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  • Kentucky State Police battling with old, outdated vehicles and other equipment

    It’s easy to spot drivers zipping down Kentucky highways well above the speed limit. But stopping them isn’t as simple as you might think.

    Troopers must push their cruisers up to 120 mph or beyond, often crossing grassy medians and fishtailing to catch up.

    Experiencing this adrenaline-fueled bumpy ride, one thing becomes clear — you want to be in a car you trust.

    And that’s a “dire” problem for Kentucky State Police. They don’t trust their aging cars.

  • Taylorsville Lake Park manager removed over internal matter

    The former manager of Taylorsville Lake State Park has lost his job and is facing criminal charges after an internal investigation by the Department of Parks. However, County Attorney Ken Jones said it doesn’t appear the manager had any criminal intent and the charges may be dropped.

    Troy Koon took over as the park’s manager back in June. At some point in September, there were questions about receipts for firewood purchased by the park. Ultimately, Koon was charged with providing “unsworn falsification to authorities.”

  • New Year’s mayhem

     

    One person received minor injuries and was arrested following a New Year’s Day pursuit by Taylorsville City Police around 3:30 a.m. Monday morning. The car was observed traveling at a high rate of speed, and police began pursuing him near the Early Wyne Subdivision. He continued on the four-lane, crossed the intersection and then ran into a business on Walter Hahn Blvd.

  • One more files for office in 2018 election

    Abbigail Nation, who in 2012 lost a narrow race to Lynn Hesselbrock for the office of County Clerk, has filed again to run for the same office in 2018.

    Nation, who is currently serving her first term as a Taylorsville City Commissioner, said it’s a decision that’s been weighing on her since she was edged out six years ago.

    “I stewed over it over the years and contemplated doing it again. I’ve had several people approach me and ask me if I would run. I think it’s the best thing for me to do, to give it another run.”

  • Loop highway proposed

    Local legislators and highway officials are entering the discussion phase of a proposed new interstate-style loop that could eventually connect I-65 south of Shepherdsville to I-71 near LaGrange, and it could impact Spencer County.

    Officials in Bullitt County have been struggling for years to widen and/or improve KY 44 from Mt. Washington to Shepherdsville, but the cost of right-of-ways and utility relocation has all be eliminated that plan from consideration.

  • Quilting passed down to generations

     

    Abbey Daugherty is not your typical teenager. At 16, she has interests that many in her age group might call old-fashioned.

    She is an accomplished baker, making pies with skill and precision. But a few months ago, when her mother asked how she planned to spend her summer break, Daugherty did not hesitate: “Learn to make a quilt!” She wanted to learn the craft from the very best—her 78-year-old grandmother, Edith Judd, who also lives in Taylorsville.

  • Board of Elections discuss concerns over security of voting equipment

     

  • Cold to persist all week long across Kentucky

    Wind chill factors below zero were reported across Kentucky early New Year’s Day, and National Weather Service stations throughout the state warned residents should brace for bitter-cold conditions that will persist through Saturday.

    Wind chill advisories and warnings were issued for all regions of the state through mid-day Tuesday. An advisory means wind chill factors are low enough to cause frost bite and hypothermia. A warning means wind chill factors are dangerously low and can lead to death if precautions are not taken to protect against exposure.

  • Some lawmakers push for charter school funding

    With Kentucky’s first charter schools expected to open next fall, the state’s board of education is urging lawmakers to approve a permanent funding mechanism during the upcoming legislative session.

    “Everybody involved really needs to know what that’s going to look like for us to move forward with charters,” said Gary Houchens, a member of the state’s board of education and an associate professor at Western Kentucky University.

  • What’s Happening - Week of January 3, 2018

    Habitat for Humanity looking to match $5,000 grant

    Spencer County Habitat for Humanity will conduct a fundraiser effort which will run from now through January 31, 2018. The goal is to raise in excess of $5,000.

    “A local donor who wishes to remain anonymous, has generously pledged a matching contribution of up to $5,000 toward the funds that we can raise during this period,” said Habitat member Steve Hesselbrock.