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Opinion

  • There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:
     a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
     a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
     a time to search and a time to give up,

  • Tis the season when newspapers across the nation publish political endorsements. Most often, these are decided by newspaper staff members who arrogantly meet around a table and agree that they are better informed and more knowledgable than the average voter. So out of the goodness of their heart and civic minded charity, they share their superior knowledge with the general public in hopes that the election will turn out the way the newspaper prefers.
    So without further ado, here are our endorsements:
     

  • Learning a trade by being an apprentice has been a practice spanning centuries. A young person would be taken under the wing of a skilled craftsman or tradesperson, and learn from the master. It was hands-on training with immediate feedback, correction and encouragement.
    How refreshing that apprenticeships seem to be making a comeback for young people. Spencer County Schools should be applauded for participating in this type of program.

  • “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
        The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America

  • It was kind of tough to get around in downtown Taylorsville Saturday night. Main Street was packed with people, and we’re not talking about just the sidewalks. The street itself was shut down, blocked by a huge stage where Spencer County native JD Shelburne returned home to launch a new CD.
    It’s nice to see events that bring people together, especially in the heart of a community. Folks came with lawn chairs, lined them up in a mostly orderly fashion and one couldn’t help but notice that just about everyone had a smile on their face.

  • By the time you finish reading this sentence, it will be history. History is like that – it happens just as quickly as the present becomes the past.
    History is an important indicator of where we’ve been, where we are, and where we are going. That’s why it’s vital that we study history, preserve history and appreciate history. But we must resist the temptation to get stuck in history.

  • People who enjoy a good, productive garden, must invest a considerable amount of time and energy weeding out the bad and keeping the good. Left unattended, weeds can quickly overtake a garden in little time, not only hiding the good stuff, but choking it off and robbing it of nourishment as well.
    To the careless or inexperienced gardener, it may be hard to tell the difference between weeds and crops. They’re all green, they grow in the dirt and it takes training and effort to discern the two.

  • People who enjoy a good, productive garden, must invest a considerable amount of time and energy weeding out the bad and keeping the good. Left unattended, weeds can quickly overtake a garden in little time, not only hiding the good stuff, but choking it off and robbing it of nourishment as well.
    To the careless or inexperienced gardener, it may be hard to tell the difference between weeds and crops. They’re all green, they grow in the dirt and it takes training and effort to discern the two.

  • Spencer Countians are joining other Americans this week to celebrate America’s 242nd Birthday.
    Born out of a fierce determination and longing to be a free, self-governing people, our forefathers and their families pledged their lives and fortunes 242 years ago by signing a letter declaring our independence from Great Britain. They did so by citing our dependence on the blessings of God and it took the blood and sacrifice of Americans from all 13 colonies to secure our liberty.
    Today, America stands as a beacon for human freedom and liberty.

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  • Spencer County Fiscal Court got a dressing down Monday from a man who will soon take  his seat at the court’s table. Jim Travis, who won May’s primary for magistrate in Elk Creek, requested permission to address the court and offered up a civil, but biting critique of the disfunction of county government over the past four years.

  • Spencer County Fiscal Court got a dressing down Monday from a man who will soon take  his seat at the court’s table. Jim Travis, who won May’s primary for magistrate in Elk Creek, requested permission to address the court and offered up a civil, but biting critique of the disfunction of county government over the past four years.

  • Congratulations to the Class of 2018. Whether you graduated from Spencer County High School, Hillview Academy, or received a degree from college or a certification from a technical school, this is a pivotal moment in your life.
    You deserve to take a breath, reflect on your accomplishments and pause to thank those who helped you along the way. But make it brief. Life is waiting for you and you can’t afford to rest on your laurels.
    Opportunity awaits and the choices you make over the next few years will go a long way in determining the rest of your life.

  • A pot-hole filled parking lot at a hotel might be a nuisance, but a crumbling driveway at your house might spur you to action. It’s amazing what we might be willing to put up with when we distance ourselves from ownership.
    Sadly, for many people who now call Spencer County home, they don’t always treat it like home. These are residents who simply spend the night here, but whose jobs, commerce, and other activities take place across the Jefferson County line.

  • There’s a lot of great lessons to be learned on the baseball diamond. Young people learn how to function as a team, individual responsibility, the value of hard work and how to focus when they’re out in the field for several innings.
    When a kid steps up to the plate, he or she learns the importance of patience, observance and the value of repetition. They learn that sometimes their job isn’t to hit the ball and pad their own batting average, but to sacrifice that average in order to move the runner ahead of them around the bases.

  • It’s so fitting that in Kentucky, elections, whether they be May primaries or November general elections, typically fall on or near the same week Americans celebrate veterans. In November, it’s Veterans Day and in May, it’s Memorial Day.
    Few things are more American than the freedom to vote, and that freedom has been purchased with the sacrifice of the blood of tens of thousands of Kentuckians who have laid down their lives in the defense of our liberties since before Kentucky gained statehood in 1792.

  • Some people hate dandelions. They even spray their yard for them and do everything possible to keep the weeds with the bright yellow blooms from overtaking their yard. While many consider them a nuisance and unsightly, they do serve as a refreshing symbol that spring has sprung and after a long, cold winter, it’s nice to be reminded of that.
    It’s the same way with political yard signs. They are often unsightly, sometimes seem uncontrollable and they start to appear about the same time as the dandelions, and are usually less appealing.

  • When I was 17-years-old, I crossed the stage in the gym of my high school, received my diploma, and then walked into my future. At that point, I had decisions to make that would impact the rest of my life. Among the most important – what was I going to do for the next 40-50 years.

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  • Mrs. “Sissy” Myrtle F. Goodpaster, age 80, of Cox’s Creek, returned to her Heavenly Father on February 11, 2018. Mrs. Goodpaster was born in Nelson County on July 1, 1937 to the late Hubert and Mildred Breeden.
    Among those who preceded her in death include her husband, Leonard E. Goodpaster, Sr.; son, Russ Lee Goodpaster; sister, Carolyn Trent; and brothers, Junior Breeden and Ivo Mudd.