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  • Court cuts Sheriff’s budget

    A vacancy on the Spencer County Fiscal Court has appeared to loosen up nearly two years of gridlock, and the result was not favorable Monday night to Sheriff Buddy Stump.

    By a 3-2 vote, the court agreed to cut Stump’s payroll budget by $62,000 for the coming year, from $702,000 this current year, to $640,000.

  • Court tables pay hike for employees

    An attempt by Judge-Executive John Riley to push through pay rate adjustments for some county employees failed Monday night as magistrates voted 3-2 to table the measure.

    The issue has been debated since budget discussions that began last spring, and attempts by Riley to pass the adjusted rates have failed previously, often by a 3-3 vote.

  • Wrapping up the Christmas Cheer

     

    Several volunteers met at Taylorsville Community Church last week to wrap hundreds of gifts that have been donated as part of the community Christmas effort to make sure Spencer County children have a Merry Christmas.

  • Cram the Cruiser and Community Food Drive

     

    At Saturday’s final tally, over 7,000 pounds of food was collected to aid at least 115 families.

  • Spencer County Employee Christmas Breakfast

     

    County workers and their families were shown appreciation at the county employee’s breakfast Saturday morning.

  • Deadline looms on levee work

     

    Members of the Levee Commission appealed to the Taylorsville City Commission for assistance last week as they faced a looming deadline to make improvements to the levee or risk having the city categorized as being in a flood zone, a move that would greatly jeopardize the ability of homes and businesses to secure insurance.

  • Local woman killed in wreck

    A Taylorsville woman was killed last Wednesday in a head-on collision involving a dump truck on KY 155 at Pope Lick Road.
    Louisville Metro Police said a preliminary investigation revealed that a dump truck was traveling east on Taylorsville Road and did not see another vehicle, also eastbound on Taylorsville Road. When the driver of the dump truck swerved to the left, he crossed over into the westbound lane and struck a pick-up truck driven by Sharon Curtsinger, 58, of Taylorsville.

  • City police on alert for vehicle break-ins

    Taylorsville City Police Chief Kenny Stewart is reminding motorists to lock their vehicles after several reports of cars being broken into in recent days.

    Stewart said he’s received only one call, but has talked to others who have also reported that their cars have been hit by thieves.

  • Spike in whooping cough promps local concern

    Louisville health officials are urging the public to take precautions against whooping cough because of a recent spike in cases of the “highly contagious” respiratory tract infection, which can kill infants and cause serious illness in children and adults.

    The advice from the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness includes making sure infants get vaccinated on schedule; getting a booster vaccine if you’re a parent, grandparent or caregiver; and requesting to be tested if you exhibit signs of the illness, also known as pertussis.

  • Bear or bug?

     

    Last week, the Spencer Magnet ran a story about a man who wondered if some odd markings on a tree near his house might have been made by a bear. The homeowner said he’d tried contacting the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, but had heard nothing back from them. Meanwhile, the Magnet received a few emails and phone calls suggesting the marks could have been the work of the emerald ash borer, an insect that has decimated the ash tree population in several states, including Kentucky.