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Today's News

  • County still trying to fill dead animal void

    A part-time position to handle dead animal pickup in Washington County remains unfilled after months of searching, and Washington County Fiscal Court is weighing its options on how to find someone to occupy the vacancy.

    The opening with the road department was recently filled for a short time, but county officials said at last week’s meeting that the job wasn’t occupied for long.

  • Plan for move to new school

    The proposed plan for moving into the new Washington County High School building was provided by superintendent Robin Cochran recently, with the school board approving a schedule change on Monday night to accommodate the move.

    According to the proposal, high school students will begin the 2014-15 school year on Thursday, Aug. 7 at the current facility, before moving to the new building in October.

  • Judge candidate bows out

    Leslie Moore
    Landmark News Service

    Tim Cocanougher of Springfield, candidate for the Circuit Court Judge 11th Circuit, District 1, withdrew his candidacy on Monday, citing a recent opportunity to continue his work conducting sexual assault investigations for the U.S. Military.

    A former commonwealth’s attorney, Cocanougher said his view of the judge’s seat as a very respectable and highly esteemed position influenced his decision to file.

  • Sen. Stine visits Isaiah House

    A pair of state officials stopped by the Isaiah House in Willisburg last week to learn more about the facility’s practices, as well as to engage in discussions about the growing problem of heroin use across the state.

    Senate President Pro Tempore Katie Stine-R, District 24 (Bracken, Campbell and Pendleton counties) and Rep. Kim King-R, Harrodsburg, were given a tour of the main building and had a chance to sit down for a conversation with Isaiah House Exectutive Director Mark LaPalme, who recently returned to the position following a short hiatus.

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  • Squash and cucumber problems?

    There a few problems that have been showing up in gardens lately, specifically cucurbits.  This includes cucumber, squash, and melons. 

    Bacterial wilt is showing up sporadically and I am sure it’s going to hit many of you who have cucurbits in the next few weeks.  Bacterial wilt causes plants to wilt slowly over a few days; they freshen up at night and then wilt during the day and eventually wilt and die.  The problem is a bacteria that enters the plant and blocks the flow of water and nutrients.

  • Pest facts

    I found a couple of interesting articles in the Kentucky Pest News that I thought I would share with you this week.

    Cicada Killer Wasps Active Across Kentucky
    Mild-mannered female cicada killer wasps are active across Kentucky. They are intent on their tasks of
    1. Digging underground burrows and
    2. Provisioning themselves with paralyzed cicadas that will be food for their grub-like larvae.
    3. The wasps will focus on these tasks over the next few weeks, generally oblivious to the stress and anxiety that they may be causing.

  • Fresh summer corn

    Let’s keep our summer garden series rolling with another popular veggie: fresh summer corn.

    The season for corn is July through August.  Corn is low in fat and full of fiber and B vitamins. Look for ears of corn with green shucks, moist stems, and silk ends that are free of decay.  Kernels should be small, tender, plump, and should fill all the spaces in the rows.  When storing fresh corn, keep it unshucked, wrapped in damp paper towels, inside a plastic bag in the refrigerator until ready to use.  The shelf life is usually four to six days.

  • 4-H brings home honors

    Good work ethics need to be instilled at an early age.  Parents go about helping their children learn responsibility and to finish a job in many different ways from home chores to holding a local job to working on the family farm.

    In 4-H and many other youth organizations, seeing youth reach a goal through hard work and perseverance, is rewarding not only for the youth, but for the parents and other adults who may have supported those youth in their endeavors.  

  • Stroop named to Patriots baseball staff

    Patriot mentor Luther Bramblett has named Stephanos Stroop as the new assistant coach. Stroop will be the Pats pitching coach and recruiting coordinator after working with pitchers and cathcers at George Washington University.