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Today's News

  • GUEST COLUMN: Thanks for giving

    Thanksgiving is just a few days away. The holiday season is about to kick off for real, but before that happens, I just want to stop for a minute and say thanks to a generous and supportive community.

    This past Sunday night was the Ministerial Association’s annual Thanksgiving Service.

    It was probably the best attended service we have had in several years.

    I want to thank Pastor Johnny Hood and Grace Chapel for sharing their church and their talents with us.

  • EDITORIAL CARTOON: The pecking order
  • Christmas tour of homes: Tour to embody holiday splendor

    Editor’s note: This article is one in a three-part series featuring the stops on the 2010 Christmas Home Tour, sponsored by the Taylorsville Main Street Committee and hosted by The Red Scooter. Tickets can be purchased by visiting The Red Scooter at 32 East Main or by calling 502-477-6608.

    From whimsical to spiritual, rustic to contemporary, Spencer County’s 2010 Christmas Home Tour will offer a sneak peek into some of the community’s most carefully adorned homes and businesses.

  • AUDITOR'S REPORT: State audit finds issues with sheriff's tax settlement

    State Auditor Crit Luellen found two internal control problems during an audit of the Spencer County Sheriff Steve Coulter’s settlement of 2009 taxes.

    The audit reported that between May 5, 2009 to April 15, 2010, Coulter collected $9,247,347 for the various taxing districts in the county and distributed $8,841,677 back to those districts. The sheriff retained $309,988 to operate his office.

    During the performance of his tax-collecting duties, the state auditor’s office found:

  • GUEST COLUMN: On the Lam: Notorious James brothers hid from law in Spencer County

    Jesse and Frank James did a considerable amount of their hiding in northeast Nelson County around Chaplin and in the Samuels-Deatsville section not far from Bardstown. The area was friendly territory for the soldiers of fortune where families named Dawson, Samuels, Sayers, Pence and Hall provided food and lodging.

    The Tom and Nancy Dawson log house still stands where Confederate Guerrilla Captain William Quantrill wrote love poems to Nancy Dawson, their granddaughter.

  • Bears tip off season with the blue-white scrimmage

    Basketball season is upon us in Spencer County.

    Sure, college teams have been playing for a couple of weeks now, but the local kids hit the court for real beginning next week when the Spencer County Bears and Lady Bears tip off their season.

    The teams were introduced to the public Friday night in the annual Blue-White Scrimmage with fans getting a taste of what to expect this year.

    On the girls’ side, the Lady Bears will again be a young team and will look to improve on last year’s record that included just five wins.

  • Don't toss the turkey

    Even if we cook a small turkey or have lots of guest, there always seems to be a lot of turkey left over after Thanksgiving. I love turkey sandwiches, but there are only so many I can eat. My solution for using up our leftover turkey is tortilla soup. I found the recipe twelve years ago in Southern Living magazine, and I adapted the recipe to use leftovers.

    The original recipe called for chicken instead of turkey. The year I found the recipe, my mother had smoked the holiday turkey and thought the leftovers would be excellent in tortilla soup.

  • GUEST COLUMN: Top water in late November

    Mid November is the time of year when the water temp will dramatically start dropping, getting down into the fifties degree mark. A lot of anglers would never think of using top water. I know from experience that it can really get a lot of bites and some giant bites from some feeding largemouths.

    The shad will be shallow and the bass know this. I have had days when I would be fishing a jig, crankbait or a spinnerbait and only be getting a few fish. Then, switching to a top water and fishing the same area, then I would get some of the most aggressive strikes ever.

  • GUEST COLUMN: Cranberry bogs bring in the harvest

    Did you know that the cranberry used to be called the “craneberry?” When the colonists first learned of this berry from their American Indian hosts in the New World they thought the blooms of the native shrub looked like the long neck and bill of the crane. Eventually, as language goes, it was shortened to cranberry.

  • GUEST COLUMN: Constable positions should be reviewed

    Earlier this month, Spencer Countians elected a constable for each of the county’s magisterial districts. While we have no reason to question that voters gave due consideration to each candidate’s qualifications, we wonder how many residents actually understand the constable’s role.

    In Medieval times, constables helped manage a noble household, royal castle or a fortified town. In Kentucky, the position was established by the 1850 state constitution to carry out minor judicial duties and help small communities maintain civic order.