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Today's News

  • 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

  • NARFE elects new officers

     President Kay Bennett opened the recent meeting of National Active and Retired Federal Employees so more than 50 members and guests could enjoy a Thanksgiving feast. During the business meeting, Bennett announced that the June, July, and August meetings would be at 6:30 p.m.

    Blue Cross Blue Shield representative Sue Horn brought the membership up to date with changes for 2013. Detailed information is available at www.fepblue.org.  Bennett reported that the 2014 National Convention will be in Orlando. Go to www.narfeky.org for more information. 

  • PHOTO: NARFE officers

     The newly elected National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter Board of Directors are from left, Treasurer Roland Haun, President Mary Tom Haun, Second Vice President Kay Bennett, First Vice President VP Sally Watkins and Secretary Carol Aiken.

  • COLUMN: Magic number for safe eggnog is 160 degrees

     Since colonial times, eggnog has been a favorite part of the holidays for many Americans. George Washington is said to have had his own secret recipe for the treat. However, consumers need to keep in mind that salmonella is a concern when consuming homemade eggnog. 

  • BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU - Beware of holiday scams

     

     

    1. The Trademark Registration and Monitoring Office sends fake invoices to businesses stating “important information regarding your federal trademark.” A local business received the invoice that states they must “pay the full amount of $485 to avoid additional penalties.” The company has an “F” rating with the BBB.