The Richmond Register

Local News

November 15, 2013

‘Charlotte’s Web:' Kit Carson students meet real-life Wilbur

RICHMOND — Around half of the students in Lori Sizemore’s second-grade class at Kit Carson Elementary had never seen a real pig before, they indicated through a show of hands.

But after completing a two-week unit on E.B. White’s children’s novel “Charlotte’s Web,” Sizemore wanted her students to have a “real-life connection” to the characters in the book.

On Thursday, a 12-day-old piglet named Wilbur, born at Tangled Webb Farms in Richmond, made his first public appearance in Sizemore’s class.

The name of the farm and the name of the book are totally coincidental, Sizemore said.

After learning Charlotte the spider’s “fancy way of saying hello,” eight-year-old Ashton Howard greeted Kit Carson staff member Lisa Webb with a friendly, “Salutations.”

This sparked a conversation about “Charlotte’s Web,” during which Webb revealed a litter of piglets had been born on the farm she owns with her husband, Randal, who brought the newborn to Kit Carson on Thursday.

During the two-week unit, Sizemore’s students learned about pigs and spiders through Internet research. Students studied real spiders captured from around the school and conducted character analysis of Charlotte the spider, Wilbur the pig and Templeton the rat.

On Friday, students will write a persuasive letter to their parents on reasons why they should be allowed to have a baby pig, Sizemore said.

Crystal Wylie can be reached at or 623-1669, Ext. 6696.

Student quotes:

“Spiders use spinnerets to make their webs.” Hailey Blakley, 7

“Baby spiders are kept in an egg sac.” Caidan McQueen, 7

“Spiders have oils on their feet, so that’s why they don’t get caught up in their own web.” Bethany Burns, 7

“Pigs are raised for bacon.” Ashton Howard, 8

Text Only
Local News
  • 8-1 Tanya R. Horn.jpg Store employee charged with taking $10,000

    Tanya R. Horn, 33, of Darlene Court, pilfered $10,196 in cash from Posh Tots on Meridian Way over the course of two years, according to a Richmond Police report.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-30 Candids 1.jpg Madison County Fair paid admissions total 10,000 by Tuesday

    Approximately 10,000 people had purchased tickets to the Madison County Fair by Tuesday evening, Billy Tudor, fair board president said Wednesday morning.
    The count does not include Sunday’s Family Fun Day, which offered free admission, Tudor said.

    July 31, 2014 10 Photos

  • 7-31 Pageant Toddler Girl Winners.jpg Babies, toddlers crowned at Madison County Fair


    July 31, 2014 4 Photos

  • Airport getting $600,000 in federal funds

    On July 14, Gov. Steve Beshear announced the Madison Airport and the Eastern Kentucky University aviation program would be receiving $1.1 million for expanded and improved facilities.
    On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Sixth District, announced the airport also would benefit from $600,000 in Federal Aviation Administration funds.

    July 31, 2014

  • Veggies going on the grill Saturday

    The Madison County Farmers Market will demonstrate Saturday that fresh garden vegetables can go on the grill as well as in a salad.
    The Madison County Extension Service staff, along with members of the extension homemakers clubs, will be on hand to show market customers how tasty grilled vegetables can be, said Gina Noe, extension agent for family and consumer sciences.

    July 31, 2014

  • Stumbo says McConnell ‘handpicked’ leader of coal association

    Democratic Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo said Wednesday there’s an obvious reason the president of the Kentucky Coal Association has publicly defended Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s support of the coal industry.

    July 31, 2014

  • Berea utility doubles solar farm, again

    Berea Municipal Utilities started its solar farm in October 2011 with 60 panels. In less that five days, all were leased.
    Another 60, which became operational in June 2012, were leased in less than four months.
    Now, the farm again has doubled, with the addition of 126 panels that are ready for leasing, said Steve Boyce, a retired Berea College professor who has been involved with the program since its inception.

    July 30, 2014

  • Miss Madison Winners 2.jpg My fair ladies


    July 29, 2014 5 Photos

  • 10th Quilt Extravaganza is Friday, Saturday

    Displays of quilts by men, baby quilts, the Grandmother’s Flower Garden pattern, an exhibit of feed sack fabric, ongoing demonstrations, and a vendors market are features of the 10th Berea Quilt Extravaganza Friday and Saturday at Berea Community School off Ellipse Street.

    July 29, 2014

  • 7-30 Samantha Frederick.jpg RPD: Heroin sales lead to trafficking indictment

    Executing a warrant issued after Samantha Frederick, 29, Northgate Drive, was indicted July 16 by a Madison County grand jury, Richmond Police arrested her Monday on drug trafficking charges.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo