Today's News

  • COLUMN: Amazing grace: How sweet it is!

    I got up this morning singing “Amazing Grace,” and I thought about how amazing grace really is.
    John Newton wrote “Amazing Grace.” John was a slave trader and was in a storm when he thought his ship was going to sink. He got down on the floor of his ship and cried out to Jesus to save him, and Jesus did not only save the ship, he came into John’s heart and saved him.

  • COLUMN: Going back to school – we need your help

    The 7-year-old version of Shannon Mason (at the time) differs in most ways from the 26-year-old Shannon Brock you see today.
    She was blonde, petite, shy and more concerned about finding her favorite My Little Pony than fact-checking a news story.
    But there is at least one thing these two versions of me have in common – we’re absolutely crazy about the words “back to school.”
    I know, I know – it sounds insane. But I truly have loved school since I was old enough to go, and I always have loved back-to-school shopping.

  • The Far Middle: July 13
  • SCMS summer show opens this weekend

    Students are rehearsing at Spencer County Middle School this week for this weekend’s summer show, the junior version of “Into the Woods” by James Lapine.
    A cast ranging in ages from middle school through college has been preparing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day this week, and the show will open Friday evening at 7.
    Other performances are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
    Admission is based on a sliding scale donation, meaning those attending are asked to donate what they are able, but donations are not required to watch the show.

  • Waste tire removal and recycling grants available to Kentucky counties

    Kentucky counties are being urged to apply for up to $3,000 each in waste tire removal and recycling grants. The money is available through the Department for Environmental Protection’s Division of Waste Management Waste Tire Trust Fund.
    “Eligible expenses under this grant are the actual costs that the county incurs during the grant period for disposal or recycling of waste tires,” said Chris Fitzpatrick, manager of the Recycling and Local Assistance Branch within DWM. “Other expenses, such as labor and equipment costs, are not eligible.”

  • Mount Eden Post Office meeting draws large crowd

    Mount Eden residents came out in full force Thursday night in an effort to keep their post office from closing later this year.

    Hoping there is strength in numbers, about 200 residents filled the fellowship hall of Mount Moriah Baptist Church seeking answers from United States Postal Service representatives. Expecting an overflow, a speaker was also set up outside the hall so everyone could hear.

    The postal representatives on hand said Thursday’s crowd was the largest they have seen from about 40 meetings this year.

  • Library gets grant to fund ‘mobile computer lab’

    Spencer County is among 45 Kentucky counties selected to share a $1.3 million federal grant for the creation of a new Public Library Workforce Center to be housed at the county’s public library.

    Library Director Debra Lawson said she couldn’t yet release details on the total amount of money received at the local level because bids were still being collected for equipment, but could confirm the grant would fund a mobile computer lab to be located in the library’s public meeting room.

  • Police seize 32 guns from convicted felon

    Police seized 32 guns from a Bloomfield Road residence on July 5 after finding out a man at the residence was a convicted felon.

    After investigating, Kentucky State Police and the Spencer County
    Sheriff’s Department arrested Tony D. Hilbert, 41, according to a news release.

    Police seized 26 long guns and six handguns.

  • Granny's little hero

    What started as an ordinary day in June, ended as anything but for Ochs Lane resident Betty Shouse and her great-granddaughter, Hayleigh Whittington.

    Eight-year-old Hayleigh and her 18-month-old sister, Lydia, spent the day with Shouse – as they often do – and all the way up until 4 p.m., the day was a normal one.

    Shouse spent a few minutes talking on the phone to Hayleigh’s dad, Josh, who was in California at the time, then sat down in a chair in her living room.

  • Round one of fair starts Friday

    Citizens will get a taste of the Spencer County Fair this weekend when it opens for a few events on Friday and Saturday.

    Rides will not be at the fairgrounds, located off Ky. 44 on Fairgrounds Road, until Tuesday, July 26, but plenty of family activities are stirring up, starting with a cornhole tournament Friday at 7 p.m. at the pavilion.

    The horse pull starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the track.

    Festivities open up again Saturday, starting at 5 p.m. with the antique tractor pull at the ring.