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    The four factors of production for agricultural businesses are often described as land, labor, capital and management.  You can quantity the first three of these in specific units (acres, hours, dollars), and you can acquire additional quantities if you need them.

    However, you can’t quantify management; it does not have units.  While you can hire managers, you can’t buy management.  In many surveys of farm and agribusiness owners, when asked what they need help with, they will often reply, management.

  • While most teens were sleeping in, hanging out with friends, or going to the movies; 27 members of the Spencer County FFA were doing something a little different. They loaded a bus on July 13 and they headed to Hardinsburg to the Ky FFA Leadership Training Center.  Along with three hundred and twenty-two other members  from twenty-two different chapters, they  participated in various leadership, team building classes, and recreational activities. .

  • Forty-five Kentucky high school students from 21 counties across the region were recently on the campus of Pikeville College to participate in the annual Professional Education Preparation Program (PEPP) that is offered by Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine (PCSOM). This two-week residential program provides high school students from the region with an opportunity to learn about the medical profession. More than 550 students have participated in the college’s program since its inception in 1999.

  • An ancient Indonesian parable tells about a turtle that flew through the air by biting hard on a stick that was carried by two geese. The turtle was thrilled to take flight but was bothered by comments from onlookers. Those who viewed the spectacle praised the geese for being so clever. The turtle felt he was the one who deserved attention and praise and so he opened his mouth and shouted, “This was my idea.” I’m sure he learned his lesson.

  • Corn needs what most other summer crops need:  good soil and drainage, adequate nutrients and temperatures above 60 degrees for germination and growth.  Corn is actually a heavy feeder so healthy soil with some side dressing is a good idea to maximize the quality of harvest.  Water needs are not excessive but irrigation (if it doesn’t come naturally) when the stalks begin to flower will promote larger ear development.  The rest relies on cross pollination.  Corn flowers and begins to shed its pollen several days before the silks actually emerge.

  • Some Christians do not believe in backsliding but I am one who does.

    I looked up backslide in the dictionary. The meaning was to slide back into wrongdoing; gradually return to old habits, or practices; especially ones forbidden by a church or by authority; relapse. So far none of the reformed drinkers has backslid.

  • There is something magical about taking a boy on his first roller coaster ride.  There is something even more special when that boy is getting ready to enter the eleventh grade.

    Recently, 37 children and 13 adult chaperons from Spencer County made the short trip to Holiday World in Santa Claus, IN.   Much like any other group that does so over the course of the summer, they were put into groups and given name tags.   Some chaperons were parents, some were teachers and some were both.

  • May 30 and May 31 the Spencer County 4-H Horse Club, the “Trailblazers”, attended the District 3 Horse Show at Lakeside Arena in Frankfort. District is a regional pre-qualifying competition for the 4-H State Horse Show in July.

    The kids really started the weekend off with a bang, with Kelsey Bishop winning her first two classes on Saturday and taking home the Division I Pleasure High Point Award.

  • This year’s concert performance for the Spencer County Fair will bring home a Taylorsville native from the recording studios in Nashville, Tennessee.

    J.D. Shelburne will return to perform at the Spencer County Fair this Friday.

  • Is it possible to be a Christian and yet not go to church? That seems to be one of the most common questions I hear in Spencer Co. I hope you can handle frankness because space does not allow easing into the subject. I’ll answer that question in stages. First, the New Testament never considers the possibility that someone could be devoted to Jesus and yet have little or no devotion to Jesus’ other followers.

  • Unless you have been completely shut off from the outside world in the last few weeks, you have probably heard about the passing of a famous entertainer and are aware of the impact it made on the world.  But Michael Jackson is not the only person to have recently expired from life; Farrah Fawcett, Billy Mays and dozens of other semi-famous people have passed on from this life too.  So why has the media given so much attention to him?

  • Aquaculture enthusiasts will have an opportunity to learn more about the enterprise at a July field day in Frankfort.

    Kentucky State University and the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service are offering a free Aquaculture Field Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT July 25 at KSU’s Aquaculture Research Center. Participants will have a chance to learn more about research regarding largemouth bass, koi, freshwater prawn, crayfish and paddlefish.

  • Heather Helton, Katherine Luckett, and Helisha Smith, members of the Spencer County Chapter of the Family, Career, Community Leaders of America, attended the FCCLA State Leadership Training in Hardinsburg recently. While in attendance Helton and Luckett were trained in their duties as regional officers. Smith conducted training sessions as a state FCCLA officer.  The students participated in many leadership activities and team building activities while at the training. 

  • Knights Kafé pork chop dinner

    The Knights Kafé will be having a pork chop dinner from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday at All Saints Catholic Church. The menu will be grilled pork chops, potato casserole, green beans, corn on the cob, cucumber and tomato salad, hot homemade desserts, sweet and unsweet iced tea, lemonade or hot coffee.

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  • VBS with Free Meal at Risen Lord

    Risen Lord Lutheran church is offering a free meal before VBS each night, from July 19-23.  The meal will be at 6 p.m. each night and VBS will start at 6:30 p.m.  Prepare for a galactic adventure like no other where kids learn about God’s word and his world at OPERATION SPACE. Please register by calling Julie at 502-477-6557. The church is located at 5138 Taylorsville Road near the Elk Creek Grocery/Gas Station.

    Prayer Walk at Briar Ridge Christian

  • Submitted to The Spencer Magnet

    Five girls from Spencer County attended the Kentucky Sheriffs’ Boys and Girls Ranch during session 2 (June 14-19). Pictured are: Courtney Green, Katie Klotz, Rachel Klotz, Brianna Davis and Lauren Curtsinger, Spencer County Deputy Kyle Bennett (who transported the campers) and Ranch Counselor Jessica Howard.

  • Four Spencer County FFA members represented the National FFA Organization, as 2008 National FFA Champions in the International Youth Dairy Judging competition held   June 27 in Scotland.   

    Casandra Petersen, Michella White, Kelli Smitha, and  Whitney Owens competed against 23 other teams from the U.S.  representing   universities, junior colleges, and the 4-H, and several hundred teams from the United Kingdom and Europe.   

  •  Cub Scout Pack #177 is a new pack in Spencer County. They are very excited about getting started and have been meeting weekly since June. Meetings are held at Taylorsville Assembly of God. They will be having a Meet & Greet Family Night on July 24 at 7 p.m. at the church. This is an opportunity to meet all of the members of the pack and join. They will also be having a yard sale July 25. If anyone is interested in donating items, please contact Larry Fields at 477-5622. For more information about joining Pack 177, contact Michelle Wright 477-1514 or Tiffany Kennison 354-0039.

  • A P S Delegate won grand champion bull at the 2009 Kentucky Angus Association Preview Show, June 13, in Bowling Green, Ky. Anne Patton Schubert, Taylorsville, Ky., owns the March 2008 son of MCC Blackout 404. He first won junior champion. Lake Elliott, Adams, Tenn., evaluated the 139 entries. Photo by American Angus Association.

  • VBS at Little Mount Baptist

    Little Mount Baptist Church, located at 6129 Little Mount Road, will be having Vacation Bible School "Boomerang Express" July 12-17 from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. for children ages 3 through grade 12. For transportation please call 477-8432 or 477-8744.

    VBS at Parkland Hills