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Today's News

  • Tackle weed problems in your pastures

    Dry weather conditions this summer following another dry season last year have resulted in grazed pastures with areas that have thin vegetative cover and bare soil. Much of these areas already has evidence of weedy vegetation such as common ragweed and other summer annuals. As these plants die back naturally, cool-season weeds such as common chickweed, henbit and purple deadnettle will fill in the voids. Other weeds such as buttercup and musk thistle will likely be more prevalent in the coming spring.

  • Consider limiting hay feeding now

    Some of you are already making decisions about this winter’s feeding. What is worse, some of us are already doing it! One of the things that worked out best last year was turning the cows in to the hay for a short feeding period. Since many of you are counting hay bales now and have either sold cattle or are planning to sell, you may want to consider limited feeding.

  • Clubs gear up for new memberships

    4-H project clubs are gearing up this month to accept new membership. Now is the time for youth who are interested in a project club to join because several have membership deadlines and fall events in which new members should participate.

    The first one coming up this month is the 4-H Spurs and Furs Club. This club is for youth interested in rabbits or poultry. The club will meet on Tuesday, Oct . 21, 6:30 p.m. at the extension office. The club meets monthly and recently sponsored an open rabbit and poultry show during the Crossroads Harvest Festival.

  • Going down: Gas prices continue to fall locally

    Consumers have become accustomed to seeing gas prices on the move, but that move is usually up instead of down. Lately, however, as oil prices have dropped to around $80 per barrel, gas has also dropped, and for the first time in as much as a year, local gas prices have fallen below $3 per gallon.

    Local merchants selling gas say it’s a simple case of supply and demand. Greg Simms, owner of the BP station on Lincoln Park Road in Springfield, said he has seen demand for gas dropping in recent months.

  • Register now for Safe Night

    “Toon In to Safe Night” will be the theme for this year’s Safe Night Washington County program. This is the 10th year for the Washington County Heartland Youth Coalition to sponsor a night where young people can come to have fun in a safe place with no weapons, no arguments, no drugs and alcohol.

    Safe Night Washington County will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15, beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the Washington County Elementary School for fourth and fifth graders. The event will run through 9:30 p.m.

  • Advantages of Bt corn continue to grow

    Over the past 12 years, corn growers have enjoyed lower populations of once troublesome insects and lower yield losses thanks to Bt corn, said Ric Bessin, entomologist in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

  • Commanderettes face E-Town in regional on Monday

    The Washington County Commanderette volleyball team will participate in the 17th Regional Tournament at Central Hardin High School on Monday evening. They will face Elizabethtown in the first round at 6 p.m.

    The team lost 0-2 to Nelson County Tuesday night in the 5th District Tournament in Bardstown to finish second in the district. Pick up The Springfield Sun on Wednesday for highlights and photos.

  • Local library has big day at Lexington surplus sale

    September 20 was a big day for the Washington County Library. In fact, it was a day that brought about $8,000 worth of materials to the library at no cost.

    Washington County Public Library Director Joy Wandrey received an e-mail early on the morning of Friday, Sept. 19, informing her that the Lexington Public Library would be having a sale of equipment no longer used there. The e-mail featured a list of several items, but she was informed that other items would also be available.

  • From Left Field

    Armchair heroes

    It’s no secret that guys like sports, and when it comes to their favorite team or team they are cheering for at the time, sometimes little things happen that make you wonder if the universe is all cosmically connected.

  • Make your own compost and help the environment

    Have drought, wind, gas prices, economy, politics and the coming of fall got you down? You aren’t alone. So why not start thinking about compost. Yes, that’s right, compost. Why not? It will get your mind off of the many things you can’t do anything about. So, why not do something good for the environment and your garden and start a compost pile. Most people have leaves and dead plants this time of year and probably more so this year due to the drought and wind storm of late.