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  • No plea deal in prom party death case

    The case of a woman charged with reckless homicide in the prom party death of a local teenager will go to trial in December unless the two sides can reach an agreement in the next eight weeks.

    Angela Barkham, 40, of Inghram Lane, and her attorney, Richard Nash, could not reach an agreement with Commonwealth’s Attorney Laura Witt Donnell on Wednesday in Shelby County Circuit Court.

    Barhkham was indicted and charged with reckless homicide in the death of Donald “Donnie” C. DeJesus, Jr. after a prom party in May 2009.

  • Middle school scores drop; high school sees gains

    Editor’s note: This is the final article in a three-part series taking an in-depth look at the district’s Kentucky Core Content Test and No Child Left Behind 2011 results. The following article takes a look how the district’s middle and high school fared.

    Spencer County Middle School

  • Lexington escapees cause manhunt in Spencer County

    The search continues for two Blackburn Correctional Facility escaped inmates who were spotted in Spencer County last week, but officials are unaware of their whereabouts after the two are suspected to have stolen a truck and fled.

    According to state police, numerous reports of escapees Jerry Nation, 31, and Anthony James Kendrick, 41, being in the Taylorsville area were received Tuesday evening around 8 p.m.

    Trooper Eddie Whitworth located the escapees, who were driving a stolen 1992 red Buick in the Chatman Lane area.

  • Vandals strike Little Union Baptist

    Two Spencer County churches have been victims of break-ins in the past week.

    Little Union Baptist Church possibly suffered the most damage, and Plum Creek Baptist Church was struck for the second time in a less than a month.

    Little Union Pastor Will Sipes stopped by the church around 2 p.m. Tuesday to do some work. Upon entering, he smelled smoke and followed the odor to the church’s basement where a cardboard box had apparently been set on fire.

  • Judge orders clerk to turn over funds

    Spencer County Clerk Judy Puckett can no longer deny the Spencer County Fiscal Court access and control of her budget without violating a court order.

    Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman entered an opinion and order on Thursday mandating that Puckett comply with the fiscal court’s ordinance establishing fee-pooling and a purchase order system for the county clerk’s office.

  • Crash at Normandy and Ky. 55 claims life

    A two-vehicle crash Saturday at the intersection of Ky. 55 and Normandy Road left one person dead, three others injured and a 5-month-old baby without a scratch.

    Shirley P. Belcher, 71, of 763 Normandy Station Road, died from injuries sustained in the accident.

    Belcher was a passenger in a 1995 Ford truck driven by Sonya Loosvelt, 52, also of 763 Normandy Station Road.

    According to a Kentucky State Police news release, Loosvelt was driving the truck southbound on Ky. 55 when she attempted to make a left turn onto Normandy Road.

  • Citizens heard at public hearing

    Nearly 50 concerned citizens showed up at the City Hall Annex last Tuesday night to express their opinions on the possible expansion of the Taylorsville Place Apartments.
    Proving there is strength in numbers, after hearing the citizens speak, the Taylorsville City Commission rescinded a motion that passed a week earlier to furnish a letter of support to the Buckeye Community Hope Foundation, a nonprofit corporation that specializes in developing affordable housing.

  • Elementary schools show most improvement on state tests

    Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series of stories taking an in-depth look at the district’s Kentucky Core Content Test and No Child Left Behind 2011 results. The following article takes a look how the district’s two elementary schools faired.

    Spencer County’s elementary schools probably have the most to brag about when it comes to making progress as measured by the No Child Left Behind Act and the Kentucky Core Content Testing, which is the assessment that NCLB uses to determine the district’s progress.

  • Man facing indecent exposure charge

    A Taylorsville man is facing charges in Jefferson County District Court of second-degree indecent exposure and third-degree sexual abuse following two incidents that allegedly occurred at his former Louisville work place.

    A warrant was issued for the arrest of 31-year-old Justin D. Oliver on Sept. 23 and was served by Kentucky State Police last week. Two separate complaints were filed in Jefferson District Court by two female co-workers, whose names were not released. The incidents allegedly took place at Oliver’s place of employment, The Home Depot on Westport Road.

  • The bullying stops here!

    Jaime Evans knows what it’s like to be bullied.

    As a high school freshman, she was bullied by a group of six girls who would often start fist fights.

    “I would be walking down the hallway and a girl would literally come up and push me,” Evans said.

    Once, the group even called her mother and said they had Evans in their custody and planned to fatally attack her.

    Evans actually wasn’t with those girls, but she wasn’t home, so her mother didn’t know what was going on.