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Today's Features

  • It is hard to believe that the holiday season is upon us. I have family visiting for Christmas so this means a bigger tree than normal; if you are going to travel to come see us this is the least I can do. Plus, it is fun to find the “perfect” tree that fits your space and holds precious ornaments with style.

  • Now that we are in December, everyone’s thoughts turn toward the holidays. Each year, I like to pass along the following tips and information about the most popular plant of the holiday season, the poinsettia.
    Traditional red and green colors are well represented in the flowers available for the holidays. Poinsettias, the most popular and spectacular holiday flowers, can combine both these colors.

  • The debate over whether Spencer County should have gone wet or remain dry brings to mind a column written by this same scribe several years ago. We take you back to 1890 - a bit before my time, but when a Van Buren diary keeper was quite busy...
    William Thomas “Salt River Tom” Love wrote in his diary Monday, Aug. 4, 1890:
    “We very early this morning went to Mt. Eden to the election. It was a very hot, sultry morning. I browsed around a while and then went to the polls and voted as follows, it bring straight Democratic;

  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    Can Medicare help me quit smoking? I just turned 65, and would like to quit but need some help.
    Coughing Connie

    Dear Connie,
    Yes, Medicare actually covers up to eight face-to-face counseling sessions a year to help beneficiaries quit smoking. And, if you have a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, certain smoking-cessation medications are covered too. Here are some other tips that can help you kick the habit.

  • by Ned Way

  • A reading from Matt 25:23-30
    “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
    “Then the man who had received the one talent came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

  • Did you know that the cranberry used to be called the “cranberry?” When the colonists first learned of this berry from their American Indian hosts in the New World they thought the blooms of the native shrub looked like the long neck and bill of the crane. Eventually, as language goes, it was shortened to cranberry.

  • When it rained it poured in March, 1909 across the Salt River water shed and Brashears Creek went on a rampage, helping the river stretch out of her banks. Taylorsville suffered a major flood during which an act of heroism by a man named Miller was not overlooked by the Andrew Carnegie Hero Fund.
    We quote the late Fred Prewitt from a recording of a local historical society meeting several years ago. Fred said his father was sick in bed at Taylorsville when the flood struck. They lived near the intersection of Garrard and Main Cross Streets.

  • by Ned Way