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Today's News

  • Learning the joy of work

    I know a lot of people that love to mow the grass. I must admit I am not one of them. I don’t know why, but for me it is always a chore and not one I particularly enjoy.

    On the other hand, I do enjoy the look and the smell of fresh mown grass. The other day, after mowing, I took a break for a few minutes and then stepped out onto our porch. The smell of the freshly mown grass was in the air, and I simply enjoyed the moment.

  • Church Happenings - Week of May 11, 2016

    VBS at First Baptist of Taylorsville

    First Baptist Church of Taylorsville will have their Vacation Bible School June 6 through June 10 from 9 a.m. until noon each day. Batten down the hatches and join the church for a VBS week of Submerged: Finding Truth Below the Surface. Children from 2 years old through seventh grade are invited to come explore the deep sea and discover that Jesus saw people for who they were deep down, not who they appeared to be on the surface. For children needing transportation, please call the church office at 477-8197.

  • Gearing up for Gourd Art Show

     

    Minnie Black, an East Bernstadt, Kentucky woman who created musical instruments from gourds, will be fitly remembered this weekend at the Kentucky Gourd Art Show.

    The show, which has a different theme each year, will commemorate Black this year under the theme “Miss Minnie’s Mi-gnons.”

  • Dr. Ben Strong, longtime dentist dies at age 82

     

    Dr. Ben L. Strong, who practiced dentistry in Taylorsville for 56 years, died Sunday in Louisville. He was 82.

    At his office on Main Street, Strong worked alongside his son, Dr. James R. Strong, until his retirement in 2014. He then continued to practice part-time until this year.

    He lived in Shelbyville with his wife, Betty Strong, who survives him.

    Throughout his career, Strong provided dental care to countless citizens of Spencer County, where he and Betty Strong have lifelong friends.

  • Shelby starts wet/dry petition

    At last week’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, magistrates voted to approve doing direct mailing to send out a survey to collect signatures for a petition needed for a wet/dry vote for the county.

    Magistrates had approved spending $15,000 to finance the effort in mid-April after a recommendation from the county’s Economic Development Committee, but had not yet decided on the method for collecting the signatures.

    The effort is the second time in Shelby County to get a wet/dry election on the ballot

  • City police active in county

    Taylorsville City Police Chief Phil Crumpton said his department has noticed an increase in calls for assistance and responses in the county since Spencer County Sheriff Buddy Stump announced that his deputies would no longer be offering 24/7 patrols early last month.

    Crumpton told members of the Taylorsville City Commission last week that his officers have probably doubled their runs out in the county. Upon researching the actual statistics, Crumpton said Monday the increase is even greater than that.

  • Stiffer penalties for DUI in KY

    A recent change in Kentucky’s drunken driving laws will bring harsher penalties for some re-offenders.

    Senate Bill 56 extends the look-back period for DUI offenses from five years to 10 years.

    In the Kentucky court system, driving while under the influence is an enhanceable offense, meaning penalties and fines become stiffer for each charge accrued within a certain time period. At the fourth DUI within that time period, the charge is upgraded from a misdemeanor to a felony.

  • Agriculture - Proper plant propagation

    The most common form of plant propagation is digging and dividing, which is best done in early spring before new growth, or in the fall before plants go dormant. Digging and dividing is great for herbaceous plants, but those plants that are considered woody ornamentals do not divide as easily with a spade. In this case, we can look to the technique of rooting out softwood cuttings from the mother plant.

  • What’s happening - Week of May 11, 2016

    Legislative Update at Farm Bureau May 14

    A legislative update with Sen. Jimmy Higdon and Rep. James A. Tipton will be held at the Farm Bureau office to discuss issues affecting Spencer County on Saturday, May 14, at 9 a.m. Coffee and doughnuts will be served, and the community is invited to attend.

    Kentucky Gourd Art Show

  • A history of national prayer

    Americans gathered to pray last week, in small towns and big cities. The National Day of Prayer is an annual event born from the patriotic spirit of our Founding Fathers.

    Unlike our current President, our Founding Fathers did not tiptoe around which diety they prayed to and history is chock full of evidence of those prayers.

    In September of 1774, after news that British troops had confiscated gunpowder supplies in Boston, tensions were high as the Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia.