Today's News

  • Officials urge preventative measures for flu season

    During the 2014-15 flu season, the Barren River District Health Department administered more than 5,000 flu shots.

    It’s that time again for flu shots, with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending the vaccine for everyone older than six months.

    Registered nurse Julia Davidson Deeb, director of nursing at the health department, said flu vaccines are available in the eight southcentral Kentucky counties served by the department. The vaccines cost $28, and the health department can bill Medicare, Medicaid and private insurances.

  • Work on school on hold until spring

    For Taylorsville Elementary School students and faculty, the wait for a new building goes on.

    At its meeting Monday night, Spencer County Public Schools superintendent Chuck Adams advised the board of education to delay site preparation until late February or early March.

    “I can assure you there’s no one any more eager to begin this process than I am,” Adams said. “..My intent all along was to get this ground broken, if I’ve got to take my own personal shovel and mattock up there to do so.”

  • What’s happening - Week of October 28, 2015

    Trick or Treat on Main - October 31

    The date and hours for Trick or Treat on Main Street have been set. The fun will be held on Saturday, October 31 from 5:30 until 8:00 p.m. A section of Main Street will be closed from 5 until 9 p.m.

    Trunk or Treat at Ray Jewell Park

    Ray Jewell Park will be the site of a free Trunk or Treat event for families on October 30 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This event is for people who live in rural areas who seldom get visited by trick or treaters, and who would like to decorate their trucks or tables to hand out candy.

  • There’s nothing scary about becoming an organ donor


    As Halloween approaches, people think of scary things like witches, spiders, and haunted houses, but what is actually scary is the fact that each day 22 children, men and women in America die needlessly. As superhero capes are fitted, what Kentuckians don’t realize is that everyone can be a superhero all year long, costume not necessary. Simply by saying “yes” at your Circuit Clerk’s office and becoming a registered organ donor.

  • Take part in the political process by voting Tuesday

    It’s hard to miss with the TV commercials, direct mailers and yard signs soliciting votes – but Kentucky is about to have a general election.

    The candidates, including those running for governor, have done their jobs. Now, it’s up to voters to do their jobs.

  • From our readers: Settlers Center potholes a pain

    This letter is written to the owners or operators of businesses in Settler’s Center.

    Settler’s Center is the primary place where we all do our business: Salt River Electric, Froman’s Drugs, Taco Bell, Subway, Hometown Pizza, Dollar General, Riley’s Barber Shop, CUB Bank, CountryMart and Radio Shack. This amounts to more than a thousand dollars each month.

  • From our readers: Why did Magistrates vote no on Tanglewood Drive?

    I believe a magistrate’s job is to listen to the members of his district, and address their concerns. The magistrate should be an advocate for the citizens he represents by answering their questions and supporting their needs. So I was very disappointed with Campbranch magistrate Collis Rogers when he made a motion that effectively killed the issue of Tanglewood Drive maintenance at the last Fiscal Court meeting.

  • Bridges to education

    I spent nearly an hour on the old blue bridge Monday afternoon watching crews lower the first of four, nearly 70-ton beams, down onto pillars as they worked on the new span that will cross the Salt River when completed.

    I walked away with a renewed appreciation for knowledge, the kind not necessarily learned in a lecture hall or from a book, but from doing.

  • Social issues should never be off-limits

    With the 2015 election season nearing the finish line, voter guides of all political stripes have made their rounds, including the Commonwealth Policy Center’s. It focuses entirely on social issues and asks candidates’ views on the defense of the unborn, opposition to the industrialization of gambling, the protection of religious convictions in the public square, and marriage between a man and a woman.

  • Lady Bears advance to Region


    Facing the end of their season last Monday night, the Spencer County Lady Bears’ Volleyball team rallied in the fourth set of their district match-up with Anderson County to pull out a 25-19 victory, forcing a decisive fifth game at the District Tournament held in Taylorsville.

    In the final set, the Lady Bears scored the first nine points of the tiebreaker and held on for the 15-5 victory that sent the girls to the Region Tournament for only the second time in school history.