Marijuana crop destroyed
by Stephen Scalf
|Nicholas County Sheriff Jeff Sidles shows five large marijuana plants that were seized last Wednesday.|
The plants had already began budding and producing seeds - meaning they were found just in time to prevent them from being harvested.
"This was the same field where we found eight plants earlier this year," Sheriff Sidles told The Courier. "The marijuana is being planted along the edge of hay fields or corn fields to try to prevent its detection.
According to local law enforcement, there are no solid leads at this time into who might be responsible for cultivating the Schedule I controlled substance.
A humorous post on the Internet stated:
"The Nicholas County Sheriff found these lost plants this morning. If the owner of these plants would like to claim them, please call the sheriff's office or the Carlisle Police Department. We will be happy to come see you."
Joking aside, anyone with information concerning the plants is encouraged to contact the sheriff's office at (859) 289-3740.
Project Grad to host Movie Night
by Ross HaneyThis upcoming Friday, Sept. 26, NCHS Project Graduation will host their first annual “Family Night Under the Stars,” to help raise funds for this year’s Project Graduation.
The movie night will feature Sherwood Pictures’ “Courageous,” the story of four policemen tackling fatherhood, and finding the help they need from their religious faith. This film is the fourth in the moviemaking ministries of the Sherwood Baptist Church of Albany, Georgia.
Moviegoers at Project Grad’s family night will enjoy a few hours of family bonding, while enjoying the film on a large blowup projector screen on the NCHS football field.
Spectators will be seated on the football field, so bring your lawn chairs and blankets! Admission will be $5 for those 13 and over and $2 for children 12 and under. The price of admittance includes free container of popcorn, and children 12 and under will also receive a free drink. Other concessions will also be available.
The gates will open at 7:30pm, and the movie will start at 8:30pm. All the proceeds gathered from the event will go to Project Graduation. They welcome you and your family to join in a night of fun to be had by all!
Tropical Paradise: Found in the most surprising of places
by Stephen Scalf
It’s a beautiful day. You look around and find yourself on a closely cropped lawn surrounded by luscious vegetation. The sky is crystal blue with only the occasional wisp of a cloud present. You feel refreshed by the soft, warm breeze as you relax under the shade of enormous banana trees and other tropical plants.
Except you’re not really in Hawaii, you’re on Morning Glory Road in Nicholas County, just this side of the Harrison County line.
The Liver family has transformed their home into a tropical paradise with plants you’d never really expect to find in Kentucky, such a 9-10 ft. banana plants – and this year, they are even producing bananas!
Years ago, Ann Liver received a single banana plant from her mother, who got her banana plants from her mother, before her. Each year, Ann transplants the banana in the rich, Kentucky soil around her house and lets nature take its course. As the cool weather sets in, she cuts the plant down, just below the lowest leaf, and digs up the root bulb to put in the garage for the winter. And each year, each plant produces as many as three or four offshoots which she separates out, creating a new plant.
The banana plants are remarkably hearty, Ann told The Carlisle Courier. “I’ll cut them back and the next morning, there will be new growth, about two to three inches overnight. I’ll store them inside through the winter, watering them about three times. They remain dormant until I plant them again in the spring.”
And it’s not just bananas. Tropical elephant ear plants are also growing in rich abundance.
The tropical plants thrive so well here in Kentucky, not only do the Livers have plants surrounding their home and in other locations on their property, there have been plenty of new plants for friends and neighbors.
The banana plants have occasionally grown small fruit in the past, but the Livers have never seen bananas like the plants are producing this year.
“It must be the amount of rainfall and the warm weather we’ve seen this year,” Ann said. “They’ve never been big enough to eat before, but this year we might actually have some real bananas!”
Although the plants are thriving in Kentucky, Ann admits that it requires a tremendous amount of work every spring and fall. The root bulbs are remarkably heavy and it is a project the generally requires the entire extended family’s help.
But as far as the Livers are concerned, the results are well worth the annual effort. Not only does it surround their home with luscious, tropical beauty, it is something that is truly unique.
After all, who ever heard of growing bananas right here in Kentucky?
And beneath it all is the underlying sense of connection to family history, the plants serving as a daily reminder that every one of the plants came from her grandmother. It provides a sense of peaceful pride – a physical representation of the tie that binds her to her ancestors.
We’d like to thank the Livers for sharing their remarkable hobby with the county. It serves as an inspiration that just about anything is possible if you’re willing to put enough effort into it.
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