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  • The North American International Livestock Exposition has five local entries from Ashley Hornback of Magnolia entering a limousin in the beef division; and Cody Howell and Tyler Howell, both of Hodgenville, have entered two head of beef in the junior hereford division.

    Meredith Heath and Weston Heath of Hodgenville have entered five head of cattle.

  • It all started with two boys being boys, messing around in the garage and getting into dad’s tools. By the time dad walked in and saw what they were up to, they gave him an idea. It turned out to be a big hit and the talk of Creekfront Park during the Lincoln Days Antique Tractor Show.

    For most people, seeing it once wasn’t enough. They all seemed to come back and see it again and point it out to a friend.

  • The 2009 tobacco growing season is over, stripping is under way and receiving stations will be opening soon.

    But now is the time to start planning for next year and LaRue County farmers need to begin prepare to manage diseases in the 2010 burley crop.

  • Quint Pottinger, LaRue County FFA member and former Kentucky FFA president, was named the National FFA officer candidate for Kentucky. Pottinger will represent the Kentucky FFA in his quest to become one of six National FFA officers. 

  • A LaRue County resident was among the winners in the National Agricultural Proficiency Awards Pageant announced Oct. 23 at the 82nd National FFA Convention.

    In the floriculture category, Emily Johnson was honored in the entreprenuership/placement category.

    She took agriculture classes and served as chapter secretary for the LaRue County FFA. She also works at Lee’s Garden Center, a local nursery and landscape store. She is attending the University of Kentucky, studying to be an agriculture teacher.

  • “George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison …”   

    One after the other, like the measured meter of a metronome, Maude Meers reeled off the names, in order, of our nation’s first 32 presidents.

    What would be an improbable feat for most people becomes even more impressive considering that Meers is blind, almost completely deaf, and on Oct. 26 will celebrate her 104th birthday.

  • Members of the LaRue County High School-FFA Chapter were one of 28 teams participating in the 2009 National FFA Food Science and Technology Career Development Event. The competition was Oct. 21-24 during the 82nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.

    Participants in the event were asked to take an objective test, design and formulate or reformulate a simulated food product, conduct nutritional analysis and apply food safety as well as sanitation principles.

  • As a LaRue County 911 dispatcher – or telecommunicator for the politically correct – Daniel Highbaugh never knows what crisis awaits him when he answers the phone.

    “I’ve taken calls from people who have shot themselves, others were getting shot at, some have threatened suicide, or been in fights, or wrecks; for many of them, it’s a life and death situation,” the 2004 LaRue County High School graduate said.

  • The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture’s Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory has diagnosed a number of cases of Diplodia Ear Rot this fall. While Diplodia is the most common ear rot of corn this is more than normal, but it isn’t surprising, given the weather conditions experienced this growing season.

  • The LaRue County Herald News is asking all veterans to submit their name, address and phone number to the Herald News, if you are interested in being featured in the new Veteran Spotlight which will feature a different veteran each week as space allows.

    Send information to The LaRue County Herald News, 40 Shawnee Drive, Hodgenville, KY 42748

  • In the fall, people often ask how to cook with fresh pumpkin.

    You must remember that not all kinds of pumpkins are best for cooking. The jack-o-lantern pumpkins you see everywhere this time of year tend to be too large and stringy for baking. So when you are growing or buying pumpkins, ask if it is a variety that is good to use in cooking.

  • Kids love Halloween but trick or treating isn’t what it used to be. It’s not as safe to let kids walk the streets alone. Send a responsible adult or older teenager with them.

    SAFETY TIPS

  • Donald Nunn of Hodgenville is a new member of the American Angus Association.

    The American Angus Association, with nearly 33,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef cattle registry Association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on nearly 16 million registered Angus.

    The national breed registry organization is located in St. Joseph, Mo.

  • When the congregation of Hodgenville's First Baptist Church presented its pastor, the Rev. B.F. Hagan, with a Christmas gift in 1897, he likely had no inkling that the present would become a conversation piece 112 years later. The gift — a 68-by-78-inch hand-stitched quilt — will be presented to the church on Tonieville Road during the worship service there Sunday, Oct. 25.

    One of the more interesting things about the full-size coverlet is that it contains some 660 names hand stitched into a Boston Puzzle style pattern.

  • Fall sewing classes

    Master Clothing Volunteer Rosa Smith will be offering beginning classes for adults on sewing and pattern fitting on Tuesday afternoons Oct. 27-Dec. 15. Classes will be at the LaRue County Extension Service at 807 Old Elizabethtown Road, Hodgenville. Call 358-3401 for more information and to register. Class sizes are limited.

    Poster entry deadline

  • Ashley Cottrell, Valerie Sherrard and Emily Farrar are participating in the 4-H Teen Leadership Academy, an eight-month program for teens from LaRue, Hardin, Meade, Grayson and Breckinridge counties. On Oct. 16-17, they participated in a retreat at Camp Loucon that emphasized leadership and communications skills as well as participation in the camp’s low ropes course.

  • Fall farm fun is attracting school and church groups with pumpkin patches, corn mazes and hay rides. Four LaRue County locations will be up and running by the weekend plus a fifth operation just north of the county line off Kentucky 210.

    Here’s a rundown of the offerings:

    Lee’s Garden Center, 1918 Bardstown Road, Hodgenville, 358-9897, www.leesgardencenter.com. Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

  • 4-H Rabbit Club

    The 4-H Rabbit Club will meet 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 31 at the LaRue County Extension Service office, 807 Old E’town Road. All members and interested persons are welcome.

     

  • When there’s something strange in the neighborhood, forget about calling Ghostbusters. Contact the Rev. Michael MacGowan, a plumber-turned-paranormal investigator, who’s on a real-life mission to bust ghosts.

    About three years ago, MacGowan — who relocated to the Ovesen Heights area of LaRue County from Oklahoma — believes he saw the spirit of his mother at her own graveside service. She appeared younger, with her arms folded, he said, and stood beside her grave before her body was buried. 

  • Many of my childhood memories revolve around the tiny general store in Ovesen Heights.

    It was a joy to go inside the little block building and listen to the owner, Boots Howell, and my mom swap stories.

    Boots would sell you one egg, one roll of toilet paper, enough flour to finish your biscuits or a postage stamp. She was a true believer in customer service.

    For 35 cents, you could get a quarter’s worth of pickle dog and a Coke.