Today's News

  • Spring at home - Not your everyday heirloom crop


    When Tom Scanlan and Debra Green met, Tom had 30 acres of farmland off of the Salt River, and Debra thought he should do something with it.

    Tom agreed. The pair discussed several options. They wanted to grow a unique crop that they and others would love.

    Finally, they settled on growing organic heirloom garlic.

    Five years ago, Salt River Garlic started with thirteen pounds of garlic. Now, they grow between three and five hundred pounds, around 25,000 plants. Each year, they grow roughly thirty different varieties.

  • Spring at home - Lawson Farms: Rooted in faith, family and farming


    Nathan Lawson of Big Springs Beef and Lawson Farms considers himself blessed to be a farmer and to share it with past and future generations.

    Lawson Farms started twelve years ago with thirty-two beef cattle that the family raised for their own consumption. They also grew corn, soybeans, alfalfa, wheat, and tobacco on their 800-acre farm. Then they started selling beef to friends, and Big Springs Beef grew from there.

    Now they have 140 cattle. This year, they decided to stop growing tobacco and to focus on raising beef.

  • Agriculture - Local 4-H members excel at Communications Day


  • Agriculture - Local FFA students compete at leadership event


  • Agriculture - Mulch matters

    Mulch has become a landscape staple, almost to a fault when it is over applied, smothering roots and girdling trunks.  When done properly is can help to suppress weeds, retain moisture and moderate temperature.  These things can be achieved using a variety of materials but which type of mulch suits your needs best?

  • In the dog house - Local woman spends weekend in animal shelter to prove a point


    Paula Sparrow’s roommates this weekend included a beagle/shepherd mix named Sheeba and a large pit bull, aptly named Goliath. These weren’t dogs Sparrow had stay at her home. Instead, Sparrow crashed at their place, the Spencer County Animal Shelter.

    Spending the weekend living as one of the shelter animals was Sparrow’s way of calling attention to what she said is the good care provided by local shelter employees and volunteers, as well as highlighting the need for a new shelter.

  • Teen hides as home is burglarized

    A local teen was able to avoid a potentially dangerous confrontation during a home invasion recently as he kept quiet and alerted authorities.

    The teenager, who is not being identified, was house sitting at a home in Elk Creek last Sunday night when two individuals broke into the home. The teen’s mother was able to relate how the incident unfolded.

  • Nuisance ordinance OK’d


    After several attempts in recent months, the Spencer County Fiscal Court approved the first reading of a county nuisance ordinance that was considerably shorter and perhaps less intrusive than the one originally proposed earlier in the year.

    Earlier versions of the ordinance proposed would have allowed for the use of aerial photography to determine if property owners were in violation, and also included broader language pertaining to vehicles, trailers and boats that could have been deemed abandoned.

  • SCMS Drama Competition Club win awards


  • SCHS band strikes up fundraising effort


    The Spencer County High School band provides the soundtrack to so many events in the community. From ball games, parades, grand openings and other celebrations, the band is there to make the atmosphere more festive and lively.

    But to keep the music alive, the band could use a little help. Age has taken it’s toll on many of the instruments and other equipment and band director Tara Alcorn is spearheading a fundraising effort to snare some new drums and improve their inventory.