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Today's News

  • Teachers and pensions - doing the math

    Lots of retired teachers bared their angry fists at me following my recent column about the soon-to-retire public school administrator who will, if he fulfills life expectancy, collect pension checks for longer than he worked, enjoy annual cost-of-living increases that most workers only dream about and amass a KTRS-funded $5.6 million fortune by retiring at 49 years of age after working 27 years.

    “Please be accurate rather than (highlight) one exceptional pensioner!” one retired emailer scolded.

  • Atheists and the Ark

    A group of atheists is so riled up by the Ark Encounter in Northern Kentucky that they’ve started a billboard campaign to discourage people from visiting it. The proposed billboard says: “Genocide & Incest Park: Celebrating 2,000 years of myths” and for a gift of $500, donors can have their face among those drowning outside the Ark. It’s an attention grabber no doubt, but the effort amounts to free advertising for the park which is set to open in July.

  • Guthrie wants to trim regulations

     

    While the nation’s attention has been focused on presidential politics for much of the past year, business in Washington continues, and Kentucky Congressman Brett Guthrie said much of what occurs is not good.

  • Agriculture - Ag Commodity Breakfast

     

    The Spencer County FFA held its 11th annual Ag Commodity Breakfast April 5 at Spencer County High School.

  • Agriculture - Rid your plants of rust

    Last year our serviceberry was afflicted with a whimsical looking disease; the beautiful blue berries that appear in the summer looked like something from a Dr. Seuss book. In a good year the cedar wax wings usually flock in and eat the berries as they ripen – not so last year. The strange, white tubular protrusions that the berries were covered in not only looked funny, but they kept the birds away, too.

  • Agriculture - Cold weather is delaying corn planting across the state

    Now that the first week and a half of April have come and gone, many Kentucky farmers are still waiting for the right conditions to begin corn planting.

    “I think the far, far west of the state still has a little bit warmer climate than everybody else, but the majority of the state has barely gotten started with corn,” Chad Lee, a University of Kentucky extension agronomist, said last week.

    Recent cold temperatures could make uneven emergence more likely, according to Lee.

  • Lady Bears go 5-1 in Florida

     

    It was more than just fun in the sun for the Spencer County Lady Bears softball team last week. The fun also came on the diamond, as the young squad took five of six games, including a 3-2 victory over 12th ranked North Laurel on Friday.

    “What a week,” said first-year coach Jimmy Schmidt. “This group keeps finding ways to win close games.” Five of their last seven wins have been by three runs or less. The Lady Bears are now 11-5 on the season.

  • Baseball Bears enter district play with 8-3 record

     

    The Spencer County Bears are sporting an impressive 8-3 record as they return home from their Spring Break trip to Florida, having won three of five in the Sunshine State.

    The Bears ended their week on a high note, besting previously undefeated Caldwell County 8-1 on Friday.

    A big second inning propelled the Bears, when they scored five runs to take a commanding lead. Noah Dockery knocked in the first run with a double, followed by a two run single by Jacob Cole and then an RBI double by Lucas Tackett.

  • Undefeated Season

    The “Wild-Cards”, a kindergarten/first grade basketball team in the Spencer County Parks and Recreation league, finished their season undefeated.

  • SCMS Soccer

     

    The Spencer County Middle School soccer teams will host a double-header this Thursday, with the boys game beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the girls game following at 7 p.m. Between games, the 8th graders of both squads will be honored.