Local News

  • Heroin antidote saves lives


    Unconscious, unresponsive. The 911 caller is advising that her friend won’t wake up.

    It’s a dispatch all-too-familiar to local EMTs.

    For Spencer County Emergency Medical Services, responding to a heroin overdose has become a once or twice-a-week routine, EMS director Chris Limpp says.

    “In the past year, we’ve seen more heroin in Spencer County than I’ve seen in the rest of the time I’ve been here.”

    Three residents died from heroin overdose last fall.

  • Jeffiers honored as Chamber’s Citizen of the Year


    Deeds speak louder than words, and perhaps few personify that better than Connie Jeffiers, who last week was named Citizen of the Year by the Spencer County-Taylorsville Chamber of Commerce.

    Chamber President Gail Waldridge presented a plaque to Jeffiers during last Thursday’s Chamber Luncheon and couldn’t coax the recipient into any long, eloquent speech. Instead, Jeffiers humbly accepted the award, politely thanked those involved, and later that afternoon, was back volunteering with the Spencer County 4-H.

  • Bill would permit guns on campus

    Concealed carry of firearms would be allowed in Kentucky’s public schools, universities and government buildings under legislation introduced in the state’s House of Representatives last month.

    State Rep. Tim Moore, R-Elizabethtown, and three other GOP lawmakers are co-sponsoring the bill. He described the legislation as an anti-terrorism bill meant to prevent attacks similar to one in San Bernardino, Calif., that killed 14 people last year.

  • EMS rates increased

    The cost of falling ill or being injured just rose in Spencer County, as the fiscal court Monday night voted to increase rates charged by the ambulance service.

    EMS director Chris Limpp said rates had not been raised in Spencer County since 2008, and the changes were needed to help with the growing expenses the service endures.

  • Court remains deadlocked on sheriff’s budget

    The stalemate over Sheriff Buddy Stump’s budget continued Monday night with another failed attempt to pass his proposed $779,317 spending plan.

    The budget has been the source of much contention since December, and has generated much public comment, a petition and other shows of support for Stump, who says the budget is needed to continue the 24/7 coverage he’s provided to residents.

  • Annual Habitat dinner and auction


    The Spencer County Habitat for Humanity held their annual Valentine’s Dinner and silent auction Saturday night at the Spencer County Extension Office. The event raised over $4,600 for the ministry that helps families build affordable homes.

  • What’s happening - Week of February 10, 2016

    Antique Classes at Spencer County Extension

    Antique Classes will begin on March 7 at the Spencer County Extension Office located at 100 Oak Tree Way in Taylorsville. This is an eight-week course that will be taught by R.E. Wells, noted antique authority from Versailles, Ky.

    The fee is $60 for the class and two Monday sessions will be offered each week. Class times are 1-3 p.m., or 6:30-8:30 p.m. and class size will be limited to a first-to-sign-up basis. Classes will be held on March 7, 14, 21, and 28, along with April 4, 11, 18, and 25.

  • Bevin names new Medicaid Commissioner

    Gov. Matt Bevin and Secretary Vickie Yates Glisson Tuesday announced the appointment of Stephen P. Miller, CPA, as Department of Medicaid Commissioner.

    “As we work to redesign the Medicaid program and transition it to a more affordable, sustainable model tailored to Kentucky’s needs, it is important to have someone with a deep understanding of the healthcare industry leading the Department of Medicaid,” Bevin said in a statement.

  • Class learns how to treat trauma


    Spencer County EMT J.D. Fleming recently taught a class on treating trauma victims at the Spencer County Extension Building. Eighteen people attended the class, which was free and open to the public. From Spencer and several surrounding counties, the attendees included paramedics, avid hunters and gun enthusiasts, a member of the military and a nurse.

  • From Heroin to hope - Former addicts helping others


    Tom “Hootie” Gordon Jr. was hurtling through Taylorsville, state and local police in hot pursuit. That was six years ago. The Spencer County native nearly died that day, his car flipping wildly off a missed curve on Highway 44 just out of town.

    By 2011, Gordon was out on probation but still breaking the law, his pain-pill addiction unshakable.