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  • Marion County farmers Curtis Jones from Loretto and Lu Ann Mattingly from Raywick were honored as two of the five winners in the 2010 Kentucky Farm Bureau Farmer Idea Exchange program. All five recipients of the award were recognized during the Dec. 2 general session of KFB’s annual meeting in Louisville.

  • Preliminary statistics indicate that 11 people died in nine separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, Nov. 29, through Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010.
    Ten of the crashes involved motor vehicles and four victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Green, Laurel (two) and Spencer counties. The crashes in Carlisle and Laurel counties involved the suspected use of alcohol.

  • Three Excellence in Agriculture Awards were presented at the Young Farmer Luncheon held during the 91st Kentucky Farm Bureau annual meeting in Louisville.  In the ninth year of the awards program, Daniel and Sarah Mattingly, of Raywick, won top honors and will represent Kentucky in national competition at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting, held in Atlanta, Ga, in January 2011.

  • A Nelson County artist has been chosen to have her art emblazoned on bottles of bourbon as part of a limited edition of Maker's Mark.

    Oil painter and landscape artist Mary Hagy's rendition of a winter scene at the Maker's Mark Distillery in Loretto was chosen to grace the label of a limited batch of 150,000 bottles of the bourbon.

  • By Monica Ruehling

    Anniversaries are a time to celebrate; a time to think about the successes of the past years, to analyze strengths found, rejoice in bonds made, and to dream about the future.
    November marks the 10th anniversary of the National Family Caregiver Support Program, created in November 2000 by an amendment to the Older Americans Act.
    It is fitting this month is also designated as National Family Caregiver Month and when the NFCSP was created.

  • By Kay Turpin

    Dogs and cold weather - that means its time to take stock of your dog’s outdoor shelter. You may have wondered if dogs get cold in the winter.
    The short answer is yes, some breeds more so than others.
    So, in order to protect our best friends, let’s start with the top priority, which is to make sure Rover has a doghouse where he will be warm and sheltered against the weather.

  • Preliminary statistics indicate that nine people died in eight separate crashes on Kentucky roadways during the Thanksgiving holiday enforcement period (Wednesday, Nov. 24, through Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010). Last year there were eight highway fatalities during the same time period.
    All of the crashes involved motor vehicles and four victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Hancock, Marshall (two), Owsley, Rowan, Shelby and Trigg counties. The crashes in Marshall and Owsley counties involved the suspected use of alcohol.

  • As the methods for illegally obtaining the ingrediants to create methamphetamine evolve, it becomes easier to manufacture meth and law enforcement is seeing a spike in meth lab incidents.  Kentucky State Police (KSP) released the October methamphetamine lab statistics today and the number indicates an all-time high in the Commonwealth.
    KSP reports that there were 111 meth labs found during the month of October, exceeding all previous monthly totals, bringing the 2010 statewide total to 919.

  • More than 1,300 Kentucky Farm Bureau members from across the state will gather for the organization’s 91st annual meeting Dec. 1-4 at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville. Delegates from all of Kentucky’s 120 counties will assemble for the four-day event to participate in committee meetings, business sessions, award presentations, officer elections and to finalize 2011 priority issues and policy revisions.

  • According to the American Automobile Association, approximately 39.7 million motorists will hit the road during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, a 12 percent increase from 2009.

  • Back in the "olden" days when I was a trick-or-treater on Halloween, we got homemade treats most of the time. We probably didn't appreciate it then, but we were sure lucky. We would go door-to-door in my very small town, filling up our bags with smaller bags of caramel corn, peanut butter candy, and something we called "cracker fudge." Only the really little kids were accompanied by parents. Most of us were on our own, and we knew the best houses to go to for the really good stuff.

  • I put quite a few bags of blackberries in the freezer this summer, so I've had my eye out for new recipes to try using them. I experimented with several pie and coffeecake recipes, but this Blackberry-Peach Cobbler is the winner in my book. It's from the cookbook, "Down Home with the Neelys," which I got after watching their TV show on the Food Network. (I love their food, but can anyone be THAT happy?)

  • I've been looking for a good recipe for Sweet Potato Balls to make for Thanksgiving. I had some delicious ones at a big pot-luck, but didn't get the recipe, so I've been searching. 

    I found two recipes that I tried, and they were both good, but the first one was a whole lot more trouble. It was delicious, but had to be deep-fried and took a lot longer. However, the recipe says they can be made up ahead of time and frozen, then fried at the last minute. I haven't tried doing that yet.

  • This summer was so hot a lot of my tomatoes just dried up, but the plants that are still alive are now full of green tomatoes of all sizes.

    If yours are good-sized ones, you can make fried green tomatoes, but what do you do with the rest? We're bound to have a killing frost soon, and I absolutely hate to waste food, so here are some recipes I use every year at this time.

  • Boomer and Casey are very bonded and must go to a home together. They are available at the Marion County Animal Shelter. If your pet is missing, call the shelter-it may be there. For a complete listing of pets with pictures visit adoption@petfinder.com. The shelter reminds pet owners that all cats and dogs should have a rabies shot. To adopt an animal, potential owners must complete an adoption application. The animal shelter accepts stray or unwanted animals. The shelter is located off of KY 208 and is open from noon until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday.