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Today's News

  • Rising cost of business; minimum wage increases July 1

    With the challenging economy on everyone’s mind, an increase in the minimum wage may feel like a life preserver for some.

    The state minimum wage is set to increase 70 cents from $6.55 an hour to $7.25 beginning today.

    Kentucky Labor Secretary J.R. Gray says the state rate increase takes effect earlier than a federal minimum wage increase of the same amount set for July 24. Gray called the increase significant for many Kentucky families struggling amid the ailing economy.

  • Is the Kentucky-Indiana summer series worth saving?

    The Kentucky-Indiana basketball series came and went last month with a nod and whimper. Celebration for the 70th renewal was north of the Ohio after another Hoosier sweep.

    Is this a series worth saving? You bet. And, it can be.

    Kentucky planners need a new approach to resuscitate a series that dates to 1939 when George Crowe was Indiana’s first Mr. Basketball and Jumpin’ Joe Fulks (Kuttawa) was Kentucky star of stars.

    A revival starts with the V-word, volunteer. And, a few ideas.

  • 13-year-old was the driver in fatal accident

    Nelson County police are again looking into an accident that killed a 13-year-old Waterford boy earlier this month.

    A passenger in the fatal accident came to police with additional information about the single-vehicle wreck on Old Bloomfield Road.

  • Spencer magistrate to speak at statewide tea party July fourth

    While other Spencer Countians are planning a relaxing Saturday barbecue and a few fireworks, Magistrate John Riley will be speaking in front of a crowd of angry Americans who are trying to create some fireworks of their own.

    Gathering at the steps of the capitol this Fourth of July, hundreds of voters are expected to show up, utilize their right to free speech, and express their displeasure with recent actions by the government. This statewide tea party, organized by the American Family Association of Kentucky, is scheduled to begin at noon.

  • LETTER: Prompt service

    Thank you to Salt River Electric for being so prompt in responding to our emergency call after the storm last Monday. We had a transformer struck by lightning. Within 20 minutes of our phone call Salt River Electric had a truck here, had a transformer ordered and a bucket truck on the way. We had our electricity restored within an hour. What great service!

    Donna Keeling

    Bloomfield

     

  • GUEST COLUMNIST: Wrapping up the special session

    Although it took a bit longer than planned, the House and Senate finally came to an agreement Wednesday to reduce and balance the state budget and lay the groundwork for future economic development across the Commonwealth, as the eight-day special session called by the governor adjourned.

  • PUBLIC RECORDS: Marriages

    The following marriage licenses were recorded in the Spencer County Clerk's office during the month of December 2008:

    Kayla Dawn Nation, 17, Taylorsville and Derrick Lynn Lewis, 18, Willisburg.

    Donna Mae McClure, 43, Mount Eden and Stephen Lynn Jamison, 49, Mount Eden.

    Dana Michelle Taylor, 40, Taylorsville and Thomas Edward Coles, 42, Taylorsville.

    Kelly Nicole Haynes, 33, Taylorsville and George Russell Wells, 35, Taylorsville.

    The following marriage licenses were recorded in the Spencer County Clerk's office during the month of January 2009:

  • Church happenings

    Big Spring Picnic

    Big Spring Assembly of God Annual Church/Independence Day Picnic. Everyone welcome. Bring your favorite dish and fireworks to share. Come for fun, fellowship and fireworks. Friday beginning at 8 p.m. 2345 Taylorsville Road, Bloomfield. Call 502-252-9154 for more information.

    Mini-musical at

    Elk Creek Baptist

  • New hours at county clerk's office

     

    Spencer County Clerk, Judy Puckett, announced that beginning today, her office will no longer be offering Saturday hours.

     

  • Salt River Tom and the evils of whisky

    The debate over whether Spencer County should go wet or remain dry brings to mind a column written by this same scribe several years ago. We take you back to 1890 - a bit before my time.