• Spencer County Elementary School announced their 2nd semester honor roll recently.


    Spencer County High School Choir participants are making a change for the better. The first year Ms. Kelsie Shipley, SCHS Choir Director, sent kids to audition in 2013 for the KMEA All-State  Choir, no students from SCHS made it.  Competing against students all around the state for these spots is not an easy task.  

    Last school year, 2014-2015, Ms. Shipley had three students make it; Shelby Hughes, Halee Hood, and Patrick Sweazy.  This year, 2015-2016, Ms. Shipley had six students make the KMEA All-State Choir. 

  • What better way to deal with the winter weather than to enjoy a hearty bowl of soup?

    One of my favorite soup options is a simple Great Northern bean soup. It makes a delicious meal all by itself and is especially good when served with fresh hot corncakes.

  • It seems the fall season lasted just into January 2016. The ferns that hang from lamp posts in Old Louisville finally got zapped by a freeze just after the New Year. Winter jasmine is in bloom, among other late winter bloomers, and a few spring flowering trees have broken bud. Our current cooldown is welcome just to slow things down a bit.

  • Every time you bring a load of firewood inside this winter, you may be opening the door for wood-infesting insects to make your home their home. Most insects brought into the home on firewood are harmless, but you can greatly reduce their numbers by following a few simple steps.

  • On an unusually warm December morning, farmers Allen Phillips and Eddie Klingenfus stand before the remains of a once booming dairy farm and reminisce about their lifetime of labor.

    Combined, the two farmers gave Shelby County nearly a century’s worth of milk–Phillips with 53 years under his belt and Klingenfus, 42.

    But the two say they are finally ready for a break.

    “A dairy ties you down,” Klingenfus said, explaining that a farm is like caring for an infant child that never grows up.

  • Dear Savvy Senior,

    Is pill splitting safe? I have several friends who cut their pills in half in order to save money, but I have some concerns. What can you tell me?

    Cautious Kim

    Dear Kim,

    Pill splitting – literally cutting them in half – has become a popular way to save on pharmaceutical costs but you need to talk to your doctor or pharmacist first, because not all pills can be split.


    A pound of butter, a pound of sugar, a pound of flour and a pound of eggs—that’s the easy-to-remember recipe for an 18th-century pound cake, large enough to feed a family for days. Most of us don’t have large families to feed, and with the short days and long nights of January, we may be inclined to polish off the entire cake by ourselves.


    The Spencer County FFA Farm Toy Show was held December 11-12 and attracted more than 1700 attendees for the weekend. The show featured over 50 vendors and 180 tables of items.

    One of the highlights of the show was the farmscape exhibits and judging. This year, the John S. Shouse Memorial Award, which is given to the top farmscape, was presented to Jesse Smith, Matthew Benedict, and Jake Graves from Springfield.

  • Every couple of years I like to revisit my father’s favorite Christmas poem inspired by Clement Moore’s famous work, ‘Night Before Christmas’. The writer is unknown, but he or she certainly was a gardener; and you may even get some last minute gift ideas from its verse.


    The Spencer County Extension Office hosted the District 3 Holiday Staff meeting last week.

  • Few plants can liven up a winter day like the amaryllis.  The large pink, white, red, orange and variegated flowers are truly spectacular. Maybe you received an amaryllis bulb as a holiday gift.

    A member of the lily family, the amaryllis rises from a large bulb.  The growth habit makes it well suited for blooming during the colder months of the year.

  • Holiday greenery has a history that goes well beyond the Victorian Christmas tree we gather around today. Most of the holiday greenery we use to decorate dates back to the pagan holidays of the Romans and Northern Europeans when certain plants were chosen for their symbolic powers of restoration and protection.


    Students at Spencer County High School lent a hand to local and state police during the Cram the Cruiser effort to collect food for various charitable programs. Students brought in food and blocked the doors of several teachers in the school last week, before they gathered it all together for the effort.


    This week’s 11th grade MVB is Matthew Giveans. He has recently volunteered to help a special needs friend organize his backpack.  He is involved in baseball, band and military readiness. He is planning to go to college to become a commercial pilot.


    Students at Spencer Christian School performed their Christmas program before several hundred people at Spencer Christian Church Sunday night. Preschool and kindergarten students sang a few songs, while older students performed a musical about “Hark, the Herald Angel.”

  • Representative James Tipton, R-Taylorsville (53rd District), announced this week an agreement has been reached between Kentucky and Indiana that will expand higher educational opportunities at a lower costs to students in Spencer County.  A Memorandum of Understanding between Indiana and Kentucky now includes Spencer County on the list of Kentucky counties for in-state tuition at Indiana University Southeast.


    Alyssa Howie is the 9th grade Most Valuable Bear. Alyssa was nominated and selected by the SCHS faculty for her hard work and dedication. She is a well rounded student who is always willing to help others. She plays basketball, softball, and is part of the SCHS choir. She plans to go to college and major in education.


    The Spencer County High School and Middle School Drama Department will present “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” beginning this week.

    This hilarious Christmas classic, by Barbara Robinson, centers on a mother struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant, starring the Herdman kids, probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem - and the fun - when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on.