Today's News

  • Embrace the new

    I’m an old codger of sorts, and have been for a long time. I think old music is much better than the new stuff. Old cars and trucks turn my head much more than the newer models and they don’t make good television shows like Andy Griffith any more. Now get off my lawn!

    Ok, I’m not that bad, but I do have an affinity and appreciation for days gone by. I think we, as a culture, too often cast aside the old in preference of the new, often with little regard for how practical, useful and effective the old was.

  • Time to fix state retirement system is now

    How much longer must Kentuckians wait before we can find out whether the Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS) is operating at the level it should – one that is producing the optimum results for state government and its retirees?

    It has been months – nine months, in fact – since the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce board of directors called for a comprehensive performance audit of the KRS.

  • What’s Kentucky offering?

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s recent stop in Kentucky to try and convince businesses to move south to the Sunshine State was met with predictable derision from the political establishment.

    Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer used Scott’s visit to remind people of the Florida governor’s baggage from his past tenure as CEO of the Columbia HCA hospital chain, which purchased Humana’s “Galen” hospitals in the early 1990s.

  • Lawmakers tout safety after trooper’s death


    House Speaker Greg Stumbo and the father of Kentucky State Police Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder, who was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 13, joined with other state legislators today to pledge their support for increased safety measures for front-line KSP officers.

  • TSCFD and Red Cross team up to provide smoke alarms

    As part of the American Red Cross’ Home Fire Campaign, the American Red Cross is partnering with the Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Department and other community partners to install smoke alarms where needed in the city of Taylorsville on Saturday, October 8th.

    Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a home fire. Countless others suffer injuries. To combat these tragic statistics, the Red Cross has launched a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to home fires by 25 percent over the next five years.

  • Students injured in Shelby bus wreck

    An accident Tuesday morning left one bus in the ditch near Shelby County High School’s rear entrance and several students in the gym to be checked by EMS.

    A bus with no students on board was left on its side on Rocket Lane after being hit by another bus on Tuesday morning.

    Two buses collided just after 8:30 a.m., and one bus was left on its side. That bus had no students on board at the time of the accident. The other bus, No. 1121, did have students and all were escorted into the Shelby County High School gymnasium.

  • Comer thinks hemp has bright future in Kentucky

    Hemp has come a long way, increasing from 33 acres in 2014 — the first legal crop in Kentucky — to more than 922 acres planted this year.

    “Welcome to Kentucky, the leading industrial hemp-producing state in the country. It feels good to say that,” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer told a sold-out crowd Monday at the annual Hemp Industries Association Conference in Lexington.

  • New land trust incudes nearby counties

    A newly formed land trust announced Thursday with the purpose of preserving farmland and greenspace in Jefferson and surrounding counties will include Shelby County.

    “We would include all of Shelby County in what we call our service area,” said Louise Allen, executive director of the Limestone Land Trust, a new nonprofit organization with a mission to negotiate private conservation easement agreements in order to conserve land in perpetuity.

  • Agriculture - Autumn tips for your garden

    Fall is a beautiful time in Kentucky gardens, but it can also be a messy time. Tree leaves turn from green to vibrant fall colors and then drop, creating big piles. Then there are the leaf and spent shoots from our flower beds.

    The way we address our yard waste can have a significant impact on our gardens and on the environment. Gardeners commonly rake up and bag leaves to haul away to yard waste dumps.

    This option, while tidy, uses a lot of energy, both yours and the energy to transport the leaves and mixed garden waste.

  • Agriculture - Spiders signal fall

    I’m not frightened by spiders; this doesn’t mean that I want them crawling on me. I enjoy seeing them in the garden this time of the year. They seem to be everywhere: between the chair and the umbrella, in the frame of the garage door, across the window frame in the office, and across the path through Daddy’s Japanese Garden. This last one sometimes elicits panic because I have a tendency to forget about it at night and end up walking through it on the way to close up the chickens for the night. I like spiders, but I don’t want one on my shoulder.