Ill.

    Herndon, 18, is the son of Doug and Carol Herndon.

    During the four-day conference, state officers learned how to use motivation to create change in the lives of young people, achieve team leadership, discover and implement characteristics of a high-trust team, understand issues that face the National FFA organization, establish a state recruitment plan and learn effective presentation techniques.

  • This year’s second Kentucky Grazing School will be Aug. 9 and 10 at the Woodford County Cooperative Extension office and the University of Kentucky Animal Research Center in Versailles. Forage producers interested in attending to should go ahead and preregister as the workshop is limited to the first 45 people.

    The first school this year was held in April in Western Kentucky and had a near-capacity turnout.

  • The Spencer County 4-H Horse Club, the Trailblazers, attended the District 3 Horse Show at Lakeside Arena in Frankfort, June 5 and 6.  District is a regional pre-qualifying competition for the 4-H State Horse Show in July.

    Rebecca Mobley and Scott Jeppson participated in the Western Pleasure Division and qualified for the State 4-H Horse Show.

    Christopher Miles won two classes and received third place in the other two classes.  Christopher also received the award for the Reserve High Point Junior in the Walking/Racking Division. 

  • Library story time begins Aug. 17

    Story time at the Spencer County Library will begin August 17.  Each Tuesday while school is in session the library will have two story times for children ages 6 and under.  The morning session is at 10:30 a.m. and the evening session is at 6:30 p.m. 

  • Local quilter Jan Darnell’s art quilt, Running Free, was accepted to be part of the juried show, A Horse’s Tale, at the National Quilt Museum in honor of the 2010 World Equestrian Games. This is the first time the Equestrian Games is being held outside Europe. Darnell is one of 24 quilters chosen for the exhibit from around the world and one of only six quilters from Kentucky.

  • I will never forget my ordination. Brother Gary Mills, pastor of Taylorsville’s First Baptist Church preached from Timothy.

    Timothy was a young preacher Paul had sent out and Paul was writing to him. I think everyone should read 1st and 2nd Timothy for sure. I have chosen for today 1st Timothy.

  • Seven Spencer County High School students recently attended the “Youth Leadership Symposium” with the Youth Service Center on June 28 - 29 in Frankfort. 

    The event was hosted by Kentucky Center for School Safety, Kentucky Department of Education, National Guard Counter-drug Program, Kentucky Crime Prevention Coalition, Office of Drug Control Policy, KY-ASAP and Champions.