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  • Spencer Co. man formally charged with assault

    As Denisse Escareno remains in a coma, fighting a new infection, the man accused of leaving her in that condition made his first court appearance on Tuesday.

    And even as Escareno’s family and friends have continued to rally around her fight to survive being brutally assaulted three weeks ago, her community has joined in that support.

  • Puckett retires as county clerk, Hesselbrock named as successor

    County Clerk Judy Puckett will retire from office effective Thursday, Dec. 1, and Lynn Hesselbrock will take office as the new clerk on that same date.

    Puckett announced her retirement Monday in a letter to Spencer County Judge-Executive Bill Karrer.

    Karrer read the letter aloud during Monday night’s meeting of the fiscal court.

    Karrer said he asked Puckett to attend that meeting to discuss issues regarding her budget.

    Puckett responded with a letter that said:

  • Tax credit bill would provide scholarships to lower-income families

    Rep. Brad Montell, R-Shelbyville (58th District), announced that he is prefiling legislation for the 2012 Regular Legislative Session that if passed would authorize a tax credit for individuals and corporate donors to non-profit agencies that provide scholarships to needy children to attend the public or private school of their choice.
    “The goal of this legislation is to provide every parent with the opportunity to send their child to the school that best meets the child’s needs regardless of their family’s income,” said Montell in filing the bill.

  • Spencer County Sheriff’s Department September and October reports

    Spencer County Sheriff’s Department reports
    September 2011
    Traffic stops, warnings — 15
    Traffic stops, citations — 9
    Highway safety checkpoints — 0
    Non-injury accidents — 11
    Injury accidents — 2
    Fatalities — 0
    Other calls for service — 208
    CCDW permits — 13
    Vehicle inspections — 65
    Total arrests — 16
    Subpoenas, criminal summons and civil summons served — 128
    Recovered property — $5,000

  • PHOTO: Garden Club donates $500 to Habitat

    Leslie Zoeller, of the Spencer County Garden Club, presents Scott Street, of Spencer County Habitat for Humanity with a $500 check. The garden club hosted an event last month to benefit the Habitat organization. During the Habitat board meeting Monday night, Zoeller told board members she hoped to make the fundraiser an annual event. Also pictured are Mary Trice, of the Garden Club, far left, and Habitat for Humanity board members.

  • City, Early Wyne developers reach agreement to get roads finished

    The Taylorsville City Commission reached an agreement Thursday night with the developers of the Early Wyne Subdivision and will renew the subdivision’s letter of credit for one more year.

    As part of that agreement, developers will put a topcoat on the roads in the parts of the subdivision where development is taking place. Once those roads are complete, the city will release the $174,880 letter of credit and take over maintenance on the roads.

  • Public views results of Ky. 44 Corridor Study

    Public officials and citizens had the opportunity Monday to give their input on alternate options toward improving the safety of Ky. 44.

    However, without any funding for the project, those same public officials and citizens may be waiting quite a while before any of those options are put into action.

    Representatives from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet were on hand at Spencer County Elementary School on Monday night to present their proposals to citizens. Officials received the same information at a meeting earlier in the day.

  • Local author publishes two books

    Belinda G. Buchanan wrote her first novel over 15 years ago. However, she didn’t publish that novel until April of this year.

    “I wrote it 15 years ago and tried to publish it, but I had kids and life happened, so I put it in a drawer and forgot about it,” Buchanan said.

    But within the past few months, her husband, Bruce, read an article about self-publishing novels on Amazon and suggested that his wife give it a try.

  • County boasts 34% voter turnout

    More voters than expected showed up to cast ballots at Spencer County polling sites Nov. 8 for the general election, despite the fact that there was only one local uncontested candidate on the ballot.

    Spencer County Deputy Clerk Ethel McCarty said local turnout was around 34 percent, equaling around 4,000 local registered voters. Kentucky Secretary of State Elaine Walker had predicted between 25 to 28 percent turnout around the state, signaling that the races on last Tuesdays ballot, which primarily consisted of state offices, are important to local Spencer County voters.

  • ARRESTED: Local man faces charges in Shelby County assault case

    A Taylorsville man has been arrested and charged with assaulting a woman who was found lying on the side of Mount Eden Road in Shelby County nearly two weeks ago.

    Mark L. Bruner, 38, is lodged at the Shelby County Detention Center and charged with first-degree assault of Denisse Escareno.

    The 24-year-old Shelbyville woman still has not awakened and is still in critical condition at the University of Louisville hospital.