• COLUMN: Keeping it local, and doing it well

    If I’m going to do something, I want to excel at it.
    The reverse is also true: if I don’t pick up something easily, I’m likely to stop trying.
    I never learned how to ride a bike or whistle because it didn’t come easily right away. Occasionally I try whistling again, but I get frustrated and stop nearly as soon as I start.
    I also would rather play caddy for my husband when he plays disc golf than play myself because I’ve yet to master the game. How can I master it when I never play? Good question.

  • COLUMN: Rain delays spring cleaning

    We have seen more water hit the ground in the past five weeks than many people have ever seen. Water levels have risen to never before seen heights. The overflow at the lake was last seen with water pushed to the bridge.
    All this means that when the waters drop and the sun stays out to dry the ground, we are going to see people catching up on their normal spring activities, from gardening to fishing and boating.

  • GUEST COLUMN: Understanding early warning sirens

    The Spencer County Emergency Management Agency has nine outdoor warning sirens located throughout Spencer County. They are designed to inform residents who are outside of a possible emergency. The sirens activate simultaneously countywide during an emergency. The outdoor warning sirens are part of an emergency system designed to provide immediate and valuable information to citizens. The system is not designed to alert those who are within a home or other structure.
    What to do if the sirens
    are activated

  • COLUMN: April showers bring May showers?

    Taylorsville and Spencer County have seen their fair share of rain and floods over the past month and a half.
    This week’s rain made at least the third time in recent weeks that Brashears Creek has left its banks to cover the road and residents on Bowman Lane and West River Road have wondered if they’ll get flooded in – or stuck out – of their neighborhoods. And that’s just naming a few affected areas.
    If you’re anything like me, you’re probably sick of rain, sick of floods and on the verge of being sick of water in general.

  • COLUMN: Thanks, first responders, for having our backs

    A nap to recover from an end-of-week and out-of-town meeting was all that stood in the way of having a nice dinner date with my husband on Friday night.
    Or so I thought.
    Around 6 p.m., however, I found myself awake and hearing one end of a conversation about a tornado warning.
    My mother-in-law called to tell us about the impending storm, so I sleepily dragged my feet into the only real “interior” room in my house – the bathroom.

  • COLUMN: A ‘freshman’ review of the regular, special sessions

    Thanks for taking a moment from your busy schedule to review the 2011 regular and special sessions with me. My freshman experiences were educational and exciting. While it would be easy to feel overwhelmed and discouraged, I see great opportunities to make positive changes for our district, state and nation.
    I’m happy to discuss any specific issue with you personally. For now, let’s focus on the two bills, from both sessions, that created a lot of discussion: the Medicaid budget shortfall and Kentucky’s dropout age.

  • Must. Get. More. Sleep.

    I am not an exemplary figure when it comes to good sleeping habits. In the past, and even sometimes now, I sleep whenever I can. I also tend to be a night owl and a morning zombie, so the idea of early to bed and early to rise is one I am working to embrace, but I definitely have progress to make in that area.

  • COLUMN: This week’s paper is on us

    Many of you were surprised when you went to your mailboxes and found today’s edition of the Spencer Magnet. And, don’t worry – you will not be receiving a bill for this edition – because this one is on us!
    It is important to us to do whatever we can to see that everyone has access to today’s issue because it not only contains our regular A and B sections, but it also has a C section that focuses on health, and it includes our annual Easter section.

  • COLUMN: Hold, please. Yes, I'd like fries with that.

    One morning last week, I went through a local drive-through for a much needed cup of coffee (heavily flavored, of course).
    As it was a particularly sunny morning, I was wearing my sunglasses – probably the ones atop my head in the photo to the right. As I approached the window, I did as I normally do and positioned my sunglasses just as they are in this photo.

  • COLUMN: Bench players play role, too

    Most of the state is abuzz with chatter of the University of Kentucky Wildcats ending a 13-year Final Four drought.
    Lots of national attention has been placed on Brandon Knight, Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb — the fabulous freshmen that Calipari teams are becoming known for.
    Now, sportscasters are starting to pay attention to our veteran players, DeAndre Liggins, Darius Miller and, Jorts himself, Josh Harrelson.
    But, if you ask me, some very important role players aren’t getting the attention they deserve.