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We’ve all seen garden beds that have been made more attractive by a fresh dressing of mulch. Besides aesthetics there are many reasons to use mulch. An important reason is the reduction of water loss by evaporation and runoff on the soil surface.

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Few things are as interesting and attractive as songbirds. Unfortunately, suitable habitat for birds is often in short supply. As urban areas expand and develop, natural areas are often destroyed or altered dramatically. By creating bird gardens, we can provide an oasis for birds, even in th…

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The highest elevation in any community is usually reserved for something significant. Hopkinsville is no exception. While one might expect that Belmont Hill would have been commandeered by the town’s richest and most important person for the construction of a grand mansion — as in Victorian …

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The first few tractors trickled in Thursday with their owners excited to show off their original paint jobs and mechanisms and eager to tell the stories behind them.

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After being cooped up at home during the coronavirus lockdown, Pennyrile area residents may want to expand their horizons and their creativity with programs offered by the Hopkinsville Art Guild.

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On occasion I receive calls from frustrated homeowners wanting to know how to get moss out of their lawn. This week I would like to flip the tables and ask you to consider what it might take to establish moss in the lawn.

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Fall is one of the best times to plant trees and shrubs in your landscape. Fall planting provides the plant with the opportunity to put its energy into root growth now and in the early spring, before it has to concentrate on producing leaves. Roots grow well in cooler soils, and the plant al…

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Sometimes the dark side tries to bring us down and discourage us and if we continue down this miserable path, we will agree that our life is not worth much and no one really cares. However, there is some incredibly good news; the Bible as the highest standard of absolute truth clearly establ…

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This month at the library we’re loving humorous fiction. We’re ready to laugh and share some laughs with you. Here’s five humorous titles to tickle your funny bone:

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Staying physically active and visiting parks, trails and open spaces are key ways the Centers for Disease Control advises the public to “relieve stress and get some fresh air” as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

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Rose Rosette is a severely damaging disease to nearly all cultivated roses, especially the popular Knock-Out roses. Symptoms include leaf distortion; witches broom; abnormal red discoloration; and increased shoot elongation. Rose Rosette is caused by a virus transmitted by eriophyid mites. T…

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People, I want to be real and enlighten you all. When we are alone and by ourselves; and away from everyone else and unable to perform our daily duties the enemy will definitely come by to visit. I know this because I have experienced it during the past two months. Most of us focus on money,…

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Former District Judge Jill Clark (left) and daughter Melanie Noffsinger pose next to Clark’s portrait that was unveiled Aug. 18 at the Trigg County Courthouse. The portrait will hang with portraits of other retired judges.

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Pollinator protection has become a common phrase that we often hear. Prior to 2006, overwintering colony losses occurred at the rate of about 15% annually; since that time, losses have been closer to 40% each year. Losses at this level are unacceptable and unsustainable.

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The Christian worldview of life is about learning what God requires and willingly accepting the call to become a devoted disciple of Christ. This life-changing decision has everything to do with yielding mind, body, and soul to the Creator of heaven and earth. It’s definitely worth consideri…

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Poorly blooming, crowded clumps are a signal that perennials need dividing. Rejuvenate plantings of iris, daylily, daffodil and tulip plants by dividing them in late summer. Dividing them now will still give them an opportunity to establish roots before winter freezing and thawing of the soi…

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Hiding in plain sight in Hopkinsville since 1968 is a modern building designed by one of the world’s most famous architectural firms. We have all passed it a thousand times, but it is so well settled into the landscape as to have almost become one with it.

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The road to recovery after COVID-19 hasn’t been easy for 70-year-old Jo Ann Holmes of Hopkinsville. The virus has had lingering effects on her body, as she sometimes uses a walker, easily gets short of breath and has recurring swelling that specialists in Hopkinsville and Nashville are worki…

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Late July through August we often receive calls about large wasps swarming over lawns. These are often very large cicada killer wasps. While a nest is made by a single female cicada killer wasp, they form aggregations with up to several dozen individual nests in a lawn or other locations. Wi…

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I realize that church leaders must be real with their feelings because if the “human factor” did not come through our personalities, we would all seem very robotic. But at the same time, many feel pressure to be excited and happy all the time because they want to keep everyone pumped up, and…

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A couple of forest rangers who were hiking in Yellowstone National Park after a forest fire, told this story. As they were assessing the inferno’s damage, one ranger found a bird literally petrified in the ashes, perched like a statue on the ground at the base of a tree. Somewhat sickened by…

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August is the final month of summer, so there’s no better time to dive into the perfect beach read! Here are five beach reads we can’t get enough of:

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Uniting the arts and appetites, residents of Christian County and the surrounding area are being asked to share their favorite recipes for inclusion in a new cookbook, “Let us Entertain You,” presented by the Pennyroyal Arts Council.

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Mulching offers many benefits for landscaping in your yard and gardens. Some of these include retained moisture, weed control, improved drainage, lower soil temperature, erosion prevention and protection from mowers and trimmers. As they decompose, mulches also release minerals into the soil…

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Within the Christian life, there are many pillars of truth which are critical to our spiritual development and one of these is discernment. The word may have several meanings, but mostly it’s associated with having spiritual sensitivity. Within the Biblical view it is used to identify whethe…

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For adults, students and children who are spending extra time at home to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, the Museums of Hopkinsville-Christian County and the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library have some entertaining and educational ideas to stay occupied.

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Editor’s note: The following is the most up-to-date listing of activities, which were not canceled or postponed in an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19. Before leaving for an event, please call in advance to confirm it is still taking place.