Local News

  • 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.

  • Citizens map out high hopes for city


    Capitalizing on Taylorsville’s small town charm and natural surroundings seemed to be a common theme as citizens gathered last week to discuss their vision for the future as part of the city’s strategic planning initiative.

  • Inspectors tour levee; no new issues detected


    There are issues with the floodwall around Taylorsville, but inspectors with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said there are few which local officials are not already aware of and few that should be difficult to overcome.

    The analysis came following a walk-around inspection Wednesday of the levee that is part of the process born out of a renewed emphasis on federal monitoring of the nation’s levee systems. The ramping up of reviews followed the disaster in New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

  • What’s happening - Week of April 6, 2016

    Smoking cessation classes

    The Spencer County Health Department will be offering free smoking cessation classes. The class is called “Freedom from Smoking,” which is a program of the American Lung Association. The classes will last seven weeks, beginning April 12 at 6 p.m., and will be held in the Health Department conference room, located at 88 Spears Drive.

    Please call 477-8146 for more information or to register. Walk-ins are also welcome.

    Beat Diabetes class at Multi-Purpose CAA