Local News

  • Kindergarten Readiness


    See next week’s Magnet for a story on district efforts to improve readiness levels in Spencer County.

  • S.O.S. classes at Extension Office offers something for everyone


    If there’s something you’ve always wanted to learn about, this might be your chance.
    The Spencer Cooperative Extension Service’s Sharing-Our-Selves classes are underway and will continue through late May.

    The S.O.S. classes are held at either the Extension Office or the Spencer County Fish and Game Club. Unless otherwise noted, they’re free. Just bring an approved nonperishable food item for the Backpack Buddy program, which provides food to about 180 local students from preschool through high school.

  • Resort at lake closes


    Edgewater Resort, a development that seemed to hold promise for Spencer County’s tourism industry, has ceased operation, leaving the owners of its lakeside rental cottages without revenue.

    The company that owns the resort, Premier Resorts LLC, has handed the property over to King Southern Bank, according to Spencer County Judge-Executive John Riley.

    The bank is searching for a buyer, he said.

    “The only thing I know is that it is in transition,” said Riley, “and that they expect it to be resolved.”

  • Child hit at Ray Jewell Park; drivers urged to use caution


    Officials are urging caution at Ray Jewell Memorial Park after a boy sustained minor injuries last month when he accidentally collided his scooter with a van.

    Spencer County Youth Baseball president Steven Hume said police and an ambulance responded to the scene. The boy, who was not significantly hurt, declined treatment.

    “When I was notified of it,” said Spencer County Judge-Executive John Riley, “I immediately said: ‘Let’s get a report on it.’”

  • City moves ahead with Sunday alcohol sales


    The Taylorsville City Commission voted last week to move ahead with Sunday alcohol sales. In a unanimous vote, commissioners asked City Attorney John Dudley Dale to prepare an amended alcohol ordinance for the commission to approve at a later date.

    The issue came up earlier this year after the Spencer County Fiscal Court discussed, but failed to approve, changing the county alcohol ordinance to allow sales of alcohol on Sunday.

  • Sheriff defends pay raises

    In the midst of debates over his budget that have lingered for more than a year, Sheriff Buddy Stump gave his two top deputies very significant raises.

    In July of 2015, Major Carl Reesor was given a raise from $48,495 to $64,400. Last month, Lt. Colonel Jonathan Bentley received a raise from $49,900 to $67,000. This past fall, Bentley also received a lump sum overtime check for more than $14,000.

    On Friday, Stump defended those moves, saying “you get what you pay for.”

  • Stump says county vulnerable without 24/7 sheriff’s coverage

    Spencer County Sheriff Buddy Stump said he’s continuing to iron out the scheduling of his patrols in the wake of a $100,000 budget cut approved last week, but said the discontinuation of 24/7 patrols is not good for the county.

    He said he’s not going to announce when his deputies will and won’t be on the road publicly, but said the cutback in services leaves the county at risk.

    “The bad guys are going to figure us out,” said Stump. “We’re an open invitation to crime right now.”

  • 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.