Kentucky's landscapes are populated by many trees that are susceptible to bacterial leaf scorch. This disease may not kill trees instantly, but over time, it can have devastating effects. Pruning and reducing stress can prolong the life of infected trees; however, there are currently no meth…

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The Monticello High School, Class of 1969 met for their 50th class reunion at the Marriott Somerset on Saturday evening, May 25th. There was a brief program, dinner and prizes for some in attendance. Of particular note was the size of the class relative to the overall success of the class members.

Weaning time in the cattle industry is ultimately one of the most stressful times for a calf. However, with proper preparation and a good management plan, you can decrease the stress incurred on the calf. As well as the cows and yourself at weaning time. This will insure both the cows and th…

Peaches are a fuzzy fruit native to China ( which produces 58% of the world total). The peach was brought to America by Spanish explorers in the 16th century. They were originally planted in St Augustine, Florida and the Cumberland Islands of Georgia in 1571. California, South Carolina and G…

The Pulaski County Extension Homemakers held their Cultural Arts Competition for the 2018-2019 year this past week. Fifty-five entries were submitted, with the blue ribbon winners advancing to the Area Cultural Competition, which will be held in March. All entries were on display at the Coun…

Heat related illnesses can vary in severity and may be life-threatening. You may be in the garden or mowing during the hottest time of the day, watching or playing in a regional baseball tourney or just working outdoors and being exposed.

Friends, I ain't hardly never seed nothin' lak hit an' ypur humble reporter has bin plum to Texas an' bak. That's the Texas out c'here in the north eastern part 'uv Pu'lasski County an' not the big'un down thar whur the former Pressydint Bush lives.

With summer coming to an end producers have to start thinking about what cover crops do I use this fall. Two if the most popular cover crops for this area are wheat and cereal rye. Both crops have multiple benefits when it comes to soil health and erosion control.

Madeline Peterson, an 8th grader at Southern Middle School, joined over 170 of her peers from all over the country in Greeneville, TN for the National Beta Junior Leadership Camp. Elementary and middle school Beta members from across the nation gathered for leadership training. Members spent…

Legumes make immeasurable contributions to forage agriculture. Producers depend on them to add yield, nutritional quality to pastures and hay, and to improve animal gains. Arguably, the ability of legumes to convert or "fix" nitrogen (N) from the air into organic plant nitrogen is their most…

The Extension Master Gardener Program is a volunteer training program for the Cooperative Extension Service. Volunteers are trained in all things horticulture.

Many of you are still getting lots of fresh garden products out of your garden and preserving some of that excess produce for winter months. Don't forget that safety is of utmost importance for those of us preserving food because improperly home canned food can lead to foodborne illness.

Weeds can reduce the quantity and the stand life of desirable forage plants in pastures and hayfields. These unwanted plants are often more aggressive than existing or desired forage species and compete for light, water, and nutrients. Weeds can also diminish the quality and palatability of …

Do you realize we use water for drinking to satisfy our thirst, for cooking, cleaning, growing our food, washing our clothes, cleaning our homes ,making it our most precious resource for survival. Water is also used for entertainment and transporting people and goods. So we find out that wat…

Boxwood blight can be a devastating disease on American boxwood cultivars which are extremely common in the home landscape. Complete defoliation can occur within a week and plants can die within a single growing season. Use of tolerant cultivars, cultural practices, and fungicides can reduce…

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When Somernites Cruise Team Member Mark Hansford -- the "Voice of the Cruise" heard on the loudspeaker downtown on Saturday -- told a reporter to look for a visitor with the name "Steve Francis," the reporter had to ask: That's not the Steve Francis who played basketball for Maryland in the …

On March 19th, 18 gifted and talented students, all from Southwestern High School, visited Lindsey Wilson College campus and spoke to students of the Bonners Scholars Program.

Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States and around the world. Tobacco killed one hundred million people worldwide in the 20th century -- and if current trends continue, it will kill one billion people in the 21st century. Every year, tobacco kills more t…

Corn is moving through growth stages quickly, and the warm, humid weather in many parts of Kentucky has been conducive for foliar disease development. Fungicides are commonly promoted to reduce the impact of foliar disease in corn, but with tight margins and a difficult market, it is importa…

The Pulaski County Fair ended Saturday Night with lots of happy people winning ribbons and money in the Open Class Competition. More than 150 people entered items in the fair this year, with The Ugly Lamp Competition having the most participants. Nine people entered items in the Born Ugly La…

Jamme Butler of Somerset, Kentucky earned a Mathematics degree from The Citadel. Butler graduated during the South Carolina Corps of Cadets commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 4 in McAlister Field House.

Each year 1 in 6 Americans get sick by consuming contaminated foods or beverages. Many different disease causing microbes, or pathogens, can contaminate foods, so there are many different foodborne infections. Naturally occurring bacteria that you can't see, smell, or taste can contaminate f…

University of the Cumberlands congratulates all students who completed their degrees during the 2018-2019 academic year on their graduation.

Summer is here. We’ve already experienced a little bit of heat and humidity, just a taste of what’s to come. People aren't the only ones who suffer when the temperatures rise. Farm animals feel it, too. You can recognize when livestock may be in danger from the heat and what you can do to in…

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The Pulaski County Fair was on its fourth night on Thursday with beautiful weather. A large crowd of young and old alike filled the Midway, and sat in the stands for the KTPA Truck and Tractor Pull and the Pretty Baby Contest.

Do you look at your favorite athlete or entertainer on television and often think “what a great shape” that person is in? Have you ever stopped and thought about the time they spend daily exercising and watching their diet, because their jobs require them to be in shape and look good. You ma…

David Dorsey and Scotty Sneed of the City of Somerset Parks and Recreation Department, along with Lake Cumberland Master Gardeners Marc Carter, Heather Brunk and Melanie Lawless, recently hosted students of the Somerset Independent Schools' "After School program", (Mrs. Diane, Director). Stu…

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As a news reporter for more than a half century, I have observed devastation of many tornadoes. I have seen twisting funnels dip from wall clouds, highlighted by jagged lightning and crashing thunder. I have seen broken timbers, houses scattered and lives forever changed.

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Obituaries

Jewel Franklin Dykes, age 90, of Somerset, Kentucky, passed from this life on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at Hospice of Lake Cumberland. Visitation will be after 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 25, 2019 in the Chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Mond…

Gerald Glen Wesley, 67, of Somerset, passed away Friday, August 23, 2019 at the Hospice of Lake Cumberland. Arrangements are pending and will be announced later by Morris & Hislope Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at: www.morrisandhislope.com

Devan Sherman, age 32, of Somerset, Kentucky, son of Rick and Amy Sherman, passed away on Tuesday, August 20, 2019. Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 23, 2019 in the Chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home with funeral service to be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday at the funeral …