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Today's News

  • Winter wonderland
  • County departments stay on task during storm

    Last week’s snow event closed a number of city and county offices but state, county and city road crews, as well as, emergency services personnel were in full force last week to battle the snow and help citizens in need.
    Last Monday’s snow storm brought between seven and 12 inches of snow to Spencer County, and Wednesday morning brought additional accumulation which had local crews working overtime to clean roadways.

  • School board hits impasse on staffing

    The Spencer County Board of Education hit an impasse regarding staffing allocations for 2015-2016, as the board failed to reach a resolution on the issue Monday.
    The board which is already short one member due to the resignation of Ange McKinney, had only three members in attendance Monday, as member Janet Bonham was not present.

  • Fiscal court declines to declare holiday after storm

    The Spencer County Fiscal Court decided not to proclaim Monday of last week as a snow holiday for employees, but did decide to approve pay increases for two road department staff.

  • Student-loan debt not as bad as advertised

    The respected research group Brookings Institute has released reports that cast a disturbing eye on student-loan debt -- at least on the surface. The bare stats might look more grim than the reality.
    Between 1989 and today, graduate students have left school with debt that has risen from $10,000 to $40,000. At the bachelor-degree level, the debt has risen from $6,000 to $16,000. However, because of having degrees, the lifetime income of those students also has increased enough.

  • Sleep medication linked to falls

    DEAR DR. ROACH: You’ve discussed sleep aids and your belief that it is best to get off all of this type of medication. I am healthy, 75 (take no meds), exercise with weights, do swimming and running regularly, and since 2007 have been taking an over-the-counter sleep aid called doxylamine nightly with no apparent side effects. Do you see a problem with continuing? -- A.B.

  • SAVVY SENIOR: Who should buy long-term care insurance

    Dear Savvy Senior,
    Is there a good rule of thumb on who should buy a long-term care insurance policy? My wife and I have a few assets we’d like to protect but we hate the idea of paying expensive monthly premiums for a policy we may never use.
    Planning Ahead

  • The mountains we travel

    By Ned Way

  • The wonder of water

    We all use water much more than we think. We shower, brush our teeth, we flush it down the toilet, we drink it and use it to fix our meals and even to wash the salt off our cars! Around here it is one of those things we usually just take for granted. The Environmental Protection Agency claims that the average American family uses 400 gallons of water a day, the US Geological Survey suggests that the average person uses about 100 gallons a day.

  • The story of the transfiguration