• Healthy and Halloween are usually two words that contradict each other, but as a parent, you want the best for your child.  With Halloween just around the corner, your children will soon be gathering treats that may not be part of a healthy diet.  Giving and receiving healthy treats is easier than it sounds. Here are some do’s and don’ts to having a healthier Halloween.

  • A recent U.S. president stated on at least one occasion that character doesn’t count. Well, maybe that’s his personal opinion. But it matters to me, and also for most of those with whom I have asked if it really matters to them.

  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    I’m interested in tracking down some old friends I’ve lost touch with over the years but could use some help. What tips or resources can you recommend to help me find them?
    Searching Senior

    Dear Searching,
    It you have access to the Internet, tracking down long-lost friends from many years ago is relatively easy to do, and in most cases it won’t cost you a cent. Here are some tips and tools to help you get started.

    Gather Details

  • A reading from Luke 17:11-19:
    Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, 10 men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him — and he was a Samaritan.

  • Apple trees are popular additions to home landscapes because of their fruit production. However, many home gardeners are not prepared for the onslaught of diseases that bombard the trees every year. To minimize risk of disease and reduce reliance on preventative fungicide applications, home gardeners may consider selecting disease resistant cultivars, said Nicole Ward Gauthier, extension plant pathologist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

  • The United States Department of Agriculture has begun distributing Conservation Reserve Program annual rental payments to participants across the country. USDA also began distributing 2013 direct payments and 2012 Average Crop Revenue Election program payments Oct. 24. Payments originally were scheduled to be issued earlier in the month, but were delayed by several weeks due to the lapse in Federal funding.

  • Principals Honor Roll
    All “A”
    First nine weeks

    Ms. Buynak
    Gabriel Bowling, Bradley Coulter, Sydney Druin, Cameron Flowers, Dylan Galeoti, Justin Kendrick, Braydon Kessinger, Avin Miracle, Annie Riggs, Taylor Rogers, Sadie Steele, Nicholas Swope, Alexandria Wheatley

    Ms. Martin
    Andrew Gibson, Baileigh Lee, Sadie Martin, Jenna Pegram, Stephen Perry, George Summitt, Andrea Tackett, Jude Taylor, Trish Vires, Shawn Wright

    Ms. Tackett

  • Ms. Santo
    Alexis Barrick, Abbigail Boarders, Noah Campbell, Braeden Craig, Summer Duncan, Rhyanah Goodlett, Angalena Pequeno, Alexander Peterman, Roshona Pope, Symphony Sharp, Silas Tackett, Roger Waldridge

    Ms. Sztanya
    Cali Hornback, Sydney Smith, Aiden Thacker, Akira Vires

    Ms. Twyman
    Adison Barnes, Dalton Clark, Bayleigh Downs, Gavin Goode, Natalie Kuhner, Brayden McAlister, Kyle Poynter, Nathaniel Poynter, Brody Russell, Daniel Stevens, Ruby VonKalben, Chase Waldridge, Draven Walls

    Ms. Eye


    Spencer County High School students hosted a spirit week leading up to Homecoming earlier this month. Dress up days were set as Pajama Day, Nerd Day, Superhero Day, Gangster Day and Spencer County Pride Day.


  •  Dear Savvy Senior,
    My 67-year-old mother’s house has become a cluttered mess. Since my father died a few years ago, her house is so disorganized and messy with stuff that it’s becoming a hazard. I think she has a hoarding problem. What can I do?
    Worried Daughter

  •  Stress — who has it? Everybody. Even children, who are not aware of the overall stressors that their parents are experiencing, and the parents falsely believe that their stress is real stress and the child is experiencing a much more tolerable level than they are.

  • Fellowship building dedication at Mt. Eden Christian
    Mt. Eden Christian Church, 12441 Mount Eden Road in Mount Eden, will host a fellowship building dedication on Sunday at 11 a.m.
    The speaker will be Bro. Odis Clark.Services will be in the fellowship building and a potluck meal will follow the dedication.
    The community is invited.

    Narcotics Anonymous meetings at First Christian
    Narcotics Anonymous meetings will be held at First Christian Church weekly on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.
    For more information, call 502-902-1648.

  • Roy Keeling submitted this photo, which he estimates was taken in 1948. Pictured from left are Bobby Smith, 7; Tommie Smith, 10; Roy Keeling, 8; and Charles Smith, 4.

    The Spencer Magnet is always looking for fun, old family photos or photos from the community in yester-year. Bring your photos by our office, located at 100 W. Main St. in Taylorsville. Photos can be scanned and returned after they run. For more information, call 477-2239, ext. 22 or 24.

  • In the years I have been involved in counseling situations, there are often some problems that arise in the divorced family as it relates to custody issues and step-parenting. None of these issues are beyond addressing and resolving, but they are often very emotional both for the parents as well as the child. (For the rest of the column, it will be assumed that the word child, may also refer to more than one child or multiple children.)

  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    What computers can you recommend for seniors with very limited computer skills? I am interested in getting one, but at 76, I need one that’s designed simplistically for me.
    Inexperienced Senior

    Dear Inexperienced,
    There are actually several companies who make and sell computers designed specifically for seniors who have little or no computer experience. Here are some top options to check out: