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  • Sisters Abby and Martha Brewster certainly don’t look like serial killers who have just disposed of their 12th victim. The two genteel characters in LaRue County High School speech team’s production of “Arsenic and Old Lace” could just have easily been retired schoolteachers.

    In fact, the two women who play those roles are retired LaRue County school teachers Phyllis Blakeman (Abby) and Susie Litteral (Martha).

  • The LaRue County Extension Service conducts corn and soybean variety plots annually in cooperation with a local farmer and participating grain dealers.  For the fourth year, the cooperator was Carlos Tucker on the Duel Creekside Farm. Seed companies supply seed, assist at planting and harvest and sponsor a field day.

    Farmers use the yield information, along with other plot data and information to help decide which varieties to grow next year. Each company was permitted to enter two varieties of both corn and soybeans.

  • Eugene Daub and Rob Firmin, principals of Daub & Firmin Studios, have been selected as the artists to create the Rosa Parks sculpture for the National Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol.

    The firm designed the Boy Lincoln statue in Hodgenville for the Lincoln Bicentennial.

    A panel formed by the National Endowment for the Arts selected finalists from more than 100 artists nationwide, according to a press release. The winners were chosen from the finalist group by the Joint Committee on the Library of the United States Congress.

  • Nineteen students in Jennifer Keith’s Financial Literacy and Financial Services classes flew to Chicago, Ill., in November. They were accompanied by six chaperones.

    The LaRue County High School students financed the trip by selling about $3,000 worth of T-shirts and sweatshirts. Magnolia Bank, Lincoln National Bank and Citizens Union Bank contributed to the cause.

    It was the first trip in an airplane for many of the students. After checking into their hotel, they visited the Shedd Aquarium and explored downtown Chicago. They had dinner at The Pizzerio Uno.

  • Public Retirees to meet

    Kentucky Public Retirees, Lincoln Trail Chapter, will meet Dec. 14 at Stone Hearth Restaurant, 1001 N. Mulberry St., Elizabethtown. The meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. with an express lunch. The Heartland Fillies will sing.

    Blood sugar testing

    A registered nurse will offer free blood sugar testing 8:30-9:30 a.m. Dec. 15 at Flaget Health Connection, 111 N. Third St., Bardstown. Entrance is at the rear of the building.

    Sewing classes

  • A new Christian ministry, Cowboy Church, rode into town in June and pastor Eric Page is rounding up more members in Tuesday night services at the LaRue County Fairgrounds. “Cowboy church is for anyone who wants to come, but it is especially convenient for those people whose schedules won’t allow them to attend regular church, or who don’t feel comfortable in a traditional church setting,” said Page, who lives near Sonora.

    His invitation to prospective attendees is, “Bring your horse, bring your dog or bring your friend.”

  • Cub Scout Pack 151 got into the holiday spirit last week when it collected and distributed dozens of canned goods to help needy families.

    The pack donated the goods to the Hope Food Pantry at Hodgenville United Methodist Church.

    Food pantry coordinator Susan Phelps said the food will be put to good use. The pantry opened in October providing assistance to 29 families. In November, 46 families requested help.

    “This fills a need in the community,” Phelps said of the pantry. “People are having a hard time financially.”

  • Roy Leo Veirs died a fighter on Nov. 10.

    The 47-year-old dairy farmer battled a rare and painful cancer for three years. And during those years of treatments, tests and hospitalizations, he maintained a smile on his face, a great faith in God and no trace of self-pity.

    The way he led his life – during the good years and the bad – left an impact on many people, as evidenced by the large crowd that converged on the funeral home after his death.

  • There are medical risks associated with handling wildlife and certain safety precautions should be taken. Diseases that are transmitted from animals to humans are called zoonotic diseases.

    Disease prevention and food safety can be helped by following simple steps:

  • Numerous 4-H members and volunteers will be recognized 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the annual 4-H Awards Banquet at the Extension Service office.

