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Today's News

  • We’re surrounded by water

    Most people are drawn to water. Aside from water being one off the essentials to life, we typically enjoy water for other reasons and it’s hard to imagine summer vacation without some form of aquatic entertainment.

    Nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population live in coastal regions. The sand, the sun, the waves and the water are a natural draw and a hub for commerce.

    But even those of us living inland like the water, and most of America’s major interior cities are also located on rivers. Those cities also understand the value of their water.

  • Budget battle rages

    As the 2016 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly comes to a close, I have been hard at work in Frankfort fighting for a fiscally responsible budget and moving priority pieces of legislation on to the Governor’s desk.

  • Variety of bills passed during session last week

    Long days, heated discussions, and budget negotiations marked the 13th week of the 2016 General Assembly. The Senate was in session three of the five weekdays while the Senate and House leaders used the other two days to work on budget negotiations.

    The Senate is working diligently toward a budget compromise ensuring the people of the Commonwealth are not left without a state budget at the end of the session. We do not want to waste taxpayer dollars by calling a special session.

  • Agriculture - 4-H Teen Summit

     

    A group of Spencer County students participated in the 4-H Teen Summit at the Kentucky Leadership Center March 17 -19.

  • Agriculture - Local farm joins group

    Sycamore Hill Farm of Taylorsville is a new member of the American Angus Association, reports Allen Moczygemba, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Missouri.

    The American Angus Association, with more than 25,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef breed association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on over 18 million registered Angus.

  • Agriculture - Send in your soil sample

    How much fertilizer do you really need to use on your lawn and garden? If you’re just making a guess, you could be using too much. But how can you know for sure? A simple and inexpensive soil test can tell you all you need to know to make your lawn and garden look great and to protect the environment from runoff of excess nutrients.

  • Agriculture - Magnolias big and small

    The magnolia family is diverse and April is the month that some of them begin to show their blooms in a most dramatic way. Among the native evergreen species are the southern magnolia (M. grandiflora) and the sweet bay magnolia (M. virginiana). The sweet bay magnolia has undoubtedly been over-used; I have seen them planted smack-dab against people’s homes on countless occasions. The southern magnolia, on the other hand, has a reputation for being marginally hardy here, so it may suffer from under planting. Selecting the right variety can solve the problem.

  • Lady Bears go 2-2 in busy week

     

    First year coach Jimmy Schmidt has his young softball team believing they can play with the best, and so far the results match his confidence.

    The Lady Bears are 5-3, and those three losses were to teams with a combined record of 14-1.

    The girls split four games last week, topping North Bullitt and Washington County, two wins sandwiched between a 14-5 loss to powerful Louisville Ballard, and a 7-5 loss to Franklin County on Saturday.

  • Bears stay perfect with three more victories

     

    Good pitching and timely hitting continue to be the winning recipe for the Spencer County Bears, as they’ve run their record to a perfect 5-0 to start the season, after three impressive wins last week.

    On Saturday, the boys traveled to Louisville Waggener and took a 21-5 victory. The Bears got an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. They continued to light up the scoreboard and led 8-5 in the bottom of the fifth, but then the Bears erupted in the final two innings.

  • UK’s 6-10 recruit once preferred football

     

    There was a time that Kentucky signee Sacha Killeya-Jones had more passion for football than basketball and never dreamed of playing in the McDonald’s All-American Game like he did this week in Chicago.

    His mother, Ley, a former college basketball player, put a basketball in his hand when he was only a one-year-old.

    “We bought him a little kiddy hoop for inside like most parents,” she said. “It was the first sport we let him play.”