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Today's News

  • COLUMN: Some savvy tips for tracking down a lost pension

    Dear Savvy Senior
    How does one go about tracking down a lost pension? About 35 years ago, I worked at a manufacturing company for a few years that offered employee pensions, and I want to find out if I’m eligible for any money now that I’m about to retire.  
    Searching Steven

    Dear Steven,

  • COLUMN: Too much stress equals overload

    A national magazine shows a cartoon: a man sitting at a desk looking anxiously at five barometers on the nearby wall. One barometer is labeled Job Pressure, another states Financial Pressure, another reads Family Pressure, another reads Time Pressure, and the last of the five reads Social Pressure.
    While looking at this cartoon, the viewer produces a knowing smile, however, no one needs to have these five barometers to remind the viewer of severe daily pressures.

  • COLUMN: Try a batch of yummy, rich Mackinac Fudge this Christmas

    My husband and I started a tradition shortly after we got married of making goodies at Christmas for our family and friends. (The tradition was suspended when our daughter was born.) We tried out new recipes each year, but also took requests for favorites from previous years. One item that was always requested was fudge. We did not have an elaborate recipe, and in fact used the one on the back of the marshmallow cream jar. It is not real fudge, but it’s much easier and tastes great.

  • COLUMN: Kentucky’s ranking was based on hype

    It’s been a while since the Kentucky Wildcats basketball team didn’t make an appearance in the Top 25. After consecutive losses to unranked Notre Dame and then at home to Baylor, the Cats find themselves on the outside looking in for the first time in a very long time this week.
    Kentucky was grossly overrated to start the season. Here was a team that had no returning starters, no players with significant experience except for a transfer from mid-major Wright State (Julius Mays) and yet the pollsters were quick to anoint the Cats a top 3 team. Based on what?

  • Runners compete at AAU National Cross Country meet

    Five members of the Spencer County Middle School and Spencer County High School Cross Country teams were invited to run in the AAU National Cross Country meet this past weekend at Winthrop University in South Carolina.

  • Lady Bears fall to Waggener

    The Spencer County Lady Bears got off to a rough start and never recovered Saturday in a 72-41 loss at Louisville Waggener.

  • COLUMN: Stoops is next coach at Kentucky

    Mark Stoops is Kentucky’s new football coach.
    For times Big Blue Nation citizens live in, it is a reasonably good hire.
    Stoops The Younger (of four brother college coaches) defines himself.
    “I’m a meat and potatoes kind of guy.”
    Sounds good, smells good. Because Kentucky is a meat-and-spuds kind of Commonwealth, as long as the menu includes soup beans and corn bread with an occasional dash of Cracker Barrel, and Kentucky Fried Chicken.

  • PHOTO: Leonard earns rank of Eagle Scout

    Dillon Leonard has received the highest rank advancement award of Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America in a Court of Honor ceremony on Nov. 18.
    He is member of Troop 63. His Eagle Project was to build shelves and refinish a room at Risen Lord Lutheran Church into a children’s library/playroom.
    He also collected over 250 books and supplies for the room.
    As an Eagle Scout, Leonard has earned over 43 merit badges and held several leadership positions and is currently a Junior Assistant Scout Master.

  • PHOTOS: What a tree!

    Employees from M & J Landscaping work Friday morning to plant a 10-foot Norway Spruce in the square near the veterans memorial on Main Street. The tree was ordered by the Main Street Committee.

  • School board roundtable discussions with SBDM councils reveal concerns, positive areas

    A November roundtable discussion that included each Spencer County Schools’ Site-Based Decision Making Council and the Board of Education solidified what have already been hot topics of discussion and concern for many district administrators, faculty and staff: Teacher pay is stagnant, class sizes are often too large and math and reading need special attention district wide.