• COLUMN: Moving along with Main Street Phase II

    Countless hours have been spent working diligently on Phase II, to insure compliance with Federal and State guidelines. One of my character flaws is the lack of patience; I am constantly reminded that possessing patience is a virtue.  Every setback encountered only unifies those involved, city and county officials, as well as, Main Street Committee members. The completion of the revitalization on Main Street is our collective goal.

  • COLUMN: No matter the diction, recycling is best

    When we use our normal English in conversation, we have a mental picture of the noun or pronoun we use for descriptive purposes.
    For example, “to,” “too” and “two” are all pronounced the same, but have totally different meanings.
    Therefore, consider the word “waste.” We can say the word identifies that which is left after we finish using an item (i.e., potato peelings, worn out brooms, tires, etc.).

  • COLUMN: Help make Spencer a showplace

    When I was young, we had a small population in Spencer County. Even so, we had few wild animals other than rabbits and general varmints. We did have a cleaner landscape as one could drink from a small running branch without much danger of getting sick.

  • COLUMN: Flattered, but no relation

    Monday afternoon, I walked into the open house at Seven Counties and heard what is becoming a very familiar question. Well, I sort of heard it.
    I struck up a conversation with a very nice lady, and it went a little something like this:
    “Shannon, I saw your article in last week’s paper, and your last name is Brock, so I bet you know what question I’m going to ask,” she said.
    “Yes,” I responded.
    “Well, are you?”
    “Nope, not to my knowledge.”

  • COLUMN: Hi, Spencer County, nice to meet you

    Two people, aside from my parents, earn credit for the way I’ve turned out as a young adult — and they’re probably not two people you’d expect.
    Who are those people? My best friend’s father and a former youth pastor/current friend.
    As a child, I was very shy and perfectly content huddling up in a corner and watching whatever events were before me unfold. At birthday parties or general gatherings of friends and family, I was much more the observer than the participant.

  • COLUMN: Celebrate Newspapers in Education

    What has a newspaper given you this week? Some useful information about your local government? A weather report, crossword puzzle, or a heartwarming story about triumph over tragedy? Perhaps a newspaper has supplied a great recipe idea or a fun fact about your community. Hopefully it has even helped spur you to action or helped you make a difficult decision about an issue affecting your community.
    If a newspaper can give its adult readers all of those things, imagine the learning opportunities it could give a student in our local schools.

  • COLUMN: Size doesn’t matter when you play like champions

    I could say that I don’t have a dog in this “Spencer County High School gymnasium” fight. I don’t, necessarily.  My children aren’t old enough to attend school, and my family and I don’t live in this district.
    But local ties run deep and I just happen to be from Taylorsville. Most of my family still lives here. I lived in Spencer County almost 22 years and I am a 2002 graduate of Spencer County High School.

  • $52,000 winner, where are you?

    So the Marrowbone Community Market at 109 Jefferson Street in Taylorsville — formerly known as Riverbend — sold a $52,000 winning ticket, according to the Kentucky Lottery Corporation.

    That might be exciting news for the ticket holder, except that person has yet to be identified. Perhaps the more pressing news is that they only have until tomorrow to figure it out.

  • Cities and their officials work hard for residents

    “And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

    Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy was sworn into office and he delivered his famous inaugural speech, considered one of the best in history.

  • Specialty seed catalogs offer variety

    I have learned to be discerning when it comes to catalog shopping. I steer clear of outrageous or cheap deals. I prefer the specialty catalog where expertise reigns providing us with both a good product and the information to grow it well.