Today's News

  • Getting toes stepped on can help

    We’ve just about all heard the old saying, “I don’t mean to step on your toes, but…” I’ve had my toes stepped on quite a few times, mostly at church, and it hurts. I’ll admit that I don’t like it, because to get rid of the pain, I have to correct what caused the pain to begin with. Have you ever been in a church service that just really stepped on your toes?

  • Living a year in faith

    New Year’s Day has passed, but I am reminded that every day is a new day, a new opportunity to re-imagine the future. And it is always exciting to seek out God’s vision and plan for our lives and for His Church. It is exciting to consider that even our greatest dreams are tiny compared to what God can really do.

  • Church Happenings - Week of January 13

    Women’s Bible Study at First Baptist Church

    A women’s Bible study will begin January 25 at First Baptist Church. The study will center on Beth Moore’s “Children of the Day,” covering 1 and 2 Thesalonians. There are two class times, one at 9:15 a.m. on Monday, and the other at 6:30 p.m. on Monday. The classes will be held at the First Baptist Church, 4th floor media center. Study guides are $16. For more information, contact Charlotte Nedros at 477-8459.

    Knights of Columbus All-You-Can-Eat Chicken Dinner

  • Youth center a launching pad


    Watching people file into the little place just left of the Taco Bell in Settlers Center might leave you wondering just what is in inside.

    You’ll notice they’re all in their late teens or early twenties. And if you peek inside, you’ll find them hanging around a few tables, a TV, some computers and a pool table. It looks like a nice place to relax.
    But these people are here for a deeper purpose than just to relax. This is their point of contact for an array of services that could help shape their futures.

  • Ethics Commission welcomes new members


    Two new members joined the Spencer County Ethics Commission last week and the group held an organizational meeting Friday morning to elect officers and review the county’s ethics code.

    Chris Sullivan was voted to chair the commission, with new appointee Jim Schaefer being selected as secretary. Bill Drury is the other new member on the commission.

  • From our readers: Local school board members deserve recognition

    Changes are coming in public education at the national level with passage of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, and further, the potential for change at the state level considering the political landscape is imminent as the General Assembly convenes to consider the pension crisis, charter legislation, and crafting of a biennial budget with limited revenue.

  • Church’s history teaches a powerful lesson

    This job affords me the opportunity to meet some wonderful people and learn some interesting things about this community, things that some people may never have known, or things that many people may have forgotten.

    Last week, I sat in the offices of Rev. Charles Burton of Second Baptist Church, and we were joined by fellow church staff members, Rev. Dr. Wanda Collins and Rev. John Lewis. We talked about the 150th anniversary of the church, about its history, its survival and its future.

  • Eliminate prevailing wage

    As a lifelong Cincinnati Reds fan, I’m conflicted.

    It’s great that former Reds player Ken Griffey Jr. was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame; 99.3 percent of the 440 ballots contained his name.

    Still, how could three of America’s elite baseball writers leave this former superstar – who hit the sixth-most home runs in history – off of their measly little ballots altogether, especially when doing so means Griffey doesn’t become the first player ever with a 100 percent Hall of Fame vote?

  • Gov. Bevin begins nixing kynect

    Following through on a campaign pledge, Gov. Matt Bev­in has notified federal authorities he plans to dismantle kynect, Kentuck­y’s health insurance exchange creat­ed under the Affordable Care Act.

    The decision drew immediate fire from health care advocates, includ­ing Bill Wagner, executive director of the Family Health Centers, a network of public health clinics in Louisville.

  • Pension, education reform among Senate priorities

    From the patriotic medleys of the 100th Amy Band to chants of citizens passionately advocating a cause, the sounds echoing through the hallways of our Capitol signaled just one thing – the 150th General Assembly was in session.

    After just the first week, Senate Majority had rolled out its priorities. It’s 13 bills that are a mix of both new and familiar. Many of the bills have been discussed in concept through last year. Some of the bills will even enjoy bipartisan support.