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  • Students: Earn college money in KESPT contest

    More Kentucky students will have a chance this year to win money toward college and $500 for their school in the “Dream Out Loud Challenge.” Students are invited to submit an original drawing, poem, essay or video answering the question: “How will I change the world after I go to college?”

  • Youth center a launching pad


    Watching people file into the little place just left of the Taco Bell in Settlers Center might leave you wondering just what is in inside.

    You’ll notice they’re all in their late teens or early twenties. And if you peek inside, you’ll find them hanging around a few tables, a TV, some computers and a pool table. It looks like a nice place to relax.
    But these people are here for a deeper purpose than just to relax. This is their point of contact for an array of services that could help shape their futures.

  • Ethics Commission welcomes new members


    Two new members joined the Spencer County Ethics Commission last week and the group held an organizational meeting Friday morning to elect officers and review the county’s ethics code.

    Chris Sullivan was voted to chair the commission, with new appointee Jim Schaefer being selected as secretary. Bill Drury is the other new member on the commission.

  • Gov. Bevin begins nixing kynect

    Following through on a campaign pledge, Gov. Matt Bev­in has notified federal authorities he plans to dismantle kynect, Kentuck­y’s health insurance exchange creat­ed under the Affordable Care Act.

    The decision drew immediate fire from health care advocates, includ­ing Bill Wagner, executive director of the Family Health Centers, a network of public health clinics in Louisville.

  • Wright sentenced five years on drug charges

    Shawn C. Wright, 44, of Mt. Eden was sentenced Jan. 7 in Spencer County Circuit Court for four drug-related offenses: cultivation of five or more marijuana plants, traffic in marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and another unspecified drug charge. Circuit Judge Charles R. Hickman issued two five-year sentences and a 90-day sentence, all to be served concurrently.

  • Dollar General suspect pleads not guilty


    The man police say tried to rob the Settler’s Center Dollar General pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Jan. 7 in Spencer County Circuit Court.

    Taylorsville Police identified Zachary Ray Allen Haydon, 22, of Mt. Eden, as the suspect in the Nov. 15 incident. He was indicted in December for first-degree attempted robbery.

  • Police officer charged in burglary of Simpsonville Police Department

    Two months after the Simpsonville Police Department was burglarized, and robbed of thousands of dollars, plus guns and drugs, one of the department’s own has been arrested and charged in connection with the crime.

    Simpsonville Police officer Terry Putnam, 54, was arrested in connection with the break-in at about 1:20 p.m. Wednesday, said Kentucky State Police spokesperson Bernis Napier.

    Although Napier would not elaborate on the specific circumstances surrounding the arrest, he did say that Putnam was on duty when he was taken into custody.

  • What’s happening - Week of January 13, 2016

    Chamber of Commerce seeking nominees for Citizen of the Year

    The Taylorsville-Spencer County Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting nominations for 2015 Citizen of the Year. Anyone in the community is invited to nominate a person they believe worthy of the award. Nominations must be received before Friday, January 22, 2016, and should be sent to Chamber President, P.O. Box 555, Taylorsville, KY, 40071, or emailed to president@spencercountykychamber.com. Nominations should include a short description detailing the nominee’s accomplishments.

  • Guilty plea in rape case


    A Lebanon Junction man who impregnated his former girlfriend’s then-13-year-old-daughter pleaded guilty Monday in Spencer County Circuit Court to first-degree rape and incest.

    Jamal Demetrius Hunt, 34, raped the girl in late 2013 in the Spencer County home of her terminally ill mother, where he was living at the time.

    The mother died in February 2014, and the girl’s baby was born that August. Police used DNA testing to confirm that Hunt is the child’s biological father.

  • Faithful for 150 years...


    The congregation began in the turbulent days after the Civil War, then survived not one, but two fires that completely destroyed their house of worship. This Sunday, Second Baptist Church of Taylorsville will kick off a year-long celebration of perseverance and God’s blessing as they mark their 150th anniversary.

    Rev. Charles Burton, senior pastor, has served behind the pulpit of the church since 1974, and remembers well the early morning hours of April 17, 1995, when a suspected electrical fire destroyed their wood-framed structure.