Today's News

  • Agriculture - Northern Kentucky’s horse whisperer

    The horse keeps her eye on her trainer as he walks her, effortlessly eases her into a canter, then seamlessly into a trot around his huge arena.

    The mare knows Greg Kallmeyer, but just as important, he says, he knows her.

    Kallmeyer, at 54, has realized a dream. He just opened the Kallmeyer Equestrian Center in Burlington, giving horses a calm home, cushioned stalls, each with an open window from which heads poke out at will.

  • Agriculture - FFA youth from other states visit county

    Last week, you may have noticed some extra school buses riding around Spencer County. We had the honor of hosting some FFA students from other states as they came to Louisville for what looks to be the final FFA Convention being held here for several years.

    Wednesday morning, there were several students from Wisconsin eating at a local establishment, and when I introduced myself, they were very courteous and respectful. After we chatted, they said they were heading into Louisville for the convention.

  • Agriculture - Invading lady bugs

    Some years are worse than others. I remember years when it was like a siege of lady beetles, other years a few popped up here or there. Usually they sneak their way into our homes as a noticeable chill settles in. On sunny days, they cling to the screen door on the south side of where I write. A few weeks ago they showed up in droves. I need not worry about them as they sun themselves; but the ones that collect indoors, well your best bet is a vacuum cleaner.

  • Pension system needs more accountability

    I can’t describe the emotion I felt when I learned of the state retirement system board’s decision to keep its current executive director, extend his contract for 30 months and award him a 25-percent raise – to $215,000 annually.

  • Foreign policy blunders threaten security

    Former President Jimmy Carter recently said of President Obama’s foreign policy that America’s “influence and prestige and respect in the world is probably lower than it was six or seven years ago,” adding “…I can’t think of many nations in the world where we have a better relationship now than when he took over.” Having recently returned from Israel, Jordan, Iraq, and Afghanistan with Congressman Andy Barr and several of my Senate colleagues, it’s clear that Carter’s critique is devastatingly accurate.

  • Honoring our vets

    “In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.”- Mark Twain.

    As each of us rise each day to go to work or school, or on Sunday when we gather our family and worship in our church, I wonder if we think about what those simple freedoms we enjoy like being able to major in whatever career we chose, or the freedom to worship our Lord, what costs were paid for those freedoms.

  • Finding the right balance

    Twice last year, Spencer Countians who live near creeks and streams had to move to higher ground when heavy rains turned those waterways into raging rivers that caused property damage and even threatened lives.

    Twice, residents had to clean up, dry out and rebuild fences, driveways and other property damaged by the high water. It left many land owners wanting to take action to try to prevent future flooding.

  • Cleaning county’s creeks


    Property owners concerned with the effects of rising creeks met Thursday night at the Spencer County Extension Office to learn how they can legally address those issues, but there seem to be few simple solutions.

    In years past, residents, and even local government officials, could go in and clear out streams from the build up of sediment that, over time, can alter the course and depth of streams and creeks. However, in the 1970s, the federal Clean Water Act enacted strict new measures limiting that practice.

  • Two dead after fatal shooting in Mt. Eden

    Two people were fatally shot late Friday evening in what investigators believe was a murder-suicide on Van Buren Road in Mt. Eden, Kentucky.

    Kentucky State Police Detective Sgt. Ben Wolcott said the Spencer County Sheriff’s Office was the first to respond to the scene after calls reporting a domestic situation at the home. He said it is his understanding that a deputy arrived on the scene and heard shots inside the house. At that point, the deputy called for assistance and the Kentucky State Police assumed control of the investigation.

  • Stump dismisses charge of improperly using vehicle

    Spencer County Sheriff Buddy Stump dismissed allegations that he had used a county vehicle for personal use, charges lodged against him by Lawrence Trageser during Monday’s meeting of the Spencer County Fiscal Court.

    Trageser said Stump used a Sheriff’s Office pickup truck to transport former County Judge-Executive Bill Karrer from a lawyers office in Louisville for a deposition in a civil lawsuit between Stump, Karrer, former county attorney Ruth Ann Hollan against Trageser.