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  • Despite the efforts to save the Taylorsville Christmas tree, the summer bagworm infestation proved more than the young plant could handle. The tree was replaced with a new variety November 4 that was donated by Mike Driscoll. New grass placed around the tree was donated by Mason Valley Sod-Turf.

  • Madonna Cash got her recipe for scalloped potatoes from her daughter-in-law about two years ago. She usually takes it to potlucks rather than serve it at home because her husband does not care for olives. She recently served this dish at a potluck dinner meeting of the Bluegrass Basket Guild.

    Cash does not cook as much as she used to anymore now that her children are grown. Now she mostly makes cakes or cookies for her grandchildren whom she sees often. A particular favorite is her caramel cake.

  • Jim Riggs, of Fisherville, participated in a Veterans Day Celebration Saturday held by Guard Duty at Grace Chapel in Taylorsville. The ceremony at the church was followed by a parade down Main Street. Riggs served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps League Detachment 729. The wreaths pictured above were presented in honor of military service men and women who lost their lives in battle.

  • TES September Students of the Month were Andrew Gibson, Greg Martin, Sammy Hall, Pandora Booth, Kelsey Cotton, and Logan Miller.

  • Geri has spent her life contributing to the health of those around her.  She obtained an education in health management and put that knowledge to work at the YMCA.  She worked to bring youth sports programs to Spencer County when few were available.  Geri also assisted in the development of workout stations at Spencer County’s Ray Jewell Park and helps coordinate health fairs.  For many years now, Geri has taught aerobics, boot camps, and walking classes that bond Spencer Countians in good health and good friendship.  She leads by example as well.

  • Rachel Price received her recipe for pineapple salad many years ago from the late Gail Hahn who was a beautician in Taylorsville. It’s become a favorite dish among her friends and family, and is a special request at the Bluegrass Basket Guild potluck supper meetings.

    “When I first took it, everyone went on and on about it,” said Price, who brings the dish to every basket guild meeting she attends. “When I missed a few meetings, they said ‘we missed you, but we missed your salad too!’”

  • Justin Goodlett of the Spencer County FFA chapter was named national winner of the Equine Science Entrepreneur Proficiency Award Program. Four finalists competed to be named the national winner during the annual national FFA convention in October in Indiana.

    Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excelled as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while they gained hands-on career experience.

    Goodlett was awarded $1,000 during a special ceremony at the national convention.

    For Goodlett, raising and showing horses is a way of life.

  • On October 31 a steeple was dedicated at Risen Lord Lutheran church.

    Its purpose is to lift high the cross of Jesus Christ so that those who gaze upon it may have their thoughts directed to the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ the Lord.

    Pastor Steve Gettinger commented that the steeple was donated in March of this year by Lord of Life Lutheran church in Fairfax, Virginia, to be installed at the church.

  • Marty Murphy got her recipe for sausage rice casserole over twenty years ago, and has made it ever since. She went to a potluck dinner where it was served and made sure to ask for the recipe.

    “It’s one of those things that people really like,” said Murphy. Sausage rice casserole is a frequent request for the Bluegrass Basket Guild potluck dinners in Taylorsville.

    “I love the fact that it’s so easy and has so few ingredients,” said Murphy.

  • Congratulations to the following students for being selected as Spencer County Middle School September Students of the Month.  Pictured are front row left to right:  Zach Berry, Hunter Detrich, and Taylor Jones.  Back row left to right:  Tyler Mattingly, Lauren Stevens, and Demi Brooks.

  • For most of us, garlic has become a cooking staple. You can give anything flavor by adding a little garlic to the recipe and you can grow it yourself if you have a little space in the back yard. For centuries, garlic has been enjoyed for its culinary, medicinal and spiritual qualities, including fending off evil spirits and vampires and acting as an anti-bacterial. There was evidence of garlic in King Tut’s tomb when it was discovered; so obviously, the ancient Egyptians were growing it as far back as 2100 B.C. That’s some serious culinary history.

  • A few years ago I had a chance to travel to Marble Colorado and visit the marble mines there. Now when I think of marble I think of the monuments in cemeteries, the decoration on Courthouses, things like that. In fact the marble from this area was used to build the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. I had always assumed that marble was literally “as solid as a rock.” But it turns out that marble is really fragile. All around the mines were smaller discarded pieces of marble that had been exposed to Colorado winters for 30 or 40 years.

  • Politicians in Spencer County and nationwide spent the final days of the campaign this weekend stumping for votes and making political speeches as Americans prepared to head to the polls on Tuesday.

    However, as U.S. Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) spoke in Taylorsville Saturday afternoon, it was fitting that he shine some of the spotlight on a man who helped make this wonderful election process possible – a war veteran.

  • Junior Alexis Hardin was recently chosen as Spencer County High School’s Student of the Week.

    1. What do you want to become in the future?

    I want to get married and have three kids and be successful in everything that I do.

    2. What is your biggest goal?

    To make the University of Kentucky’s dance team.

    3. Who is someone who inspires you?

    Probably my mom and dad because they never give up on things no matter what.

    4. What are your hobbies out side of school?

    Dancing/ reading.

  • Kentucky landowners still have time to sign up for the Conservation Stewardship Program at the local Natural Resources Conservation Service office.

    Signup for this period has been extended to Jan. 7.

  • Remember the nursery rhyme- Good Night, Sleep Tight, and Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite? No longer is this just a nursery rhyme. Bedbugs are considered to be public health pests by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Recent complaints about bed bugs are increasing and have prompted a joint statement on bed bug control by the CDC and the EPA.

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  • The Spencer County FFA chapter, for the second year in the past four, was named the 2010 winner of the National FFA Model of Innovation winner for student development which is given to the top FFA chapter in the nation. The award was presented live on RFD-TV in Indianapolis on Thursday at the National FFA Convention. The local chapter had been named one of ten national finalists in August out of over 7500 FFA chapters nation wide.

    Justin Goodlett was named the National winner of the Equine Entrepreneur proficiency award and received $1000.

  • Autumn is a beautiful time in Kentucky gardens, but it can also be a messy time. The season brings piles of leaves from our trees and spent shoots from our flower beds.

    The way we address this yard waste can have a significant impact on our gardens and the environment. Gardeners commonly rake up and bag leaves to be hauled away to yard waste dumps.

    This option, while tidy, uses a lot of energy, both yours and the energy to transport the leaves and mixed garden waste.

  • Ardia Herndon’s peanut butter and banana salad recipe has been a family favorite for generations on both sides of her family.

    “My husband’s aunt gave it to my grandmother probably seventy years ago. I’ve known it since I was a child,” said Herndon, who grew up in Wakefield but moved to Elk Creek when she married fifty-eight years ago. It was one of her husband’s favorites as a child. When he visited his aunt, he ate enough peanut butter banana salad to make himself sick.