Today's Features

  • Amid reports that the economy is recovering slower than many would like and that too many Kentuckians aren’t as healthy as they should be, it would be nice if there was something that could help with both of those issues.
    Fortunately, there is.
    Gardening, and more specifically, container gardening, is a way almost anyone can have healthy foods for a fraction of the cost of buying them at the store.

  • If you are looking for some recipes to use your garden fresh vegetables, Susan Spicer offered a few examples from “Susan’s Kitchen.”

    Mexican Rice
    2 T. butter or margarine
    1 large onion, chopped
    1 green peppers, chopped
    2 cloves of garlic, minced
    1 cup uncooked rice
    1 tomato, peeled and chopped
    2 cups of chicken broth
    1 t. cumin
    Salt to taste

  • The Marion County Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Heart of Kentucky Farm, Home and Garden Show at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday April 6, and from 11 a.m. to 4 pm., Sunday, April 7.
    Katlin Schwartz with the Kentucky Beef Council will hold a cooking display at 1 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, singer Allison Stafford will be performing from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • Gardening can be a little daunting for beginners who have little or no experience planting flowers or vegetables. But gardening need not be so intimidating, especially for those beginners who adhere to the following tips aimed at helping novice gardeners start their gardens off on the right foot.

  • Creating a beautiful and bountiful garden is a popular pastime for people all across the country. It is important to keep in mind that aesthetically appealing plants may be appetizing to area wildlife, including deer. Those who do not want their gardens to turn into all-you-can-eat buffets for deer, rabbits and other wild animals can take a more proactive approach to gardening.

  • Gardening is often described as a relaxing and beneficial hobby regardless of a person’s age. While time outdoors in the garden can prove calming and enjoyable, there is a dark side to gardening as well. Namely the injuries that may result from various activities.
    According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, emergency rooms in the United States treat more than 400,000 outdoor garden-tool-related injuries each year. Additionally, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand has issued warnings that caution gardeners about hand-related injuries.


    Troy and Alison Cissell of Loretto announce the birth of a 2-pound, 4-ounce daughter, Carly Marie Cissell, born Dec. 6, 2012, at Nortons Hospital, Louisville. She arrived home Feb. 5 weighing four pounds and six ounces.
    Maternal grandparents are Jerry and Janice Bartley of Springfield. Paternal grandparents are Johnny and Linda Cissell of Loretto. Great-grandparents are George and Anna Louise Edelen.


    Mahala Elaine ‘Lainie’ Mattingly will celebrate her 5th birthday March 31, 2013. She is the daughter of Patrick A. and Amanda Gorin Mattingly. Grandparents are Maurice and Lois Gorin and Pat and Mahala Mattingly. Great-grandparents are Joe and Lib Hamilton, Marvelle Mattingly and the late Snooter Mattingly, the late Frances Robertson and the late Jr. and Hazel Gorin. She has one brother, Brett Mattingly.