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Today's News

  • EDITORIAL CARTOON: Christmas factory
  • AutoZone zooms into Taylorsville, opening date unknown

    Taylorsville will soon be home to a new AutoZone, which specializes in the sale of auto parts and accessories.

    Spencer County Economic Development Authority Executive Director Annette King said she was unauthorized to confirm or deny the company’s move to Taylorsville, citing confidentiality agreements with the developers. Numerous phone calls to AutoZone’s corporate office in Tennessee regarding the development were also not returned.

  • GUEST COLUMN: Fresh-cut, live or artificial?

    Picking out the perfect Christmas tree is serious business for me. Some may find it a trivial chore but I want a tree that will be worth the effort of cleaning, moving furniture, hauling boxes, lights, step ladders and more. But once the mundane is done, then the fun begins. Each ornament that adorns the tree has a story to tell about my grandparents, parents or me. The tree is indeed important because it holds the past. And it must hold the past, in the form of many beloved ornaments, securely and with style.

  • Napper resigns

    Spencer County High School will be looking for a new head football coach following the resignation last week of Coach Wes Napper after two years at the helm.

    Napper said he made the decision after “several weeks and many sleepless nights.” He told the team during a meeting last Tuesday afternoon.

  • Sheriff defends state auditor's report

    An audit report on the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department was aimed at heading off potential future problems and did not cite instances of non-compliance, a spokesman with the State Auditor of Public Accounts said Monday.

  • GUEST COLUMN: Most pleasant surprise in Commonwealth hoops so far? Elisha Justice

    The list is longer than Mountain Parkway, Mt. Sterling to Prestonsburg. Parade of gifted basketball stars who twinkled in heavens over Inez on to Whitesburg and points between – Paintsville to Carr Creek, Virgie, all the way to Corbin.

    Ya-Missed-Him, big shot! is familiar refrain cast toward whoever coaches at University of Kentucky.

    The latest, Elisha Justice.

    Best surprise in Commonwealth hoops early on is Justice at Louisville.

  • Vandalism poses threat to district buses

    There seems to be no easy answer to vandalism affecting Spencer County School District buses.

    The issue was addressed at the school board’s November meeting when board member Sandy Clevenger said some drivers had approached her about the issue, which involves several buses that park in a district lot on Main Cross next to the Spencer County – Taylorsville Chamber of Commerce.

  • EDUCATION EMERGENCY: Board challenged to find ways to help struggling students

    Spencer County’s struggling and at-risk students continue to be a point of concern for the Spencer County School Board.

    The Board discussed the issue at length during its Monday evening meeting, noting there are several strides the district needs to take in order to decrease the dropout rate and assist students who are struggling the most. Many board members agree the district will need to start thinking out of the box and closely monitoring at-risk students from preschool until graduation to ensure success.

  • GUEST COLUMN: Know how to pick the perfect firewood for those cold, wintry nights

    Every winter we look forward to the pleasures of warming our hands and feet by a blazing fire, mesmerized by the dancing flames.

    When buying firewood two factors will determine just how hot your fire is—seasoning and the kind of wood.

    Wood is made up of air and cellulose (wood fiber). The more air space that wood has, the less there is to burn. Buying wood with the heaviest/densest per unit volume will keep you toasty.

    Osage orange, hickory, black locust, all of the oaks, sugar maple and ash produce hot fires; plus they are easy to split.

  • Part 2: Christmas Tour of Homes

    Editor’s note: This article is the second 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 are $15 each and can be purchased by visiting The Red Scooter at 32 East Main or by calling 502-477-6608.

    Stops on the Dec. 4 tour will include four local residences, a church and two businesses.

    The tour runs from 3 until 8 p.m.