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Today's News

  • GUEST COLUMN: Budget bill passes the House

    The House budget bill—which we passed last week—is now before the Senate where many of its specifics will surely be modified or replaced with Senate changes. If those modifications reach the House within the next week or so, there is a good chance that the two chambers will be able to go into conference committee and negotiate a final bill before the veto recess begins in late March or early April.

  • PHOTO: Dancing with the stars

    Spencer County FFA and the SCHS Dance Team will be sponsoring Dancing with the Stars Friday at 6 p.m. at the high school. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 the night of the show. Children 5 and under are free. Pictured above are just some of the local talent competing in Dancing with the Stars. From left are: Jim Oliver, Brett Beaverson, JB Walls, Tim Prather, Wayne Howell, and Terry Palmer. Dwight Martin regrets that he will be unable to participate due to a previous commitment.

     

  • Why basketball is special in Ky.

    The best thing about high school basketball in Kentucky was on display at Rupp Arena on Saturday night. Unlike other states, where schools are divided into classes and they compete for state titles based on their enrollment, Kentucky’s Sweet Sixteen is open to every school of every size and they’re all going after one lone title.

  • Cameron Smith signs with Union College

    ROBIN BASS/The Spencer Magnet

    Spencer County High School senior Cameron Smith signs his intention to play football at Union College during a ceremony Thursday afternoon. Pictured above are: (from, left) Jayme Thomas, a friend; Carol Hubbuch, grandmother; Cameron Smith; Melissa Smith, mother; (back) Wes Napper, head coach; and Clark Teague, athletic director. Not pictured are Joe Smith, father; Justin Smith, brother; and Ray Hubbuch, grandfather.

  • Bear Care may close

    Spencer County Board of Education discussed the possibility of closing Bear Care at Monday night’s regular meeting citing the inability of the program to cover both direct and indirect costs.

  • LETTER: Severe weather tips

    Tornado season is here, and our community has the chance right now to take some simple steps that can save lives when severe weather hits.

    • Make a home tornado plan: Pick an uncluttered place where family members could seek shelter: a basement, a center hallway, bathroom, or closet.

    • Create an emergency preparedness kit: Pack a first aid kit and essential medications, canned food and can opener, bottled water, flashlights and a battery-powered radio with extra batteries.

  • LETTER: "Blood started to boil"

    As I approach the fifth anniversary of my retirement from the Taylorsville Police Department, my blood has started to boil somewhat over the article on March 17, 2010, concerning Hazardous Duty Retirement.

    The suggestion Mr. Drury made concerning a portion of the employees’ funds be “invested in Kentucky Deferred Compensation and purchase insurance polices that could perform as good or better than hazardous-duty retirement” is absolutely ludicrous.

  • FAITH FOR TODAY: Something new

    I think everybody likes to get something new.  We relish that new car smell.  Many women love new shoes, a lot of men love getting new tools.  Children are always thrilled at new toys.  On the grocery shelves, laundry detergent is always “New and Improved.”  Auto manufacturers are always promoting the newest model, the brand new features, new safety features, and new designs.

  • GUEST COLUMN: Making a bad bill even worse

    U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor Monday regarding the reconciliation process on the Democrats’ health spending bill:

    Last night marked a turning point in our politics and our nation.

    On a Sunday night in March, with the nation howling in opposition, a bare majority of Democrats in the people’s house ignored the people to claim a win for their party.

    And then they celebrated.  The American people watched all this in utter disbelief.

  • State senate candidates at forum on Tuesday in Shelbyville

    The Shelby County Farm Bureau will kick off the local political season Tuesday by welcoming the four candidates running for the 20th District Senate seat to a forum at the Stratton Center.

    The district, now represented by retiring Gary Tapp (R-Shelbyville), covers Shelby, Spencer and Bullitt counties.

    The four candidates: Democrats David Eaton, Simpsonville city administrator, and John Spainhour, an attorney from Bullitt County; Republicans  David Glauber, a commercial real estate appraiser from Bullitt County,  and Paul