Local News

  • Whitfield steps aside, Comer intends to run for seat

    U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Hopkinsville, announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election to a 12th term in Western and Southern Kentucky’s 1st Congressional District.

    “Representing the people of the first district for 21 years has been an honor,” Whitfield, 72, said in a statement. “I will cherish forever the countless opportunities to work with them to nurture and strengthen the 35 counties comprising Kentucky’s first district.”

  • What’s happening - Week of October 7, 2015

    Project Graduation Pork Chop Lunch

    SCHS Project Graduation is hosting a Pork Chop Lunch starting at 12 p.m. on Friday, October 9, at 36 W. Main Street in Taylorsville. The cost is $7.00 per lunch, which includes a pork chop sandwich, chips, drink and cookies.

    Blood Drive at First Baptist Church

  • KSBA opposes legislation over school calendars

    Leaders of the Kentucky School Boards Association, who represent the state’s 173 public school districts, say decisions about when schools start are best made at the local level.

    At its quarterly meeting in Frankfort Saturday, the KSBA Board of Directors pledged to oppose any legislation that would take from local school boards any powers to set and manage academic calendars.

    It comes as two state lawmakers say they will push legislation in 2016 that would bar schools from starting classes earlier than the Monday closest to Aug. 26.

  • Purchase of heart monitors could save lives

    The Spencer County Fiscal Court Monday approved the purchase of two new heart monitors for the ambulance service, a purchase that could prove to be lifesaving for heart patients.

    Chris Limpp, Emergency Services Management Director, told members of the court that the county had a unique opportunity to purchase two state-of-the-art monitors that would improve their ability to treat and diagnose patients who may be suffering life-threatening heart-attacks.

  • Small quake felt in neighboring counties

    No injuries or damage were reported when a small earthquake rattled residents of nearby counties late Monday night.

    The tremor, which measured a magnitude 2.7 on the U.S. Geological Survey, was reportedly centered about six miles north northwest of Shelbyville, and was also felt in Henry and Oldham counties. There were no reports of it being felt in Spencer County.

    The earthquake occurred around 11 p.m. Monday.

  • TSCFD receives $18,000 grant for gear

    Governor Steve Beshear and the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security have announced that the Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Protection District has been awarded an $18,000 grant to purchase personal protective equipment for firefighting.

    “The Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Protection District is grateful to Governor Steve Beshear and the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security for their support of our request for funding,” said Chief Nathan Nation.

  • Schools making the grade


    The banners went up last week just hours after Spencer County schools got the news. The district, for the first time, has been noted as Distinguished following the release of scoring data from the Kentucky Department of Education.

    The KDE’s Unbridled Learning results were released Thursday and Spencer County continued it’s improvement, ranking 38 out of 173 districts in Kentucky. Spencer County is among the highest ranking schools in the area, trailing only traditional academic powerhouses like Anchorage Independent Schools and Oldham County.

  • TES design unveiled and approved


    The first glimpse of the new Taylorsville Elementary School was made public last week as school officials and architects unveiled the plans for the 70,000 square foot building that could be under construction within a month.

    A forum held at the current TES on Thursday, included sketches and layouts of the new building that will be located about a mile north of the high school on KY 44, on property formerly known as the McAllister farm.

  • Board agrees to acquire three new school buses

    The Spencer County Board of Education on Monday night agreed to acquire three new school buses, two through a lease and one through an outright purchase. The total value of the three buses is about $272,000.

    Superintendent Chuck Adams explained that they have three buses that are 2001 models, all of which will be deemed obsolete by January. He said the district has done well in recent years upgrading their fleet of 31 buses.

  • Use caution when burning lawn waste

    This is the time of year when homeowners do a lot of sprucing up around the yard, and the yard waste is usually easier to burn than to dispose of other ways.

    That’s prompted questions about the open burning laws in Spencer County. Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Department Chief Nathan Nation said he fields calls frequently with homeowners asking about regulations.

    He said there are few, if any, local ordinances governing open fires, but said state statutes do apply.