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Today's News

  • COLUMN: Baseball’s story of the summer, so far

    Hot name in news: Amy Wambach replaced Casey Anthony this week for a cycle at least. Closer to home, Interstate-71’s nightmare on Elm Street traffic jam in Gallatin County was in the rear view mirror, and sports in Kentucky returned to normal. That is – more summer basketball recruiting hype, countdown to college football (fewer than 50 days), and Major League Baseball’s midsummer classic.

  • Bluegrass Speedway back in action July 30

    Bluegrass Speedway track promoters David and Anita Ferrell will have the half mile high-banked Nelson County clay oval closed for the next two Saturday evenings, but race action will return at the end of July with the 11th Annual Bluegrass Rumble for the American Modified Series that will pay $1,500 to win for UMP Modifieds on Saturday July 30, along with the 44 Auto Mart Super Late Models, Clayton Homes of Stanford UMP Sportsman, and UMP Street Stocks also in action.

  • Bowhunter education programs meet needs of archers

    Bowhunter education is not mandatory here, but it’s likely that more Kentuckians who hunt with archery equipment will want to take the course in the future.

  • PHOTOS: Local FFA members go to leadership camp
  • When is a geranium not a geranium?

    If someone asked me what my favorite perennial was, I could only say that it changes with each passing year. This year the answer is the Hardy Geranium, known around these parts as the Cranesbill. My fascination with Hardy geraniums has grown steadily as I have discovered the countless varieties that exist. In European gardens they are as commonplace as phlox is in American perennial gardens.
    Most of us think of geraniums as an annual that we plant in our yards or in pots to add color to our patios during the summer months. Well, this plant is actually a Pelargonium.

  • Rain causes late start for local gardeners

    Heavy rains in April and May delayed the home gardening season this year, forcing many gardeners to wait later than usual to plant or transplant seedlings into the garden. And June’s moderate temperatures have continued the early trend of slow growth. But as more sun hits garden plants and accelerates growth, vegetables should begin to flower, develop fruit and, eventually, ripen.

  • Students participate in youth symposium

    Vonda Martin and Eleschia Murphy with the Spencer County Youth Service Center took seven high school students to the Youth Leadership Symposium in Frankfort on June 27 and 28.  

  • Getting ahead of the game

    Virtual learning can mean an early graduation for high schoolers and may ultimately teach them more than the traditional classroom experience can, said Robyn Baxter, assistant principal at Spencer County High School and coordinator of the summer school program there.

  • COLUMN: God is in the business of miraculous transformations

    It is summer and time for another blockbuster movie. I understand that the Transformers have made it back to the big screen again. The idea that your car can turn into a huge robotic warrior is a little out there, but I admit I enjoyed the first Transformers movie.
    Actually in that movie there are a couple of transformations. Of course the robot warriors transform into cars and trucks and planes, but there is also the transformation of a young boy into a young man. I have yet to see the first in real life, but you see the second all the time.

  • COLUMN: Amazing grace: How sweet it is!

    I got up this morning singing “Amazing Grace,” and I thought about how amazing grace really is.
    John Newton wrote “Amazing Grace.” John was a slave trader and was in a storm when he thought his ship was going to sink. He got down on the floor of his ship and cried out to Jesus to save him, and Jesus did not only save the ship, he came into John’s heart and saved him.