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Today's News

  • Proposal would prevent Kentucky schools from starting before the end of August

    The questions have been debated in Kentucky for years:

    Should public schools start in early August or after Labor Day?

    Should the school year end by Memorial Day or in mid-June?

    School districts in some states start after Labor Day, but Kentucky districts, over time, have started the year earlier and earlier.

  • Kentucky ABC launches online training

    The Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has launched its online STAR (Server Training in Alcohol Regulations) instruction.

  • From our readers: Thanks for taking stand against abortion

    It is so refreshing to have a newspaper editor come forward and lay out the truth on something as important as the current abortion debate. Watching the clips of the Planned Parenthood meeting with buyers of body parts is sickening to say the least. This brings to mind a recent bumper sticker that said “Seems to me that all the people in favor of abortion have already been born”. I think this sums it up!

    Arnie Mueller,
    Fisherville

  • From our readers: County leaders need answers beyond just raising taxes

    I read the Magnet’s report of the Fiscal Court’s meeting with some wonderment. Maybe it’s just me but here are a couple of observations that contribute to the ‘wonderment’ of ‘What the heck is happening?’

    We have a Judge Executive who admitted that he could not read the budget in my presence. This contributes to the ‘wonderment’.

  • Editorial - Cut costs, then raise taxes

    In about three months, Spencer County taxpayers will be receiving their tax bills, meaning local governments and taxing districts are now faced with setting tax rates.

    The annual debate over cutting costs or raising taxes is not exclusive to Spencer County, but a discussion had by elected officials at all levels.

  • Civil politics

    There’s nothing civil about war, but that doesn’t always have to apply to the political process that seems to grow nastier, meaner and more vile every election cycle.

    In a sense, politics is a war - a war of ideas and philosophies. I’ve never been a fan of those who say compromise and bipartisanship are always the answer. Politics are partisan by nature, and that’s a good thing. Despite what’s taught in this post-modern world, there remains a difference between right and wrong, good and evil, and often politics are divided on those very lines.

  • Rally for 1st Amendment

     

    The Obergefell decision is final; marriage has been re-defined for these United States. We can argue whether it was done legally, whether it is consistent with American history, and whether it will actually bear fruit as a new social order emerges, but it is now the law of the land.

  • Curtis files as independent candidate for governor

     

    Independent gubernatorial candidate Drew Curtis, with more than 8,000 signatures in hand, officially filed for the 2015 governor race today with his wife Heather Curtis as his running mate.

    Curtis gave a kick-off press conference today on the Capitol stairs saying he is confident he can get more than 20 percent of Kentuckians’ vote in the race for the state house.

  • Public’s input sought on social study standards

    The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is seeking public feedback on proposed Social Studies Standards for the Next Generation.

    These future-oriented standards address the knowledge, skills and competencies all Kentucky’s K-12 students should have to be prepared for college, career and civic engagement and to ensure success in the world today.

  • Auditor’s financial tips for districts

    Auditor Adam Edelen last week released 75 recommendations to help school districts become more efficient and effective in their use of taxpayer dollars.

    The recommendations are contained in a report that was developed based on findings during the Auditor’s office examinations of 21 school districts since 2012. Districts are not required to adopt all recommendations in the report; however, they are encouraged to review and identify recommendations that could be implemented in their districts to improve fiscal oversight, Auditor Edelen said.