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Today's News

  • Stump says county vulnerable without 24/7 sheriff’s coverage

    Spencer County Sheriff Buddy Stump said he’s continuing to iron out the scheduling of his patrols in the wake of a $100,000 budget cut approved last week, but said the discontinuation of 24/7 patrols is not good for the county.

    He said he’s not going to announce when his deputies will and won’t be on the road publicly, but said the cutback in services leaves the county at risk.

    “The bad guys are going to figure us out,” said Stump. “We’re an open invitation to crime right now.”

  • Three elected to levee commission

    Only a handful of votes were cast last week, but voters did select three people to the Levee Flood Control and Drainage District 1 last Monday.

    Bobby Smith was elected to represent precinct #1, Gary Kehne was elected to precinct #2 and Mike Driscoll was elected to represent precinct #3.

    Robert Black was elected as the commission’s secretary.

  • From our readers - Riley did nothing underhanded with vote

    It’s taken me almost a week, but I believe that I can respond to Mr. Higgins’ letter last week now without having a mini-stroke!

    Without going line by line with rebuttal, I am just wondering about how Judge Riley “pulled a trick out of his bag?” Another regularly scheduled Fiscal Court meeting where the Sheriff’s budget was discussed again? That’s a trick out of the bag? Then, Judge Riley kept “delaying the decision?” You even say yourself he kept getting deadlocked votes.

  • Is lake’s tourism drying up?

    I still have a cassette tape of a song Larry Lawson brought me soon after I started working at the Spencer Magnet in 2003. The Lawson Brothers, a local Bluegrass group, had written a song entitled “65 Feet Down.” The song tells the story of communities like Ashes Creek and Van Buren that were covered up by the impounding of Taylorsville Lake back in the 1970s and early 1980s.

  • Teachers and pensions - doing the math

    Lots of retired teachers bared their angry fists at me following my recent column about the soon-to-retire public school administrator who will, if he fulfills life expectancy, collect pension checks for longer than he worked, enjoy annual cost-of-living increases that most workers only dream about and amass a KTRS-funded $5.6 million fortune by retiring at 49 years of age after working 27 years.

    “Please be accurate rather than (highlight) one exceptional pensioner!” one retired emailer scolded.

  • Atheists and the Ark

    A group of atheists is so riled up by the Ark Encounter in Northern Kentucky that they’ve started a billboard campaign to discourage people from visiting it. The proposed billboard says: “Genocide & Incest Park: Celebrating 2,000 years of myths” and for a gift of $500, donors can have their face among those drowning outside the Ark. It’s an attention grabber no doubt, but the effort amounts to free advertising for the park which is set to open in July.

  • Guthrie wants to trim regulations

     

    While the nation’s attention has been focused on presidential politics for much of the past year, business in Washington continues, and Kentucky Congressman Brett Guthrie said much of what occurs is not good.

  • Agriculture - Ag Commodity Breakfast

     

    The Spencer County FFA held its 11th annual Ag Commodity Breakfast April 5 at Spencer County High School.

  • Agriculture - Rid your plants of rust

    Last year our serviceberry was afflicted with a whimsical looking disease; the beautiful blue berries that appear in the summer looked like something from a Dr. Seuss book. In a good year the cedar wax wings usually flock in and eat the berries as they ripen – not so last year. The strange, white tubular protrusions that the berries were covered in not only looked funny, but they kept the birds away, too.

  • Agriculture - Cold weather is delaying corn planting across the state

    Now that the first week and a half of April have come and gone, many Kentucky farmers are still waiting for the right conditions to begin corn planting.

    “I think the far, far west of the state still has a little bit warmer climate than everybody else, but the majority of the state has barely gotten started with corn,” Chad Lee, a University of Kentucky extension agronomist, said last week.

    Recent cold temperatures could make uneven emergence more likely, according to Lee.