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Today's News

  • From our readers - Opposes Sheriff’s cuts

    The basic safety of the citizens of Spencer County has now been substantially decreased.  As the heroin epidemic sweeps our county and law enforcement officers across the nation are the new target for a sea of individuals with sick minds, what did our County Judge, John Riley do?  He pushed through a budget that drastically decreased  the funding for our sheriff’s department, which in turn, caused a decrease in available patrols.  

  • From our readers - Tournament Thank You

    The first annual Hoop Off tournament was a success. We would like to thank Spencer Co. Fiscal Court for the opportunity of putting the tournament on. We would also like to thank the Spencer Co. Board of Education, Jim Oliver and custodians Anna Harely and Sharron Kanazel, Mike Marksbury and Scott Noel, athletic directors at SCHS and SCMS, and also Bart Stark.

    Also, thanks to Jennifer Downs, Jennifer Banta and Cheryl Downs, for taking up gate admission and the Spencer County Cobras for working concessions, and the Taylorsville City Police.

  • World spinning out of control?

    As a self-confessed news junkie, these are busy times. So much is happening in our nation and in our world, it’s enough to make your head spin. This is all the more reason to make sure the old noggin is screwed on straight. Among the things getting our attention this week:

    • The continued carnage in what appears to be an escalating conflict between law and anarchy. I hesitate to see this in terms of black and white, because while many in the media want to portray this as simply racial strife, I believe the issues are significantly more than skin deep.

  • Transparency is crucial

    In Kentucky, some bleed blue, others bleed red, and today, the Kentucky Retirement System (KRS) bleeds green. An article from the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting on June 7 outlined how KRS had used contributions from current and future state employees to pay legal fees for the former KRS Board Chair in a lawsuit against Governor Matt Bevin.

  • Treasurer shares leadership tips

    Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball spoke to the Taylorsville-Spencer County Chamber of Commerce last Thursday, and recognized that her audience was made up of leaders of the local community. She said that inspired her to use her time to address the issue of leadership.

    Ball, the youngest statewide elected female official in the U.S., at 34, said she has worked as a prosecutor, a bankruptcy attorney and now as a state official and she described leadership qualities one must have to be successful.

  • County clerk receives state grant for office cabinets

    Governor Matt Bevin announced that Spencer County Clerk Lynn Hesselbrock has received a grant totaling $7,600 from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) to preserve and manage local government records. KDLA is an agency of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    Thirty-five grants have been awarded for a total of $520,473 from this round of funding from fiscal year 2017 Local Records Grant Program Funds.

  • Fair continues this week

    The Spencer County Fair kicked off last Friday, but the fun continues this week. The midway and carnival area opened Tuesday night, and there’s a slew of activity scheduled for the remainder of the week. Here are some highlights:

    Wednesday
    6:30 p.m. - 4H and FFA Dairy Show
    7 p.m. - Midway opens, Barnyard Olympics, exhibits open, garden tractor pull, Little Miss and Mister Pageant, followed by Miss Pre-Teen Pageant, followed by Miss Teen Pageant.

  • Agriculture - Tractor driving contest

     

  • Agriculture - Curing onions, garlic and potatoes

    We harvested some fantastic looking potatoes and garlic over the weekend. I am so excited about the garden this year, because it is performing so well.

    We need to wait a few more weeks on the onions, as we wait for their “tops to flop,” which allows them to store better.

    We have enjoyed some fresh green onion and bulbs, but for the bulk of the crop, we want to harvest and cure them properly so they will store well.

  • Agriculture - State plan aims to raise honeybee populations

    Honeybee populations have been declining in recent years, with a 40 percent loss of bees in some states last year, compared to a rate that hovered around 5 percent in the 1970s, state beekeeper Tammy Horn Potter said.