Local News

  • Car accident claims life of 9 year old


    Owen Higginbotham will forever be remembered by his family and teachers as a bright, funny child whose life goals often far exceeded the norm for a nine year old.

    Higginbotham, a Spencer County Elementary School student, died in a multi-vehicle crash June 29 in Franklin, Kentucky. He and his sister, Taylor, were in the area visiting grandparents when the accident occurred. His memorial service was held Friday at Hardy & Son Funeral Home in Smiths Grove.

  • Bridge construction starts


    This time next year, commuters on KY 55 should be crossing the Salt River on a new bridge that will be constructed alongside the existing steel beam structure known locally as the “Blue Bridge.”

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced last week that it awarded the contract to build the new concrete bridge to Louisville Paving Company, at a cost of $3.7 million. The bridge will be built next to the blue bridge and work was slated to begin this week, with the construction scheduled to be completed by June 1, 2016.

  • Payroll issues may prompt review of code

    The Spencer County Fiscal Court needs to update its administrative code in order to address issues revealed in recent audits and brought forth by County Clerk Lynn Hesselbrock during Monday’s meeting.

    At issue are payroll concerns that include the county paying employees for sick time accrued when they leave the job, questions about vacation pay and other issues that have drawn comments from the state auditor each of the last three years.

  • County hopes to revive economic development

    Economic development was on the minds of members of the Spencer County Fiscal Court Monday morning as Hal Goode, President/CEO of the Kentucky Association for Economic Development, talked about the need for strategic planning and utilizing resources to move the county forward.

    Goode, who is also a magistrate in Washington County, said he’s familiar with the challenges rural counties face, but said there are resources and strategies available to help Spencer County attract more businesses and increase the tax base.

  • No fix yet for potholes

    The potholes that have made several access roads in and out of Settler’s Center seem more like an obstacle course, continue to get bigger. As of yet, neither property owners nor the city have stepped forward to fix most of the pavement issues.

    David Stevens has led a crusade of sorts on social media, most notably Facebook, to draw attention to the issue. He’s used photos, humor and even poetry to generate concern and action, but the potholes just get bigger and he said it’s reached the point of embarrassment.

  • Riley, some magistrates declare they may not officiate any weddings

    Last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage across the nation, has put some elected officials in the legal and moral crosshairs over whether they will perform same-sex weddings.

    Locally, Judge-Executive John Riley said he has never performed a wedding of any kind as judge, or previously while he was a magistrate.

    “I choose not to perform any marriages and I made this choice long before this issue came up,” he said during Monday’s fiscal court meeting.

  • Register now for kindergarten at TES, SCES

    Kindergarten registration is going on now for Spencer County and Taylorsville Elementary schools. Parents and guardians should register now to receive teacher placement letters and supply lists, resource packets for you and your child and invitations to school activities this year.

    Parents should bring the following items to register:

    • Proof of residence, such as a current lease or utility bill — required

    • Proof of age, such as a state issued birth certificate — required

  • What’s happening - Week of July 8, 2015

    Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon/meeting July 9

    The Spencer County-Taylorsville Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a monthly luncheon/ meeting on Thursday, July 9, from noon – 1 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce building in Taylorsville. The speaker for the meeting is Spencer County Judge Executive John Riley. He plans to talk about important issues facing Spencer County and the important role the Chamber of Commerce and others have to move our county forward.

  • Let freedom ring!


    Mount Eden celebrated the 4th of July this weekend with a parade, fun, games, food and pageants.

  • Training Wheels Childcare Petting Zoo


    Children and staff at Training Wheels Childcare were treated to a petting zoo on Tuesday. The kids were excited to feed the animals and they learned how to identify the different species.