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  • Former sheriff pleads not guilty

    Former Sheriff Steve Coulter entered a not guilty plea in Spencer County Circuit Court on Thursday morning.
    Coulter was indicted on charges of tampering with public records and official misconduct following a six-month investigation by the Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement Special Investigations West Branch.
    Coulter sat on the front row in the courtroom until his name was called to appear before Judge Stephen Mershon.

  • Stats: No strong connection between alcohol sales, DUIs

    The first case of beer ever sold in Spencer County came off the shelves a year and a half ago today – and so far, law enforcement officials aren’t seeing a notable increase or decrease in motorists driving under the influence.

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  • Readifest this Saturday

    The daunting task of preparing Spencer County students for another school year can be made a bit easier at the annual Health Fair/Readifest Saturday at Spencer County High School.

  • Commissioner addresses open meetings concerns

    The Taylorsville City Commission might be in violation of Kentucky’s Open Meetings Law – and one of its own commissioners is pointing it out.
    Commissioner Nathan Nation submitted a request in writing at a special meeting last week to ask the commission to correct two violations that occurred at a separate special meeting on July 19.

  • Super Saver

    When Connie Wolfe was laid off less than a year ago, she thought her life would have to change for the worse. She, like many unemployed Americans, was unsure of how she would regain buoyancy in today’s economic climate.

  • Meth lab found in trunk

    A random traffic checkpoint set up in Southville in Shelby County on Wednesday night led to an unexpected arrest when state police discovered a meth lab in the trunk of a car.
    Troopers arrested Joshua Sherrard, 33, of Spencer County and Stephanie Hamilton, 38, of Nelson County and charged them with manufacturing methamphetamines, first-degree.
    Sherrard was also charged with theft of identity for giving officers a false name, Trooper Hunter Martin said.

  • No tax hike from city, county

    Property tax bills in Taylorsville and Spencer County aren’t going up this tax year – in fact, some will even go down.
    If the city and county each approve their current proposals, citizens won’t see any change, with the exception of the personal property tax rate in the city, which will be lowered.

    City tax rates
    At a special meeting Wednesday, the Taylorsville City Commission voted 4-1 to leave its real property rate the same as last year and lower the personal property tax rate.

  • School day extended

    When Spencer County schools resume session next Wednesday, students might notice the school day is 10 minutes longer than last year.
    The Spencer County Board of Education moved at its July 28 meeting to extend the school day in order to create “bank time,” which allows the district to store up days that can be applied when it cancels class for inclement weather or other emergencies.

  • OLD SCHOOL, NEW SCHOOL: Technology changes, students stay the same

    Ask anyone in education to name the one thing that has changed the most in the field over the years and you’ll get the same answer: technology.
    In the years since Spencer County Middle School Principal Ed Downs graduated high school in 1979, he has seen the number of computers in schools increase from zero to too many to count.