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Opinion

  • The majestic mountains of Gatlinburg, TN are a sight that many people from Kentucky and around the nation know well.

    However, about a week ago tragedy struck, and now it is the spirit of service that we are called to help our neighbors.

    I just returned from National 4-H Congress, and while I was there, I learned a very important lesson:  Serving others isn’t about you; it is about those who need the help.

  • Nearly every week, our newspaper includes stories about local government that are often filled with conflict, disagreement and sometimes outright anger. That’s the nature of politics at times and passions can justifiably run deep on issues that can be vitally important to our community.

    But the recent passing of Magistrate Jim Williams is a sobering reminder about the importance of civility and common courtesy.

  • Gatlinburg, Tennessee is like a second home for many people here in Spencer County and across Kentucky. In fact, there are many Kentuckians who actually own cabins, cottages and chalets in that tourist mecca.

    Many others have lifelong memories of family vacations, honeymoons, anniversaries and other family events in the area. Whatever the connection, there is a bond between many of us in the Bluegrass and those in the Smokey Mountains.

  • Many of you may recall an issue the Kentucky General Assembly discussed in the 2016 Session, known as “REAL ID,” which requires Kentucky to meet modern federal regulation standards on the issuance of identification.  Known as Senate Bill (SB) 245 in the 2016 Session, the bill passed both the Senate and the House but was ultimately vetoed by Governor Bevin because of concerns will the bill’s future implications.

  • After reading your recent editorial “Don’t Fall for Fake News” I was inspired by how much we agree. Fake news is dangerous. Readers and viewers must double-check it for accuracy, whether it comes from the Internet or CBS, NBC, CNN or even FOX.

  • The federal election is completed and the country has overwhelmingly elected Donald Trump as our next president. The electoral vote was 306 for Trump (including Michigan) to 232 for Clinton. Now we can move forward and get down to business, right?

  • We would like to thank those that were at or who participated in the drawing held Saturday night for the Dawson Moore Scholarship Fund raffle.

    The gifts given away were a Thanksgiving basket and a handmade afghan. Amanda Riley was the winner of the Thanksgiving basket and Herman Johnson was the winner of the afghan.

    All the funds taken in will go to the Dawson Moore Scholarship Fund for a student who graduates high school in 2020 to attend college. Again, your donations were greatly appreciated and will be put to a good cause.

  • A 25-year-old actress, whom I had never heard of, made headlines last week when she claimed that Thanksgiving was “founded on a massacre” - a theme promoted by many politically correct history revisionists who seem intent on making villains of every European to ever step ashore on this continent.

    Thanksgiving was not founded on a massacre, but on a notion to recognize God’s divine providence, protection and provision for those earliest settlers.

  • On Thursday, most of us will gather with family and friends for a delicious meal. We’ll bow our heads and give thanks for all the blessings we’ve been given, including the bountiful feast that sits before us.

    We truly have much to be thankful for. Even in a nation that’s often divided by politics and in homes divided over sports teams and by generational gaps, we can all agree that the liberties and freedoms we have as Americans warrant a spirit of gratefulness.

  • What do schools do with all those books? Of course the answer is students read them and it is apparent by how well our school district is doing.

    Have you ever wondered what happens when those well-used books need to be replaced? The answer is, more students read them. A statement that has never been so true about S.C.E.S and T.E.S.

  • In the wake of Donald Trump’s huge upset of Hillary Clinton earlier this month in the presidential election, the current finger of blame is being pointed at something called “fake news.”

    Those who are still scratching their heads trying to figure out how their polls were so wrong, are concluding that fictional or made-up stories that circulated on social media conspired to doom Clinton’s campaign. Thus, the newest issue being addressed by the media is the onslaught of what they call “fake news” and the need to combat it.

  • The election is finally completed and I’m sure that, like me, you are relieved. The changes were many both in the Commonwealth and nationally. As a County Board of Election member, we were preparing for a large turnout and the questions that result from so many newly registered voters and voters who haven’t cast a ballot in awhile. The citizens were definitely motivated this year.

  • Fewer than 10 percent of Americans can claim the title of veteran. Far less than one percent of our population is currently defending us in the global war on terrorism. And yet, so many seem intent on trying to balance the budget by diminishing the quality of life programs designed for the veterans who have already disproportionately made sacrifices.

  • On behalf of the poll workers at Spencer Christian Church, we want to thank SCC for its great and continuing hospitality. Not only to us, but for their honoring veterans who came to vote. It was truly a gesture of Christianity that will not be forgotten.

    Tony Wheatley
    Taylorsville, KY
     

  • On Thursday night, I watched young people marching in the streets, crying and cursing. I saw footage of college-aged people burning flags, dismembering effigies of Donald Trump and then saw footage from Portland Oregon of windows being smashed and rocks being thrown at police.

    It was enough to make you lose complete faith in the next generation.

  • As Spencer County Judge Executive, I’d like to share what I believe last Tuesday’s historic election means for Spencer County.  

    First, Spencer County had the highest percentage of registered voter turnout (67.88%) than all of the other 119 counties in Kentucky.  We clearly are not the largest in population of the 120 Kentucky counties, but our voters take elections seriously enough to show up and vote, on a percentage basis more so than any other county in Kentucky.

  • The great enemy of progress is not always direct opposition, often its simply distraction.

    That seems to be the case in Spencer County and Taylorsville these days as there is a group of citizens who have come forward with much energy, good ideas and genuine concern for the community as they try to set the Taylorsville Strategic Plan into action.

  • Hi. My name is Gaberialla. My friends and family call me Gabby. I am six years old.

    On Wednesday, October 26, I was in a car accident along with my mommy, my little sister, my twin little brothers and two of my cousins in Mt. Eden at the intersection of 248 and 636.

    I just wanted to thank everyone that helped me and my family. We are all very thankful for the fast actions and quick thinking to take care of each person involved.

  • We would like to thank the community, friends, and family for donating money and supplies to our fundraiser Club Happy Dog that benefits the Spencer County Animal Shelter.  With your donations we were able to exceed our goal of raising over $100. Thank you so much for loving the dogs as much as we do.

    Lily Long and Grace Lohden
    Spencer County Elementary School