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Local News

  • UPDATE: Sheriff confirms gun brought to high school was not loaded, but bullets were with the gun

    Local law enforcement confirmed that a Spencer County High School student brought a firearm to campus Tuesday and that the weapon changed hands sometime during the school day.

    Although investigators say the gun was not loaded, bullets were reported to have been with the firearm. No one was hurt as a result and two male students have been charged and taken into custody. 

  • CONSTRUCTING CONFUSION: Building Inspector Steve Clark fired, or is he?

    Within a span of four days, Spencer County Building Code Inspector Steve Clark was terminated by Judge-Executive Bill Karrer and reinstated by a quorum of the Fiscal Court, but it is still unclear when or if Clark will be permitted to get back to work.

  • SIDEBAR: Local builders, realtors say no inspector immediately hurts business

    The absence of a local building inspector has put builders and realtors at a standstill since Wednesday.
    Local realtor Susan Arnold told The Spencer Magnet she found herself in a bind with a unique situation early last week.
    Arnold, who is listing a bank foreclosure, said the bank that owns the home wanted to have the utilities turned on.
    Arnold said she called Clark early last week and he told her a licensed electrician needed to inspect the home and then he would be able to issue a permit to get the utilities turned on.

  • SIDEBAR: No inspector leaves county building committee in lurch

    The building committee of the Spencer County Fiscal Court has also been stalled because of the absence of a local building inspector.
    The committee met last Friday to review bids for the renovations required at the former extension office, which is in the process of becoming the county’s new EMS headquarters.
    Magistrate David Goodlett, who sits on the committee, had specifically asked for the building inspector to be present at the committee meeting on Friday, but because inspector Steve Clark was terminated on Wednesday, there was no local inspector.

  • Mount Eden fire could point to arson

    The most recent fire in an eerie rash of Mount Eden blazes is being investigated as possible arson — but the fire claimed a building that most agree will not be missed.

  • SHOOTING STRAIGHT, PART 2: Local school board, government officials talk safety, propose legislation

    Editor’s note: In this week’s story, read about how local education officials are addressing school safety concerns and how second-amendment rights are being addressed in state and federal government.

    School safety discussions surface following Sandy Hook shooting

  • REGIONAL NEWS: Glass for breakfast?

    Customers got a big shock at about 6 a.m. Thursday when a pick up truck jumped a curb at It’s Convenient on Main Street in Shelbyville and ran into the front of the store so hard that the impact broke the front window and caved in the bricks, right where the cashier checks out customers.
    “It came just barreling right through the parking lot and, bam, right into the building,” store owner Ruth Hodge said.

  • REGIONAL NEWS: Bullitt County Board of Adjustments denies permit for Islamic cemetery

    It’s back to the drawing board for those who sought to build an Islamic cemetery in Mount Washington.
    After hearing from local residents who spoke out against the proposed cemetery, members of the Bullitt County Board of Adjustments voted to reject the Louisville Islamic Center’s request for a conditional use permit during a public meeting held in the Bullitt Fiscal Courtroom on Thursday.
    The permit, which would have allowed the applicants to build a cemetery on 10 acres of agriculturally zoned land off Hubbards Lane in Mount Washington, was denied 5-1.

  • KSP nabs suspected stabber

    Louisville Metro Police made an arrest in a January incident that left an Indiana man stabbed and bleeding in the Elk Creek Grocery parking lot.
    According to a Kentucky State Police news release, LMPD executed an arrest warrant on Feb. 10 on Paul C. Barr, 34, of Louisville, and he was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail and charged with first-degree assault.
    Thursday, Barr was transferred to the Shelby County Detention Center where he remains with no bond. Barr was scheduled to be arraigned Friday morning in Spencer District Court.

  • Sheriff says he will share his radio frequency pending signed agreement from fire, city police

    A signed memorandum of understanding is the only thing separating the city police and local fire department from obtaining the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department’s new radio frequency, Sheriff Donald “Buddy” Stump said during a radio demonstration during Monday night’s Fiscal Court meeting.
    Once the Taylorsville Police Department and the Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Protection District have signed MOUs with the county, those agencies will be given the sheriff’s frequency improving communication between the agencies, Stump said.