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  • Local fire department viewed as a model merger

    (Editor’s note: The following article was written by The Springfield Sun newspaper as part of a continuing series looking at local fire department issues.)

    The City of Springfield and Washington County are currently served by two separate fire departments. Each department operates on its own budget, with its own sources of income. However, the departments are primarily made up of the same firefighters doing the work when a fire arises.

  • Less waste for the money

    City of Taylorsville officials have elected to pursue a downsized version of a mandated wastewater treatment plant expansion after initial construction bids came back much higher than anticipated.

    The Taylorsville City Commission, in a special meeting Dec. 29, unanimously voted to approve several cost-cutting measures for the proposed expansion and enter into “competitive negotiations” with contractors who a few weeks earlier submitted the three lowest bids on the original design.

  • Sheriff saga: Who’s on First?

    Ringing in the new year was hardly done in a traditional way for Spencer County Sheriff Buddy Stump.

    Stump, who last November won a narrow election over sitting sheriff Steve Coulter, scrambled to assemble a staff on New Year’s Eve when Coulter confirmed his rumored early resignation — two days before the state-mandated end to his term.

  • Contractor offering reward in copper wire theft

    A theft of about $12,000 in copper wire from a local construction site has prompted the contractor to offer a reward in connection with the crime.

  • School buses may have fenced home soon

    Spencer County School District officials are considering fencing in a bus storage lot at the intersection of Main Cross and Back Alley that has been a point of concern for bus drivers and Spencer County Board of Education members.

    At the November board meeting, member Sandy Clevenger discussed that several drivers approached her with issues relating to bus vandalism and safety, noting parked buses could not be locked and were subject to any pedestrians or vandals passing by the lot.

  • Two sheriff deputies will leave post

    When Steve Coulter leaves the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department this week, he won’t be alone. Two of his deputies will join him on the sidelines when incoming sheriff Buddy Stump takes office.

    Deputy Larry Goodlett, who joined the staff when Coulter first became sheriff in 1994, and Chief Deputy Kyle Bennett, who has been part of the department since 2000, both recently confirmed that they would resign their positions when Coulter leaves office.

  • The 411: New texting law no LOL matter

    Local and state lawmakers will soon learn if Kentucky drivers get the message of the no texting while driving law when officers begin fining offenders Jan. 1.

    Although the law has been in effect across the state since July 15, lawmakers gave offenders an almost six month grace period under which they were issued a warning only.

    As of Saturday, anyone pulled over while using a personal communication device to send messages while operating a moving motor vehicle will face a fine of $25. Repeat offenders face a $50 fine for each repeat offense and court costs.

  • Revard case inching slowly toward trial

    While a trial date may be shortly forthcoming in the Commonwealth’s murder case against Raymond Revard Jr., both sides are standing strong in their respective beliefs of guilt or innocence of the accused.

  • Holiday Cash Contest winners announced

    Libby White of Taylorsville was the grand prize winner in The Spencer Magnet’s “2010 Holiday Cash Contest.”

    White will be awarded $500 from the contest, which required entrants to visit 20 local merchants to get their entry blank stamped.

    Other award winners are: Bob Moore, second place, $200; Frances and Dakota Austin, third place, $150; Wilma (Connie) Wolf, fourth place, $100; and Julie Wise, fifth place, $50.

    Winners will be notified when their checks are ready.

  • Jenkins' DUI trial moved

    Citing concerns of fairness, the presiding court judge in the pending DUI trial of Spencer County Judge Executive David Jenkins recently ordered the case transferred to Shelby County.

    In a Nov. 19 order, Special Judge Jerry D. Crosby II moved the case to Shelby because he didn’t think a court trial could be fairly argued in Spencer County.

    “It is ... the court’s opinion that it is impossible for either the Commonwealth or the defendant to obtain a fair trial on the charges pending before this court in Spencer County,” Crosby wrote.