Today's News

  • COLUMN: Making the most of Halloween

    As holidays go, Halloween ranks as one of the big events of the year. Over time, Halloween celebrations have changed, with a definite shift away from costumed kids walking through neighbors after dark with little to no supervision to the current emphasis on organized fall festivals and trick-or-treating during designated hours in business, community or downtown centers. This change also lessens the emphasis on overeating, since organized activities and sports, such as archery, are now part of some community festivities.

  • COLUMN: A tale of ghosts, bogies and turnips?

    It looks like this late turnip crop is going to be an exceptional one. I will likely have some ready to harvest in honor of Halloween this year, too, which is quite apropos. What does the turnip have to do with Halloween you may ask? Well, they just may be more authentic than that pumpkin on the porch.

  • COLUMN: New page links Kentuckians to local foods

    In an effort to provide more opportunities for consumers to access local foods, Kentucky first lady Jane Beshear and University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Dean Scott Smith unveiled the Kentucky and Local Food Resources Web page today at the American School Health Association meeting in Louisville.

  • 4-H Country Ham winners named

    Lilli Hanik, Trenton Goodlett, Courtney Jeffiers, Christopher Miles, Apryl Wood, Scott Jeppson, Bradley Thomas, and Dalton Stallings participated in the country ham project this year at the Kentucky State Fair.

  • Local team participates in Diabetes Walk

    Saturday, the Spencer County High School drum line, Spencer County High School cheerleaders and Jadens Jewels Family Team led the walk around Churchill Downs for the Greater Louisville Diabetes Walk. The walk had 7,500 participants and raised over $750,000 for a cure.

  • Library hosts lots of events for all ages in November

    The following activities will be held at the Spencer County Public Library in November:
    • This month’s story time will be centered around the fall season. Story time is Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. for toddlers through preschool ages and at 6:30 p.m. for everyone. Story time is canceled  Nov. 8 for Election Day.
    • Love to read for fun? Join the Bookworms on Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss books and get involved in fun activities.

  • COLUMN: Have you surrendered your life fully?

    A man came to me last week and asked me if I thought God got tired of him repenting. He said he had a bad drinking problem and he would quit for a long period of time, and would pray to God that he would help him to quit.
    I told him God wanted us to repent for our sins, regardless of what they were and God would help him quit drinking if he would surrender it all to him.
    I talked to another man and he said he had to be in prayer of repentance every day. And I thought “How true, me too.”

  • GUEST COLUMN: Cutting Saturday delivery no answer to USPS dilemma

    To ensure its future the United States Postal Service (USPS) must do more than seek short-term fixes to its long-term financial problems. Year after year, the United States Postal Service continues to raise postal rates to cover its growing expenses without adequately addressing its significant underlying organizational and operational issues. Instead it is offering to cut service by eliminating Saturday mail delivery.

  • COLUMN: Introducing and adding solid waste goals

    We have now completed our state-managed waste tire amnesty program of 2011. It started on a wet note, but, although windy, Friday and Saturday were much better than they could have been. I do not have a final tally, but Martin Tire Service hauled several trailer loads to the shredder.
    We now have a four-year wait until our name comes up again, so please make a note to dispose of any scrap tires you may accumulate in a proper manner. It seems that Simpson Creek will have to be added to Salt River on our list of waste tire contaminated streams in Spencer County.

  • COLUMN: Halloween leads us toward family tradition

    Halloween isn’t typically thought of as a holiday steeped in family tradition – at least not for my family.
    Sure, I went trick-or-treating as a child and dressed up in my fair share of costumes, but I can’t put my finger on anything I would count as a tradition.
    However, this year, just a few days before Halloween, I find myself thinking about family quite a bit.
    Halloween is a surefire sign that it’s fall and with fall comes my favorite holiday – my birthday, of course – followed by Thanksgiving and then Christmas.