Today's Features

  • The Spencer County 4-H Trailblazers took home first place in the 2011 Spencer County Octoberfest parade float contest. Spencer County 4-H Extension Agent Mollie Tichenor said club leaders Shannon and Danny Bishop, parent volunteers, and members made the 4-H Trailblazers float possible.  The club has received the honor two years in a row, Tichenor said.

  • Many of you may have already started or will start decorating your homes for the holiday season since Thanksgiving is upon us. I thought it would be nice to give you some tips on how to maintain a fresh Christmas tree.   These are some tips that I have passed on to you for a few years now.
    Memories of Christmases past are often wrapped in the scent of a freshly cut pine tree.  It’s the aroma that welcomes you when you walk in the door at the end of a long winter’s day or mingles with the scent of coffee to wake you on a chilly morning.  

  • Several years ago I made the mistake of leaving the water pump in the barn instead of storing it in the basement.  Well, I found out why Daddy always stored it in the basement during the cold days of winter.  When I got the pump out to do some irrigation the following summer, the primer tank had split right open.  A little bit of moisture was left in the tank and it froze.  The tank is made of cast iron so imagine what a little moisture might do to your favorite terracotta pot.

  • Mandy Crenshaw, of Mandy & Me Designs, watches as Betty Prater tries to make a decision on which piece of jewelry to purchase. Crenshaw was one of 22 vendors who participated in the ninth annual Holiday Bazaar held at All Saints Catholic Church and sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.

  • Philippians 4:19 says, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Jesus Christ.”
    I was thinking about how good God is and how he supplies all our needs. Now let’s take a look at our needs and wants. We might think we want a big mansion on a high hill and a limousine sitting in the garage and a job that pays $500,000 a year — if I had all this I could live it up.

  • Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and most of us will gather around dinner tables with family and friends and offer thanks.  We’ll be thankful for our families.  We’ll be thankful for our health.  We’ll give thanks that we have a job.  We may give thanks for a new baby in the family, or even for a new car.  Some will give thanks for the freedoms we share as a nation.  Others may thank God for saving faith and the gift of Jesus.

  • Five weeks later ...
    The weather was perfect for the Civil War reenactment. The Barkstreet Band was introduced, and we took the stage. I played drums, Bark played lead guitar, Brutus played bass, and Otis played acoustic. Five weeks ago, we thought we’d have to disband when Bark came to the house and said our lead singer had developed kennel cough, but thanks to Chloe, the show would go on.

  • When in high school, a man was twice elected as class president. He also played basketball and football, and learned to play the piano. This otherwise relatively “good” kid, from a well-respected family with parents who reportedly taught good values, in 1981 attempted to assassinate the then-sitting U.S. president, Ronald Reagan, wounding him and three others who were with him — one of whom, Mr. Brady, suffered severe wounds and was left crippled for life.

  • The ninth ann­ual Holiday Bazaar at All-Saints Catholic Church will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event began as a way for the church to raise money for charity while allowing local craftspeople to sell their wares, said Penny Burns, who has chaired the event since its inception.

  • Rep. Brad Montell, R-Shelbyville (58th District), applauded Shane Greenwell of the Spencer County Future Farmers of America for being named one of 10 national winners in the FFA’s Agri-Entrepreneurship Contest sponsored by the USDA Rural Development.