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    Winners of the recycling bin decorating contest were announced Friday.

  • Don’t jump the gun when it comes to planting spring flowering bulbs this fall. Spring bulbs are best planted once soil temperatures cool to about 55 degrees, so wait until we have had at least two weeks of sweater weather. If it is too cool outside without a jacket, then it’s just right for planting bulbs.

  • The following students had perfect attendance during the first nine-week grading period at Spencer County Elementary School:

    Kindergarten:

    Bristol Bottoms, Mason Broderick, Landon Drumright, Jackson Finch, Kameron Fowler, Paige Fugate, Jazlyn Huizar, Lochlan Husband, Brian Jeffries, Savannah Kersey, Kyndal Neville, Leelynn Olges, Cali Opell, Landon Peers, Alexis Purvis, Mallory Rattliff, Ayden Rose, Robert Ruthstrom Caiden Sloan, Jade Slucher, Angel Watts

    First Grade:

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    WKU’s Department of Engineering conducted the 16th annual Kentucky Bluegrass Robotics Competition on Saturday (Nov. 7).

    This WKU Engineering Department outreach competition provides secondary school students with a challenging engineering design problem to solve, and offers school faculty and mentors an interesting team project to use as an example of engineering principles.

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    Taylorsville Elementary School Great Students of the Month for September and October.

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    Kennedy Shelburne was named the 7-8 Academy WT Pleasure National Grand Champion for Silver Lining Stable at the Academy Championship held in Murfreesboro, Tn., earlier this month. Kennedy was named National Champion on a unanimous judges card scoring all number one votes with her horse, “Vegas”. Kennedy has been showing for two years and this is her second try at the National Finals. Her instructor is Nicole Reason from Silver Lining Stable in Cox’s Creek. She is the daughter of Courtney and Tommy Shelburne of Taylorsville.

  • Leaf raking is an autumn chore that only children enjoy, because they get to undo it in one fowl swoop. We rake and pile and they jump. I propose a new approach that just may make us all happy; adults can still rake a little, children can still play and trees will benefit from some mulch and fertilizer. At the farm, raking leaves is passé; we let them stay where they fall (within reason, of course) which is usually beneath their canopy.

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    It took just nine weeks for Spencer County Middle School faculty to know they were onto something. Since the school implemented its after-school program, test scores had improved.

    Now in its second year, Grizzlies Beyond the Bell has become a sensation. On a recent Wednesday afternoon, a pack of students were running laps outside around the school while robots were taking form in a classroom and arrows were whizzing across the gym. It’s all carefully supervised, of course.

  • Thanksgiving will be here in just a couple of weeks. One of the first things that comes to mind when we think about this holiday is the importance of the meal and the traditional foods that will be served. I do not know of any other holiday that has more food tradition than Thanksgiving. We will be feasting on turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, a sweet potato dish of some sort and then for dessert–pumpkin pie.

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    Spencer County Middle School celebrated its record-high K-PREP scores last Friday at an academic pep rally dubbed “Grizzly Fest.”

    The school recently received the results of last spring’s test. SCMS students placed in the 90th percentile, a dramatic gain from its place in the 37th percentile just three years ago.

    “We have really high expectations,” principal Matt Mercer said before the event. “We work extremely hard.”
     

  • The horse keeps her eye on her trainer as he walks her, effortlessly eases her into a canter, then seamlessly into a trot around his huge arena.

    The mare knows Greg Kallmeyer, but just as important, he says, he knows her.

    Kallmeyer, at 54, has realized a dream. He just opened the Kallmeyer Equestrian Center in Burlington, giving horses a calm home, cushioned stalls, each with an open window from which heads poke out at will.

  • Last week, you may have noticed some extra school buses riding around Spencer County. We had the honor of hosting some FFA students from other states as they came to Louisville for what looks to be the final FFA Convention being held here for several years.

    Wednesday morning, there were several students from Wisconsin eating at a local establishment, and when I introduced myself, they were very courteous and respectful. After we chatted, they said they were heading into Louisville for the convention.

  • Some years are worse than others. I remember years when it was like a siege of lady beetles, other years a few popped up here or there. Usually they sneak their way into our homes as a noticeable chill settles in. On sunny days, they cling to the screen door on the south side of where I write. A few weeks ago they showed up in droves. I need not worry about them as they sun themselves; but the ones that collect indoors, well your best bet is a vacuum cleaner.

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    Tucked away off a narrow country road in Clark County, in the middle of a farm, 27 acres of hemp grew all summer. Now, the plants will be harvested and processed.

    Kentucky, hailed as a leader by industrial hemp advocates, has grown the hemp. Now the state is working on growing the industry.

  • The apple orchard has been picked clean. Some are stowed in the refrigerator, some are applesauce, some frozen and the rest are dried and sitting patiently on the shelf until the dead of winter (we are not allowed to eat them until all fresh are eaten).

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    Congratulations to all of the Swine Exhibitors from Spencer County that participated in the 2015 Kentucky State Fair. In the Kentucky State Fair 4-H/FFA Market Swine Show Ashley Montgomery, Makala Hatzman, Madisyn Caudill, Courtney Jeffiers, Dalton Stallings, Kelly Herndon, Emily Herndon, Seth Goodlett, Dillon Stallings, Jenna Thompson, Noah Dunning, Casey Montgomery, Lee Tyler Owen, Ethan Thompson, Emily Truax, Desmond Stubbs, Noah Frank, Jillian Dunning, and Taylor Goodlett represented Spencer County 4-H and FFA well in the all of their classes.

  • Apples come in many colors, textures and flavors. You will be more satisfied with your culinary results when using recipes with apples if you are aware of, and knowledgable about, the varying characteristics of each type of apple.

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    Brace yourselves, Kentucky drivers; the annual three-month increase in roadway encounters, and unfortunate collisions, with white-tailed deer is once again upon us.