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  • Kentucky among states granted NCLB flexibility

    The United States Department of Education announced Thursday that Kentucky will be included in the 10 states granted flexibility under the federal No Child Left Behind/Elementary and Secondary Education Act — and that means major changes for schools here in Spencer County and across the state.

  • Confusion surrounds legislative, congressional districts

    As of Monday afternoon, Spencer County stood to be represented by three people in the state’s House of Representatives and two in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    That representation is what Spencer Countians are used to in the state House, but it situates Spencer as one of only six of Kentucky’s 120 counties that would be split in regard to representation in the U.S. House.

  • No new leads in homicide investigation

    The homicide investigation of Bardstown resident Daniel D. Cahoe continues to be shrouded in secrecy, with no significant case updates released to the public since shortly after Cahoe’s body was found Jan. 5 in Spencer County.

    Cahoe, 34, was found slumped over in a barn located in the 2000 block of Bowman Lane near the intersection of West River Road. He had a single gunshot wound to his head.

  • Bruner pleads not guilty

    A Taylorsville man charged with assaulting a Shelbyville woman last fall pleaded not guilty Friday to the charge in Shelby County Circuit Court.

    Mark Bruner, 38, was charged with assault in the beating of Denisse Escareno, 24, who was found barely breathing and severely beaten on the side of Mount Eden Road by passersby Nov. 5.

    Bruner was arrested 10 days later in Taylorsville in connection with the assault.

  • Fiscal Court considers options with EMS building

    The Spencer County Fiscal Court took no action last Tuesday after touring its dilapidated EMS building on Spears Drive.

    The county’s paramedics and EMTs were moved out of the building about two weeks ago after reports surfaced of holes in the building’s floor and ceiling, possible mold and rodent droppings near packaged medical supplies.

    EMS employees are now stationed above the sheriff’s department on Main Street, where the local dispatch office used to be located.

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  • County sets central location to receive records requests

    Any open records requests to Spencer County offices should now be directed toward the Spencer County Attorney’s Office, according to a letter issued to county department heads from Judge-Executive Bill Karrer on Jan. 19.
    In the letter, Karrer notes that, to his knowledge, the county hasn’t had a formal policy regarding such requests in the past.
    “Each department has simply received and responded to the requests as they received them,” the letter says.

  • Sheriff’s office takes over prisoner transport

    The Spencer County Sheriff’s Department is now in charge of transporting the county’s prisoners for financial and legal reasons, Judge-Executive Bill Karrer said Friday.
    The decision, made after an executive session at the Fiscal Court’s Jan. 17 meeting, will move the county’s transport officers under the umbrella of the sheriff’s department, but will allow Jailer Darrell Herndon, who was elected in 2010, to continue transporting prisoners, too.

  • Franklin Circuit Judge enters temporary injunction, declares HB1 unconstitutional

    Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled Tuesday that House Bill I, which redefined new legislative districts in Kentucky – including those of state Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) and Spencer County’s state representatives– is unconstitutional.

    Shepherd’s ruling came down shortly before 4 p.m., a day after a four-hour court hearing.

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