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Today's News

  • 2009 NAP sales closing deadline

    Supplemental Revenue Assistant Payments (SURE) provides benefits for  farm revenue losses due to natural disaster. SURE payments are available to producers on farms that: are located in a county covered by a qualifying natural disaster declaration (9USDA Secretarial Declarations only) or a contiguous county  OR

    the actual production is less than 50% of the normal production for the entire farm.

  • Snow days: School board still uncertain

    Making up for lost days isn’t proving as simple for Spencer County school officials as they struggle with amending their calendar while the state lawmakers discuss the possibility of waiving some of those snow days incurred during the recent ice and snow storm.

    Spencer County Superintendent Chuck Adams tried to explain the less-than-simple scenario to board members Monday night, explaining that local students have missed a total of eight days, but that state officials may extend an offer to some districts that would allow them to write off some of those days missed.

  • Football coaches wanted

     If you are interested in being a football coach for the Spencer County Stallions Youth Football League this year, please send your name, phone number and the team you are interested in coaching - Mitey Mites, PeeWees, Juniors or Seniors to: SCYFL PO Box 1024, Taylorsville, KY 40071.

  • Did Briar Jumpers’ One Shining Moment launch madness in Kentucky?

    A mammoth ice storm is history, sun angle has wandered left, daylight arrives early and stays longer, a crappie run is just beyond the Farmer’s Almanac horizon and basketball madness is here.

    Yes, mid-February.

    We thank a couple kids in Kentucky’s heartland, at Somerset in Pulaski County. Ninth - grader D.J. Townsend and tenth- grader David Weigel play for a team called Briar Jumpers in a home gym called the Briar Patch.

    For our state, how perfect.

  • Stimulus package equals wasteful spending

    by CONGRESSMAN BRETT GUTHRIE

    R- Kentucky’s Second District

    America is in the middle of a serious recession that is hurting working families and small businesses.  Now, more than ever before, we need to work across party lines to put our country back on a path toward economic growth. 

  • FSA ice storm damage program

    Agricultural producers who suffered damage as a result of the January 2009 ice storm may request cost-share assistance from USDA to rehabilitate damaged farmlands. The Emergency Conservation Program (ECP), administered by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency FSA), provides cost-share assistance when disaster damage is so severe that recovery without federal assistance is unlikely. Requests for assistance will be accepted at the local FSA Service Center from February 10 until April 13, 2009.

  • In the garden: Tree assessment and risk management

    Two weeks ago I asked “what more Mother Nature?”  Well, another gusty wind storm was served up adding to the collection of debris left by the ice storm.  Some serious questions are coming in about what to take out and what to try and save.  I am not a certified arborist but I can pass on the guidelines that certified arborists are taught when it comes to tree assessment and risk management.  These criteria may help you decide what to do now and in the future.

  • LETTER: Response to youth basketball letter

    I am writing in response to the letter last week regarding Spencer County Youth Basketball.

    The coaches are volunteer parents who are giving their time to teach the game of basketball and provide a good experience for our children. Good sportsmanship is important and I believe that it has been emphasized.

    Anytime you have 10 children on the court playing enthusiastically there will be some “rough play”, but from what I have seen it is not intentional and the kids are out there having fun.

  • Two-hour stand off, two arrests

    A New Haven man and a Taylorsville woman have been charged with possession of meth after keeping deputies at bay for two hours last Tuesday night – barricaded inside a mobile home near Waterford.

    Deputy Russell Cranmer, acting on the tip of an informant, spotted Alan F Metcalfe entering the home of Andrea G. Carlson located at 130 Stumps Lane. Cranmer had received reports that Metcalfe, 46, was trafficking the illegal drug and could have a mobile lab in his vehicle.

  • FAITH FOR TODAY: Do you have parking lot faith?

    This past Sunday I was leaving church after the morning services I was truly blessed.  Several folks were gathered around discussing their faith.  They were talking about their Sunday school lesson and drew me into their conversation.