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Today's News

  • Deadly virus threatens pig farms

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that a deadly pig virus that is leading to industry financial losses and potentially higher pork prices for consumers, and could have a greater impact on the nation's hog supply than previously thought, Meredith Davis reports for Reuters. Porcine epidemic diarrhea has been confirmed in 25 states, including Kentucky, and three Canadian provinces, and has resulted in 3,528 confirmed cases of PED as of Saturday. USDA defines a case as “multiple animals at a single farm site or at several locations.”

  • Farm Bill makes watching a cockfight a felony

     The new Farm Bill has new penalties to discourage cockfighting. Merely attending a cockfight is now a federal crime punishable by up to a year and prison and a $10,000 fine. Bringing a minor to such an event could result in up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

  • COLUMN: Senator Carroll Gibson's Frankfort Update

     We have passed the midpoint of the General Assembly, and the activity has continued to be energetic and fast paced.

  • PHOTO: Rep. Michael Meredith

     

  • COLUMN: 4-H Club works on sewing skills

     The 4-H Sewing group met for their first meeting of the year on Saturday, Feb. 15. Members are meeting on Saturdays to begin working on their 4-H clothing projects. 

    Depending on their age and previous sewing experience, they are given a few options of what to make. Unit 1 sewers will make a pair of pants, shorts or a skirt with an elastic waistband. Unit 2 sewers, who are in their second year in sewing, will make a skirt, pants, or shorts that include a zipper. As the 4-Her progresses through the units, they learn additional skills.

  • COLUMN: Home fruit disease management practices for late winter

     Homeowners will soon be busy with the rush of spring planting activities. Early spring is also when primary infections occur in many fruits crops. So, late winter is the ideal time for home fruit growers to get a jump on disease management. 

    You should trim fruit trees to thin the tree canopy. This allows for good air movement and sunlight penetration. Rake up and destroy fallen leaves and remove and destroy fruit mummies left on trees or on the ground from last season.

  • COLUMN: Look for ways to automate savings

     Sometimes it’s difficult to actually do the right thing. This is especially true when it comes to saving money – for emergencies, for retirement, or for almost anything else.

    But there is some good news. Studies show that once we do set money aside, we’re likely to leave it there. Here are five easy ways to do just that.

    Sign up for your company’s retirement plan

  • PHOTO: Homecoming Spirit Stick

     LaRue County High School seniors accepted the Homecoming Spirit Stick during the basketball game on Friday. Students compete against other classes for the spirit stick in activities that include dressing up, participating in pep rally games, creating banners to hang during the game and others.

  • PHOTO: LADY HAWK SENIORS RECOGNIZED

     Lady Hawk seniors and families were honored at the team’s final home basketball game of the season. From left, Samantha Drake, Ivy Brown and Ally Evans.

  • PHOTO: Mat Hawk seniors recognized

     Mat Hawk seniors and their families were honored last week. From left, Kyle Edlin and Raymundo Perez.