Today's News

  • Clarification needed to protect property rights

    Last March a land agent showed up at my door to inform me that two private companies wanted to install a pipeline for natural gas liquids on my farm. It would originate in Pennsylvania and West Virginia and join with an existing pipeline in Hardinsburg, which would link it to Louisiana. I was shocked and told the man I was not overjoyed with that news. But his response set me back even farther when he stated that they felt their project would have eminent domain power, meaning they could come through my property whether I like it or not.

  • Lee's awarded $60,000 loan by state

    The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, approved $555,026 for 11 agricultural diversification projects across the state during its March board meeting at the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Office. 

  • COLUMN: Let them sing for joy

     You may have been the little boy or the parent in the following well-known story. The boy was misbehaving in church with his father trying unsuccessfully to keep him quiet. Finally, the father picked up his son and headed for the vestibule. As they went through the back door the little boy looked over his father’s shoulder and said, “You all pray for me! Pray for me!”

  • Monsanto Fund deadline is April 6

     The deadline is approaching for farmers to nominate rural public school districts to compete for a grant of up to $25,000, through America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Nominations will be accepted until April 6. Eligible farmers can nominate their school district by visiting www.GrowRuralEducation.com or by calling 1-877-267-3332. Grants are awarded based on merit, need and community support.

  • Thistle spray-day is April 7

     Musk or nodding thistle is the most common type of thistle locally. The primary growth period is in the spring and summer. However, most seed germinate in the fall and form a rosette which grows close to the ground, often growing unnoticed until spring.

    The most important step in long-term control of thistle is to prevent flowering, and the production and spread of new seed (which is carried by wind). This can be done by mechanical or chemical control.

  • COLUMN: Spring cleaning burns calories

     Many of us would love to work more physical activity into our schedules but between responsibilities at work and home, it can be hard to squeeze it in. The 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week most health and wellness experts recommend may seem impossible. But daily physical activity is the biggest tip given recently by a representative from the Alzheimer’s Association to help our brains stay in optimum working order.

  • COLUMN: Think life isn't fair? It's not.

     We have all heard it said, “Life isn’t fair.” And for some of us it seems so very true. 

    Cancer is in some families, and not others; some people can find good jobs, others can't no matter how hard they work; some people have plenty, and others struggle everyday just to live and pay their bills.

    Some parents lose a child or two to death, while others lose none; some people are sick their entire life, while others enjoy abundant health.

  • Files in City Hall case are unsealed

     The discovery - or evidence - in the criminal cases against Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse and City Clerk/Treasurer MaDonna Hornback was unsealed Thursday morning by LaRue Circuit Judge Charles Simms III.

    There are five large notebooks of documents, along with photos and recordings, to  go through. Continue to check back online and in next week's print edition for more information.

  • Many activities planned at 4-H Conference

     With summer just around the corner, it is time for Kentucky 4-H teens to register for the Kentucky 4-H Teen Conference.

    The Conference takes place at the University of Kentucky June 9-12 and is open to all 4-Hers who have graduated eighth grade through the age of 18.

    During the conference, 4-H members have the opportunity to experience dorm life in UK residence halls, attend educational and recreational workshops and meet new friends from across the state.

  • 4-H Calendar - March 26, 2014


    The 4-H Arts & Crafts Explorers Club will meet 3:30-5 p.m. March 26 at the Extension office.


    Dog Club

    The 4-H Dog Club will meet 3:30-4:45 p.m. March 27 at the Extension office.


    Poster contest deadline

    The 4-H Poster Contest deadline is Friday, March 28. If you need a copy of the rules, contact the Extension office at 270-358-3401.


    Photography Club