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Nandina bushes (sometimes called Heavenly Bamboo even though they’re not related) are a common sight in landscaping. Deer and rabbits don’t eat them, and available cultivars range in height from one to seven feet. The fruiting varieties have beautiful berries which may persist through winter…

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With the recent summer-like temperatures, many people have been getting outdoors to enjoy Kentucky’s lakes and streams. If not careful, a fun day swimming or boating can turn tragic in a matter of seconds.

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When the 2020-2021 Franklin-Simpson Wildcats’ high school sports season begins in August, fans will be treated to a new look. The F-S Gym on Frank Cardwell Court recently received a new floor design.

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During the next several weeks, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct the June Agricultural Survey. The agency will contact 2,000 producers across Kentucky to determine crop acreage and stock levels as of June 1, 2020.

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The arrival of spring means bear activity is on the rise in Kentucky. An increase in activity can also mean an increase in bear complaints.

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On April 16, Franklin-Simpson Wildcats’ Athletic Director Matt Wilhite announced via social media that Alec Silchuk is replacing him as the head coach of the boys’ golf team.

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Governor Andy Beshear made the announcement Monday, April 21 to superintendents that kindergarten through 12th grade schools are not reopening for in-person classes for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Former Franklin-Simpson Lady Cat and freshman Campbellsville University Lady Tigers’ softball player Madison Davis was named to the Mid-South Conference Academic All-Conference team last Monday.

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As part of the Commonwealth’s ongoing effort to ensure the health and wellness of the public as Kentucky fights aggressively to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources announced new guidance today for non-res…

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The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will not offer its summer conservation camps this year due to the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

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Last Thursday, Ashley Taylor was named as the new head coach of the Franklin-Simpson Lady Cats’ varsity basketball team. She replaces Lex Lindsey, who coached the program for the last two seasons.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and current gathering restrictions, the Kentucky 4-H program is suspending its traditional 10-week summer camp at its four regional camping centers.

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The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has suspended high school spring sports nationwide. While the situation has changed an expected season, the community is still in full support of Franklin-Simpson High School’s student athletes.

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This spring, grain producers across the Midwest, including those in pockets of Kentucky, are dealing with grain quality issues in storage bins that are causing problems during unloading. As producers address these issues, it is important they follow proper bin management techniques to ensure…

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University of Kentucky entomologists say it is important for Kentuckians to continue to manage urban pests during the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognition of the risks associated with COVID-19, they have released some tips for pest control professionals to help them practice effective pest mana…

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Cattle markets are swinging up and down amid the COVID-19 economy. University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment economist Kenny Burdine said prices are constantly changing, “almost as fast as we can type.”

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Last Thursday, Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry signed his $10.2 million franchise tender. The move makes Henry officially under contract for 2020.

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The COVID-19 virus has forced the Kentucky Derby, the first leg of horse racing’s triple crown, to be rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 5, Labor Day weekend. Typically, Labor Day weekend is active for races locally at Kentucky Downs.

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On Wednesday, April 8 at 8 p.m., Franklin-Simpson High School will be lighting up all their athletics fields in honor of their spring sport athletes.

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One day after reaching a long-term deal with quarterback Ryan Tannehill, the Tennessee Titans found a way to keep running back Derrick Henry on the team for at least one more season as well. On Monday, March 23, the Titans placed the franchise tag on Henry, who led the NFL in rushing last se…

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On March 19, Western Kentucky University Director of Athletics Todd Stewart addressed Hilltopper student-athletes, coaches and fans during this unprecedented national situation. The open letter came a week after the NCAA canceled the remainder of winter and spring sports seasons and championships.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is working to be as flexible as possible to get food out to the people who need it during the COVID-19 National Emergency. On Wednesday, March 18, President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which includes b…

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With the COVID-19 pandemic upending most people’s sense of normal, Kentucky 4-H is encouraging families with young people to take to their backyards and get their hands dirty growing a garden.

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COLUMBUS — Carlisle County farmer Phillip Bean is a lifelong Bardwell resident, but a lack of job opportunities in the area has forced his son to move elsewhere to raise his family. Bean joined the West Kentucky Alliance for a Vibrant Economy, also known as WAVE, because he hopes to be a par…

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) today announced continued progress in the implementation of the agriculture-related provisions of the U.S.-China Phase One Economic and Trade Agreement. The Agreement entered into force on Feb. 1…

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BOWLING GREEN — Jack Blackstock, owner of the Bowling Green Hot Rods and Vette City Catering, announced on Tuesday the acquisition of Bourbon & Brewfest and set a date for the 2020 edition of the event. The sixth-annual Bourbon & Brewfest will take place on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 at…

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Last Sunday, two days before the start of free agency, the Tennessee Titans football team agreed to terms with quarterback Ryan Tannehill on a multi-year deal.

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NASCAR has followed the direction as collegiate and professional sports organizations have done because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Last Friday afternoon, Max Chaney was named the new head football coach at Franklin-Simpson High School. He follows Doug Preston who stepped down as F-S head coach in February to take the job as head football coach at John Hardin High School in Elizabethtown.

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At the conclusion of last Tuesday night’s 4th Region Boys Tournament Championship game, 15 players selected for the 4th Region All-Tournament Team was announced.

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Franklin-Simpson Wildcats’ senior Demarco Chatman was selected to the Kentucky Athletic Basketball Coaches Association 3rd Team All-4th Region Team.

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The Coronavirus pandemic has officially affected the Franklin-Simpson sports spring season. Due to Governor Andy Beshear’s declaration of shutting down private and public schools for the next two weeks, Simpson County Schools will be closed for the next three weeks, impacting the start of sp…