• Ag commissioner candidate campaigns in Nelson County

    Opposing burdensome waterways regulations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and promoting the export of Kentucky farm products are among the issues Ryan Quarles is emphasizing in his campaign for state commissioner of agriculture.

    Quarles, so far the only Republican candidate to announce for the office, was in Nelson County Tuesday with state Rep. David Floyd, R-Bardstown.

    At Culver’s Country Kwik Mart, he met with business owner Louis Culver and Culvertown residents who stopped in for a sandwich or soda.

  • Holidays brought FFA chapters, members together


    TNHS FFA Rreporter

    Hot chocolate isn’t the only thing warming our hearts this holiday season.

    One of the committees that holds FFA chapters together is the community service committee. In the Thomas Nelson FFA Chapter, Britney Crawford is the chairperson for the community service committee. If you saw some kids in orange vests with black trash bags as big as us walking up and down Ky. 245 on Dec. 13, you saw us.

  • Another year in animal husbandry

    I use this annual reflection to track our record of animal husbandry since we began raising a few hens for a personal egg supply in 2007. Those few hens turned into more than 100 in a few short years. It was contagious, I suppose, as our taste for productivity grew and we added not only more eggs, but meat, chicken and lamb to the mix.

    I think one of the most provocative questions there is for small-scale producers comes from folks who say “How can you kill them?” My answer is that I don’t.

  • Winter interest in fruit and foliage

    I don’t mind a gloomy day here or there, I actually find them somewhat restorative. Too many in a row, though, can be sort of depressing. So, when the winter sky moves in I search out the plants in the landscape that have color.

    We all say we want winter interest, but sometimes we forget about it once spring rolls around and we get excited about a new season.

    Have you selected things that will capture your eye in January?

  • Are your bad gardening habits persisting?

    We all have bad habits. Some people chew their fingernails; others mow their grass too short in the summer. You can guess which one bugs me the most. The odd thing about many of the worst bad habits in the garden is that they have become so commonplace. The worst offenses are repeated everywhere to the extent that gardeners think they are the rule.

  • Keep your home in shape this winter

    Dayna Parrett

    County Extension Agent for Consumer and Family Sciences

    Winter snuck in early this year. You can take steps now to get yourself ready for the winter yet to come and any winter weather-related emergencies. Here are some tips:

    · Have snow removal items such as shovels and ice melting products on hand.

    · Keep warm clothes and blankets handy.

  • Store your equipment out of the weather

    Proper winter storage of equipment is just as important as proper winter storage of plants. If you dig your dahlias, you better bring your hoses in from the cold, too. Don’t let cold weather catch your equipment off guard.

  • FFA team wins first in regional competition


    The Nelson County FFA received first place in the Lincoln Trail Region Agriculture Sales Career Development Event.  The competition was held Dec. 2 at Western Kentucky University. The team will go on to compete at the State FFA Convention, scheduled to be held in Lexington in June.

  • NCHS FFA receives top honor at convention

    Kayla Sagrecy

    NCHS FFA Reporter

    The 87th National FFA Convention was held in Louisville again this year and more than 64,000 members were in attendance. Over the course of two days, more than 50 Nelson County FFA Members got the opportunity to attend the largest youth convention in the world.

  • The great Christmas tree debate: Live or fresh-cut?

    It is hard to believe that the holiday season is upon us!

    I have family visiting for Christmas, so this means a bigger tree than normal. If you are going to travel to come see us, this is the least I can do! Plus, it is fun to find the “perfect” tree that fits your space and holds precious ornaments with style.

    So which type of tree reflects your holiday?