Today's News

  • Deuling or feuding?

    Elected officials in Kentucky must swear or affirm that they have never participated in a duel with deadly weapons as part of their oath of office. It seems out of place in 2019, but political passions run high in the commonwealth.
    Early in my career, I saw and heard some pretty heated exchanges among public officials. At a Jackson County School Board meeting, one board member asked another to step outside as they found themselves embroiled in a heated exchange.

  • Resolve to get involved in 2019

    Flipping the calendar over to a brand new year brings new opportunities and fresh beginnings. It’s the time of year when many people make resolutions and resolve to break old habits or begin new ones.
    This year, new elected officials begin new terms in Spencer County, and there’s a real chance for progress, as long as office holders will keep their focus on the county and not be distracted by petty differences, political spats or personality conflicts. It’s easier said than done, but citizens should demand it.

  • A classroom on wheels


  • Grand Jury hands down indictments

    A Spencer County Grand Jury handed down indictments on five people earlier this month.
    Indicted were:
    • Micah Lee James, 33, of Louisville, KY on one count of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, illegal possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants, tampering with physical evidence, illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia, and failure to wear a seat belt. The charges stem from his arrest on August 24.

  • New officials sworn in


  • Dear Santa, I wish...

    Last week, we published letters from hundreds of young Spencer County students who reached out to St. Nick with their Christmas wish list. While we had his attention,  I may have sent a note up to the North Pole as well. My list included the following:

  • Session adjourns with no pension fix

    A hastily called special session of the Kentucky General Assembly to deal with the pension crisis adjourned just about 24 hours after it started, but the issue is likely to dominate discussion when those lawmakers report on January 8 to begin their odd-year short session.
    “I know this issue is not going away and we sill have a lot of work to do,” said Republican Representative James Tipton, whose district includes Spencer County.

  • Herndon seeks clearance to hire brother

    Sheriff-Elect Scott Herndon will need more direction from the Spencer County Fiscal Court before he is able to complete the task of hiring his staff as he prepares to take office on January 7.

  • City running up legal tag

    Like a running meter on a taxi, the City of Taylorsville’s legal bill in a lawsuit against Lawrence Trageser is increasing at a clip of $25 per day, the result of an order issued earlier this month by Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman.

  • Focus on Future Kentuckians

    I’m not a proponent of lowering the voting age, but if we could figure out a way for future generations to cast proxy ballots on issues that they’ll be facing 20 or 50  years from now, that might be a good idea.
    Few issues in the state will have more impact on our children and grandchildren than the one currently being discussed in a special session in Frankfort – the future of teacher and state retirement systems. As it is, Kentucky taxpayers are being drained by a system that is outdated and unsustainable.