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Local News

  • Artist captures local history in stained glass windows

     

    Spencer County received a taste of history and art when stained glass artist, Laura Mentor, was approached to create a work of art for the Kentucky History and Genealogy room at the Spencer County Public Library. Mentor has done numerous windows for public libraries, hospitals and other locations across Kentucky and was contacted by SCPL Director Debra Lawson for the local project.

  • Stump seeks to dismiss lawsuit against county

    Sheriff Buddy Stump has asked that his lawsuit against the Spencer County Fiscal Court be dismissed. The suit, filed in response to what Stump said was a slow and inadequate response to mold in the Sheriff’s Office, was filed last October, several months after mold was discovered in his office.

    Stump’s attorney, Thomas Clay, confirmed that he has asked the court to dismiss the suit, stating that “there were substantial steps that led to the remediation” of the mold, and “that problem has been resolved satisfactorily.”

  • Honoring Hometown Heroes

     

    America remembered the anniversary of 9-11 this week and Plum Creek Baptist Church hosted an event on Sunday to honor all first responders as Hometown Heroes. The event was complete with food, music, games and fireworks.

  • Retirement of state workers up 37 percent from previous year

    The number of Kentuckians who will retire from state and local government in September is up 37 percent from one year earlier, according to data released Wednesday by the Kentucky Retirement Systems.

    Overall, 746 state and local government employees will retire this month. The average number of September retirements over the previous four years was 542. Retirements from public service also were up noticeably during August.

  • Flat license plates will be available in ‘19

    Kentuckians would be able to order flat license plates online as soon as early 2019 under a proposed overhaul of the state’s licensing system.

    John-Mark Hack, commissioner of the state Transportation Cabinet’s Department of Vehicle Regulation, told a legislative panel Tuesday that Kentucky could save $320,000 a year if it modernizes its license plate production and distribution system.

    Instead of the current embossed plates with raised lettering, the new plates would be smooth and have the capacity to accommodate more letters and numbers on them.

  • Rep. Tipton announces he’ll seek re-election to Kentucky Legislature

     

    Representative James Allen Tipton announced last week that he will run for re-election to the Kentucky State House of Representatives.

  • AG Beshear issues scam alert on Equifax

    Attorney General Andy Beshear issued a Scam Alert Monday to help make Kentuckians aware of the Equifax data breach, and provided tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft.

    Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit-reporting agencies, recently announced a major data breach that could affect about 143 million American customers.

  • Local relief convoy aids Harvey victims

     

    Houston and parts of southwest Texas continue to dry out and rebuild following historic flooding brought on by Hurricane Harvey late last month. But a flood of local goodwill delivered by some Spencer Countians will make the job easier.

  • School board hikes tax

    When the Spencer County Board of Education approved a tax hike last year, they said they were approaching a line they would not cross, with Superintendent Chuck Adams suggesting that 65 cents per $100 was the limit. Last Thursday night, the board voted in a tax increase that slightly crossed that line at 65.2 cents.

    It was a decision that sparked anger from one board member, suggesting that elected officials in Frankfort have forced local districts into raising taxes.

  • Pension crisis spurs local discussion

    The pension crisis in Frankfort will impact more than just teachers and state employees. Local government employees are also enrolled in state retirement programs that are subject to potential major changes as state legislators look to salvage a system that is critically underfunded.