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Today's Features

  • 50 years ago
    May 3, 1962

    Do you know both your telephone numbers? You do have two — a local number and a long distance number, according to Art Willett, local Southern Bell manager.
    “Your long distance number is your regular number prefixed by the area code (502),” Willett said.
    Area codes became necessary when the Telephone Company instituted direct distance dialing, he explained.
    With the area code prefix, no two telephone numbers in the country are identical.

  • The Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Department, Spencer County EMS and Taylorsville Police Department put together this mock crash scene at Spencer County High School last Wednesday as a reminder to students to drive safely and responsibly, especially with a milestone event like graduation coming soon.

  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    What resources can you recommend for locating government assistance programs for seniors? My husband and I have been helping support his mother for the past three years and we can’t afford to do it any longer.
    Tapped Out

    Dear Tapped,
    Locating government benefits and financial assistance programs for seniors is actually pretty easy to do thanks to two key resources created by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). Here’s where you can turn to for help.

  • Webster’s dictionary describes a grudge as “a feeling of deep resentment or ill-will.”
    Have you ever had a grudge against someone? (Or maybe you’re still holding on to one or more.) One author states that it often seems easier to get rid of a person, or an animal, than a grudge.

  • A couple of weeks ago, in mid-April, one of the prettiest flowers in the garden started to bloom. This great cut-leaf Japanese peony, Paeonia tenuifolia, opened its simple ruby-colored petals to reveal bright yellow stamen. The finely cut foliage, reminiscent of the most finely cut foliage of a Japanese maple, allows the plant to be interesting in the mixed border the rest of the growing season, too.

  • Moving houseplants outside in late spring or early summer is good for them; they get better air circulation and light exposure. This also is a good time to repot your container-bound plants.
    Wait to move plants outdoors until at least mid- to late-May, or when the weather is consistently warm. Since most houseplants have a tropical origin, temperatures below 40 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit might damage them.

  • In the last four weeks, I have heard a lot of discussion about Mitt Romney’s wife, who some say “never worked a day in her life.” The amazing thing is that we never go to the Bible for one answer about anything.
    We have heard from both Democrats and Republicans, both sides, but I think the way it sounds to me is they don’t care if she worked outside of the home or not. They are trying to use it for a political football.

  • With spring here people all around are tilling up little plots and planting gardens.  I have enough trouble growing grass, so a garden is clearly beyond me!  But it amazes me to watch people planting seeds for tomatoes and cucumbers, for peppers and corn and beans and peas and whatever else they would like to raise.

  • 50 years ago
    April 26, 1962
    The next visit of the Mobile X-Ray Unit will be on Thursday, May 17, 1962. The trailer will be in Taylorsville only on this date. In November 1961, 155 X-rays were taken by the Mobile X-ray Unit in Spencer County.
    T.B. can be licked if found early by means of a chest X-ray. Mass X-ray examinations of apparently healthy people will lead to the discovery of early T.B. when there is still time for recovery. Early T.B. has no outward symptoms. When symptoms appear, it is often too late.

    Deaths
    Garry Gritton, 5

  • Students at Spencer County Preschool and Spencer County Head Start release balloons into the air on Thursday in observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Each balloon had a note inside asking whoever finds it to do a kind act for a child. The note also included contact information for those who released it, so they can hear how the kindness spreads.