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  • Living large in a small town

    Many words are used to describe small towns and Kim Huston is trying out a new one – sexy.

    In her book “Small Town Sexy: The Allure of Living in Small Town America,” Huston describes the seductive and alluring qualities of small-town America.

    “I think small towns tend to have a bad rap with visions of tumble weeds blowing through the streets,” she said. “There are so many growing and I wanted to draw attention to those and that you can live large in small towns.”

  • Jones is crowned Kentucky's Miss Outstanding Teen

    Laura Jones is no novice when it comes to competing in pageants – especially the Miss Kentucky Outstanding Teen.

    “I’ve been competing for this title for four years,” said the 17-year-old. “Knowing that this was the last year for me, I just gave it my all.”

    After a grueling three-day interview process coupled with a scholastic review, on-stage interview and talent demonstration, Jones was thrilled to hear her name called as the winner Saturday night.

  • State park time cards doctored

    An internal audit of operations at Taylorsville Lake State Park has revealed a series of violations during a 14-month period that include doctored timecards, personal purchases on a state credit card and misappropriation of trail grant funds. Auditors have recommended that two former park employees be referred to law enforcement for further investigation.

  • Writing is this teen’s passion

    Remember the name Larissa Eyvette Chesser. One day the moniker of this former farm girl may be on the cover of a best selling novel and plastered in bookstore windows across the country.

    Chesser recently published “I Run with the Wolves”, her first – in what may be a series of – fictional novels about romance and the supernatural. It is the story of 17-year-old Kit Jones, a strong-will teenager who finds herself coping with feelings of abandonment after losing her parents in a tragic car accident.

  • Preserving Kentucky's history one rock at a time

    A piece of history was given a second chance thanks to a Little Mount Baptist Church member.

    Shirley Thomas acquired the help of the Dry Stone Conservancy to repair a 20-foot gap in a rock fence near Little Mount Baptist Church.

  • PUBLIC RECORDS: Property transfers

    Property transfers

    The following property transfers were recorded in the Spencer County Clerk’s office during the month of  April 2010.

    James C. Quire and Lea Ann Quire, Taylorsville to Ralph A. Hill, Taylorsville. Property located in Spencer County as described in deed book 233 page 1. $40,000.

    Barbara C. Wiegand, Louisville to Anthony L. Van Meter, Louisville. Property located in Spencer County as described in deed book 233 page 5. $28,500.

  • Race for mayor heats up as Hahn, Sweazy file

    The temperature outside heating up and so is the race for Taylorsville mayor with two more candidates filing their paper work with the county clerk’s office last week.

    Former Taylorsville Mayor Walter Hahn and Kindergarten teacher Ruth Ann Sweazy will be running against Commissioner Lynda Huckleberry, who announced her plans to seek the city’s highest office last month.

    Mayor Don Pay has not formally stated whether he will seek re-election. Pay was elected to the post in 2006 when he defeated Hahn 181 to 158.

  • Danger ahead

    A vehicle accident involving five motorist last Wednesday has renewed a local initiative to make the intersection of KY-55 and Normandy Rd. safer.

    Perry Marler began a petition calling for a traffic signal to be installed at the hazardous intersection hours after Wednesday’s collision. So far, nearly 500 like-minded Spencer Countians have provided their signatures toward the effort.

    “It’s just getting bad and somebody needs to do something about it,” said Marler.

  • City to raise sewer rates

    City commissioners are looking into the possibility of raising sewer rates to cover as much as an $80,000 deficit in revenue. While no determination has been made when or how much costs will increase for sewer customers – estimates are that city residents and businesses could see a 10-percent hike.

    “We’re going to have to raise rates. There is no doubt,” said Mayor Don Pay at a special-called meeting Thursday morning.

  • Relay for Life this Friday

    Come celebrate life – one year at a time – with Spencer County Relay For Life participants this Friday at the high school.

    “All of the decorations will be birthday-related including balloons, cake auction, cupcake eating contest and more,” said coordinator Carol Stratton. “It will be like a big birthday party.”

    Thirteen teams have worked hard over the past few months raising money for the American Cancer Society, she said. And they’re not done yet since teams will have booths to engage and entertain the community, Stratton said.