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  • New role comes for ‘grand’ fathers

    Many of us have fond memories of our grandfathers… the stories, the candy, the fishing lessons and life lessons we learn while visiting them are things we treasure and carry with us throughout our lives. But as family dynamics have changed, more and more grandfathers are finding the old adage of “spoil them rotten and send them home” no longer a reality. In fact, around 2.4 million grandparents across the United States are now raising their grandchildren.

  • Carroll 4-Hers packed exhibit hall at the county fair

    Carroll County 4-H’ers filled up the exhibit building this year. One hundred exhibits qualified to go to the Kentucky State Fair, Aug. 18-28. The Cloverville exhibits will be on display for the run of the fair. The 4-H country ham competition will be held during the first few days of the fair.

    The 4-H’ers and their projects that qualified for the state fair are as follows.

  • Manage endophyte in tall fescue to prevent toxicosis

    Tall fescue is a cool season, perennial grass, and the KY-31 variety is usually infected with a fungal endophyte which grows within the leaf sheaths, stems, and seeds. An “endophyte” is a fungus or bacteria that lives entirely within the tissue spaces of plants and is only visible microscopically.

  • 4-H Goat Showmanship
  • Thanks given to the fair volunteers

    “Many hands make light work.” This statement was said many times the week prior to the fair and the week of the fair.

    Thank you to the students from Carroll County Schools that helped clean and get the Exhibit Hall ready for items to be entered.

    Thank you to, Grover Crawford, Pat Kindoll, and Martha Moorman for their help taking entries for open class.

    Thank you to Marie Van Diver for organizing and displaying 4-H and open class entries.

  • 4-H/open livestock shows set recent high participation numbers

    A successful 4-H/Open Livestock Show at the Carroll 2016 County Fair is officially in the books!

    This year’s shows included poultry, rabbit, beef, swine, dog, horse, meat and dairy goat, sheep, and beef. All of our exhibitors increased in the shows, and it has been awesome to see the show participation grow each year. This was also the first year in a long time that we have had Carroll County 4-H’ers and Cloverbuds in every species. Way to go!

    I would like to take the time to thank the following volunteers that helped us this year:

  • Damp conditions may bring temporary home invaders

    Several insects reliably appear in force following a series of spring rains, like we have experienced this year. For the most part, they are short-lived, so control measures are rarely needed. Here are a few that we may come across:

    Gnats

    Many species of non-biting gnats develop in moist decaying organic matter, temporary mud pools, and ponds. Hordes of adults can emerge suddenly. While they resemble mosquitoes, they lack the long beak of the closely-related blood feeders.

  • Health benefits of walking

    “The sum of the whole is this: walk and be happy; walk and be healthy. The best way to lengthen out our days is to walk steadily and with a purpose.” –Charles Dickens

    Did you know that walking is the most popular physical activity among adults? This may be because it is so easy to do. Perhaps it is because there is no special equipment that is needed. Maybe it is because you can do it almost anywhere. Regardless of why it is the favorite, there are certainly many reasons why it is a good idea to walk.

  • 4-H’ers make county fair entries during project days

    4-H members have really been busy gearing up for the Carroll County Fair.  So many projects have been completed by the members for entry.  Please visit the exhibit building at the fair to see what the youth of Carroll County are learning.

  • Lightning strikes can be deadly, seek cover

    Weather patterns are becoming more active, and storms thrive with the moisture and rapidly rising warm air that is very common during the transition to warmer seasons.

    Stormy conditions also increase the potential for lightning to strike people at work or play outdoors and, possibly, while they are inside a building.