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  • What’s happening - Week of February 10, 2016

    Antique Classes at Spencer County Extension

    Antique Classes will begin on March 7 at the Spencer County Extension Office located at 100 Oak Tree Way in Taylorsville. This is an eight-week course that will be taught by R.E. Wells, noted antique authority from Versailles, Ky.

    The fee is $60 for the class and two Monday sessions will be offered each week. Class times are 1-3 p.m., or 6:30-8:30 p.m. and class size will be limited to a first-to-sign-up basis. Classes will be held on March 7, 14, 21, and 28, along with April 4, 11, 18, and 25.

  • Bevin names new Medicaid Commissioner

    Gov. Matt Bevin and Secretary Vickie Yates Glisson Tuesday announced the appointment of Stephen P. Miller, CPA, as Department of Medicaid Commissioner.

    “As we work to redesign the Medicaid program and transition it to a more affordable, sustainable model tailored to Kentucky’s needs, it is important to have someone with a deep understanding of the healthcare industry leading the Department of Medicaid,” Bevin said in a statement.

  • Class learns how to treat trauma

     

    Spencer County EMT J.D. Fleming recently taught a class on treating trauma victims at the Spencer County Extension Building. Eighteen people attended the class, which was free and open to the public. From Spencer and several surrounding counties, the attendees included paramedics, avid hunters and gun enthusiasts, a member of the military and a nurse.

  • From Heroin to hope - Former addicts helping others

     

    Tom “Hootie” Gordon Jr. was hurtling through Taylorsville, state and local police in hot pursuit. That was six years ago. The Spencer County native nearly died that day, his car flipping wildly off a missed curve on Highway 44 just out of town.

    By 2011, Gordon was out on probation but still breaking the law, his pain-pill addiction unshakable.

  • More congestion on KY 155?

     

    A proposed 1,400 home development on Taylorsville Lake Road in Fisherville could have a major impact on Spencer County.

    The proposed development, known as Covington by the Park, will take up nearly 290 acres across from Routt Road, and will include single family houses, as well as an 18-acre commercial tract that could include a restaurant, bank, gas station and small strip mall.

  • Taylorsville gears up for Strategic Planning effort

    Good things don’t always come to those who wait, but the chances increase for those who plan.

    That’s the motivation behind an effort to create a Taylorsville Strategic Plan. The process began last week when local leaders met at the City Hall Annex with consultants from the Kentucky League of Cities to discuss the six-month process by which leaders and residents will formulate a plan for the community.

  • Three-vehicle accident

     

    One woman sustained non-life-threatening injuries Friday in a three-vehicle accident on Highway 155 in front of Spencer Christian Church. Taylorsville-Spencer County firefighters used hydraulic rescue tools to remove the center pillar and left rear door from the woman’s car so that Spencer County EMTs could place her directly on a backboard without turning her.

    She was transported to the University of Louisville hospital.

  • Man sentenced for trafficking heroin

     

    Matthew R. Waits, 28, of the 6000 block of Bloomfield Road, was sentenced to two years in jail for complicity to trafficking in heroin, 12 months for complicity to trafficking in marijuana, and 12 months for possession of drug paraphernalia. The sentences, handed down in Spencer County Circuit Court last Thursday by Circuit Judge Charles R. Hickman, will be served concurrently, meaning Waits will serve a maximum of two years in jail. He is lodged in the Nelson County Detention Center.

    Waits was also assessed $165 in court costs.

  • State encouraging flu shots

    With flu activity increasing across the country, Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) officials are encouraging residents to get vaccinated against the flu if they haven’t already received a flu shot or other type of flu vaccination.

  • Heroin use surging in Spencer County

     

    It claimed three lives in Spencer County last fall. It’s become a scourge on countless families, an emotional and economic drain.

    Heroin – perhaps a stain in some older citizens’ distant past – is coming back in force across the country and here at home. Time magazine reported last summer that heroin use had increased nationwide by 63 percent in 11 years.