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Today's News

  • LaRue County Farm Bureau receives Women's Gold Star Award

     Recognized for the achievements of its women’s program this year, LaRue County Farm Bureau received the 2012 Gold Star Award of Excellence during Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Louisville.

    The award honors county Women’s Committees for active participation in leadership development programs, agricultural promotion, educational initiatives and numerous other aspects of support to the local Farm Bureau.

  • Deputy involved in fatal shooting

    A reported reckless driver has died after being shot by a LaRue County deputy.

    About 9:24 p.m. Friday, LaRue County Dispatch received a call regarding a reckless driver, according to Kentucky State Trooper Norman Chaffins.

    Deputy James “Eric” Williamson responded, located the vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop by engaging his emergency equipment. Chaffins said the driver, identified as Thomas E. Ferguson, 38, of Magnolia, ignored the deputy’s signal to stop and a vehicle pursuit ensued.

  • 4-Hers recognized at banquet

    Numerous 4-H members and volunteers were recognized at the annual 4-H Awards banquet.

    The Outstanding 4-H members for 2012 were named. The junior division includes 4-H members who are 9-13 and the senior division includes members who are 14-18.

    Based on points earned for 4-H activities completed during the 2011-12 4-H year, Michaela Rock was the 2012 Outstanding Senior 4-H Member. 

    Based on the same point system, Tara Warren was recognized as the 2012 Outstanding Junior Division 4-H Member. 

  • COLUMN: I don't understand it, but I stand on it

     Many years ago someone came up with the phrase, “Jesus is the reason for the season.” I love this phrase. I seriously doubt if there would be any Christmas celebration were it not for the Christ of Christmas.

    Since Christmas is about Christ, let us consider who he is, what he did and what we owe him. First, Jesus was God come in the flesh (John 1:14). He was human and divine. The Apostle John says, “In the beginning was the Word, and Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning” (1:1-2).

  • Fruit and Vegetable Conference set for Jan. 7-8

     The 2013 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Trade Show convenes at 8 a.m. Jan. 7 at Lexington’s Embassy Suites Hotel and concludes around 5 p.m. Jan. 8.

    Preconference activities on Jan. 6 include a Winemaking Techniques Workshop from 1- 5:30 p.m. in Seay Auditorium on the University of Kentucky campus; a reception and the Kentucky Farmers’ Market Association annual meeting; and a fruit round table discussion from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the hotel.

  • Homestead exemption increased by $2,000

     The maximum homestead exemption on real estate owned by qualified persons has been set at $36,000 for the 2013 and 2014 tax periods. The 2013-14 exemption reflects a $2,000 increase over the 2011-12 exemption of $34,000.

    The amount of the homestead exemption is adjusted every two years in accordance with KRS 132.810 to compensate for changes in the purchasing power of the dollar. The exemption provided state and local property tax savings of about $171 million for more than 416,000 elderly or disabled Kentuckians during the 2012 tax year.

  • COLUMN: Clean up old tobacco beds for next spring's crop

     The 2012 tobacco growing season is over, stripping is well underway and receiving stations have opened. But as we wind down this season, now is the time to start planning for next year. LaRue county farmers need to prepare to manage diseases in the 2013 burley crop.

    Black Shank was not a big disease problem this year but there's no way to tell what disease pressures growers will face in the coming growing season. Much depends on the climate when dealing with diseases like black shank and target spot.

  • Book chronicles high school basketball

     A book chronicling the history of Kentucky high school basketball has been compiled by Jeff Bridgeman.

    Bridgeman spent several years researching “every team, every school, every year from the beginning of high school basketball in Kentucky through 2012.” He said he made thousands of phone calls to people in every county and combed through records of the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches and the Kentucky High School Athletics Association.

  • Gauchos player has local ties

     Kara Sherrard, granddaughter of Vivian Sherrard of Hodgenville, is a member of the University of California Santa Barbara volleyball team.

    In 2011, as a sophomore, Kara appeared in all 31 of the Gauchos’ games, finishing third on the team in kills with a total of 323. She had 43 blocks and earned double-doubles in 13 games.

    She was named to the All-Big West Freshman Team in her first year of college play.

  • 4-H Calendar Dec. 12, 2012

     Poultry Club and Explorers

    The 4-H Poultry Club and the 4-H Explorers Club will meet together 3:30-5 p.m. Dec. 12 at the LaRue County Extension Office. If you have any questions, call the Extension Office at 358-3401.

     

    Photography Club

    The 4-H Photography Club will meet 3:30-4:45 p.m. Dec. 13 at the LaRue County Extension Office.  New members are welcome to attend.

     

    Rabbit Club