Local News

  • Three elected to levee commission

    Only a handful of votes were cast last week, but voters did select three people to the Levee Flood Control and Drainage District 1 last Monday.

    Bobby Smith was elected to represent precinct #1, Gary Kehne was elected to precinct #2 and Mike Driscoll was elected to represent precinct #3.

    Robert Black was elected as the commission’s secretary.

  • Sheriff cuts back patrols


    Around the clock law enforcement provided by the Spencer County Sheriff’s Office ceased Monday at midnight following the fiscal court’s vote earlier that day to cut nearly $100,000 from Sheriff Buddy Stumps proposed payroll budget.

    “This is a very sad day in my career to have to make an announcement like this,” Stump told television reporters who gathered in front of his office, just a few hours after he sent out a news release announcing the change.

  • Court votes 3-2 to cut Stump’s budget

    The Spencer County Fiscal Court voted 3-2 Monday morning to reduce Sheriff Buddy Stump’s requested payroll budget by nearly $100,000. Stump had asked for $779,000 to spend on deputy payrolls, but the court’s approved amount was for $680,000.

  • Citizens map out high hopes for city


    Capitalizing on Taylorsville’s small town charm and natural surroundings seemed to be a common theme as citizens gathered last week to discuss their vision for the future as part of the city’s strategic planning initiative.

  • Inspectors tour levee; no new issues detected


    There are issues with the floodwall around Taylorsville, but inspectors with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said there are few which local officials are not already aware of and few that should be difficult to overcome.

    The analysis came following a walk-around inspection Wednesday of the levee that is part of the process born out of a renewed emphasis on federal monitoring of the nation’s levee systems. The ramping up of reviews followed the disaster in New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

  • What’s happening - Week of April 6, 2016

    Smoking cessation classes

    The Spencer County Health Department will be offering free smoking cessation classes. The class is called “Freedom from Smoking,” which is a program of the American Lung Association. The classes will last seven weeks, beginning April 12 at 6 p.m., and will be held in the Health Department conference room, located at 88 Spears Drive.

    Please call 477-8146 for more information or to register. Walk-ins are also welcome.

    Beat Diabetes class at Multi-Purpose CAA

  • Organ donors are life-saving heroes

    For more than a decade, the month of April has been about saving and healing lives. Donate Life champions across the country fill the month of April with powerful testimonials to demonstrate the lifesaving message of donation and transplantation. The goal of National Donate Life Month is to make LIFE possible by educating and motivating individuals to register their decision to be organ, eye and tissue donors.

  • Traffic fatalities increase across Kentucky

    Highway deaths in Kentucky increased last year, climbing from 672 to 761 in 2015, according to the state Office of Highway Safety and the Kentucky State Police.

    Despite the rise, officials remain focused on reducing highway fatalities.

  • The sky’s the limit: SCHS aviation class taking off


    By the eighth grade, Joslyn McMichael knew she wanted to fly airplanes for a living. With two brothers in the military, she’d been admiring aviation for some time.

    “After looking into it, I decided that becoming a pilot would be pretty cool,” McMichael says.

    Now approaching the end of her freshman year at Spencer County High School, she’s one of 13 students who’ve been taking part in the school’s new aviation program.

  • City police arrest two

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

    • Arrested Diana Peters, 46, of Taylorsville, on a Spencer County Failure to Appear warrant.

    • Arrested Andre Cardwell, 24, of Bardstown, for a contempt of court warrant out of Franklin County.