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Today's Features

  • Stephen Brown of Hodgenville is planning a group tour to “Amish Country” Montgomery, Ind. March 19. The cost is $60 and includes a home-cooked sit-down meal with an Amish or Mennonite family.

    The bus departs from First Baptist Church of Hodgenville at 7 a.m. Tour includes farms where they are making furniture the traditional way, fabric and quilting, jams and jellies, and traditional farming methods. Return about 6 p.m.

    For more information, contact the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce at 358-3411 or Brown at 270-307-0150.

    Payment is due by March 12.

  • The Census will be mailed to 134 million households by mid March. The Census counts everyone in the place where they live and sleep most of the time. So, for each person, the form asks for their name, gender, age, race, ethnicity and relationship. It also asks whether you rent or own a home. The 2010 Census does not ask for your immigration status, income, or tax information and will never ask for your social security number or bank account.

  • The idea of community has been one that has long been of interest to me.

    One of the definitions I found was: “A group of interacting organisms sharing an environment. In human communities, intent, belief, resources, preferences, needs, risk and other conditions may be present, affecting the identity of the participants and their degree of cohesiveness.

  • Dr. Reese Land, assistant professor of trumpet and music at Campbellsville University, recently received the award for College/University Professor of the Year from the Kentucky Music Educators Association in the fourth district.

    Land has worked at CU for three years now, and on top of being a trumpet instructor he also teaches courses in music appreciation and brass methodology.

  • Veterans Upward Bound at Western Kentucky University has openings in its free veteran education program.

    Veterans who have better than a dishonorable discharge are welcome to join the program to attend these free classes.

    An application is required before attending. Prior participants do not have to reapply but should call to reactivate their membership. Contact (270) 745-5310 or veterans.upward.bound@wku.edu for more details.

    All Veterans Upward Bound classes are free and are designed to help veterans prepare to college or vocational/technical school.

  • The Kentucky Pork Producers Association has appointed a new CEO to succeed Mike Ovesen, who died earlier this month.

    Bonnie Jolly, who served as secretary for 20 years, now heads the Elizabethtown-based group, which is a liaison between producers and government agencies.

    The 58-year-old Sonora woman said the KPPA will continue to make sure farmers’ voices are heard in all the right places, including Frankfort.

    One issue is that hog producers are under attack by some animal rights activists. Jolly said there is no advantage for them to abuse animals.

  • LaRue County recently received approval of $130,000 to offer the County Agricultural Investment Program this year. This program combines all the old model programs previously offered by the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy into one grant program that is administered by one agency instead of several; in our case, the LaRue County Beef Cattle Association. The grant administrator is Dyan Puckett.

  • Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer urges ginseng dealers and sellers to operate within the laws governing the sales of ginseng roots.

    “The ginseng trade can be both profitable and sustainable, but only if everyone follows the rules,” Commissioner Farmer said. “I encourage dealers to watch for roots that are not legal to sell. Harvesters should keep in mind that they may sell only to dealers that are licensed in the state.”

  • The Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program is accepting nominations for its ninth class, which begins in January.

    The 18-month program focuses on fine-tuning the leadership skills of 20 active farmers or agribusiness professionals. It is funded by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, farm organizations, agribusinesses, alumni and program participants.

  • Beekeeping School to be held in Frankfort