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  • 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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  • PHOTOS: Drawing for position

    Candidates for Spencer County Clerk drew for position on this year's primary election ballot.

    Both Republican candidates, Lynn Hesselbrock and Karen Spencer, were present. Two of the five Democrat candidates, Abbigail Nation and Annette King, were present. Barry Hume, CaSandra Zabenco and Joy Hall were not present for the drawing. The order of Democrat candidates on the ballot will be Nation, Hall, King, Zabenco and Hume. The order of Republican candidates appearing on the ballot will be Spencer and Hesselbrock.

  • MAP tests show students’ in-year progress

    With the first semester of the 2011-2012 school year in the rear view mirror, Spencer County school district administrators and faculty now have access to data courtesy of the Measures of Academic Progress test that can help educators determine if their students are making adequate advancements throughout the school year.

  • Bullitt FSA faces closure

    Thirteen years ago, farmers in Bullitt and surrounding counties heard a similar story.

    The federal government was looking to make cutbacks in the Farm Service Agency and that would result in a reorganization in its office locations.

    When that happened, services for Bullitt, Spencer and Jefferson counties were all located into a facility in Mount Washington.

    Now, the latest round of cutbacks may mean that farmers in those counties will have to seek assistance in new locations by the end of the year.

  • Director fired amid EMS mess

    Spencer County Emergency Medical Services is under new leadership following reports that the EMS facility on Spears Drive was dilapidated, with rodent excrement, possible mold and holes in the ceiling and floor.

    The lack of communication regarding the condition of the building was one of the reasons Judge-Executive Bill Karrer gave during Monday morning’s Fiscal Court meeting for his decision to relieve then-EMS Director and Director of Emergency Management Darrell Stevens of his posts.

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  • Law enforcement looking for man posing as police

    Local law enforcement officials are warning citizens of a male subject who stopped a car posing as police last Wednesday.
    A female was stopped Wednesday on Ky. 44 East at Stevens Lane by a white male with a blue light on his dash, according to a Nixle alert. (Nixle is a free online service used by the Taylorsville Police Department to inform community members of valuable information via text messages and emails.)
    The impostor looked at the woman’s license, and as another car approached, he threw her license at her and fled back to his car, the alert said.

  • Spencer County’s unemployment rate sits at 8.1 percent

    The unemployment rate in Spencer County fell 1.2 percent between December 2010 and December 2011, but increased 0.2 percent from November to December last year.
    Spencer’s unemployment rate for December 2011 was 8.1 percent, meaning it was 9.3 percent in December 2010 and 7.9 percent in November 2011.
    With an estimated 9,379 possible members of the civilian labor force, 8,617 were employed and 762 were unemployed.