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  • Century-old barn destroyed by winds

    Strong winds destroyed an Elk Creek livestock barn Wednesday night, scattering planks and debris more than 100 yards from the site of the century-old structure.

    Nathan Lawson–whose family has owned the barn since the 1950s–said it was used daily to feed cattle. It also stored hay and equipment.

    “It was in good shape,” he said. Repairs had been done to the foundation and posts just last year.  

    Lawson initially believed a tornado caused the damage.

  • Top Flight burglary

    Spencer County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a burglary that occurred in the Top Flight subdivision April 7.

    A homeowner on Wills Way returned from work last Wednesday evening to discover several items missing.

    “It was a typical daytime burglary,” said Deputy Kyle Bennett.

    The suspect, or suspects, had pried open the back door to the residence. Missing items included a 47-inch flat screen television, a 24-inch flat screen television, a Dell computer and jewelry.

  • There’s a new deputy in town

    Thirty-four-year-old Damon Jewell is the newest face on the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department staff.

    Jewell was hired by Spencer County Fiscal Court April 6 and sworn in by Hon. Charles Hickman the following Wednesday afternoon.

    Jewell will be taking the spot vacated by former deputy Russell Cranmer, who retired earlier this year.

    Jewell is a native to Spencer County and a 1994 graduate of Spencer County High School. He has worked for the past year and a half as a public safety officer at Louisville International Airport.

  • Breaking ground for a new Habitat home

    1800 Little Mount Church Road.

    “That’s my address,” Melissa Davis said excitedly as she heard Spencer County Habitat for Humanity President Scott Street recite the location of her soon-to-be home. 

    Davis, her four children and many Spencer County Habitat for Humanity community partners and volunteers broke ground Sunday for the four bedroom, two bathroom home.

  • Community center update

    Proponents of a Spencer County community center say it could cost as much as $500,000 to construct the 4,500 square-feet pool and splash park, they envision as the crown jewels of a new recreational facility. The pool could feature a shallow-entry design to accommodate children and seniors, according to preliminary plans. A lap section could be utilized by more competitive swimmers.

    Costs could escalate into the millions to add other programs and services for the center.

  • Alcohol revenue meager for county coffers

    Judge-executive David Jenkins says Spencer County has reaped “very little” money from alcohol sales, since county voters approved a special referendum lifting prohibition last October.

    Six months later, the county has collected just $5,600 in initial alcohol and licensing fees, he said. Jenkins expects the county could collect as much as $6,000 from retailers through the fiscal year.

    Additional county revenue could be collected from property, occupational and insurance premium taxes assessed on those who sell and work around alcohol, he said.

  • Attempt to calm fears

    Developers defended their plans Thursday to build 24 low-income housing units on Turnpike Avenue, across from Spencer County Elementary School.

    Roy Lowenstein, vice president of Buckeye Community Hope Foundation, the Ohio-based company seeking to break ground this spring, attempted to suppress fear and anger from neighbors who complained the project will decrease their home values and attract undesirable, largely transient occupants.

    Once completed, Lowenstein said the project would be an “asset to the community.”

  • Bye-bye burley

    Spencer County’s dwindling number of burley tobacco farmers are facing increased uncertainty as many are unsure if they will be able to sell their product this growing season.

    Many area farmers have yet to secure a buyer for their burley—if they find one at all. And that’s an expensive and scary reality for families who have relied upon burley as an important part of their livelihoods for years.

  • Register by May 18 to vote in primary

    Spencer County Clerk Judy Puckett announced last week that the last day to register to vote in the May 18, 2010 Primary Election is April 19.

    Persons who are not registered may go to the county clerk’s office and fill out a voter registration card. Anyone who is not sure of their registration status should call the office at 477-3215 before the deadline.

    “Please do not wait until election day,” said Puckett. “If you are not registered before the April 19 deadline, you will not be able to vote.”

  • CAUTION: Speed limit change on Glenview Drive

    County officials will reduce the speed limit on one residential street after neighbors there complained about fast drivers and dangerous conditions.  

    A speeding driver on Glenview Drive hit Tina Piercy’s family dog last week — it could’ve easily been a neighborhood child, she said.  

    The frustrated mother said neighbors have considered throwing a box of nails in the street to slow dangerous drivers.