Today's News

  • CATS gets clawed on Frankfort floor

    After a decade of CATS testing, state legislators threw Kentucky’s standardized assessment to the curb last week.

    Passed by the Kentucky Senate and House of Representatives during their recent session, the legislation, named Senate Bill 1 plans for revamping of the tests known as CATS - named for the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System.

    The legislation was signed into effect by Gov. Steve Beshear on Monday.

    “The changes will be phased in,” said Rep. Tom McKee Monday morning, adding that a new test will be in place by 2011.

  • Now accepting applications for WHIP

    USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) signup.  Landowners may apply for WHIP at any time however; applications received by April 15 will be evaluated and considered for the 2009 program year. Applications received after that date will be held until the next evaluation period.

    WHIP provides land users an opportunity to improve wildlife habitat.  The land user must devote at least 10 acres to eligible wildlife practices.

  • Southern States Co-ops recognize farmers during National Agriculture Week

    “It is a celebration that has been 30 plus years in the making and one that all Americans can justly take pride in knowing that farmers are feeding and clothing people across the globe,” Tom Scribner said. “The men and women who make up American farm families are genuine heroes in my book.”

    As the world population soars, there is even more demand for the food and fiber that U.S. agriculture produces.

  • Meteorologist visits Northside classroom

    WLEX-TV 18’s Chief Meteorologist Bill Meck visits with the 4th grade students at Northside Elementary on Monday, Feb. 23. Meck presents a fun and informative program on weather.

  • Blueberry planting and maintenance

    No other berry crop has gained the popularity of the blueberry. I am glad it has earned this distinction because blueberries are actually pretty easy to grow if you provide them with some timely attention. 

    Once they are established some late winter pruning and fertilization is all you need to do to keep them in production.

    Sure, you need to start out right if you want to have productive bushes for the next 20 years, but once established, all the chores are straight forward. 

  • Community Calendar

    THURSDAY, March 19

    Harrison County Historical Society will meet Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m. in the Feix Community Room at the Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library. The speaker will be Donna Elkins who will present a program about lady spies in the Civil War. Everyone is welcome to attend.

  • 4-H Calendar of Events

    Monday-Friday: 4-H Sewing Projects I, II, III, Harrison County Extension Center

    Tuesdays: 4-H Crocheting Projects, 3:15-5 p.m., Harrison County Extension Center

    Second Tuesdays: 4-H Shooting Sports Club, Harrison County Extension Office

    Third Tuesdays: 4-H Rabbit Club, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Harrison County Extension Center

    Wednesdays: 4-H Knitting Projects, 3:15-4:45 p.m. Harrison County Extension Office

    First Thursdays: 4-H Saddle-N-Spur Horse Club, Harrison County Extension Office

    As Scheduled: 4-H Livestock Project Certification meetings

  • Phase I sign-ups now being taken

    Harrison County Phase I Ag Development committee reminds everyone that a sign-up period for six programs is available now through the month of March and will include:

    Genetic Programs; Forage Improvements; Diversification; Sheep and Goat Diversification; Fencing Improvement; and Cattle Handling.

    Each of these programs has specific rules and regulations implemented by the state and local boards. Any questions relating to any of the programs contact the Harrison County Extension Office at 234-5510.

  • City will receive no stimulus for water, sewer, says clerk

    The city of Cynthiana will not receive any water or sewer federal stimulus money from the state of Kentucky, city clerk Charleen McIlvain reported at Tuesday evening’s city commission meeting.

    McIlvain said that while the state will receive $20 million for water projects and $60 million for sewer projects, Cynthiana will not receive any of those first-round funds this year.

    “The state prioritizes these projects and our projects, and as much as a priority as they are to us, on a state level, they are not at the highest level,” McIlvain said.

  • America’s Next Top Model

    Growing up in Cynthiana, Celia was the bottom step of the Ammerman’s three stair-step-aged children, each spaced two years apart.

    Today, 25-year-old Celia Ammerman is on top of the world and she’s heralding the support of her older siblings, her parents and the rest of her family and friends for their support.

    Celia is one of 13 women competing for the title of America’s Next Top Model. Her debut appearance on the reality show by the same name will be Wednesday, March 4 at 8 p.m. on The CW.