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Today's News

  • From our readers: Praises county road crew

    In the early spring, Kentucky received a substantial amount of rain causing many creeks and streams to go over their banks. Many acres and roads were flooded.

    Veech Road had a major landslide. A portion of the road fell 100 feet into Plum Creek. At least 25 trees and tons of earth and rock fell. The road was impassable.

  • Editor of Bethlehem newspaper was busy

    I’ve often wondered what the editor of the Bethlehem Star Gazette was doing on that night more than 2,000 years ago when an event happened in his little town that would forever change the world.

    Obviously, he may have sent out a reporter to cover the great influx of people arriving for the approaching census.

    Obviously, the inns were full, so I’m sure the local diners and taverns were doing brisk business as well. So a story concerning the economic impact would certainly be appropriate.

  • Pension may drive state budget debate

    As we approach the holidays I would like to take this opportunity to say Merry Christmas to each of you and to your family. My wish is that you can take time out of your busy schedules to enjoy family and celebrate the reason for the season.

    The holidays provide a brief break before the 2016 General Assembly. The debate of how to address the Kentucky employees’ and teachers’ retirement systems combined estimated $25 billion in unfunded liabilities will likely dominate the session as legislators work to pass the state’s next 24-month budget.

  • New year, new hope as legislature starts work

    As 2015 winds down, we are approaching a festive time to celebrate the birth of Christ and also look back on this past year while developing a sense of optimism for the new year.

    Christmas is often time to get together with family and exchange gifts in the same spirit that recognizes the reason for the season.  For many of us, the spirit of Christmas is a time of celebration, reflection on the good and bad of the year, and how our faith helps us celebrate those happy times and get through the low points during the year.

  • Agriculture - FFA Farm Toy show winners

     

    The Spencer County FFA Farm Toy Show was held December 11-12 and attracted more than 1700 attendees for the weekend. The show featured over 50 vendors and 180 tables of items.

    One of the highlights of the show was the farmscape exhibits and judging. This year, the John S. Shouse Memorial Award, which is given to the top farmscape, was presented to Jesse Smith, Matthew Benedict, and Jake Graves from Springfield.

  • Agriculture - A Christmas season poem especially for gardeners

    Every couple of years I like to revisit my father’s favorite Christmas poem inspired by Clement Moore’s famous work, ‘Night Before Christmas’. The writer is unknown, but he or she certainly was a gardener; and you may even get some last minute gift ideas from its verse.

  • Even in loss, Lady Bears impress

     

    How far has the Spencer County High School girls basketball program come? Two years ago, Anderson County came to Taylorsville and whipped the Lady Bears 70-8. Last year, the Bearcats took two games against Spencer County by an average of 37 points. On Saturday, Spencer County’s young Bears traveled to Lawrenceburg and with about four minutes left in the game, were down just six points.

  • Bears fall to Bullitt East, Danville

     

    Size and depth was decidedly in favor of Bullitt East last Thursday night as they came to Taylorsville and defeated the Spencer County Bears, 69-38.

    The Bears scrapped to keep it close early on, but a full-court press wore on the Bears, forcing them into a series of turnovers that led to easy Charger baskets. In the four minutes of the first quarter, they outscored the Bears 17-4 to take a 24-11 lead at the first break.

    Spencer County Coach Jason Burns said it was just a case of running into a better team.

  • Pete Rose is a tarnished hero

    One of the most iconic images of my childhood obsession with sports, is a photo of Pete Rose sliding headfirst into second base, surrounded by a cloud of dust and his helmet leaving his head. One glance at that picture let you know how Charlie Hustle earned his nickname – with all-out effort that has seldom, if ever, been matched in professional sports.

    Never blessed with extraordinary athleticism, speed or size, Rose simply outworked his peers, honed the skills necessary to make the Major Leagues, and once there, set a standard for hitting that may never be matched.

  • The true Spirit of Christmas

    This year it will come in many forms. It may be a version of Dickens’ classic “Christmas Carol,” when the ghosts of Christmas wake Scrooge up to the Spirit of the season. It may be a Hallmark movie, or the newest version of “The Santa Claus,” encouraging us to believe again in Santa. Or maybe it will be George Banks reliving his “Wonderful Life,” and discovering how love, self-sacrifice, community and family are so vital.