Local News

  • A crowning achievement


    Molly Kate Burkhead named Miss Spencer County Fair

  • Coulter resigns as Emergency Management Director


    The county will be looking to name a new Emergency Management Director following the recent resignation of Jeff Coulter from that position. In addition, Coulter stepped down from the position of Emergency Medical Director and Judge-Executive John Riley is hoping to split those roles between two people in the future.

    In the interim, Riley issued an executive order, naming current Road Supervisor Todd Burch to fill the Emergency Management Director and Chris Limpp, an EMS employee, as Emergency Medical Director.

  • Man drowns after attempt to retrieve remote control boat

    Ed Mahurin spent more than a dozen years on the dive team for the Louisville Metro Police Department, a unit that often has the grim task of recovering drowning victims.

    On Thursday evening, all he could do was stand on the banks of a pond near his home in Elk Chase Subdivision as divers from the Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Department recovered the body of his 41-year-old son.

  • Local officials hope to expand medical services

    Getting sick or injured after-hours in Spencer County typically means a drive to Louisville, Shelbyville, or elsewhere for treatment. That’s something leaders say they would like to remedy.

    City Commissioner Ellen Redmon recently addressed the need and announced that talks have been held with at least one health care provider, Baptist Health Care, about expanding their services in the county.

  • Library to open in temporary location on Saturday

    The Spencer County Public Library is currently closed due to a relocation project and will reopen to the public Saturday.

    The library has moved to its temporary location at 513 Taylorsville Road because of the construction project and will remain there for around a year, said SCPL Director Debra Lawson. She said most all services available at its permanent location will be available at the temporary location including computer services, access to genealogical information, books, magazines, newspapers and the community meeting room.

  • Healthfair, Readifest is Saturday

    The annual Spencer County Healthfair and Readifest is this Saturday at Spencer County High School, 520 Taylorsville Road. The event is from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., but participants are encouraged to arrive early. Students must be enrolled in Spencer County Public Schools and present to receive school supplies.

    The event includes free school supplies, fitness demonstrations, fire department demonstrations, prizes, drawings, free health screens and information for all ages.

  • What’s happening - Week of July 29, 2015

    Shelburne to host St. Jude charity softball game

    On Saturday, Aug. 8, country artist and Taylorsville native JD Shelburne will host his eighth- annual St. Jude charity softball game against the 97.5 WAMZ Country HAMZ at Ray Jewell Park.  The game will start at 1 p.m. and is open to the public. Before the game at 11 a.m. there will be a home-run derby to help benefit St. Jude as well, featuring Shelburne and some of players and anyone else willing to participate. There is a $5 entry fee.

  • Featherbed Hollow Road to close for bridge inspection

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 5 Office advises motorists of the upcoming closure of Featherbed Hollow Road in Spencer County. KYTC engineers will be inspecting the bridge over Little Plum Creek (mile point 0.1) near KY 1020 (Plum Creek Road). Featherbed Hollow Road is scheduled for closure on Monday, August 3 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

    Even though Featherbed Hollow Road is a county road, state transportation engineers are responsible for regular inspections of this structure.

  • Local WKU student researches climate change


    Western Kentucky University senior Tara Sorrels, an International Business major and Honors College student from Taylorsville, completed an internship this summer at the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network (IACN) in Akureyri, Iceland, under the direction of Embla Eir Oddsdóttir.

    During her time in Iceland, Sorrels also conducted research for her WKU Honors thesis on scenario planning for climate change within Icelandic fisheries, which she is completing under the direction of Dr. Leslie North in the Department of Geography and Geology.

  • Study: ‘Pill mill’ law has cut doctor shopping

    Kentucky’s prescription drug reforms from 2012 have resulted in a large drop in doctor shopping among addicts and a major decline in the number of questionable pain clinics operating in the state, a study shows.

    The University of Kentucky Institute for Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy conducted a yearlong review of the state’s “pill mill” legislation, finding a 52 percent decrease in the number of addicts who bounced from doctor to doctor in search of prescriptions.