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Today's News

  • COLUMN: Mudding in corn could cause sidewall compaction

    Recent rains have slowed corn planting progress across the state. However, it’s important for producers to wait for optimal planting conditions to ensure they get good yields at harvest time, said Edwin Ritchey and Lloyd Murdock, extension soils specialists with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.
    According to the Kentucky Weekly Crop and Weather Report, only 13 percent of the state’s corn was in the ground as of April 17. That is well below the 31 percent that was planted by this time in 2010 and lower than the five-year average of 22 percent.

  • COLUMN: 4-H summer camp is right around the corner

    Even though you may not have put away your winter coat just yet, it’s time to start thinking about 4-H summer camps.
    Are you ready to experience one of the most fun weeks of your life? Do you like to catch bugs, butterflies, crawdads or fish? Maybe you love swimming, riflery, archery, canoeing, crafts or music. Do you like to go hiking and spend time identifying trees and critters you find along the way? Do you like making new friends and having lots of fun? If any of these things appeal to you, you need to sign up for 4-H camp this summer.

  • COLUMN: Amsonia the 2011 perennial plant of the year

    The 2011 Perennial Plant of the Year is Amsonia hubrichtii, or the Arkansas blue star. We have long enjoyed Amsonia tabernaemontana, Arkansas blue star’s less refined cousin, in the garden; but A. hubrichtii takes the prize for superior multi-season interest.

  • COLUMN: Are you rusted in place?

    First of all let me say, I am NOT a great mechanic.  In fact my mechanical skills are somewhere between basic and non-existent.  On the other hand, over the years I have learned a thing or two.

  • National Day of Prayer scheduled for May 5

    A National Day of Prayer celebration is planned for noon on May 5 on the courthouse steps in Taylorsville.
    Many government leaders will participate in the program as well as several Spencer County pastors, according to a news release about the event.
    Jon Rohr is Spencer County’s National Day of Prayer coordinator.
    “Prayer is vital to the life and health of our nation, our state and our community,” Rohr said. “These difficult times remind us of our need for and dependence on God.”

  • COLUMN: Do you want your treasures stored in heaven?

  • COLUMN: Thanks, first responders, for having our backs

    A nap to recover from an end-of-week and out-of-town meeting was all that stood in the way of having a nice dinner date with my husband on Friday night.
    Or so I thought.
    Around 6 p.m., however, I found myself awake and hearing one end of a conversation about a tornado warning.
    My mother-in-law called to tell us about the impending storm, so I sleepily dragged my feet into the only real “interior” room in my house – the bathroom.

  • COLUMN: A ‘freshman’ review of the regular, special sessions

    Thanks for taking a moment from your busy schedule to review the 2011 regular and special sessions with me. My freshman experiences were educational and exciting. While it would be easy to feel overwhelmed and discouraged, I see great opportunities to make positive changes for our district, state and nation.
    I’m happy to discuss any specific issue with you personally. For now, let’s focus on the two bills, from both sessions, that created a lot of discussion: the Medicaid budget shortfall and Kentucky’s dropout age.

  • Sheriff’s department to conduct safety checkpoints

    The Spencer County Sheriff’s office will conduct periodic traffic safety checkpoints beginning May 23 and continuing through June 5, according to a news release.
    The locations will be those approved by the Spencer County Sheriff’s Office Policy and Procedures Manual, the news release said.
    There will also be special traffic enforcement in high collision areas using radar, laser and saturation patrols, the release said.

  • Spencer County Relay for Life approaching