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Today's Features

  • Ashley Cottrell, Valerie Sherrard and Emily Farrar are participating in the 4-H Teen Leadership Academy, an eight-month program for teens from LaRue, Hardin, Meade, Grayson and Breckinridge counties. On Oct. 16-17, they participated in a retreat at Camp Loucon that emphasized leadership and communications skills as well as participation in the camp’s low ropes course.

  • Fall farm fun is attracting school and church groups with pumpkin patches, corn mazes and hay rides. Four LaRue County locations will be up and running by the weekend plus a fifth operation just north of the county line off Kentucky 210.

    Here’s a rundown of the offerings:

    Lee’s Garden Center, 1918 Bardstown Road, Hodgenville, 358-9897, www.leesgardencenter.com. Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

  • 4-H Rabbit Club

    The 4-H Rabbit Club will meet 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 31 at the LaRue County Extension Service office, 807 Old E’town Road. All members and interested persons are welcome.

     

  • When there’s something strange in the neighborhood, forget about calling Ghostbusters. Contact the Rev. Michael MacGowan, a plumber-turned-paranormal investigator, who’s on a real-life mission to bust ghosts.

    About three years ago, MacGowan — who relocated to the Ovesen Heights area of LaRue County from Oklahoma — believes he saw the spirit of his mother at her own graveside service. She appeared younger, with her arms folded, he said, and stood beside her grave before her body was buried. 

  • Many of my childhood memories revolve around the tiny general store in Ovesen Heights.

    It was a joy to go inside the little block building and listen to the owner, Boots Howell, and my mom swap stories.

    Boots would sell you one egg, one roll of toilet paper, enough flour to finish your biscuits or a postage stamp. She was a true believer in customer service.

    For 35 cents, you could get a quarter’s worth of pickle dog and a Coke.

  • The “101 Must Places to Visit in Kentucky Before You Die!” contains information about points of interest across the state. It includes Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace near Hodgenville and the Zachary Taylor Cemetery in Louisville as well as natural wonders. West provides historic detail and stories that enhance a cross-state adventure or provide arm-chair entertainment.

  • The Department of Revenue will hold a statewide Property Valuation Administrator exam for anyone interested in running for PVA in 2010 in any county in the state.

    The test will be 9 a.m. Nov. 5 at Eagle Lake Convention Center, 1000 Eagle Lake Drive, Lawrenceburg. Individuals who pass this exam will be eligible to seek election in the 2010 primary and general elections.

  • The Kentucky State Parks are celebrating their 85th anniversary this year and is offering a poetry contest for visitors who like to write about outdoor experiences.

    The contest has three age categories – 11 and younger, 12-18 and 19 and older. Any style may be used but poets are asked to use a theme that is some way related to the natural, cultural or historical aspects of the 52 state parks.

  • The Hodgenville Main Street Association was a finalist in a competition for beautification. The nomination, in the design category, was for all the work on Lincoln Square and the surrounding area.

  • Ancestral Trails Historical Society met earlier this month with Steve Mather presenting a program on grave dowsing. He illustrated how it was done by using a male and female to lie on the floor and let the dowsing rods indicate the sex of the person. The dowsing rods can determine the height of the person also. The society hopes to have him return next spring and illustrate the art of grave dowsing at a local cemetery.

    The next meeting will be Nov. 6 at the public library in Elizabethtown.