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  • Accident injures two, one was suffering from gunshot wound

     

    Few details have been released about a bizarre accident in Taylorsville last Thursday that sent two people to the hospital, one of whom was suffering a gunshot wound.

    The report of a single vehicle accident came in a little after 5:30 p.m. when a Nissan Frontier, traveling west on KY 44 between the downtown bridge and the Spencer County Middle School, apparently left the road, went through a guard rail, crashed through a neighborhood sign and landed upside down on a small hill. Witnesses said the vehicle was traveling at a very high rate of speed.

  • BOE votes 4-1 to hike tax rates

    After some debate, the Spencer County Board of Education voted 4-1 to raise the school real estate property tax rate two percent, to 63.5 percent, but suggested they are approaching a line they won’t cross.

    Superintendent Chuck Adams made the recommendation, and said the additional costs of full-day kindergarten and the focus on getting students college and career ready justifies the increase to 63.5 per $100 of assessed value this year. The motor vehicle tax was set at 56 cents per $100 and the utility tax rate is three percent.

  • City promotes Stewart to police chief

     

    When Taylorsville Police Chief Phil Crumpton announced earlier this month that he would be resigning his position to take on a new job, several city commissioners said they already knew who they wanted to fill his shoes.

    Last week, they got their wish and Major Kenny Stewart got the job after the commission voted 4-0 during a special meeting Thursday afternoon in favor of promoting him to fill the vacancy that will be left by Crumpton’s departure, effective today.

  • U of L to study hemp’s potential as fuel source

    University of Louisville’s Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research is growing hemp, the university an­nounced this week.

    The 40-by-40-foot experi­mental plot will allow re­searchers to study the mari­juana relative’s potential for fuels and use in manufactur­ing.

  • Jones travels to NJ for Miss America Pageant

     

    Spencer County’s Laura Jones is now in Atlantic City, New Jersey preparing to represent Kentucky in the Miss America Pageant that will air live  on ABC on Sunday, September 11 at 9 p.m.

    Jones, a 2011 graduate of Spencer County High School, won the Miss Kentucky title earlier this year and was sent off in grand style with a dinner for family, friends and supporters at Churchill Downs recently.

  • Education - Seven named as Jeff Green Scholars

    Seven students from Spencer County have been named Senator Jeff Green Scholars by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). To earn this honor, a student must have a 4.0 grade point average each year of high school and at least a 28 composite on the ACT.

    These students have also earned $2,500 a year in Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) awards. If they keep their grades up in college, they will have $10,000 to use toward a four-year degree.

  • What’s happening - Week of August 31, 2016

    Spencer County Animal Shelter to host open house

    Staff and volunteers at the Spencer County Animal Shelter are inviting everyone to come visit the shelter and “meet some of the sweetest dogs in Spencer County.”

    The event will be held on Saturday, September 10th from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the shelter, which is located behind Country Mart and close to the recycling center.

  • City police report arrests

    The Taylorsville City Police Department reported the following activity last week:

    • Arrested Christopher Decker, 24, of Taylorsville on charges of 4th degree Assault, domestic violence.

  • Girl scouts assist with lake event

     

  • Report: animal shelter subpar

     

    Many animal shelters in Kentucky are well below the state’s minimal standards, and a recent study by students at the University of Kentucky and Lincoln Memorial University ranked Spencer County’s among the worst.

    The group submitted their report to the Kentucky Animal Control Advisory Board after they toured shelters across the state. It ranked Spencer County’s as number six among those needing the most help.