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Today's Features

  • Jessie Ingram Ellis, 68, and Beverly Terry Johnson, 69, married Aug. 16, 2012.
    Christina Louise Rodgers, 32, and Christopher Ray Barnett, 33, married Aug. 18, 2012.
    Kelsey Lynne Buckley, 22, and Joshua Lee Helsel, 24, married Aug. 18, 2012.
    Debbie Sue Stephens, 41, and William David Hadden, 52, married Aug. 25, 2012.
    Jessica Elizabeth Summers, 30, and Benjamin Ray Brewer, 29, married Aug. 28, 2012.
    Bridget Renee Hill, 24, and William Patrick Hicks, 24, married Sept. 1, 2012.

  • 10 years ago . . .
    Births announced this week are: Daniel Thomas Allen III, Sept. 9, son of Danny and Ricci Allen Jr.; Graves Edward Fryman, Sept. 10, son of Starlette Hope and Daryl F. Fryman; Jacob Leslie Hamm, June 26, son of Jeffrey and Rebecca Hamm; Elizabeth Jewel Kiskaden, Sept. 8, daughter of Susan and James Kiskaden.
    Harrison County Fiscal Court approves purchase of new radio equipment for the Cynthiana Fire Department. Total costs will be $5,541 plus another $450 or so for a new base.

  • Old farm sites that are long vacant often have remnants of a once thriving agricultural model that fed the whole family.   
    Among the farm smorgasbord was the small home orchard; and among the orchard the Kieffer pear still stands if nothing else does.  
    The Kieffer pear has been around for a long time and it seems we have forgotten how to treat it as an eating pear.  
    If you have ever happened upon an old tree you may have been put off by the hard fruit.  

  • USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director John W. McCauley, announces that guaranteed farm ownership loan funds for Fiscal Year 2012 have been exhausted. Farmers and ranchers in Kentucky received $59,736, 321 million in guaranteed loans through Aug. 31, 2012.
    “Fiscal Year 2013 begins on Oct. 1, 2012, and we anticipate that guaranteed farm ownership funds will be available in early October,” said McCauley.

  • This hot and dry summer has affected our lawns badly. Most are wondering if the grass will ever return and in many cases it probably won’t. It is evident that we have lost some of our grass in areas where the soil is shallow or was in direct sunlight during those hot afternoons. The big concern now is what should we do to insure a beautiful lawn for next year?

  • For the last few years the Central KY Area of Extension has held a Stocker Conference in Lexington. This year the conference will be held Monday, Oct. 1 at the Fayette County Extension Office. During the session programs will deal with health programs, marketing issues, and the upcoming winter feeding program.

  • For some gardeners the tactile experience of maintaining the garden is not really what they’re after.  I love the whole process but I realize that most people just want things to look good without too much fuss.   
    As our farm grows on the 4-legged and 2-legged side of things I am noticing some perennial plant neglect.
    So, I do need to do some rearranging so that the mixed borders get easier to care for not more difficult. Therein lays the mission of the Perennial Plant Association’s “Plant of the Year” program.  

  • Mr. and Mrs. Donald Davis of Harrison County announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Chelsea Marie Davis, to Jared Lawrence Webster, son of Tena and Dennis Webster of Grant County.
    Davis is a 2008 graduate of Harrison County High School and works in Grant County.
    Webster is a 2005 graduate of Grant County High School and is a welder at Qualex.
    The wedding will take place at the Grant County Fairgrounds in Williamstown on Oct. 13, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. Invitations have been sent.