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  • EMERGENCY: City/county emergency operations plan outdated

    Efforts to update city and county emergency and evacuation plans continue as officials representing Spencer County and Taylorsville discuss the community’s ability to respond to a disaster.

    The issue was addressed in early January at a Taylorsville City Commission meeting, when resident and floodwall commissioner Gary Kehne expressed his concerns for the city’s lack of an appropriate emergency and evacuation plan, especially in the case of a breeched floodwall.

  • Will Bancroft live or die if convicted?

    LAWRENCEBURG – The family of a Mount Eden woman brutally murdered in Anderson County last September has made it clear: They want the man charged with killing her to be executed.

    Even if Gary Bancroft were convicted in her death, his fate would be decided not only by a jury but also on a series of 15 factors set forth by state law.

    Called aggravating and mitigating circumstances, each offers legal language to help prosecutors determine if they should move forward with a death penalty or seek a sentence of up to life in prison.

  • City discusses evacuation plan

    If a major flood occurred in Taylorsville, where would everyone go? And how would they get there?

    Those are questions that local officials want to get answers for soon after the idea for a comprehensive evacuation plan was discussed at the Jan. 5 Taylorsville City Commission meeting.

    “I don’t feel like, and Gary, I know you don’t feel like we have an adequate evacuation plan for the city,” Mayor Don Pay said to Floodwall Commissioner Gary Kehne at one point in the meeting.

  • Ethics commission rules, but what next?

    A ruling handed down by the Spencer County Ethics Commission has found previous Spencer County Sheriff Steve Coulter and two of his deputies guilty on two of three ethics violation charges brought against them by Taylorsville resident Lawrence Trageser, but it is unclear as to if or when any disciplinary action will be taken against the accused.

  • Police working burglary at K&M Small Engines, information wanted

    Taylorsville Police are investigating a burglary reported Wednesday morning at K&M Small Engines on Railroad Street.

    Four 4-wheelers and an undetermined amount of go-carts have been stolen.

    Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call 502-477-3231 or 502-477-5533.

    If information provided leads to an arrest, a cash reward will be given.

  • Tapp looks at next chapter of life

    Birthdays are a good time to sit back and reflect on the past: Remember your accomplishments, admit your defeats and prepare for the future by learning from your mistakes.

    So it was on his 57th birthday on the last Wednesday of 2010 that retiring state Sen. Gary Tapp (R-Shelbyville) sat down with Landmark Communications and talked about walking away from 12 years of work in Frankfort as first a member of the House and for the last eight as a senator.

  • County personnel changes approved

    One longtime employee of the county was replaced and others had their positions modified as part of a marathon Fiscal Court meeting on Monday.

    The incoming court, which included new Judge Executive Bill Karrer, made the personnel announcements at the close of a seven-hour meeting –­ more than half of which was spent in state-authorized private executive session.

  • Taylorsville gets 24-hour police coverage

    Taylorsville has around-the-clock coverage from its local police force finally after city officials worked out a deal to fund the expansion.

    Police Chief Toby Lewis presented multiple scheduling options to the Taylorsville City Commission on Jan. 5 in hopes of closing the gap on coverage lapses inherent to a five-person full-time staff.

    But instead of just closing the gaps, Lewis and officials eliminated them after working out details during the commission meeting.

  • School Board considers drug testing

    The Spencer County Board of Education is looking for ways to address drug usage in the schools and a random drug testing program at the high school could be a component used in those efforts.

  • Thieves target local schools

    Six people, including three juveniles, have been arrested on charges related to break-ins at Spencer County High School and Taylorsville Elementary School.

    Matthew Shake, 19, of Taylorsville, and three juveniles were charged with two counts of burglary and theft by unlawful taking of less than $500 for break-ins at both the high school and elementary school on Jan. 2-3.