    The meal is potluck with the 4-H Council providing the meat, drinks and paper products. All 4-H members are welcome to attend, however, invitations were mailed to those who will be receiving recognition during the banquet. Please RSVP if you will attend by calling 358-3401.

  • The U.S. Postal Service has issued this list of holiday shipping cut-off dates to ensure packages arrive on time. Some dates have passed.

    APO/FPO

    Express mail – Dec. 18

    First class and priority mail – Dec. 11

    Parcel airlift – Dec. 1

    Space available mail – Nov. 21

    Parcel Post – Nov. 13

    International

    Dates vary for delivery. Check with your local post office.

    Domestic

    First class and priority mail – Dec. 21

    Express mail – Dec. 23

  • This has been a great year for forage production in LaRue County. We’ve had plenty of rain and thus grass for the grazing season with lots to spare for haymaking. We still have accumulated fescue pasture that can be grazed this winter. In recent years, cattle producers have been feeding hay for months by this time of year.

  • Four LaRue County FFA students will share $5,000 in a contest sponsored by The Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board.

    Valerie Sherrard and Emilee Whitt took first place while Craig Dunn and Julia Johnson took second in a video contest sponsored by the board. The teams produced videos themed “#1 Advocate for Animals” that were shown on the Internet site www.youtube.com. Winners were decided based on number of views.

    Sherrard and Whitt had 22,144 views in the month-long contest and won $3,000. Their video was about grazing lands.

  • Four LaRue County FFA students will share $5,000 in a contest sponsored by The Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board.

    Valerie Sherrard and Emilee Whitt took first place while Craig Dunn and Julia Johnson took second in a video contest sponsored by the board. The teams produced videos themed “#1 Advocate for Animals” that were shown on the Internet site www.youtube.com. Winners were decided based on number of views.

    Sherrard and Whitt had 22,144 views in the month-long contest and won $3,000. Their video was about grazing lands.

  • Four LaRue County FFA students will share $5,000 in a contest sponsored by The Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board.

    Valerie Sherrard and Emilee Whitt took first place while Craig Dunn and Julia Johnson took second in a video contest sponsored by the board. The teams produced videos themed “#1 Advocate for Animals” that were shown on the Internet site www.youtube.com. Winners were decided based on number of views.

    Sherrard and Whitt had 22,144 views in the month-long contest and won $3,000. Their video was about grazing lands.

  • Various spiders, boxelder bugs, cluster flies, and lady beetles are entering homes as the temperatures cool. Pest-proofing or cutting down on entry ways can reduce problems with them indoors. Let’s consider six useful tips for pest-proofing. The first three will also conserve energy in your home.

  • What can you do about unwanted mail and unwelcome telemarketers? Tell companies you do business with to remove your name from customer lists they rent or sell to others. Look for information on how to opt out of marketing lists on sales materials, order forms and Web sites.

  • LCHS Class of 1994

    The LCHS Class of 1994 will hold its 15-year class reunion 8 p.m.-midnight Nov. 27 at LaRue County Parks and Recreation. Cost is $15 for individuals and $25 for couples. For information, call Kathy Hagan Okeson at 358-5295, Sherri Jeffries Cochran at 505-5690 or mail payment to Julie Wright Skeens at 3774 Old Elizabethtown Road, Hodgenville 42748 or go to LaRue County Class of 1994 on www.facebook.com.

  • The Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board has announced the Top Ten videos of the Kentucky Farmers are the number one Advocate for Animals Video contest. The LaRue County High School FFA again has two videos in the finals of the YouTube contest. You can help them win by going to www.youtube.com/watch?v=41HCsQaGKBO or www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLqwLpXE-3U. They’re asking everyone to view these videos and send to as many people as possible. First, second and third place winners are based on number of views on YouTube.

  • CAIP grant applications

    Applications for the 2009 LaRue County Agricultural Investment Program administered by the LaRue County Beef Cattle Association, are available at the LaRue County Cooperative Extension Service office, 807 Old Elizabethtown Road in Hodgenville. Applications must be submitted by Nov. 25.

    Dead animal pick-up