Today's News

  • LETTER: Fix drainage, levee before building another park

    Spend baby spend is the new City of Taylorsville motto. Mayor Don Pay and Chairman John Shircliffe love spending your money for their exterior decorating. I was not aware that the federal and state governments had solved their debt problems, since grant money is being sought for a new city park.

  • BELIEVE IN HIM: The choice is yours

    We live in a culture of diversity. It has been said that America is a melting pot of culture and religion. In any direction you turn you are likely to find diverse ethnicities and ways of living. The differences between people are more obvious in America today than ever before in times past. While this becomes more obvious in larger cities such and Louisville and Lexington, places that are set up to host multiple ethno-linguistic groups, the smaller and more rural areas are beginning to blend in many of the same ways.

  • The Rebel graves mystery

    When Mike and Jill Reed bought the historic Hough residence and property at Green’s Lane and KY 55 at Wakefield, they got more than they bargained for. The Reeds became owners of the last resting places of 18 Civil War soldiers.

    The identities of the 18 are not known, but Hough family tradition indicates they were Confederates who lost their lives in a shootout with federal forces. Here’s a very interesting letter sent to me Aug. 22, 1987 by Spencer County native Charles R. Hough, who at that time lived in Seattle, Washington.

  • Funds to cool homes melting

    More than 30 families in Spencer County have taken advantage of a a new federal energy program designed to help them pay cooling bills this summer and the money already is just about gone.

    Gov. Steve Beshear announced Friday that $4 million in federal funding would be made available starting July 12 for summer cooling assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

  • Two-day fair preview starts Friday

    The Spencer County Fair officially begins this weekend, but don’t expect midway rides. Those won’t arrive until the fair resumes later this month.

    This Friday, fair-goers can enjoy a corn hole tournament beginning at 7 p.m. and then the main event at 7:30 p.m. with horse pulls on the dirt track.

    Saturday’s events include the antique tractor pull at 6 p.m., followed by the Coca-Cola Youth Talent show at 7 p.m. Also at 7 p.m. will be the 4H/FFA swine show and capping off the night are more horse pulls at 7:30 p.m.

  • Trails event proves Taylorsville is no dark horse

    Taylorsville is well on the way to shedding its reputation as a one-horse town when it comes to equestrian tourism.

    An estimated 100 trail riders, horse owners, and equine enthusiasts from ages three to 80 assembled at Taylorsville Lake State Park Saturday to enjoy a full day of fun and fundraising in commemoration of Celebrate Kentucky Trails Day, a state-wide holiday that is only a year old.

  • Turpin leaves us while ESPN sells out to LeBron

    Melvin Turpin left us; ESPN sells out to LeBron. Last week in sports was a Coney Island roller coaster.

    Baseball fans got Cincinnati’s Joey Votto onto the National League roster.

    Patrick Patterson’s debut to NBA summer league was stellar.

    LeBron James bought ESPN’s integrity for an infomercial. And, Jesse Jackson grabbed headlines and an hour with Larry King before Al Sharpton. Jackson called Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert a slave master and LeBron a runaway slave.

    Close to home, Melvin Turpin left us at age 49.

  • Young cancer patients enjoy day at the lake

    While yesterday morning’s relentless downpours  kept most people indoors, nearly one hundred courageous youngsters with cancer jumped into their swim wear and ponchos and headed for Taylorsville Lake.

    Since 1981, dozens of kids hailing from around Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio have come together every year for Indian Summer Camp, a free, week-long, non-profit program that is meant to improve the quality of life and raise the spirits of kids who are currently battling cancer or who have beaten the illness.

  • Host family needed for foreign exchange student

    A host family is being sought to provide a home to a foreign exchange student from Switzerland. The 18-year-old male student will be arriving in July 31 in time to attend school at Spencer County High School. The student enjoys playing piano, soccer and is interested in learning American football. He will remain in the United States until June 2011.

    If you are interested in providing a home and all the necessary transportation that a typical active teenager requires, then please call International Exchange Coordinator Sally Crespo at 477-1972.

  • New city park proposal

    Taylorsville commissioners are looking into the idea of building a small park across from city hall. The proposal, presented by Main Street Committee Chairman John Shircliffe, included a long, meandering sidewalk with benches and a clock tower anchored by a short, brick wall.

    “I’d like to donate that clock as part of the effort,” Shircliffe told commissioners at last Tuesday’s meeting.