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Today's News

  • PHOTO: Three attend Kentucky Sheriff’s Ranch from June 9-14
  • In the Garden: Tomatoes looking good but no fruit by July Fourth

    I had picked loads of cherry tomatoes by this time last year. The hot spring worked to the advantage of ripening tomatoes by the 4th of July. This year has played out a little differently but the tomatoes don’t seem to mind; they look great, have generous fruit set and will be ripening soon enough. So far the plants are remarkably free of any pest problem, brown or yellowing leaf or rotting fruit. Most are heirloom varieties; they were fertilized once at planting with fish emulsion and immediately mulched with newspaper and pine straw.

  • What's Happening — Week of July 3

    Drivers license testing moved to Wednesday for July Fourth holiday
    Due to the Independence Day holiday being on Thursday, drivers license permit testing will be today between 8:30 and 10 a.m. Road skills testing will be at noon.

    County clerk’s office closed July Fourth
    The Spencer County Clerk’s Office will be closed Thursday in observance of Independence Day. The office will reopen on Friday.

    Circuit clerk’s office closed July Fourth

  • Farming Facts: Lightning - Myth vs. Fact

    After the storms that rolled through last Wednesday night, I came across this information on lightning safety and thought I would pass it along to you.  It is courtesy of the National Weather Service: http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/facts_truth.html.
    Myth: Lightning never strikes the same place twice.
    Fact: Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly, especially if it’s a tall, pointy, isolated object. The Empire State Building is hit nearly 100 times a year.

  • Library happenings

    •The Spencer County Public Library’s summer reading program has ended.  Those who registered their children for the program, please come to the library to pick up their prize packages.

    •The adult summer reading program started July 1. Anyone wishing to participate should stop by the library to pick up the book bingo form. July will have numerous adult programs, including:

    -July 13: Make a hand scrub to pamper rough hands

    -July 23: Learn how to throw a pot with Albert Bauman at 6:30 p.m.

  • School board seeks land acquisition attorney as property search continues

    In what seems to be the Spencer County Board of Education’s never-ending search for land, the board has now directed Superintendent Chuck Adams to retain legal counsel specializing in land acquisition law.
    The board voted on the issue at its June meeting after discussing it in executive session under the legal provision of future acquisition of real property. The board’s discussions of purchasing property to construct a new elementary school with room for another building date back to 2008.

  • Despite some parent concerns, board moves to maintain absent note policy

    The late 2012 and early 2013 severe cold and flu season that caused so many students to miss class spurred Spencer County Board of Education members to rethink the district’s excused absence policy, but decided at its June meeting nothing will change for now.

  • Popular Pork: Pork a delicious, afforadable and versatile meat

    One of America’s most versatile proteins just got a more appetizing price tag. With prices lower than past summers and juicy new pork cut names appearing in meat cases, now you can swap in your favorite pork chop to make grilling more tasty and economical. Look for new cut names including ribeye and porterhouse pork chops to maximize your dollars spent at the grocery store.

  • Evaluation: Superintendent ‘meets expectations’

    Spencer County Schools Superintendent Chuck Adams is meeting expectations, according to the board of education’s most recent evaluation, but board members would like to see additional district-wide improvements in several areas, including college and career readiness and drug and alcohol prevention.
    Each year board members analyze the superintendent’s performance and, due to a new evaluation process used for the first time this year, board members identified specific goals they wish for Adams to achieve during the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

  • Lake to host fireworks Saturday

    For the first time since 2010, a Fourth of July fireworks display will dazzle Spencer County, this time from Taylorsville Lake State Park.
    Community members are welcome to view the display from the park’s Possum Ridge boat ramp, as well as the Taylorsville Lake Marina. The display will begin at 9:30 p.m. Saturday and will last for approximately 12 to 15 minutes.