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  • Food pantry runs low on space and canned goods

    For the first time in the four years that Jill Whitehouse has led the effort to distribute canned goods to local residents in need, last month she completely ran out of food.

    Several factors contributed to the dilemma, said the program coordinator for Spencer County’s Multi-Purpose Action Committee (MPAC). Contributions by area churches were down and requests for food that month were up.

  • ELECTION 2008: Voter turn out impressive

    The only complaint heard through-out the county on this election day from voters was the long lines at the precincts. Which can only mean there were lots of people voting.

    “We have had an awesome turnout,” said Election Officer Sheriff Brent Baker as voters streamed steadily in and out of First Baptist Church on Main Street.

  • Maxine Ethington found

    The body of Maxine Ethington was found Sunday afternoon next to her vehicle off Beckley Station Road near Middletown.

    Shelbyville Police reported a body was found next to the car but would not identify that body. A family member later confirmed to The Sentinel-News that the body was believed to be Ethington’s. A coroner’s report was pending.

    Shelbyville Police said no foul play is suspected. The car apparently still was engaged and had run out of gas after being driven off the road, more than 20 miles from Ethington’s home on Craig Ave. in Shelbyville.

  • Veterans Day Celebration Saturday

    With another Election Day in the history books, it’s time to move on to the next big holiday. No, not Thanksgiving – Veterans Day – that time of year when patriotic Americans across the country take time to appreciate the sacrifices of all service men and women.

    This year will mark the third time Guard Duty has organized a veterans event in Spencer County, and each year it continues to grow said organizer D.J. Fee.

    “We started with the honor service, a parade and a static display,” said Fee.

  • Halloween meth bust

    While a successful Halloween on Main Street was winding down Friday night, and all the trick-or-treaters were making their way home to inventory their bags of goodies, the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department raided an active methamphetamine lab at 1014 Bloomfield Road.

    The house is currently empty as its owner, Michael Grubb, is still being held in the Shelby County jail for allegedly running down his estranged wife in the center of Taylorsville just a few weeks ago.

  • PHOTO: Mayor proclaims November Home Health Month
  • Spencer residents give more to McCain

    Many believe that campaign contributions can an indicator of who will win an election. If so, then Senator John McCain would be the clear choice for Spencer County voters.

    According to statistics kept by the Federal Election Commission, supporters of McCain have outpaced contributors four to one in Spencer County over Senator Barack Obama. Of the $1,660 in total individual contributions, residents gave $1,310 to McCain and $350 to Obama.

    Spencer County Republican Party Chair Lynn Hesselbrock said she’s not surprised to see more support for McCain.

  • Soil and Water Conservation District candidates

    Candidates for Spencer County Soil and Water District were each asked to complete a survey of questions. The following is their unedited answers to these questions. Of the five candidates, the top four vote-getters will earn a spot on the commission. This is a non-partisan race. Responses will be listed in alphabetical order.

    Survey questions:

    1. How long have you lived in Spencer County?

    2. What motivates you to seek the office of Soil Conservation?

    3. What do you believe are the duties of someone who serves in this position?

  • Montell, Young meet with retired teachers

    With only days until the election, Charlotte Nedros was still undecided.

    For 30 years, she taught fourth and fifth graders in Jefferson County. Now, nine years into retirement, the Spencer County native wanted to make sure Kentucky legislators planned to uphold promises made decades ago – she wanted to hear a commitment to preserving teachers’ pensions.

  • Online resources now available for voters

    Kentuckians have access to multiple online services which will allow voters to prepare for the upcoming general election. Citizens can view sample ballots online, check their voter registration, and obtain driving directions to their polling location – all by visiting the Vote Kentucky! online presence created by the Office of the Secretary of State with support from the Kentucky State Board of Elections at: www.vote.ky.gov.