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Today's News

  • AGSTRAVAGANZA: Fresh Start ready to go

    AGstravaganza, a fun, agriculture-education event sponsored by LaRue County Farm Bureau, is looking to be even bigger this year than last, which saw nearly 500 people attend the final dinner and concert. Attending any of the individual farm tours will get you a ticket to the event, where visitors will be able to choose a free meal of either a pork or beef burger. They will also be able to watch the free concert by country up-and-comer J.D. Shelburne.

  • J.D. Shelburne to perform at AGstravaganza finale

    John Herndon

    Landmark News Service

    I had driven through the backroads to meet up with J.D. Shelburne.

    He’d done the same to catch up with a writer he knew little about.

    But that wasn’t really that unusual. I’m a sports writer who’s just as comfortable talking about cattle as baseball. Shelburne could fill the nets from 3-point land at Spencer County High School but is now working his way up the ladder in Nashville.

  • Hinton’s looks forward to AGstravaganza

    About seven miles out of Hodgenville toward Campbellsville, just off Ky. 210, sits Hinton’s Orchard and Farm Market. The orchard, owned by husband and wife, Jeremy and Joanna Hinton, is participating in AGstravaganza for the second time when the event rolls around on Aug. 9.

  • R & K is A-OK

    One of the new stops along the AGstravaganza tour this year is R & K Angus, owned by Russell and Kelly Flanders. The farm serves as the beef stop for the tour and will allow visitors to see the workings of a farm that raises Angus bulls for market.

  • Shady Rest Farms is hog heaven

    Caleb Ragland is the ninth generation of his family to operate a farm in LaRue County. The young farmer raises hogs on Shady Rest Farm with the help of his father and brother.

    According to Ragland, his family got started in the county in 1808, when his ancestor, Gideon Ragland, purchased a land grant from a Revolutionary War veteran. He bought 1,000 acres for $1,000. The land the farm sits on now was purchased in 1924.

  • How does your garden grow?

    Lee’s Garden Center Florist and Gift Shop has been around for a long time – 28 years, in fact – and is going to be a stop on the AGstravaganza tour on Aug. 9.

    The greenhouse and florist will serve as the foliage stop on the tour.

    According to Robin Lee, co-owner and wife to Scotty Lee, the business’s founder, visitors will be able to tour the greenhouse and see the plants and flowers learn about the growing process and see how the operation works.

  • Like a Rock

    The last year has been far from easy for Rock Brothers Dairy, but the family-owned farm is ready to bounce back, according to Chris Loyall, current farm caretaker and son-in-law to Gary Rock, the farm’s owner.

    Last June, a tornado came through the area and destroyed one of the main milk barns on the farm. According to Loyall, the family moved the cows that survived the storm to another farm, owned by Mike Hatcher in Russell County.

    Just weeks later, Gary suffered a devastating accident when he lost both legs in a silage chopper.

  • Homestead has history

    The second annual AGstravaganza will offer residents a chance on Saturday to experience the best of local agriculture. Several farming operations are opening their doors to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    The award-winning event is sponsored by LaRue County Farm Bureau.

    Visitors who tour a farm will receive a ticket to the night’s final event, a free supper and concert by country music artist J.D. Shelburne.

  • Internship brought writer out of her shell

    When I first applied for an internship through the Kentucky Press Association, I was not sure of what all it would entail. Obviously, I assumed that I would be writing, but even though I have been writing all my life and have taken journalism classes, it would’ve been wrong for me to call myself a journalist, because, frankly, I was not.

  • PHOTO: Straw bale gardening

    Hailey Speakman, 12, stands in front of her grandfather’s straw bale garden. Tim Speakman of Hodgenville experimented with growing tomatoes in straw bales – after having problems with blight in his garden. The bales have to be conditioned with water and fertilizer before the plants are added. When harvest is complete, the straw can be composted. Tomatoes have been plentiful in the “straw pot,” while squash did not produce well.