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Local News

  • Gourd show starts May 14

    Gourd enthusiasts from around the country will flock to Spencer County next weekend for the Kentucky Gourd Society’s annual art show.

  • Judge: Charter government statute is constitutional

    The question about a possible charter government – which could merge the city and county governments – is an old one in Taylorsville and Spencer County.
    More than 1,800 initially endorsed a petition to explore a unified government between the City of Taylorsville and Spencer County Fiscal Court.
    That petition was filed with the Spencer County Clerk’s office in late 2007 and called for voters to ultimately decide the fate of a unified charter government in an upcoming general election.

  • City issues update on Salt River, Brashears Creek levels

    UPDATED: The City of Taylorsville issued a news release at 9 p.m. regarding the water levels of the Salt River and Brashears Creek.

    That statement reads:

    "Emergency Management officials met at 7 p.m. at the City Hall Annex to examine the current water levels at the Taylorsville Lake Dam, the Salt River and Brashears Creek.

    "The waters are expected to rise slower than previously predicted. Local officials will continue to monitor the situation and are scheduled to meet again at midnight.

  • Taylorsville Lake reaches record high

    Taylorsville Lake matched its 1997 record high of 586.5 feet above sea level Tuesday – and then surpassed it.

    The lake could even continue to rise until about noon today, said Spencer County Judge-Executive Bill Karrer shortly after a briefing at the Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday.

    However, Karrer said the Corps and local officials are prepared.

    “I don’t think there’s any reason to be concerned,” he said, adding that the lake levels were being closely monitored.

  • ONLINE ONLY: Home damaged in fire on Little Union Road

    A home in the 5000 block of Little Union Road sustained heat and smoke damage on April 20 when a fire started in its kitchen, Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Chief Nathan Nation said.

    Food had apparently been left on the stove, he said.

    A woman in the home was downstairs doing laundry when she heard a smoke alarm, he said.

    'She came upstairs and the first floor was filled with smoke,' Nation said. 'One of the big things she did to prevent further damage was shut the front door to help contain the fire.'

  • 911: To call or not to call

    The Spencer County 911 Committee is reminding citizens when to call and when not to call 911.
    Committee Chairman Nathan Nation said there hasn’t been any real issue with citizens calling 911 when a non-emergency number would be more appropriate, but said the committee likes to issue a reminder just in case community members have questions.

  • Absentee ballots available from clerk’s office for those who qualify

    Voters in Spencer County who are unable to go to the polls on May 17 for the primary election may vote by absentee mail-in ballot, the Spencer County Clerk’s office announced.
    To do so, the voter must call the clerk’s office at 477-3215 and request an absentee application.
    The application will be mailed to the voter, who must sign and date it, then return it to the clerk’s office. Then, the clerk’s office will mail the ballot.
    The application must be in the clerk’s office by the close of business on May 10.

  • Woman hits county truck

    A local woman was arrested and charged with driving under the influence Friday evening after hitting a Spencer County Road Department dump truck head on.

    Spencer County Sheriff’s Deputy Gordon Miles Jr. arrested Lillie M. Shelburne, 46, of Taylorsville, after Shelburne, who was traveling south on Fairgrounds Road, hit the county dump truck. The truck was operated by county employee Norman K. Whitehouse, 51, of Taylorsville.

  • Magistrates, judge tour road barn

    The Spencer County Fiscal Court called a special meeting at the county road barn Monday evening to see firsthand some of the improvements county road foreman Todd Burch believes need to be made.

    Burch, who has been in charge of the road department since the new administration took office in January, addressed the fiscal court at its meeting last week and invited the magistrates up for a tour.

    Burch showed all of the magistrates – except Woodie Cheek, who was not present – and Judge-Executive Bill Karrer around the facility, outside and in.

  • Man dies in collision

    A fatal head-on collision at Ky. 44 and Plum Creek Road early last Wednesday remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police.

    Billy White, 60, of Taylorsville, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred at 5:51 a.m. According to KSP, the accident occurred when Charity D. Waldridge, 22, of Taylorsville, lost control of her east-bound truck at the intersection of Ky. 44 and Plum Creek. Waldridge overcorrected and entered the westbound lane of Ky. 44, hitting White’s truck head on.