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Today's News

  • COLUMN: When the sun stands still

    By Pastor Jon Rohr
    Plum Creek Baptist Church

  • COLUMN: Is church really a big deal?

    Are you the kind of person that needs to know how something works or why you’re supposed to do it that way?  I have asked the same questions myself. “Why do I have to go to church?”  “Why Sunday?”  “What’s the big deal about church anyway?”  I commend you for asking good questions.  We need to understand two things: God blesses those who obey Him – even without knowing all the answers; secondly, answers are for our benefit, not God’s.

  • COLUMN: A little fun with a little fact

    So what does The Old Farmer’s Almanac say about 2011?  Even if you don’t follow this sort of prognostication, there are some interesting observations based in a little fact and a little myth.  Here are a few of my favorites that may explain a bit more about nature as we enter into another year.  

  • COLUMN: A garden not the only place for edible plants

    A nice landscape of a few trees and shrubs, some flowers and well-tended turf has value. Our landscapes help define our outdoor living space, provide shade and help screen unwanted views.

    A well-maintained landscape may add as much as 5 to 10 percent to the value of our property.

    But landscapes can provide another resource that we don’t often consider – food. What if it were possible to introduce edible plants to your landscape?

  • EDITORIAL CARTOON: Inflamatory politics
  • To record or not to record . . . there is no question: Record

    With the type of blazing speed that would have made the legendary racehorse Secretariat proud, the Spencer County Fiscal Court yanked the curtains shut on one window of transparency for the new edition of our local government body.

    The court, with only new magistrate Jerry Davis dissenting, stealthily approved a motion on Jan. 3 to stop its own videotaping –­ and recording in general –­ of its meetings.

  • Tapp looks at next chapter of life

    Birthdays are a good time to sit back and reflect on the past: Remember your accomplishments, admit your defeats and prepare for the future by learning from your mistakes.

    So it was on his 57th birthday on the last Wednesday of 2010 that retiring state Sen. Gary Tapp (R-Shelbyville) sat down with Landmark Communications and talked about walking away from 12 years of work in Frankfort as first a member of the House and for the last eight as a senator.

  • Smoking ban, immigration hot topics in Legislature

    As the 2011 legislative session gets under way in Frankfort, many predicted a slow session without many results because of the upcoming governor’s race, which has Senate President David Williams seeking the Republican nomination.

    But the session started off fast, with several bills being pushed to the Senate floor in the first week and the discussion of a statewide smoking ban.

    “I know we’ve discussed it before, but I don’t ever recall voting on it [a statewide ban] before,” Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) said.

  • County personnel changes approved

    One longtime employee of the county was replaced and others had their positions modified as part of a marathon Fiscal Court meeting on Monday.

    The incoming court, which included new Judge Executive Bill Karrer, made the personnel announcements at the close of a seven-hour meeting –­ more than half of which was spent in state-authorized private executive session.

  • Taylorsville gets 24-hour police coverage

    Taylorsville has around-the-clock coverage from its local police force finally after city officials worked out a deal to fund the expansion.

    Police Chief Toby Lewis presented multiple scheduling options to the Taylorsville City Commission on Jan. 5 in hopes of closing the gap on coverage lapses inherent to a five-person full-time staff.

    But instead of just closing the gaps, Lewis and officials eliminated them after working out details during the commission meeting.