Today's News

  • COLUMN: A toast, please, for Kentucky

    Raise a glass, please. A congratulatory toast to…
    You and your winning ticket for Kentucky Derby 137. All half dozen of you.
    At 20-to-1: Animal House. Uh, Animal Cookies. Er, Animal World?
    Who? Animal Kingdom paid $43.80.
    Reflective of a more sophisticated time in our Sport of Kings, Derby 137 was Animal Kingdom’s first race on dirt. Pause on that a moment, a horse running on dirt. What a novel idea.

  • TES poster winner

    Taylorsville Elementary School Principal Chuck Abell, right, presents a $25 prize to Kaylee Smith who won a poster contest at the school. The presentation was made April 29 during the school’s olympic-style opening ceremony for state testing.

  • COLUMN: Preschool now accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

    The Spencer County Preschool recently received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

  • SCHS band members recognized for participation in honors bands, music festivals
  • The Far Middle: May 11
  • COLUMN: Wet weather woes

    The wettest April on record and historic flooding have kept the majority of Kentucky producers out of fields, delaying planting across the state and prompting producers to consider switching some areas from corn to soybeans.
    According to the Kentucky Weekly Crop and Weather report, 17 percent of the state’s corn crop was planted as of May 1. This is a great deal behind 2010, which had 82 percent of planting completed at this time, and less than the five-year average of 59 percent.

  • COLUMN: Well water safety following a flood

    The heavy rains, high water and flooding that occurred across Kentucky early this month may cause concerns about the safety of drinking water and well water in affected communities.   
    Anytime a well is surrounded by flood waters or when heavy rains cause the water to become muddy or cloudy after a rain, the well should be disinfected.  Shock chlorination is the process used to sanitize private wells.  The product recommended for use is regular liquid household bleach which can be purchased in local grocery stores.  

  • COLUMN: Soil amendments should be customized

    The rules on amending the soil have changed over the years.  Part of the change relates to the fact that good soil is hard to come by in newly developed subdivisions where enormous earth moving equipment is used to level trees and land.  This equipment not only removes the valuable topsoil, it also compacts subsoil and kills the living organisms that make up a healthy soil system.  The less we disturb the soil the better, but for many,   some sort of amendment is necessary in order to improve tilth, drainage and nutrition.  

  • COLUMN: A Godly mother is to be praised all year long

    As we think about mothers this time of year, to some of us, it is a great, blessed day because we really love our mother. My mother went to heaven to be with the Lord. I think about her often. I will never forget when she was in the hospital with heart failure, she kept saying I want to go home, I want to go home.
    Roberta, my wife, said, “Mom, when you get well we will take you home.” She raised up her hand and said “Praise Jesus.” Really, she knew where her home was.

  • COLUMN: Fostering a relationship with God is amazing

    Have you ever thought about how amazing our lives are these days?  I know most of us think our lives are fairly ordinary, but are they really?  Let’s just think about our daily grind for a minute.