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Tom Padgett returns in new psychological thriller

Blood in the Wind has everything you want in a thriller: Murder, mystery, mayhem, and a manhunt.
Escaped convict Jack Johnson is loose in southern Colorado and he's bent on revenge. After a clerical error gets him out of jail early, Jack takes the opportunity to plan a murder. His target is the attorney who put him away for vehicular homicide.
Retired cop Tom Padgett from Kentucky seems to always be in the wrong place at the right time. He's in Colorado to recover from a bloody event in Kentucky and to escape his nightmares and dreams about events of which he should have no knowledge of. Is he responsible for more than he's letting on?
When Johnson's and Padgett's paths collide, it leads to a violent confrontation and a manhunt in rugged mountain terrain. But who is hunting whom? The quest to bring Johnson down has turned into something entirely different. Now it's personal - in more ways than one.
Blood in the Wind's sharp dialogue and original characters will place you squarely in southern Colorado. You'll feel the fierce wind and envision the wild, sometimes harsh, but beautiful terrain through the eyes of its characters.
Just when you think you know who the good guys are, you’ll wonder what else there is to learn about the enigmatic Tom Padgett.
Blood in the Wind is part of the Tom Padgett Mystery Series, subtle psychological thrillers set in rural Kentucky and southern Colorado. Sterling Young’s Reckoning trilogy: Delayed Reckoning, A Force to be Reckoned With and Final Reckoning feature mysterious retired police officer, Tom Padgett, and his ever faithful companion, his golden retriever, Bella.
“Vic” Young enjoys crafting characters with humor and personality. His description of locations in rural settings lends atmosphere and color to his books, resulting in storytelling that is believable to his readers. The characters are on a real scale with traits we can recognize in ourselves. Yet, Young’s characters possess sinister elements and hidden agendas which leave readers wondering.

About the Author
Using his analytical nature and education, Sterling Young crafts methodical plots and character twists into his novels. He holds an IT degree from Xavier University and has built and renovated homes in Colorado, France, Ohio, and Kentucky. He currently lives in rural Kentucky with his wife and his faithful companion, golden retriever/yellow lab, Bella.
His books can be purchased on Amazon in either paperback or Kindle formats. http://www.amazon.com/author/sterlingyoung

Farmers gather to learn of future ag trends at annual Producers’ Meeting

by Stephen Scalf

Upwards of 140 Nicholas County growers and producers gathered last Thursday, April 16, to partake of good food while gaining knowledge helpful to their businesses.
The Fifth Annual Producers Meeting, co-sponsored by the Nicholas County Extension Service and the Nicholas County Homemakers’ Council, was held at the Livestock Barn at the Fairgrounds, drawing a respectable crowd eager to hear what the featured speaker had to say.
Farmers Deposit Bank, Woodmen of the World, Farm Credit Services and Bluegrass Stockyards all had representatives on hand to answer questions, bringing with them useful goodies to distribute to attendees.
A dinner of steak sandwiches and hot dogs along with sides of baked beans, coleslaw and chips was sponsored by Bluegrass Stockyards. The ladies of the Homemakers’ Clubs provided a variety of delectable cookies for dessert.
Pete Szak and Bob Berrisford, both transplants to Nicholas County from Illinois and Ohio respectively, shared a table for the dinner. They dined together will lifelong residents, discussing their livestock operations and what is happening with the tobacco industry.
Before introducing the speaker for the evening, Conservation District scholarships in the amount of $1,000.00 were awarded to three area students—Todd Allison, Drake Vice and Justus Warner.
Dr. William Snell, with the University of Kentucky Department of Agricultural Economics, spoke to the crowd about recent swings in the grain markets, the decline of the tobacco industry and the high prices being seen in today’s cattle market.
“Tobacco has seen a lot of volatility in the past few years, and that is probably going to continue.” Dr. Snell imparted. “We have seen a tremendous increase in tobacco production worldwide. About 30-35% more tobacco was produced worldwide last year than the previous year. You have increasing supplies with decreasing demand.”
The good news, according to Dr. Snell, is the price of cattle. Those prices have been bolstered by conditions elsewhere in the country such as drought which caused ranchers to reduce the size of their herds. While Dr. Snell feels like eventually those numbers will rebound, for the near future beef prices should remain steady.
Dr. Snell also pointed out the need for the agricultural industry on a global scale, offering sobering facts and figures of future trends in world population and encouraging young people to pursue livelihoods in farming.

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