Today's News

  • Heat stress can affect pregnancy rates in beef cattle

    Heat stress reduces conception rate of cows to 30-35 percent and can result in fetal loss between 25-45 days of pregnancy. Both of these factors have lead to low pregnancy rates this year.

    Pregnancy checking of cattle is a valuable management tool to know about and deal with this situation. Checking for pregnancy will allow a beef producer to make timely culling decisions and focus resources on the sound, reliable breeders.

  • Level I drought declared in state

    The Office of the State Climatologist and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, in coordination with the Kentucky Drought Mitigation Team, are issuing a Level I Drought Declaration for five drought management areas in western and central Kentucky. These five areas are in addition to the three currently under the Level I declaration.

    Hardin, Grayson and Meade are within the new Level I drought declaration areas. Serious impacts to agricultural water needs, wildfire risk and other water-sensitive sectors can be expected in the designated areas.

  • Hughes making the most of return home

    As I began my time in LaRue County, I was first introduced to Jeff Hughes.

    Jeff is president of the Lincoln Days Celebration that begins Saturday, Oct. 2. Jeff has served on the Lincoln Days committee for four years and has worked very hard this year getting the event sponsors and supporters all going in the same direction.

    Born and raised in Hodgenville, Hughes left small town life to go to the “Big Cities,” believing he would never return. But after working some 30 years, Hughes found his way back home to Hodgenville.

  • LaRue students participate in 4th District chorus

    Twenty-four LaRue County elementary students joined more than 150 others in song Saturday as they participated in the Fourth District Treble Chorus at Parkway Baptist Church in Bardstown.

    The fourth, fifth and sixth-grade students from 11 area school districts climaxed weeks of practice as they performed five songs – “The Silence and the Song,” “Gloria,” “Enter with Singing,” “A Song to End All War” and “With a Banjo on My Knee.”

  • School Calendar


    Early release Fridays

    Elementary school students will be released at 1:15 p.m. Fridays; middle and high school students will be released at 1:30 p.m. Fridays.

    Fall break

    Fall break is Oct. 4-8.


    Fourth District Choir

    Fourth District Choir practice is 2:45-4 p.m. Sept. 23. The group will perform 4 p.m. Sept. 25 at Bardstown Baptist Church.

    Open Library

    Open library is 4-6 p.m. Sept. 28.


  • Dining out? Order smart to cut calories and control weight

    Have a plan. Do some homework to find nutrition information about the restaurants that you go to the most. You can do some research online or ask for printed material at the restaurant. If you eat at a certain restaurant often, check their website for the nutrition facts and calories amounts of the dishes you order over and over again.

    Order the smallest portion. You usually eat about twice as many calories when you eat out than you would at home, so ordering the smallest size is a big step in the right direction.

  • Grandparents Day packs in proud grannies and papaws

    There’s something special about the bond between grandparents and their grandchildren. Some have even said that no cowboy was ever faster on the draw than a grandparent pulling a baby picture out of a wallet.

    Perhaps that’s the reason both district elementary schools and the middle school were packed with papaws and mammaws as they celebrated Grandparents’ Day last week. 

    “It creates a great atmosphere,” said Marsha Duncan, Youth Service Center coordinator whose office sponsored the two-day event at LaRue County Middle School.

  • Preaching politics from the pulpit

    Preaching politics from the pulpit is being done more and more by religious preachers. True Christianity is inspired by the apostles’ doctrine. Jesus instructed them to preach what they had heard him say. We, by secondary means, are to preach the inspired word from the New Testament. The Holy Spirit inspired men worked hard to make sure it was preserved for all generations.

  • 4-H Club members excel at State Fair

    Congratulations to all the 4-H members who competed at the Kentucky State Fair. Cloverville was filled with 4-H entries from across the state of Kentucky. Projects ranged from sewing to entomology to arts and crafts. 

    LaRue County 4-H members exhibited a total of 45 projects in Cloverville, as well as 26 rabbit entries. Results are:

    Stefan Cowley – Sr. Paper Crafts, Blue; Horticultural Photo Collection, Red; Sr. Jewelry Beadwork, Blue; 3-5 photos same subject, White; Horticultural Single Color Photo, Blue

    Benjamin Lope – Brownies, Blue

  • 4-H Points System record sheets due

    The 4-H year runs Sept. 1-Aug. 31. It’s time for members to submit their 4-H Awards Point System Record Sheets.

    Record sheets are simply a record of the 4-H activities or events a member has participated in during the past year. Points are assigned for various events, depending on the level of participation. 

    Cloverbuds (ages 5-8) are eligible to submit a record form as well in order to receive recognition.