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Today's News

  • Fire at local church sparks investigation

    A fire at a Spencer County church is under investigation by local, state and federal authorities.

    Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Chief Nathan Nation said a fire was reported at the Elk Creek Missionary Baptist Church, a predominantly black church, at around 9:37 a.m. Sunday. Fire crews were able to contain the blaze to the back rooms of the church, but Nation said smoke damage affected much of the building.

  • Helpful online genealogy tools

    The “Search” tab at FamilySearch.org has several items on the dropdown menu.

    “Records” includes indexes of county and state records. Some of the entries have a camera logo at the right – clicking on the camera leads you to an image of the document, which you can save to your computer or print out. This is the same thing you will see in the books at the courthouse or archives.

  • What’s happening - Week of February 22, 2017

    Spencer County Animal Shelter chili luncheon fundraiser

    The Spencer County Animal Shelter will be hosting a Chili Luncheon Fundraiser on Friday, February 24 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Spencer County Chamber of Commerce Building.

  • Crafting nuisance ordinance proves controversial

    Magistrates were understandably cautious Monday night as they hesitated to approve a new nuisance ordinance that would allow planning and zoning officials to utilize PVA technology to enforce regulations.

  • When is the media dangerous?

    Heads shook and eyes rolled last week when President Donald Trump met with the media for more than 70 minutes, spending more of that time lecturing the press than answering questions.

    For many in the media who are not used to having their professionalism questioned, Trump’s targeting them as unfair, biased and inaccurate, signaled a threat to the very existence of America. I don’t concur.

  • State House update

    Following the conclusion of week three of the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly, the people’s House has accomplished a great deal, but there is much left to go.

  • State Senate update

    A wide array of bills were heard in committees and voted out of the Senate in a busy and fast-paced third week of the 2017 Session. Because this year’s 30-day meeting of the Kentucky General Assembly is considered a “short session,” we are focusing on maximizing our time here in Frankfort. We passed nearly 20 bills this week with topics ranging from tobacco use on school property to campaign finance reform to transportation issues.

  • Lawmakers could make ‘revenge porn’ a crime

    Breakups can be nasty. But as Amer­icans’ digital and physical lives become increasingly entwined, jilted lovers can punish their exes in a devastatingly pub­lic way: By posting their former part­ners’ intimate photos — and personal in­formation — online. The tactic is known as “revenge porn,” and it’s hard to fight in Kentucky. Thirty-four states have passed laws tar­geting revenge porn, according to the nonprofit Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, but the commonwealth hasn’t.

  • Agriculture - First-year fescue

    Tall fescue, specifically Kentucky 31, is a cool-season grass that is widely grown throughout Kentucky and the eastern United States, because it is resistant to many unfavorable conditions including drought tolerance and insect resistance. However, the very reason for its resiliency is also its Achilles heel. It contains a harmful fungal endophyte that causes fescue toxicosis in cattle and horses. Affected animals get sick, have reduced weight gains, reproductive problems and other issues.

  • Agriculture - Fruit tree winter pruning

    A healthy fruit crop from your favorite fruit tree can dramatically increase with some late winter attention.  Pruning is key to healthy fruit trees and fruit production.  You can prune any time after the threat of harsh winter weather is over until just before the tree is in full bloom.  Prune out any winter damage, branches that grow inward and crowded limbs.