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  • AG: Fiscal court didn’t violate open meetings act

    The Spencer County Fiscal Court did not violate open meeting laws by meeting on Sept. 5, 2012, but it did violate a Kentucky statute by not responding to a complaint regarding that meeting, according to an opinion issued by the Attorney General’s office on April 3.
    The Fiscal Court met on the first Wednesday in September 2012 instead of the first Monday because the first Monday was Labor Day. This is a procedure set out in the county’s administrative code.

  • County to take legal action against former clerk, again

    The Spencer County Fiscal Court is again taking legal action against former County Clerk Judy Puckett. This time the court seeks to obtain $28,399, which an audit of Puckett’s last 11 months in office indicates she owes back to the county.
    Magistrates Hobert Judd and Woodie Cheek were absent from Monday night’s meeting, but Judge-Executive Bill Karrer and Magistrates Mike Moody, David Goodlett and Jerry Davis voted unanimously to authorize the county attorney to pursue these monies through all necessary legal action.

  • Radio tower issue lingers

    Though the radio tower erected at the Spencer County Fairgrounds has been up and operational for several months, it remains unclear whether the Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction has had the opportunity to inspect the structure.
    Magistrate Mike Moody, who represents the district where the new tower is located, said he is concerned that the structure hasn’t been inspected or granted the proper permits by the state.
    On Tuesday, Moody said that to his knowledge, there has been no inspection by the state.

  • Forged notes could mean jail time for students

    Attempts to get a couple extra days off from school could land some middle and high school students with felonies on their records and possible jail time.
    Taylorsville Police Chief Toby Lewis announced last week that his department has seen an increase in instances where Spencer County Middle and Spencer County High School students are forging doctors’ notes.

  • Forever an inspiration: Dawson’s journey fueled community outreach, support

    For Dawson Moore, life was not measured by the number of years he lived, but more by the number of people whose lives he touched.

  • Hemp bill becomes law

    Following bipartisan support from both chambers of the Kentucky General Assembly, Gov. Steve Beshear announced Friday that he would allow the “hemp bill” to become law without his signature.
    The hemp bill is Senate Bill 50, Sen. Paul Hornback’s legislation that creates an administrative framework for industrial hemp production in Kentucky.
    At nearly the last minute of the 2013 legislative session, the House passed the bill by a margin of 88-4 and the senate concurred in a House floor amendment by a vote of 35-1.

  • Eminent domain: City votes to acquire property, attempt to preserve historical structure

    A small, nearly unsightly house sits near the edge of the road at 102 Garrard St. To passers-by, it’s probably nothing more than an eyesore, but those with a sense of history in Spencer County know its significance.

  • 'Dancing with the Stars' set for Friday

    The Spencer County High School FFA Chapter and Dance Team are once again teaming up to produce a rendition of the popular television show “Dancing with the Stars” at the high school Friday night. The event will start at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium.
    The entertaining lineup will include staff and friends of the school system, as well as public officials. The participants will be paired with members of the dance team and will be competing for the award of Spencer County’s best dancer.

  • City’s search for Main Street manager is underway, again

    For the third time in 18 months, the Taylorsville Main Street Program is searching for a Main Street manager.
    Gordon Deapen, who has been serving in that role since December 2011, submitted his termination letter on March 28 citing professional reasons.
    Deapen’s resignation had to be approved by the Main Street committee and the City Commission.

  • KSP, BBB warn against scams

    Nowadays, everyone is a potential target for scam artists trying to separate well-meaning people from their hard-earned savings.
    Through 2012 and into this week, Trooper Kendra Wilson, public information officer for Kentucky State Police Post 12, said 23 fraud complaints have been reported in Spencer County alone. Wilson said she could not break down the numbers at this time to determine the types of fraud reported.