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Today's News

  • COLUMN: Well water safety following a flood

    The heavy rains, high water and flooding that occurred across Kentucky early this month may cause concerns about the safety of drinking water and well water in affected communities.   
    Anytime a well is surrounded by flood waters or when heavy rains cause the water to become muddy or cloudy after a rain, the well should be disinfected.  Shock chlorination is the process used to sanitize private wells.  The product recommended for use is regular liquid household bleach which can be purchased in local grocery stores.  

  • COLUMN: Soil amendments should be customized

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

  • COLUMN: A Godly mother is to be praised all year long

    As we think about mothers this time of year, to some of us, it is a great, blessed day because we really love our mother. My mother went to heaven to be with the Lord. I think about her often. I will never forget when she was in the hospital with heart failure, she kept saying I want to go home, I want to go home.
    Roberta, my wife, said, “Mom, when you get well we will take you home.” She raised up her hand and said “Praise Jesus.” Really, she knew where her home was.

  • COLUMN: Fostering a relationship with God is amazing

    Have you ever thought about how amazing our lives are these days?  I know most of us think our lives are fairly ordinary, but are they really?  Let’s just think about our daily grind for a minute.

  • COLUMN: Keeping it local, and doing it well

    If I’m going to do something, I want to excel at it.
    The reverse is also true: if I don’t pick up something easily, I’m likely to stop trying.
    I never learned how to ride a bike or whistle because it didn’t come easily right away. Occasionally I try whistling again, but I get frustrated and stop nearly as soon as I start.
    I also would rather play caddy for my husband when he plays disc golf than play myself because I’ve yet to master the game. How can I master it when I never play? Good question.

  • COLUMN: Rain delays spring cleaning

    We have seen more water hit the ground in the past five weeks than many people have ever seen. Water levels have risen to never before seen heights. The overflow at the lake was last seen with water pushed to the bridge.
    All this means that when the waters drop and the sun stays out to dry the ground, we are going to see people catching up on their normal spring activities, from gardening to fishing and boating.

  • April Healthy Heroes

    Josh Seabolt and Jennifer Hahn are teachers at Taylorsville Elementary who started a track/running club that has grown into a competing track team that includes any child from either elementary school who wants to try running track.

  • Sheriff’s department gets grant to enforce seatbelt safety

    Local motorists will have extra motivation to buckle up May 23 – June 5 as the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department will be working overtime during the  2011 Click It or Ticket Safety Belt Enforcement Mobilization program.  

  • Sign causes controversy for family-owned gas station

    The owners of Elmar’s BP in Elk Creek have been engaged in a battle over their gas price sign for nearly seven years.
    According to co-owner Carmin Gaines, she, her brother, Carsyn, and her father, Elmer, obtained verbal permission to order their 71-square-foot sign in April 2004.
    Gaines claims that Elmar’s was granted a permit for that sign on June 15, 2004 – the same day it was put up.

  • City proposes water rate hike

    Starting in July, city and county customers of Taylorsville Water Works could see a jump in their water bills.
    In an effort to lessen the gap between the base rate for city customers ($7.50) and the base rate for county customers ($14.70), the city commission is proposing a rate increase of 35 percent for city customers and 12.44 percent for those in the county.
    That would bring the city base rate up to $10.13 and the county base rate up to $16.53.