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  • Sewing class

    A beginner’s 4-H sewing class will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Extension Service office. Call the Extension Service at 358-3401 to register. If you have your own sewing machine, bring it with you to the class.

     

    Cloverbuds

    4-H Cloverbuds will meet 3:15-4:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the LaRue County Extension Service office. Activities are for LaRue County youth ages 5-8.  Monthly meetings are held. New participants should register through the Extension office. Call 358-3401 for more information.

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday that farmers in all 120 counties in Kentucky now are eligible for emergency loans due to drought and high winds that occurred in Kentucky in 2008.

    Gov. Steve Beshear sent a request Sept. 19 to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer requesting that USDA disaster assistance be made available to farmers across the Commonwealth because of crop losses resulting from widespread drought conditions which began in early 2008.

  • Biofuels have gained popularity in recent years and are becoming a more viable alternative fuel option for farmers, while at the same time helping them reduce their carbon footprint. The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is offering a half-day conference in two locations to address current farm biofuels topics.

  • New federal legislation now allows farmers and landowners of farms with 10 or fewer base acres the opportunity to receive payments for the 2008 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Payment Program. Originally, the 2008 Farm Bill prohibited DCP payments on farms with 10 acres of base or less, unless the farm is wholly owned by a socially disadvantaged farmer or limited resource farmers. The 2008 enrollment period for the DCP on farms with greater than 10 base acres ended Sept. 30.

  • Freedom Fest '08

    Freedom Fest ’08 will be 1-5 p.m. Dec. 6 at Towne Mall in Elizabethtown. The event is presented by MyArmedForcesHero.com. The Web site provides free services to military families. The event features vendor booths, live music, door prizes and three jumps by stunt rider Earnie “The Atomic Bomb” Adams. For more information, call 268-3681 or 268-8732.

    Senior Citizens music

  • It looked like Christmas time. You know the scene: boxes upon boxes of gifts cascading from tables, smiling kids and an overwhelming feeling of good will. First Baptist Church of Hodgenville was just that setting as the church continued a 10-year tradition of giving.

    First Baptist youth loaded more than 700 shoe boxes on Nov. 17 to be delivered as part of Operation Christmas Child, a charity that provides a box of  small toys, candy, hygiene items and clothing for needy children around the world.

  • Market research recently collected by Preston-Osborne Marketing Communications and Research on behalf of the Lincoln Trail Career Centers found that 62 percent of respondents who live in the area are satisfied with their current job.

    The top employment sectors in the area are services; manufacturing; utilities, trade and transportation; and schools and state/local government.

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared every Kentucky county a natural disaster area due to drought conditions and wind damage. In September, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer in support of Kentucky’s request for disaster designation.

    Last year, Kentucky producers experienced significant losses from drought conditions and freezing temperatures. While spring rains brought some relief, farms across Kentucky again are suffering from a lack of rainfall coupled with wind damage from the remnants of Hurricane Ike.

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared every Kentucky county a natural disaster area due to drought conditions and wind damage. In September, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer in support of Kentucky’s request for disaster designation.

    Last year, Kentucky producers experienced significant losses from drought conditions and freezing temperatures. While spring rains brought some relief, farms across Kentucky again are suffering from a lack of rainfall coupled with wind damage from the remnants of Hurricane Ike.

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared every Kentucky county a natural disaster area due to drought conditions and wind damage. In September, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer in support of Kentucky’s request for disaster designation.

    Last year, Kentucky producers experienced significant losses from drought conditions and freezing temperatures. While spring rains brought some relief, farms across Kentucky again are suffering from a lack of rainfall coupled with wind damage from the remnants of Hurricane Ike.

  • The 2008 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 2009 burley crop.

  • Three finalists have been selected for this year’s Kentucky Farm Bureau Outstanding Young Farm Family competition. The annual contest is open to farmers age 35 and younger.

    The finalists are Jeremy and Joanna Hinton, Hodgenville; Bart and Sarah Jones, Scottsville; and Marcus “Shane” and Stephanie Wiseman, Winchester. The winner and two runners-up will be announced at the Kentucky Farm Bureau annual meeting next week in Louisville.

  • Roger Thomas, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy, presented a gubernatorial proclamation on behalf of Gov. Steve Beshear declaring Nov. 21-27 as Farm-City Week in Kentucky at the 2008 Farm City Luncheon held in Louisville.

    The luncheon was held in conjunction with the world’s largest, purebred livestock exposition, Louisville’s own North American International Livestock Exposition.

  • With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, many of us already are beginning to plan our holiday meals. As we begin meal preparations, we should not forget the hard work and long hours Kentucky farmers put in every day to ensure we have food on our tables.

    During this season, you can show your gratitude to farmers in your community by preparing your Thanksgiving meal from locally grown products.

  • A LaRue County teenager is blooming as a businessman.

    Jud Lee, the 16-year-old son of Scotty and Robin Lee of Lee’s Garden Center, has entered a contractual agreement to provide vegetables to IGA.

  • Goat producers meet

      LaRue County Goat Producers meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at the LaRue County Extension Service office in Hodgenville. The speaker will be Tess Caudill, Kentucky Department of Agriculture sheep and goat marketing specialist. Her topic will be market update for sheep and goats. A gyro platter meal will be served. All interested individuals are invited to attend.

    Open House planned

      Lee’s Garden Center plans a Christmas open house for Nov. 28-29. For more information call (270) 358-9897 or e-mail slee107308@aol.com.

  • Santa letters are due by noon on Nov. 30

    It’s that time of year when Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations mingle on the store shelves. And, that jolly old elf – Santa Claus – is already checking his list to see who’s been naughty or nice before he makes his rounds on Christmas Eve.

    Santa has a lot of work to do to prepare for that evening, so once again, the staff of The LaRue County Herald News is cooperating with him to deliver wish lists for LaRue County children.

  • Nov. 14 is the deadline for 4-H members to submit applications for the honors program and selection as delegates to 2009 National 4-H Congress.

    These activities recognize exemplary participation in the 4-H Youth Development Program.  

  • On Oct. 14, 52 Greenhand degree candidates and 15 Chapter degree candidates were promoted. Congratulations to all newly promoted members. Kentucky State FFA President Quint Pottinger spoke at the ceremony. Pottinger graduated from LCHS in 2006.

  • Twenty-one current and two former Freeman FFA members attended the 81st National FFA convention in Indianapolis Oct. 21-25.

    The following members attended the convention:  Justin Carter, Craig Dunn, Jesse Engle, Todd Enlow, Emily Farrar, Cody Howell, Julia Johnson, Megan Larrison, Michael Lawless, Jud Lee, Michelle Locklin, Johnathon Maynard, Eli Meredith, Charla Piper, Renea Sheroan, Trevor Skaggs, Abby Sullivan, B.J. Sullivan, Cody Sullivan, Shelby Sullivan and Lannah Wheeler.