Local News

  • Pickett’s band excels in S.C.


    Editor’s note: SCHS Senior Daniel Cooper wrote the following as part of a mentoring project.

    The teachers, educators, and administrators of America are crucial to the future of the country. It is their job not only to teach fundamental skills, but also lifelong lessons. Because of their dedication, we look up to these teachers as role models. Some educators teach lessons that last a semester or two, but others last a lifetime.

  • Zoning: No farm, no fowl

    by MEGAN T. BLANEY/Magnet Freelancer

    Spencer County, known for its sprawling rural beauty, recently changed its zoning to rigorously restrict the number of chickens and livestock residents may have on their property.

    While many county residents are unaware of the new R1 residential zoning limit of one chicken or livestock animal per acre, some feathers have been ruffled.

  • Gourd Art Show celebrates 20 years in Taylorsville


    For twenty years, gourd lovers across Kentucky and neighboring states have traveled to Taylorsville each May for the Kentucky Gourd Art Show. They’ll do so again this weekend.

    Janet Barnett, past president of the Kentucky Gourd Society, was instrumental in starting both the society and the art show. She said it continues to be a premier event among enthusiasts that draws gourd artists from all over.

  • Court hears needs during budget talks

    After nearly five hours of discussing the needs of various departments last Wednesday, members of the Fiscal Court will be at it again this Wednesday as they continue to work out a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

    Judge-Executive John Riley has repeatedly told the court of a significant gap between revenue and expenditures, one he estimated last month to be about $350,000. He submitted a nearly $6.1 million budget proposal to magistrates on May 1, and on Wednesday, opened the meeting with a less-than-optimistic outlook about the county’s finances.

  • Crowd gathers to pray over county


    Nearly 80 people lined up in front of the Spencer County Courthouse and across the street last Thursday at noon to participate in the National Day of Prayer. Many shielded themselves from the bright sun on an unusually warm day as they listened to music and then joined in a series of prayers for the community.

    The annual event is held in small towns and big cities all across the nation to reaffirm the role faith has played in the lives of citizens and in our history.

  • IKEA Simpsonville rumor debunked; other stores in line

    For more than a year, locals have been passing word that IKEA was planning a Simpsonville location, but officials with the Sweden-based retail store say there are no plans in place to build here.

    “At this time, we do not have plans to build in that area,” IKEA public affairs manager Joseph Roth said.

    Roth said the company is always in discussion about potential opportunities, but they are currently not planning a location for the Louisville region.

    “At this time, it’s just speculation,” he said.

  • What’s happening - Week of May 13, 2015

    Preschool/Headstart Registration
    Spencer County Preschool/Headstart Early Childhood Screenings will be held on May 22 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The Early Childhood screening is by appointment only.  This will be the only scheduled preschool screening prior to the start of the 2015-2016 school year. Please call the Preschool at 502-477-3210 to set up an appointment or for additional information.

  • Local Girl Scout Troop send cookies to Guardsmen on duty


    When soldiers are away from their families, it’s the little things that mean the most. Even if you’re only across the river for a training exercise at Camp Atterbury, Indiana.

    For soldiers of the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade, comfort was in the form of America’s favorite chocolate, shortbread and lemon-flavored cookies that only come out one time a year. And thanks to the Taylorsville Girl Scout Troop 1199, it was the perfect treat at the end of a 12-hour shift.

  • Raising chickens a growing trend in Spencer Co.


    As concern throughout the nation mounts about hormones and antibiotics in our food, people are turning more and more to locally-grown produce and meat. One way that people can do this is to buy locally grown eggs or keep their own hens to have fresh eggs.

    Jennifer Turner, a Spencer County resident, started with about a dozen chickens and learned some best practices along the way.

  • Attorney charged with vote fraud

    A local attorney is facing a single felony count of wrongfully registering to vote following his arrest last month.

    Jim Hodge, whose address on court records is listed as being in Jeffersontown, was charged in April with wrongful registration for voting in elections in Spencer County during the 2014 May primary and 2014 general election. James Scott, with the Attorney General’s Office, made the arrest at Hodge’s home at 9904 Wynnbrooke Circle in Jefferson County.