Today's Features

  • Dear Savvy Senior,

    I plan to apply for my Social Security benefits in September. When can I expect my first check? And, is direct deposit my only option for receiving my monthly payment?

    Almost Eligible

    Dear Almost,

    Generally, Social Security retirement benefits (as well as disability and survivor benefits) are paid in the month after the month they are due. So, if you apply for your Social Security benefits in September, you will receive your September benefits in October.


    About 40 years ago a fungus was discovered in pepper crops in New York and since it has spread as far as California and Florida. It’s in our midst, as well. The fungus in question causes phytophthora blight in peppers. Some refer to the sudden wilting of peppers as damping off, phytophthora root rot, crown rot or stem and fruit rot. Clearly the fungus impacts the entire plant. I had a problem with this blight in my pepper patch and it seems as though it is back!

  • Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden recently announced that dairy farmers can now enroll in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Margin Protection Program for coverage in 2016. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating dairy operations when the margin — the difference between the price of milk and feed costs — falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. Harden made the announcement while visiting Wolfe’s Neck Farm and dairy school in Freeport, Maine.

  • Farm transitions have been identified as one of the major upcoming structural changes in agriculture that concerns policy makers.

  • Part One

    One of the most memorable days of our lives should be when we gave our life to Jesus Christ. This is the day we changed our eternal address from hell to heaven. This is the day when the angels threw a party in our honor. It’s when we turned from darkness to light. There was a victory shout release by all those who went on before us.

  • There are a few things I am good at and many that I am can at least get by in, but plumbing does not fit in either category. Plumbing and I do not get along. In fact I almost killed myself installing a shower in our last house.

  • Ice cream and pot luck at First Christian Church

    There will be an ice cream and pot luck dinner at First Christian Church on Sunday, July 12. Special music guests include Grover Gaddie, Chuck Baxter and Friends, 6:30 p.m. at the church, 403 Main Cross Street, Taylorsville.

    Youth rally at CCLC

  • Bethlehem Baptist Church

    Come join Bethlehem Baptist Church at Vacation Bible School as children head to Everest where they will learn to overcome obstacles by God's might power. Children in grades K-6 are welcomed July 20-24 from 6-8:45 p.m. 
    Bethlehem Baptist is located at 1286 Briar Ridge Road just five miles from Spencer County High School. To register online, visit www.bbc-ky.com or in person at the beginning of VBS. 

    New Hope Tabernacle

  • A couple of “members” of the pigweed family are causing problems for farmers locally and across the state.

    “The real problem issues are with soybeans,” said Jim Martin, a weed scientist with the University of Kentucky’s research and education center in Princeton. “It’s (pigweed) across the state. It started in western Kentucky along the river bottoms and found its way into central Kentucky as well as the rest of the state.”