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  • Giving the gift of time

    Taylorsville Elementary School has a program uniquely designed for volunteers to give back to the community in a big way. The mentoring program allows community members to interact with and make a difference in the lives of children who need help with their social development, behavioral issues or other problems.

  • Arrest made in break-ins at Spencer County High School parking lot

    An alleged repeat burglary offender was arrested by Taylorsville Police Friday for breaking into vehicles parked at Spencer County High School.
    Brandon Sparks, 19, of Taylorsville, was arrested by Lt. Rick Jewell after police received tips that items were missing from student vehicles.

  • Accident leaves one dead

    A Taylorsville woman was killed in a one-vehicle crash Thursday.
    Angela Anderson, 40, was traveling west on Ky. 44 around 8:20 a.m. when she lost control of her 1997 Chevrolet pickup in a curve and overcorrected, according to Kentucky State Police. According to the KSP incident report, Anderson’s vehicle left the north shoulder of the road and struck an embankment.

    Anderson was ejected from the vehicle. She was also air-lifted to the University of Louisville Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

  • Fiscal Court takes over clerk's budget

    After finding even more concerns with the proposed budget of the County Clerk’s office, the Spencer County Fiscal Court voted Monday night to funnel expenditures and revenue of that office through the general budget, bypassing the clerk’s budget altogether.

  • Snow forces school board to extend school year

    Much like the snow this winter, the Spencer County School Board has been forced to deal with missed days that continue to pile up.

    The Board met in a special-called meeting Monday night to decide how the district’s five schools would make up the nine days and nine hours that students have missed thus far. Board members moved to amend the school calendar so that students would be in session on President’s Day, Feb. 21, and on the district professional development day of March 14.

  • Jenkins trial moved to Shelby

    By Lisa King, Landmark News Service

    The DUI trial of former Spencer County Judge-Executive David Jenkins has been moved from Spencer to Shelby County and is set for April 21.

    Jenkins was arrested April 10, 2009, when Kentucky State Police pulled him over on KY. 155 near Elk Creek in Spencer County and charged him with speeding, no proof of insurance and DUI.

    In November, Special Judge Jerry Crosby II ordered the case moved to Shelby County because he didn’t think the case could be argued fairly in Spencer.

  • Business expansion draws questions

    A permit error has left one prominent local business owner’s building on Reasor Avenue possibly spilling onto city property near the street.

    For several months, some local government agencies have debated if Mic-Zee’s Ice owner Mike Driscoll legally constructed an addition at his ice house on 313 Reasor Avenue. Driscoll – who also owns O’Driscoll’s Spirits and Mic-Zee’s Car Wash – said the addition is being used for loading and unloading ice machines and it is not a docking station for trucks.

  • Uncontrolled burn ends in field fire

    The Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Department responded to a field fire off John Henry Road in the Indian Ridge neighborhood shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday.

    Firefighters arrived on the scene to find more than 25 acres burning with flames nearing homes.
    According to officials and neighbors at the scene, the fire was started due to uncontrolled agricultural field burning. According to a neighbor, the fire department had not been notified ahead of time by the land’s tenant, Nathan Smith, son of landowner Mike Smith.

  • Re-election notes in State of Commonwealth address

    By AMANDA VAN BENSCHOTTEN, The Kentucky Enquirer

    FRANKFORT — Up was down and down was up at the state Capitol last week.

    On Tuesday, Gov. Steve Beshear took jabs at the Obama administration and made overtures to the tea party in a State of the Commonwealth Address that sounded a lot like a re-election speech.

    The Democratic governor praised coal, criticized “reckless spending in Washington,” and warned federal environmental regulators to “get off our backs.”

  • Governor undecided on meds-for-meth bill

    By AL CROSS, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues

    Gov. Steve Beshear says he hasn’t made up his mind about the bill that would require prescriptions for decongestants used to make methamphetamine, but he sounds skeptical. And he doesn’t think Kentucky is ready for a statewide smoking ban, but he might endorse legislation to better protect residents of nursing homes.

    Beshear addressed the three health issues under questioning from Bill Bryant of Lexington’s WKYT-TV on the latest “Kentucky Newsmakers.”