Today's News

  • COLUMN: Amsonia the 2011 perennial plant of the year

    The 2011 Perennial Plant of the Year is Amsonia hubrichtii, or the Arkansas blue star. We have long enjoyed Amsonia tabernaemontana, Arkansas blue star’s less refined cousin, in the garden; but A. hubrichtii takes the prize for superior multi-season interest.

  • COLUMN: Are you rusted in place?

    First of all let me say, I am NOT a great mechanic.  In fact my mechanical skills are somewhere between basic and non-existent.  On the other hand, over the years I have learned a thing or two.

  • National Day of Prayer scheduled for May 5

    A National Day of Prayer celebration is planned for noon on May 5 on the courthouse steps in Taylorsville.
    Many government leaders will participate in the program as well as several Spencer County pastors, according to a news release about the event.
    Jon Rohr is Spencer County’s National Day of Prayer coordinator.
    “Prayer is vital to the life and health of our nation, our state and our community,” Rohr said. “These difficult times remind us of our need for and dependence on God.”

  • COLUMN: Do you want your treasures stored in heaven?

  • COLUMN: Thanks, first responders, for having our backs

    A nap to recover from an end-of-week and out-of-town meeting was all that stood in the way of having a nice dinner date with my husband on Friday night.
    Or so I thought.
    Around 6 p.m., however, I found myself awake and hearing one end of a conversation about a tornado warning.
    My mother-in-law called to tell us about the impending storm, so I sleepily dragged my feet into the only real “interior” room in my house – the bathroom.

  • COLUMN: A ‘freshman’ review of the regular, special sessions

    Thanks for taking a moment from your busy schedule to review the 2011 regular and special sessions with me. My freshman experiences were educational and exciting. While it would be easy to feel overwhelmed and discouraged, I see great opportunities to make positive changes for our district, state and nation.
    I’m happy to discuss any specific issue with you personally. For now, let’s focus on the two bills, from both sessions, that created a lot of discussion: the Medicaid budget shortfall and Kentucky’s dropout age.

  • Sheriff’s department to conduct safety checkpoints

    The Spencer County Sheriff’s office will conduct periodic traffic safety checkpoints beginning May 23 and continuing through June 5, according to a news release.
    The locations will be those approved by the Spencer County Sheriff’s Office Policy and Procedures Manual, the news release said.
    There will also be special traffic enforcement in high collision areas using radar, laser and saturation patrols, the release said.

  • Spencer County Relay for Life approaching

  • 911: To call or not to call

    The Spencer County 911 Committee is reminding citizens when to call and when not to call 911.
    Committee Chairman Nathan Nation said there hasn’t been any real issue with citizens calling 911 when a non-emergency number would be more appropriate, but said the committee likes to issue a reminder just in case community members have questions.

  • Absentee ballots available from clerk’s office for those who qualify

    Voters in Spencer County who are unable to go to the polls on May 17 for the primary election may vote by absentee mail-in ballot, the Spencer County Clerk’s office announced.
    To do so, the voter must call the clerk’s office at 477-3215 and request an absentee application.
    The application will be mailed to the voter, who must sign and date it, then return it to the clerk’s office. Then, the clerk’s office will mail the ballot.
    The application must be in the clerk’s office by the close of business on May 10.