• When we mentioned that Dr. J. Floyd Furnish of Spencer County delivered quintuplets, our information was a bit skimpy.

    Since then, we’ve learned more of the unique delivery.

    It happened Feb. 11, 1914 in a small two-room house on Plum Creek near Waterford. It was the first delivery of quints in the United States.

    The parents were Gaither and Bertha Drury: Gaither was from Spencer County, but Bertha’s family originated from the eastern Kentucky mountains.

  • After record snowfall and bitterly cold temperatures, most Spencer Countians welcome the transition into spring. Still, changeable weather is one of the harbingers of the season, and often it comes in the form of high winds and blustery conditions. Even though tornadoes can occur in any season, they are most common in spring, along with downbursts and windstorms.

  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    How does Medicare cover home health care? Because of my illness, my doctor suggested I get home health care, but I want to find out how it’s covered before I proceed.
    Need Some Help


  • DEAR DR. ROACH: I am in my 60s. About 40 years ago, I had a case of shingles. Can shingles reoccur, or having once had it am I protected from having it again? I’ve been given conflicting information about whether I need to be vaccinated. -- M.F.

    DEAR DR. ROACH: I heard a report from a recent study that said a person who has shingles early in life is more likely to suffer a stroke. Would you please explain why? -- A.L.R.

  • The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass can form the basis for numerous trips and adventures this summer, and it’s a bargain at $80.

  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    I’m interested in getting my 72-year-old mother a smartphone, but want to get one that’s very easy for her to use. What can you recommend?
    Shopping Around

    Dear Shopping,
    There are several different ways you can go about getting your mom a simplified smartphone that’s easy for her to use. Depending on how much you’re willing to spend, here are some different options to consider.

  • Like many gardeners this time of the year, I have been spending cold winter evenings by the fire with a good catalog. The seed catalogues fill the mailbox and I barely make it up the driveway without taking a peak at what’s offered for 2015.

  • Unusual items fascinate me. It’s a challenge to find out what they are, where they came from and how old they are.
    Claude Brock, Sr., found a heavy, hornshaped “thing” down by the Salt River a few years ago, Dolly brought it down to the Spencer Magnet office for me to examine, but I could shed no light on what it is.

  • A reading from the Gospel of St. Matthew 1:18-25:

  • The beauty outside the window on a snowy winter’s day is hard to deny. The white blanket that covers everything seems so soft, while the frigid cold makes things appear crystal clear. To walk outside and hear the winter silence broken only by the crunch of snow underfoot and the soft hiss as the wind blows the snow along can be intoxicating.

  • by Ned Way

  • While doing some microfilm research at the Louisville Free Public Library last week, this scribe ran across an interesting item in the Sept. 16, 1964 edition of the Louisville Journal.
    The items gave details of a shooting in Taylorsville during the Civil War.
    Here’s what it said:
    “Deporster Killed By A Brother Guerrilla.

  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    What are the IRS income tax filing requirements for retirees this tax season? I didn’t have to file last year, but I picked up a little income from a part-time job in 2014, and I’m wondering if I need to file this year.
    Part-Time Retiree

  • The respected research group Brookings Institute has released reports that cast a disturbing eye on student-loan debt -- at least on the surface. The bare stats might look more grim than the reality.
    Between 1989 and today, graduate students have left school with debt that has risen from $10,000 to $40,000. At the bachelor-degree level, the debt has risen from $6,000 to $16,000. However, because of having degrees, the lifetime income of those students also has increased enough.

  • DEAR DR. ROACH: You’ve discussed sleep aids and your belief that it is best to get off all of this type of medication. I am healthy, 75 (take no meds), exercise with weights, do swimming and running regularly, and since 2007 have been taking an over-the-counter sleep aid called doxylamine nightly with no apparent side effects. Do you see a problem with continuing? -- A.B.

  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    Is there a good rule of thumb on who should buy a long-term care insurance policy? My wife and I have a few assets we’d like to protect but we hate the idea of paying expensive monthly premiums for a policy we may never use.
    Planning Ahead

  • By Ned Way