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  • Local fire department viewed as a model merger

    (Editor’s note: The following article was written by The Springfield Sun newspaper as part of a continuing series looking at local fire department issues.)

    The City of Springfield and Washington County are currently served by two separate fire departments. Each department operates on its own budget, with its own sources of income. However, the departments are primarily made up of the same firefighters doing the work when a fire arises.

  • Less waste for the money

    City of Taylorsville officials have elected to pursue a downsized version of a mandated wastewater treatment plant expansion after initial construction bids came back much higher than anticipated.

    The Taylorsville City Commission, in a special meeting Dec. 29, unanimously voted to approve several cost-cutting measures for the proposed expansion and enter into “competitive negotiations” with contractors who a few weeks earlier submitted the three lowest bids on the original design.

  • Sheriff saga: Who’s on First?

    Ringing in the new year was hardly done in a traditional way for Spencer County Sheriff Buddy Stump.

    Stump, who last November won a narrow election over sitting sheriff Steve Coulter, scrambled to assemble a staff on New Year’s Eve when Coulter confirmed his rumored early resignation — two days before the state-mandated end to his term.

  • School buses may have fenced home soon

    Spencer County School District officials are considering fencing in a bus storage lot at the intersection of Main Cross and Back Alley that has been a point of concern for bus drivers and Spencer County Board of Education members.

    At the November board meeting, member Sandy Clevenger discussed that several drivers approached her with issues relating to bus vandalism and safety, noting parked buses could not be locked and were subject to any pedestrians or vandals passing by the lot.

  • Coulter says goodbye, for now

    When Steve Coulter hands over the keys to the Spencer County Sheriff’s Office to Buddy Stump at the first of the year, he will leave with few regrets.

    “I am proud of what we have done,” said Coulter, who has been county sheriff since 1994. “I think we have served the citizens well.”

    Again, he will leave with few regrets. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have any: “I just hate that it had to end this way,” he said.

  • WHAT'S HAPPENING: Spencer County's Community Calendar

    Preschool screenings set
    Spencer County Preschool is hosting early childhood screenings on Friday from 1 to 7 p.m.
    The early childhood screening is for all Spencer County children 3 and 4 years of age. The screening will assess the areas of hearing, cognitive skills, speech/language, self-help adaptive skills, socialization and/or motor development.
    If your child will be 4 before Oct.1, he/she may be income eligible for preschool even if he/she was previously screened as a 3 year old and was not eligible.

  • Two sheriff deputies will leave post

    When Steve Coulter leaves the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department this week, he won’t be alone. Two of his deputies will join him on the sidelines when incoming sheriff Buddy Stump takes office.

    Deputy Larry Goodlett, who joined the staff when Coulter first became sheriff in 1994, and Chief Deputy Kyle Bennett, who has been part of the department since 2000, both recently confirmed that they would resign their positions when Coulter leaves office.