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Today's News

  • COLUMN: This year, embark on a ‘happiness project’

    We often consider the New Year a time for new habits, new outlooks, new resolutions. And yet, we often let these resolutions peter out within a few months.  We have heard for decades that it takes 21 days (or 28 days, or 18 days, or some other short number) to form a new habit, but recent research suggests that it takes closer to 66 days for some habits and longer for others. This sounds discouraging, but by breaking up our goals for new habits into smaller goals we can have better success with keeping them.

  • COLUMN: Silence makes for lifeless basketball during holiday tournaments

    If you ever want to teach an object lesson about darkness, head to a cave. Walk or crawl as far back into it as possible to where absolutely no light at all is visible. Then, light a single small candle. It’s amazing how blackening dark can actually be.
    If you ever want to teach an object lesson about silence, head to a high school basketball holiday tournament. Since I’ve been covering high school sports for well over 20 years at different locations throughout Kentucky, I’ve been to several of these events. Funerals have more life and energy.

  • Lady Bears fall in opening round of Whitefield tourney

    It wasn’t a merry return to the court two days after Christmas for the Spencer County Lady Bears, as they fell in their opening round matchup of the Whitefield Academy tournament to Scott High School, 83-55 Thursday afternoon.

  • Bears dealt second loss in overtime against Nelson

    Three days after demolishing Nelson County in perhaps their best game of the season, the Spencer County Bears felt the bitter sting of revenge when the Cardinals got payback in a 63-61 win in overtime during the second round of the Sarah Barger Tournament at North Bullitt.

  • COLUMN: Stories from 2012 are varied, colorful and memorable

    What can be said of the year 2012?
    Doomsday projection for December 21, oops. ... A general election ... Sandy Hook tragedy ... Ben Bernanke’s Fiscal Cliff?
    In sports ...
    1. In April, Kentucky basketball fans celebrated an eighth NCAA championship. Oddly, the team never achieved a nickname that stuck.
    2. Maybe because fans knew two months later all five starters would be gone.

  • USDA NRCS in Kentucky announces ‘13 conservation program opportunities

    The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kentucky is encouraging landowners, farmers and producers to visit their local NRCS office now to receive information and apply for conservation technical assistance and possible financial funding opportunities.

  • COLUMN: Trunk damage can girdle trees

    The farm looks like a storm hit recently but it’s really just my husband’s new deer deterrent technique. It seems to be working. In the past we have forgone the Irish Spring soap, human hair and coyote urine for more reliable barriers. Tomato cages, tobacco stakes, wire, spiral plastic trunk wrap, and, yes, an occasional arrangement of lawn chairs, have created distance between rutting and browsing deer.

  • PHOTO: Jeffiers honored for 20 years of service

    Division of Conservation Field Representative Kimberly Bartley presents Paul Jeffiers a certificate for 20 years of service. Jeffiers currently serves as vice-chairman on the Spencer County Conservation District Board. He has served as a supervisor for 20 years.

  • PHOTO: Conservation District supervisors sworn in

    Supervisors of the Spencer County Conservation District that were re-elected this year were sworn in by Judge-Executive Bill Karrer on Dec. 18. Supervisors sworn in were Paul Jeffiers, Alvis Shirley, Sidney Ware and Thomas Franklin Jr. Supervisors have four-year terms. The other three supervisors on the board will be up for re-election in 2014.

  • PHOTOS: Three outgoing board members recognized

    Superintendent Chuck Adams bid farewell to three of the five Spencer County Board of Education members at the board’s December meeting.

    He thanked each for their service and gave each a commemorative gift. Members Scott Travis, Mary Ann Carden and Shannon Medley did not seek reelection in 2012 and their terms ended Dec. 31.