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    The 2014-15 Spencer County Achievement Banquet was held on Monday, Nov. 9 at the Spencer County Extension Office. Congratulations to all 4-H members who were recognized for their accomplishments.

  • Manure can be a valuable fertilizer if you store and use it correctly on your farm. But just how valuable?

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    There are many gardening tasks that must be done or are better done in the fall of the year – things like cleaning up old plant material; fertilizing trees, shrubs and lawns; and protecting tender plants like hybrid tea roses and French hydrangeas. These chores are all a part of garden maintenance, and taking care of them now will improve the quality of your garden later. Here’s a checklist to remind you of what needs to be done to get the garden ready for winter.

    Clean-Up

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    The Spencer County Middle School cheerleaders recently competed in the KAPOS Regional Competition and placed first, qualifying for the state competition on Dec. 19 at the Lexington Horse Park.

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    This program is designed to empower high school sophomores to recognize their talents and apply them to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school and community. Foster will attend a three-day seminar at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. The seminar will take place June 9-12. She will participate in hands-on leadership activities, meet leaders in Kentucky and explore their personal leadership skills, while learning how to lead others and make a positive impact in the community.

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    On Career Day at Taylorsville Elementary School, students learned what it takes to be successful in various careers. Many of the children were dressed up for the careers they aspire to, as several guests came to the school to talk about their jobs.
     

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    Megan Dysinger is the sophomore Most Valuable Bear at Spencer County High School for November. She is a positive, polite and hardworking young lady. She takes time to assist other students who are struggling, without being asked. She is always eager, pleasant and courteous to everyone – students and adults. She is one of the most uplifting students at SCHS. Dysinger is in the band and is a cheerleader. She plans to attend Morehead State University to major in music.

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    About 1,200 grandparents visited Spencer County Elementary School last week as the school hosted its annual Grandparents Days.

    “It’s very important to us, as a community school, to reach out into the community,” principal Mark Thomas said.

    Grandparents Day was held Tuesday for Kindergartners and fifth-graders, Wednesday for first- and second-graders, and Friday for third- and fourth-graders. The grandparents spent 30 minutes to an hour with their grandchildren in class and then ate lunch with them in the cafeteria.

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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.