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Today's News

  • Barkham to enter diversion in prom party death case

    A Spencer County woman who entered a plea to reckless homicide in the prom party death of a local teenager won’t spend any time in jail as long as she complies with the terms of a five-year diversion program.
    Angela Barkham, of Inghram Lane, entered an Alford plea to reckless homicide, a felony, and pleaded guilty to third-degree unlawful transaction with minor, a misdemeanor, last month.

  • USDA announces sign-up period for Conservation Stewardship Program

    USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced that the ranking period cut-off date for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is Jan. 27.  Producers interested in CSP should submit applications to their local NRCS office by the deadline so that their applications can be considered during the first ranking period of 2012.

  • COLUMN: Winter perennial favorites

    Most people would say that there is not much going on in the garden during the winter months. I beg to differ. There are dozens of plants out there doing something interesting. Some are just showing their pretty bark or their sculptural quality bare of leaves. Others are just beginning to emerge and will be blooming soon. And others just have some crazy quality that allows their foliage to look as fresh and clean as a spring garden despite the fact it is winter in Kentuckiana.

  • COLUMN: Farm safety should be first priority

    Children can learn many valuable life lessons while working with livestock, and everyone loves to see children and animals working together. However, it’s important to remember livestock can be dangerous. Injuries from livestock-related accidents are a major source of injuries to children in agricultural settings.

  • COLUMN: The everlasting truth of Psalm 23

    Every morning I read my Bible and after I finish, I pray. I always say the Lord’s Prayer at the beginning of my prayer or ending of my prayer. This morning I was going to start with the Lord’s Prayer, and an amazing thing happened, I started with Psalm 23. This got me to thinking of all the times I have read the Psalm 23 and used it at funerals. Now let me take a look at what it really means and says and apply it to my heart.
    Psalm 23:1 — “The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want.”

  • COLUMN: Feeling spiritually alone?

    It’s the middle of January. Christmas is over and the bills are due.  New Year is well on its way and some of our resolutions have already fallen.  We leave for work in the morning and it is dark, we get home at night and the sun is already setting.  And for some people it is all they can do to keep going.

  • COLUMN: ‘Tebowing’ not just the latest craze

    The Denver Broncos starting quarterback, and Heisman Trophy winner, Tim Tebow, may not have succeeded in another win against the New England Patriots on Saturday, but fans are still praying – and thousands more as well.
    It is nothing new to see a quarterback drop to one knee after a snap – but it is an entirely different thing to see him kneel and pray. “Tebowing” is a word used to describe this “taking a knee” in prayer and has officially entered the English language and has been added to the American lexicon.

  • ONLINE-ONLY COLUMN: Week 2 legislative update

    In the second week of session, the General Assembly began to debate several significant issues in designated committees. Drug abuse, weaknesses in child-protective services, and the state’s debt level were all topics of discussion. The committee process is intended to inform the legislators of the pros and cons of each bill. Lively debate accompanied each piece of legislation.
     

  • ONLINE-ONLY COLUMN: Our budget challenges

    There is good news and bad news for Kentucky as your General Assembly drafts a new biennial budget during this year’s legislative session. Let’s start with the good news: revenues are up.

    For the current fiscal year (FY12) revenue to the state from all general fund sources is up over $137 million from what we budgeted. The forecasting group also projects a modest increase in tax revenue over the next two-year budget period, assuming the tax structure remains as it is today. Let’s hope they’re right – on both counts.

  • COLUMN: Words of wisdom about saying no to drugs

    Normally, we don’t run things on this page without telling you who wrote them. Whether it’s from one of our staff members or from one of you, we usually put a name to it.
    But this week we are presented with a special situation.
    A loving mother came into our office and showed us what you are about to read below. It describes what a young man and his family went through during a time when his brother was on drugs. At the time it was written, the young man was an elementary student. Now, he is grown, but his mother thinks the words still need to be shared.