• Photo: Returning the trophy

    Keith Willett, left, president of the Nelson County Fair Board, returns the trophy for Most Progressive Fair to Tim Jeffries of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Division of Shows and Fairs. Nelson County won the award for the first time in 30 years for its 2009 fair on the basis of attendance, number of entries and proper paperwork. The trophy will be presented to the 2010 winner Jan. 15 at the Kentucky Fair and Horse Shows Convention. “There’s great pride in winning this among the county fair groups,” Jeffries said.

  • Resist temptation to continue your bad habits

    All of us 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.

  • Smith named 2010 Ky. Naturalist of the Year

    Wren Smith, Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest’s Interpretive Programs Manager, is the recipient of the Kentucky Society of Natural History 2010 Naturalist of the Year award.

    This prestigious award goes to a woman who has dedicated her life to helping others understand and appreciate the gifts of nature. This award puts her among distinguished honorees such as Mary Wharton, Hugh Archer, Tom Barnes and other Kentucky naturalists through a 37-year history.

  • Wiche’s favorite books of 2010 aren’t just about gardening

    I like a book that tells a story while teaching me a little something along the way; I like when the writer’s personality is revealed in his or her prose; and I like when a book makes me feel like I am not the only one who marvels at what nature and people can do. Here are my 2010 picks for just this sort of thing.

  • Local youth recognized at Kentucky Proud banquet

    Jonathan Darby, Brandon Darby and Bradley Piles were recognized at the Kentucky Proud Annual Livestock Banquet in Frankfort Oct. 23. 

    Individuals are rewarded based on the Kentucky Proud Point System for participation and results at Kentucky District Shows, Kentucky Livestock Expos and the Kentucky State Fair.

    Jonathan Darby had the No. 2 and No. 5 Market Goat, was fifth in Showmanship, ninth in Senior Skill-a-Thon, ninth in Senior Star Award and was the No. 2 overall goat exhibitor in the state.

  • Local Farm Bureau wins Gold Star Award

    Recognized for the achievements of its women’s program this year, Nelson County Farm Bureau received the 2010 Gold Star Award of Excellence during Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Louisville.

    With more than 500,000 member families statewide, Kentucky Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization. Approximately 1,300 members attended the 91st annual meeting, Dec. 1-4, to recognize this year’s achievements and adopt policy for 2011.

  • All drought declarations ended

    The Office of the State Climatologist and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, in coordination with the Kentucky Drought Mitigation Team (KDMT), are lifting all drought declarations across the entire Commonwealth. This includes the 50 counties under a Level 2 drought declaration and the 43 counties under a Level 1 drought declaration.

  • Time for sharing Fred’s favorite Christmas poem

    Every couple of years I like to revisit my father’s favorite Christmas poem inspired by Clement Moore’s famous work ‘Night Before Christmas.’ The writer is unknown but he or she certainly was a gardener; and you may even get some last minute gift ideas from its verse.

  • Just a few of my favorite things for gift giving, receiving

    No matter what you celebrate during December it likely involves some sort of gift giving. Manufacturers have made certain that our options are unlimited when it comes to giving to the gardener, but some gifts are more useful than others! Don’t waste your money on the cute but useless or the useful but cheap. Consider, instead, some of these items that are favorites among my serious gardening friends.

  • Outstanding youth win district awards

    Nelson County Farm Bureau contest winners represented the county well at the 5th District Farm Bureau youth contests Nov. 6 in Spencer County.  Eleven counties comprise the 5th District vying for the title of Kentucky Farm Bureau Female Outstanding Youth, Male Outstanding Youth and Variety Showcase Winners.