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Opinion

  • FRANKFORT — The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2009 session gaveled to an end March 26, capping 29 days of legislative activity that included the passage of bills on school testing reform, drug screening and treatment for felony offenders and tracking for payday lenders. Overall, the House and Senate worked amicably this session to address some very important issues. However, the final two days ended on a rather disappointing note when House leadership decided to uphold a new procedural rule rather than finishing work on several significant bills.

  • Most kids my age are concerned with sports and video games, which I enjoy. As a Boy Scout and Christian, I would like to focus on an issue that is far more significant. In fact there are five bills that are being considered right now. I feel these are so important that I took a field trip on March 3 to the state capital in Frankfort.

  • Mayor Don Pay presented his “State of the City” speech last Thursday at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Mayor Pay indicated in that speech that the occupational taxes that the city has been collecting will pay for new “welcome” signs at all four entrances to the city as well as street signs, stop signs and other directional signage that will resemble the new signs located on Main Street that were funded by the Main Street renovation grant.

  • I read in the paper about the deposition of Dwight Martin and James Allen Tipton.  Both are great young men and we are lucky to have them as citizens of the county. No one would ever make me think that Dwight or James Allen would ever doing anything wrong.  I don’t think you could torture them into doing anything that was not 100 percent right, but there is a true perception out there and perceptions are more often as real than not.

  • As we pass through the time of our community we sometimes forget we are leaving an indelible trail of our concerns, conclusions, rational and irrational judgments. We sometimes do not remember that the local newspaper serves more than just expressing current news.  It also forever reflects how things were accomplished (or not accomplished), whose influence prevailed, and why a community developed the way it did. It illustrates in detail the feelings, judgments, reasons and influence of the community’s leaders, would-be leaders and its citizens.

  • Last Saturday it drizzled cold rain all day long - the weather was awful!  In spite of that over 40 volunteers from all around the region showed up to help clear the multi use trails at Taylorsville Lake State Park that suffered ice storm damage.  It only took half a day with all these volunteers and donated equipment to clear almost all of the 22 miles of trails.  Park management will let us know when the trails will be officially opened - which should be soon.  Once again volunteers have stepped up to get the job done!  We are taking more and more pride and owners

  • She laid downcast and huddled in a small kennel at an animal supply store. One mat, one bowl, no attention from the customers. Her eyes no longer held the shine of a beloved pet, her body language gave no sign of hope. She was alone…forgotten. Her frail, abused, and severely malnourished body did not attract any potential new owner. Her abuser did a good job of breaking her spirit.

  • Those involved with First Baptist Church of Taylorsville’s Dare to Care ministry would like to extend a special thanks to Country Mart, Faulkner Meats, Painters Local #118 of Louisville and the Taylorsville Masonic Lodge #210 for their donations.

    These efforts would not be possible without great community support.

    The First Baptist Church of Taylorsville

    Dare to Care

    Committee

     

  • “1,2,3 PRIDE!” is something the Lady Bears basketball team has been saying for years. We say this because we have pride in ourselves, each other, and most importantly our team.

  • On the second Saturday and fourth Friday monthly our neighbors and friends John and Judy Shircliff open their doors to the community.

    They are the proud new owners of the old building across from Smitty’s, as we all call, it on Main Street in Taylorsville.

  • I am writing this letter to inform the Community of Taylorsville that April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Spring is just days away now, high school seniors are winding down and thoughts now turn to celebrating those achievements and many will feel pressure to drink alcohol during prom and graduation night activities.

  • The statewide Spring cleaning week, March 21-28, gives every county the opportunity to spruce up their county for the anticipated summer visitors. We want Spencer County to look spiffy to encourage people to tell their friends and family how great Spencer County is. We have some prime areas for viewing nature here in our county. It is a shame if the view is obstructed by trash and litter.

  • Last week, when the stock market jumped 300 points and some analysts claimed that the end of the recession was near, I felt my heart skip a happy beat. How wonderful it was to hear good news for a change. Instead of the steady drumbeat of low quarterly-revenues and high unemployment, here was finally some hope for better days ahead. It made me realize how hungry I was, and perhaps many of you are too, for positive reports in the media.

  • Much more was gained during our recent Logos & Slogans Contest than the monies awarded to our four contest winners. Fortunately, I had the chance to talk with many of the people who were involved in this promotion from the business owner, to some who entered the contest, and finally to the four prize winners. By the end of the contest, I had heard quite a lot and most of what I heard was very positive.

  • Spencer County Habitat for Humanity is working toward building its next house. Donations from all are welcome. As chairman of the site selection committee, we are looking for our next building site. If you have a building site that you would like to donate or sell to us, please let us know. The site that you would like for us to consider can be submitted to us for consideration by writing to: Spencer County Habitat for Humanity, Site Selection Committee, PO Box 999, Taylorsville KY 40071. Or, you may call me at 502-477-2149.

  •  Our state government is about to build a bridge across the Salt River to replace the Hwy 55 blue bridge that has been in service for over 75 years.  The new bridge will be expected to serve our community until at least 2090.  Most of us will be long gone by then.

  • So, here we are, in a recession, maybe a depression. The government is printing money which is not backed by gold or silver and the Chinese refuse to buy our bonds.

    The Chinese have 40 percent of their factories closed and their economy is falling hard. The rest of the world economies are crumbling. We sent much of our manufacturing industry to other countries causing our government to lose a big tax base and the government allows them to still have large tax breaks.