Local News

  • Officials urge preventative measures for flu season

    During the 2014-15 flu season, the Barren River District Health Department administered more than 5,000 flu shots.

    It’s that time again for flu shots, with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending the vaccine for everyone older than six months.

    Registered nurse Julia Davidson Deeb, director of nursing at the health department, said flu vaccines are available in the eight southcentral Kentucky counties served by the department. The vaccines cost $28, and the health department can bill Medicare, Medicaid and private insurances.

  • Work on school on hold until spring

    For Taylorsville Elementary School students and faculty, the wait for a new building goes on.

    At its meeting Monday night, Spencer County Public Schools superintendent Chuck Adams advised the board of education to delay site preparation until late February or early March.

    “I can assure you there’s no one any more eager to begin this process than I am,” Adams said. “..My intent all along was to get this ground broken, if I’ve got to take my own personal shovel and mattock up there to do so.”

  • What’s happening - Week of October 28, 2015

    Trick or Treat on Main - October 31

    The date and hours for Trick or Treat on Main Street have been set. The fun will be held on Saturday, October 31 from 5:30 until 8:00 p.m. A section of Main Street will be closed from 5 until 9 p.m.

    Trunk or Treat at Ray Jewell Park

    Ray Jewell Park will be the site of a free Trunk or Treat event for families on October 30 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This event is for people who live in rural areas who seldom get visited by trick or treaters, and who would like to decorate their trucks or tables to hand out candy.

  • There’s nothing scary about becoming an organ donor


    As Halloween approaches, people think of scary things like witches, spiders, and haunted houses, but what is actually scary is the fact that each day 22 children, men and women in America die needlessly. As superhero capes are fitted, what Kentuckians don’t realize is that everyone can be a superhero all year long, costume not necessary. Simply by saying “yes” at your Circuit Clerk’s office and becoming a registered organ donor.

  • Whitfield steps aside, Comer intends to run for seat

    U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Hopkinsville, announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election to a 12th term in Western and Southern Kentucky’s 1st Congressional District.

    “Representing the people of the first district for 21 years has been an honor,” Whitfield, 72, said in a statement. “I will cherish forever the countless opportunities to work with them to nurture and strengthen the 35 counties comprising Kentucky’s first district.”

  • What’s happening - Week of October 7, 2015

    Project Graduation Pork Chop Lunch

    SCHS Project Graduation is hosting a Pork Chop Lunch starting at 12 p.m. on Friday, October 9, at 36 W. Main Street in Taylorsville. The cost is $7.00 per lunch, which includes a pork chop sandwich, chips, drink and cookies.

    Blood Drive at First Baptist Church

  • KSBA opposes legislation over school calendars

    Leaders of the Kentucky School Boards Association, who represent the state’s 173 public school districts, say decisions about when schools start are best made at the local level.

    At its quarterly meeting in Frankfort Saturday, the KSBA Board of Directors pledged to oppose any legislation that would take from local school boards any powers to set and manage academic calendars.

    It comes as two state lawmakers say they will push legislation in 2016 that would bar schools from starting classes earlier than the Monday closest to Aug. 26.

  • Purchase of heart monitors could save lives

    The Spencer County Fiscal Court Monday approved the purchase of two new heart monitors for the ambulance service, a purchase that could prove to be lifesaving for heart patients.

    Chris Limpp, Emergency Services Management Director, told members of the court that the county had a unique opportunity to purchase two state-of-the-art monitors that would improve their ability to treat and diagnose patients who may be suffering life-threatening heart-attacks.

  • Small quake felt in neighboring counties

    No injuries or damage were reported when a small earthquake rattled residents of nearby counties late Monday night.

    The tremor, which measured a magnitude 2.7 on the U.S. Geological Survey, was reportedly centered about six miles north northwest of Shelbyville, and was also felt in Henry and Oldham counties. There were no reports of it being felt in Spencer County.

    The earthquake occurred around 11 p.m. Monday.

  • TSCFD receives $18,000 grant for gear

    Governor Steve Beshear and the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security have announced that the Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Protection District has been awarded an $18,000 grant to purchase personal protective equipment for firefighting.

    “The Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Protection District is grateful to Governor Steve Beshear and the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security for their support of our request for funding,” said Chief Nathan Nation.