Local News

  • Kentucky ABC launches online training

    The Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has launched its online STAR (Server Training in Alcohol Regulations) instruction.

  • Rally for 1st Amendment


    The Obergefell decision is final; marriage has been re-defined for these United States. We can argue whether it was done legally, whether it is consistent with American history, and whether it will actually bear fruit as a new social order emerges, but it is now the law of the land.

  • Curtis files as independent candidate for governor


    Independent gubernatorial candidate Drew Curtis, with more than 8,000 signatures in hand, officially filed for the 2015 governor race today with his wife Heather Curtis as his running mate.

    Curtis gave a kick-off press conference today on the Capitol stairs saying he is confident he can get more than 20 percent of Kentuckians’ vote in the race for the state house.

  • Public’s input sought on social study standards

    The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is seeking public feedback on proposed Social Studies Standards for the Next Generation.

    These future-oriented standards address the knowledge, skills and competencies all Kentucky’s K-12 students should have to be prepared for college, career and civic engagement and to ensure success in the world today.

  • Auditor’s financial tips for districts

    Auditor Adam Edelen last week released 75 recommendations to help school districts become more efficient and effective in their use of taxpayer dollars.

    The recommendations are contained in a report that was developed based on findings during the Auditor’s office examinations of 21 school districts since 2012. Districts are not required to adopt all recommendations in the report; however, they are encouraged to review and identify recommendations that could be implemented in their districts to improve fiscal oversight, Auditor Edelen said.

  • Childrens’ posture damaged by electronic devices

    Children are potentially causing harm to their necks and backs playing on smartphones, tablets and other smart devices for long periods of time.

    Societal changes mean children are staying indoors more, due to parents being protective, which leads to more technology use. Instead of playing in the neighborhood, children are more attached to electronic devices.

  • Lotto sales hit record, but proceeds disappoint

    There appeared to be more good news than bad Thursday, as the Kentucky Lottery Corp. announced that sales for the recently ended fiscal year 2014-15 broke a record but, on the down side, that the return to the state treasury was less than budgeted.

    At a lottery corporation board meeting Thursday at lottery headquarters in Louisville, the directors were told that sales for the year ending June 30 were $899.1 million — breaking the old mark set the previous fiscal year of $858.8 million.

  • His heart will go on...


    July 18 was a typical summer Saturday for Dylan Patterson. He had spent the day with his girlfriend and her family yard sale shopping, enjoying the pool and making plans to throw some burgers on the grill for dinner. He had no idea that he would be face to face with death and narrowly overcome it before the day was over.

  • Motorcyclist killed Sunday on US 31E

    A motorcyclist was killed in a three-vehicle accident Sunday on US 31E in Spencer County shortly after 2 p.m.

    According to the Kentucky State Police, 57-year-old Eduard I. Yerusskiy of Louisville, was operating a 2012 Yamaha motorcycle when he failed to negotiate a curve, causing him to collide head on with a 2009 Buick SUV driven by Laura Segars, 42, also of Louisville.

    The force of the collision threw Yerusskiy from the bike and he was then struck by a 2006 Dodge Durango, operated by Walter Carby, 46, of Willisburg, Ky.

  • Court split on tax hikes

    The Spencer County Fiscal Court appears split when it comes to potentially raising the property tax rates, and will likely have to make that decision at their next meeting.

    At Monday’s meeting, Judge-Executive John Riley opened the floor for discussion on the tax rate, which currently stands at 8.8 cents per $100 of assessed property value. It’s the same rate on motor vehicles and watercraft. Meanwhile, property tax rates set by counties across the state are generally higher, leading to some discussion that a small hike would not be out of line.