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Today's News

  • Animal Control Officer aides emergency efforts after Gatlinburg fires

     

  • What’s happening - Week of December 7, 2016

    Christmas on Main Street

    The annual Christmas on Main celebration is scheduled for Saturday, December 10 beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the lighting of the trees, followed by the parade. There will be visits with Santa, a live nativity scene, food, games, music, crafts, decorated trees inside the Chamber building, and bike giveaways throughout the evening.

    This year’s theme is “Santa’s Toy Shop” and businesses, churches and organizations are encouraged to participate with floats and parade entries.

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  • From our readers - Helping Gatlinburg

    The majestic mountains of Gatlinburg, TN are a sight that many people from Kentucky and around the nation know well.

    However, about a week ago tragedy struck, and now it is the spirit of service that we are called to help our neighbors.

    I just returned from National 4-H Congress, and while I was there, I learned a very important lesson:  Serving others isn’t about you; it is about those who need the help.

  • A time for civility

    Nearly every week, our newspaper includes stories about local government that are often filled with conflict, disagreement and sometimes outright anger. That’s the nature of politics at times and passions can justifiably run deep on issues that can be vitally important to our community.

    But the recent passing of Magistrate Jim Williams is a sobering reminder about the importance of civility and common courtesy.

  • Faith overcomes the smoke

    Gatlinburg, Tennessee is like a second home for many people here in Spencer County and across Kentucky. In fact, there are many Kentuckians who actually own cabins, cottages and chalets in that tourist mecca.

    Many others have lifelong memories of family vacations, honeymoons, anniversaries and other family events in the area. Whatever the connection, there is a bond between many of us in the Bluegrass and those in the Smokey Mountains.

  • How REAL ID issues impacts Kentuckians

    Many of you may recall an issue the Kentucky General Assembly discussed in the 2016 Session, known as “REAL ID,” which requires Kentucky to meet modern federal regulation standards on the issuance of identification.  Known as Senate Bill (SB) 245 in the 2016 Session, the bill passed both the Senate and the House but was ultimately vetoed by Governor Bevin because of concerns will the bill’s future implications.

  • Agriculture - Tips for Poinsettias

    Now that we are in December, everyone’s thoughts turn toward the holidays.  Each year, I like to pass along the following tips and information about the most popular plant of the holiday season, the poinsettia.

    Traditional red and green colors are well represented in the flowers available for the holidays. Poinsettias, the most popular and spectacular holiday flowers, can combine both these colors.

  • Agriculture - Starlings flock

    Last Sunday I felt like I was under siege! There were starlings everywhere; so much so that I feared being splattered with poop at every turn.  The surprising thing about starlings is that they are everywhere, yet not from here.  It’s another story of one good intention going bad. Apparently, back in 1890, in honor of a Shakespeare festival in New York City’s Central Park, sixty European starlings were released.  The following year another forty were released and today the bird is one of the most numerous species in North America.  

  • Agriculture - Lilli Hanik receives Gold Honors Award

     

    Lilli Hanik, of Fisherville, received the Gold Honors Award at 4-H Teen Conference this past June at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.  She is the daughter of John and Kim Hanik and is a Senior at Spencer County High School. Lilli was selected, through an application and interview process, as one of the delegates that represented Kentucky at the National 4-H Congress November 25 – November 29 in Atlanta, Georgia.