• Spencer County is just as important historically as any county in Kentucky, yet its accomplishments and extraordinary people rarely get the credit they are due.
    This week, we offer some parts of Spencer County history.

  • FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky has been awarded five grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture totaling nearly $313,000 aimed at getting more local foods into Kentucky schools, the USDA announced last week.
    Two grants for a total of $87,957 went to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

  • I like the winter landscape because I can see past the green canvas of summer into neighboring fields where horses and sheep graze. I can see mistletoe everywhere too, in the canopies of trees that line a spring fed stream. Even in town, if you look up while you are sitting at a traffic light, I bet you’ll see some. It is there if you look into the canopies of trees devoid of their leafy-ness.

  • Chester and Susan Crawford of Normandy in northeast Spencer County worked hard in 1905 to support the family. Both were 26 and were rearing two girls - 4-year-old Betsy and 2-year-old Ruby. Chester worked a night shift on the farms of Shelby Countian Harry Weisenger.
    It was on such a night July 6, 1905 that Chester’s work kept him away from home.
    Susan and the girls went to bed, not expecting Chester to come home. Nor did Susan expect the horror of what happened at 11 p.m.


  • To get a running start on 2015, make time between holiday obligations to take care of financial and household business that needs to be wrapped up before the end of the year. Here are some possibilities:
    • Are there any credits cards you can pay off now and start the New Year with a zero balance?
    • Make donations to a charity so you get the tax deduction for 2014. Review Charity Navigator, CharityWatch and GuideStar to be sure your money is going to a worthy cause and not administration fees.

  • When my wife and I were in our courtship years, we made several visits to a wonderful place, Crystal Beach, an amusement park in Ontario, Canada, a short drive from the area where we both lived near Buffalo, New York. My favorite ride was the Comet Coaster, which by today’s standards of roller-coasters was mild, yet a lot of fun, so I chose to ride again, but she decided to take a seat on a bench .. recovering from what she considered to be a scary ride.

  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    Where can seniors turn to for free or low-cost legal help? My husband and I need some professional legal assistance but don’t have a lot of money to pay a high priced lawyer. What can you tell us?
    Seniors in Need

  • Little Mount Baptist to host a
    lunch with Santa
    Santa will visit Little Mount Baptist Church Dec. 6, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will be available for photos with children age 12 and under. Lunch and photos are free and open to the community. For more information call 477-2335
    Taylorsville Community Church
    presents Christmas Concert

  • By NED WAY

  • The Gospel reading from Matthew 25:31 to 46 reminds us that one day there will be a judgment day, where Jesus will separate the sheep from the goats or believers from unbelievers.
    When the end of the world comes, Jesus will descend from heaven with “the shout of the archangel and with the trumpet of God.” Delight will fill the hearts of his faithful disciples. Jesus will gather all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left.

  • by Katie Pratt

    The Gleaner

  • It is hard to believe that the holiday season is upon us. I have family visiting for Christmas so this means a bigger tree than normal; if you are going to travel to come see us this is the least I can do. Plus, it is fun to find the “perfect” tree that fits your space and holds precious ornaments with style.

  • Now that we are in December, everyone’s thoughts turn toward the holidays. Each year, I like to pass along the following tips and information about the most popular plant of the holiday season, the poinsettia.
    Traditional red and green colors are well represented in the flowers available for the holidays. Poinsettias, the most popular and spectacular holiday flowers, can combine both these colors.

  • The debate over whether Spencer County should have gone wet or remain dry brings to mind a column written by this same scribe several years ago. We take you back to 1890 - a bit before my time, but when a Van Buren diary keeper was quite busy...
    William Thomas “Salt River Tom” Love wrote in his diary Monday, Aug. 4, 1890:
    “We very early this morning went to Mt. Eden to the election. It was a very hot, sultry morning. I browsed around a while and then went to the polls and voted as follows, it bring straight Democratic;

  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    Can Medicare help me quit smoking? I just turned 65, and would like to quit but need some help.
    Coughing Connie

    Dear Connie,
    Yes, Medicare actually covers up to eight face-to-face counseling sessions a year to help beneficiaries quit smoking. And, if you have a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, certain smoking-cessation medications are covered too. Here are some other tips that can help you kick the habit.

  • by Ned Way

  • A reading from Matt 25:23-30
    “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
    “Then the man who had received the one talent came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

  • Did you know that the cranberry used to be called the “cranberry?” When the colonists first learned of this berry from their American Indian hosts in the New World they thought the blooms of the native shrub looked like the long neck and bill of the crane. Eventually, as language goes, it was shortened to cranberry.