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  • 2012 Citizens of the Year: Toby and Patsy Lewis recognized for service to the community

    For the second consecutive year, the Spencer County-Taylorsville Chamber of Commerce has named co-winners of its Citizen of the Year award, and again, both winners reside under the same roof.

  • As expected, burglar James Seabolt gets 20 years in Cochran Hill Road case

    As expected, a Louisville man caught breaking into a Cochran Hill Road home last March was sentenced to 20 years Thursday after being found guilty by a Spencer County jury.
    James R. Seabolt, 36, of Louisville, was found guilty of second-degree complicity to burglary and of being a first-degree persistent felony offender.
    According to court records, the jury recommended 10 years enhanced to 20 years because Seabolt was a persistent felony offender.
    The sentence imposed by Judge Charles Hickman was consistent with the jury’s recommendation.

  • Assistant chief uses soft drinks to help extinguish car fire

    If not for an off-duty firefighter’s quick thinking, the results of a one-vehicle accident Saturday night on Mount Washington Road could have been much worse.

  • 3 in 5 Kentucky adults favor a statewide smoking ban, according to an independent poll that may have oversampled smokers

    Kentuckians now favor a statewide smoking ban by a margin of 3 to 2, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll conducted last fall for the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. Interestingly, 38 percent of the Kentucky adults polled said they were smokers, much more than the 29 percent found by ongoing federal surveys. Among those identified as smokers, 37 percent favored such a law, while it was favored by 68 percent of former smokers and 75 percent of those who said they had never smoked.

  • 2013 General Assembly: List of issues is long for short session

    Kentucky lawmakers are facing a full slate of issues for a short legislative session, which kicked off Tuesday.
    The state’s House and Senate members will convene for three days this week, take three weeks off, meet from Feb. 5 to March 11, and then break again before wrapping the session up on March 25-26. The legislature always meets for a short, 30-day session in odd years, but the session is broken up so it will last until late March.

  • Seabolt to be sentenced Thursday, expected to get 20 years

    A Louisville man caught breaking into a Cochran Hill Road home last March is expected to be sentenced to 20 years Thursday after being found guilty by a Spencer County jury.
    James R. Seabolt, 36, of Louisville, was found guilty of second-degree complicity to burglary and of being a first-degree persistent felony offender. His sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday in Spencer Circuit Court.

  • Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Department teams with company to offer rapid entry systems

    Spencer County residents might not be aware that the Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Protection District has teamed up with a national company to offer a service that could save a business or residential property owner’s building from being unnecessarily damaged.

  • Sneeze causes man to lose control of vehicle

    An “achoo” quickly turned into an “oh no” for one driver last Thursday.
    According to a collision report from the Spencer County Sheriff’s Office, Curtis D. Franklin, 49, of the 300 block of Jefferson Street, was traveling north on Elk Creek Road around 12:40 p.m. last Thursday, when he sneezed.
    “Driver said when he sneezed he lost control of [his Mercury Nautica Villager] and hit the guardrail/bridge rail,” Deputy Todd Tinsley wrote in the collision report. “Subject regained control and stopped the vehicle.”

  • County has few DUI arrests over New Year’s

    Spencer County welcomed 2013 with a very low number of reported intoxicated driving arrests – perhaps a positive indication that local drivers are heeding warnings to not get behind the wheel when driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

  • Bruner closer to trial in beating case

    Mark Bruner, charged with the brutal beating of a woman left by the side of the road, was given a new court date Monday for still another status hearing as he nears his jury trial date of March 11.
    Shackled and wearing his orange jailhouse-issued jumpsuit, Bruner glowered at onlookers as he entered Shelby County Circuit Court and stood stoically before Judge Charles Hickman as his court appointed attorney, Melanie Lowe-Stratton, and Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Melanie Carroll reviewed the case.