Today's News

  • What’s happening - Week of August 10, 2016

    Spencer Co. Extension Showcase

  • Student competes in History Day finals


    Tyler Moehrke, an 8th grader at Spencer County Middle School, was among a group who represented Kentucky at the National History Day finals at the University of Maryland this summer.

  • Local candidates begin filing for city commission, school board

    Tuesday, August 9 was the deadline to file for several non-partisan positions, including Taylorsville City Commission and two school board seats.

    As of Monday afternoon, five individuals had filed for City Commission, including all four incumbents – Ellen Redmon, Kathy Spears, Beverly Ingram and Jack Proctor. A fifth candidate, Matt Douglass, has also filed his paper work to be a candidate for the commission.

  • Election dates to remember

    Spencer County Clerk Lynn Hesselbrock is sharing some important dates and deadlines for those interested in voting during the November election.

    • Anyone turning 18 years old by November 8, 2016, is eligible to register to vote now. Visit the office and register or register online at www.elect.ky.gov and choose the “register” tab. You will be eligible to vote in the General election in November.

    • The deadline to register to be eligible to vote in the November election is October 11, 2016.

  • Don’t rush the levee trail

    We’ve championed the idea of a trail around the levee for a while, and now that it’s been identified as a priority project in the city’s strategic plan, excitement is building.

    That excitement creates energy and momentum and the last thing needed now is for the wind to be taken out of the sails.

    To be clear, that doesn’t appear to be what the Levee Commission is trying to do as they urge the trail committee to hold off on actual work until they can complete the complex task of having the flood wall recertified.

  • From our readers - City should not control the county

    My name is Navy Evan Keeling and I am a long time resident of Spencer County.  I have lived in the county and have observed the city run this county, yet the city was really never concerned about the county until the last few years.  

  • Admiration for our teachers

    It’s been nearly 30 years, but I remember the dread I felt when our Army Reserve unit was told that a good portion of us were going to be required to go to drill sergeant school. Our unit’s mission was training, most specifically, armor training, which meant teaching soldiers how to become tankers. But now, they wanted many of us to wear those campaign hats and lead cadence.

  • Happy talk won’t raise real grad rates

    It’s bad enough that Washington, D.C.-area groups use Kentucky’s inflated high school graduation rates to make wild claims about how the commonwealth is a leader among states in handing out diplomas and closing graduation gaps between poor and better-off students.
    Feel-good reports like the Johns Hopkins School of Education and Civic Enterprises’ study, “For all Kids: How Kentucky is Closing the High School Graduation Gap for Low-Income Students,” simply drive the volume of happy talk backing the status quo in Kentucky up another level.

  • Tipton co-sponsors bill supporting police

    In light of the recent nationwide tragedies concerning the safety of law enforcement, Kentucky legislators are making it a priority to protect those who protect their communities. Representative James Tipton, R-Taylorsville, is a co-sponsor of House Bill 12, which would make it a hate crime to target emergency responders. The success of this bill would make Kentucky the second state to legislatively protect public safety workers relating to hate crime law. Louisiana passed similar legislation earlier this year.

  • Agriculture - Planting fall vegetables in Kentucky

    It’s not too late to continue to enjoy your garden and to add new plantings. You can grow a variety of produce in Kentucky gardens in the coming weeks and have several fresh items available well into the fall.

    Cooler nights later in the year can increase the sugar content of many crops and thus increase their quality. Cooler nights also slow growth, so your crops can take longer to mature than in the summer. Keep this slower pace in mind when you check seeds for days to maturity.