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Today's News

  • From our readers - Silly bills in Frankfort hurt Kentucky

    It never ceases to amaze me the silly bills some legislatures want to get passed with false information. Take the one about starting charter schools. You cannot improve education by taking money out of a system to start a new system.

  • Living within our means

    When Governor Matt Bevin released his budget proposal for the Commonwealth last week, many were concerned, even worried, that the cuts were going to be painful.

    The buzzword in the days leading up to his budget speech was “austere” which according to Webster, can mean severe, or also basic. In terms of financial budgeting, it can mean both.

    His budget proposal calls for nearly across-the-board cuts of nine percent. A few areas escaped the chopping block, but those that didn’t were vocal in their opposition.

  • Lawmakers now tackle Bevin budget

    Week four of the Kentucky General Assembly marked a momentous occasion for our state. Governor Matt Bevin gave his first State of the Commonwealth Budget Address, laying out a plan that will guide Kentucky out of the financial mire that has lingered for the past several years after the recession.

  • House holds rare abortion votes

    This week in Frankfort proved to be not only fruitful, but historic for the Kentucky House of Representatives. For the first time in over 12 years, debate and a floor vote was allowed on a pro-life piece of legislation. Senate Bill 4, commonly known as the informed consent bill, passed the House by a vote of 92-3.

  • Education - Creativity abounds in TES art class

     

    It isn’t hard to find the art classroom at Taylorsville Elementary School, but once you get there, it’s easy to get lost in the art. The pottery will carry you to times past, to peoples far away. The paintings will make you feel like you’re right there in the scene.

    At TES, every student spends 50 minutes in art class each week. The caliber of the art is a testament partly to the giftedness of Spencer County’s kids, partly to the talent of their teacher, Catherine Knapp.

  • Agriculture - Amending soil for gardens

     

    The rules on amending soil have changed over the years. Part of the change relates to the fact that good soil is hard to come by in new developments where enormous earth moving equipment is used to level trees and land. This equipment not only removes valuable topsoil, it also compacts the subsoil and kills much of the living organisms that make up a healthy soil system. The less we disturb the soil the better, but for many the reality is bleak so some sort of amendment is necessary in order to improve tilth, drainage and nutrition for our plants.

  • State officials advise poultry owners to watch for avian flu

     

    The Kentucky state veterinarian’s office is monitoring the avian influenza outbreak in poultry flocks in southern Indiana to protect Kentucky’s $1 billion poultry and egg industry.

  • Education - Exchange students provide cultural education

     

    One day earlier in December, I came home to find a string of small colorful bags attached to my living room door frame. It was quickly explained to me that we would be celebrating Advent with my German exchange student by opening up one bag a day and enjoying small delectable goodies like marzipan, German chocolate or gingerbread cookies.

  • Education - Bear of the Month

     

    Deborah Lewis was nominated by Spencer County High School faculty for her determination and participation in extra-curriculars such as softball, and leadership amongst her peers. She is a great student, always positive and a hard worker.

  • Deputies investigating afternoon stabbing in Bloomfield

     

    UPDATE Friday, 12:00 p.m.: On Thursday, shortly after 3 p.m., the Nelson County Sheriff's Office responded with Nelson County EMS to 1910 Highview Church road for a report of a stabbing.

    According to a press release from the Nelson County Sheriff's Office, an investigation revealed that a male and female live in the residence and have had a history of domestic disputes. Thursday's stabbing involved a domestic dispute.