Local News

  • State health foundation gets new executive director

    Former Kentucky Congressman Ben Chandler has been named the new executive director of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

    His appointment to the nonpartisan health policy organization aimed at working to make the state’s population healthier comes at a critical juncture, with Gov. Matt Bevin proposing sweep­ing changes to the state’s expansion of Medicaid, which added some 440,000 people to the federal-state health plan.

  • Treasurer shares leadership tips

    Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball spoke to the Taylorsville-Spencer County Chamber of Commerce last Thursday, and recognized that her audience was made up of leaders of the local community. She said that inspired her to use her time to address the issue of leadership.

    Ball, the youngest statewide elected female official in the U.S., at 34, said she has worked as a prosecutor, a bankruptcy attorney and now as a state official and she described leadership qualities one must have to be successful.

  • County clerk receives state grant for office cabinets

    Governor Matt Bevin announced that Spencer County Clerk Lynn Hesselbrock has received a grant totaling $7,600 from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) to preserve and manage local government records. KDLA is an agency of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    Thirty-five grants have been awarded for a total of $520,473 from this round of funding from fiscal year 2017 Local Records Grant Program Funds.

  • Fair continues this week

    The Spencer County Fair kicked off last Friday, but the fun continues this week. The midway and carnival area opened Tuesday night, and there’s a slew of activity scheduled for the remainder of the week. Here are some highlights:

    6:30 p.m. - 4H and FFA Dairy Show
    7 p.m. - Midway opens, Barnyard Olympics, exhibits open, garden tractor pull, Little Miss and Mister Pageant, followed by Miss Pre-Teen Pageant, followed by Miss Teen Pageant.

  • Agriculture - Tractor driving contest


  • Spencer County’s rising star


    Spencer County native J.D. Shelburne will celebrate the release of his third CD this Saturday with a free concert in his hometown of Taylorsville. The concert will be held rain or shine, in downtown Taylorsville, in the Sheriff’s Office parking lot, with the music kicking off at 7 p.m. and Shelburne taking the stage at 8 p.m.

    For Shelburne, it’s a chance to kick off his latest venture while paying tribute to his hometown roots.

  • City police investigating break-ins and gun thefts

    Taylorsville Police are investigating two break-ins and two gun thefts reported within a five-day period in late June and early July. Police believe the crimes may be related, but so far, no arrests have been made, Maj. Kenny Stewart said.

    Police were called June 27 to Snappy Tomato Pizza in Taylorsville, where someone had broken the windows and entered the restaurant. Then that night, another break-in occurred at the concession stand at the youth football field, which is located just west of Washington Street and north of Odell Court.

  • Concern about road access to new school

    The Taylorsville City Commission has passed a resolution asking the state to address concerns about the planned entrance to the new Taylorsville Elementary School off Highway 44.

    Under the existing plan, cars and buses will access the school via Highview Drive, a relatively narrow, two-lane road that is already lined with homes and serves the Highview Estates subdivision.

  • Riley seeks to revisit fee-pooling

    Questions raised by Spencer County Clerk Lynn Hesselbrock about available funds for her department’s salaries led Judge-Executive John Riley to toss out the idea of abandoning fee-pooling for both the Clerk and Sheriff’s office during Wednesday’s meeting of the fiscal court.

  • County Fair begins Friday

    If you like watching things get destroyed, you’ll be in luck this year at the Spencer County Fair. Set to kick off this Friday and Saturday and continue all next week, the fair will include a demolition derby for the first time in at least 20 years. The event is scheduled for Saturday evening.

    “Over the last couple years, we’ve had several people ask about doing a demolition derby,” said Dwight Martin, president of the Spencer County Fair Board.