News Briefs for Oct. 26

October 26, 2004

Holiday foods classes set

Two holiday foods programs will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 8 and 6-8 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Boyle County extension service. Call (859) 236-4484 to register. Extension agent Donna Clore, health department dietitian Julie Steber and McDowell Wellness Center dietitian Nancy Ricker will demonstrate and have available for tasting 10 different foods. The cost is $2. Several new recipes will be available.

b>Boyle schools to dismiss early

Schools in the Boyle County district will dismiss two hours early Wednesday to allow teachers to study ways to improve instruction. The next early release will be Nov. 17.

Chili supper planned in Junction

JUNCTION CITY - Junction City Fire Department will have a chili supper fund-raiser from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the fire station on Main Street. The cost is $3 for all you can eat. A costume contest will be held at 8 p.m.and a mini-auction at 8:30 p.m.


For more information, call (859) 854-3900.

Stanford lifts water advisory

STANFORD - A boil-water advisory for Stanford and McKinney customers has been lifted. It went into effect Thursday after a leak drained the system.

Lincoln farm family recognized

KINGS MOUNTAIN - The Jenkins family of Kings Mountain recently merited honorable mentions from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program for farming practices that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for their communities.

SARE recognized them as part of its 2004 Patrick Madden Award for Sustainable Agriculture contest.

The Jenkins family works together to raise a diverse plethora of commodities on two Kentucky farms. Led by Lawrence "L.B." and Judie Jenkins, the extended family works in a unique partnership to raise organic vegetables on a former tobacco farm.

Complementing the operation is an aquaculture enterprise, featuring hybrid striped bass and catfish, and sugar cane. On their second farm, they raise beef cattle, vegetables, pasture-based chickens and eggs. From this bounty, they process their own value-added products in a certified kitchen trailer and sell at the county farmers markets as well as through a statewide organic producers association that L.B. helped found.

To showcase some of their antiques, they developed an African-American "living history" farm that displays, among other things, a horse-drawn sugar cane mill that makes sorghum molasses. At their farm, which draws an equal number of farmers and tourists, and at festivals and meetings, the family promotes small-scale sustainable farming.

L.B. is a regular presenter at Kentucky State University's Small Farm Field Days, which are partly funded through a SARE professional development grant.

"L.B. was instrumental in developing the Organic Kentucky Producers Association, which direct-markets vegetables and eggs over a 70-mile area," said Marion Simon of KSU Cooperative Extension, who nominated them.


Due to a reporter's error, the name of Carl Leach, Lincoln County's major deputy jailer, was misspelled in Sunday's front-page article regarding three escaped inmates.

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