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  • School district's head lice policy could change

    The Spencer County School District could have a new policy soon on how to deal with head lice, citing the old policy as being unjust and outdated.

  • Personnel changes approved at first Fiscal Court meeting

    One longtime employee of the county was replaced and others had their positions modified as part of a marathon Fiscal Court meeting on Monday.

    The incoming court, which included new Judge Executive Bill Karrer, made the personnel announcements at the close of a six-and-half-hour meeting — more than half of which was spent in state-authorized private executive session.

  • Local fire department viewed as a model merger

    (Editor’s note: The following article was written by The Springfield Sun newspaper as part of a continuing series looking at local fire department issues.)

    The City of Springfield and Washington County are currently served by two separate fire departments. Each department operates on its own budget, with its own sources of income. However, the departments are primarily made up of the same firefighters doing the work when a fire arises.

  • Less waste for the money

    City of Taylorsville officials have elected to pursue a downsized version of a mandated wastewater treatment plant expansion after initial construction bids came back much higher than anticipated.

    The Taylorsville City Commission, in a special meeting Dec. 29, unanimously voted to approve several cost-cutting measures for the proposed expansion and enter into “competitive negotiations” with contractors who a few weeks earlier submitted the three lowest bids on the original design.

  • Sheriff saga: Who’s on First?

    Ringing in the new year was hardly done in a traditional way for Spencer County Sheriff Buddy Stump.

    Stump, who last November won a narrow election over sitting sheriff Steve Coulter, scrambled to assemble a staff on New Year’s Eve when Coulter confirmed his rumored early resignation — two days before the state-mandated end to his term.

  • Contractor offering reward in copper wire theft

    A theft of about $12,000 in copper wire from a local construction site has prompted the contractor to offer a reward in connection with the crime.

  • School buses may have fenced home soon

    Spencer County School District officials are considering fencing in a bus storage lot at the intersection of Main Cross and Back Alley that has been a point of concern for bus drivers and Spencer County Board of Education members.

    At the November board meeting, member Sandy Clevenger discussed that several drivers approached her with issues relating to bus vandalism and safety, noting parked buses could not be locked and were subject to any pedestrians or vandals passing by the lot.

  • Two sheriff deputies will leave post

    When Steve Coulter leaves the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department this week, he won’t be alone. Two of his deputies will join him on the sidelines when incoming sheriff Buddy Stump takes office.

    Deputy Larry Goodlett, who joined the staff when Coulter first became sheriff in 1994, and Chief Deputy Kyle Bennett, who has been part of the department since 2000, both recently confirmed that they would resign their positions when Coulter leaves office.

  • The 411: New texting law no LOL matter

    Local and state lawmakers will soon learn if Kentucky drivers get the message of the no texting while driving law when officers begin fining offenders Jan. 1.

    Although the law has been in effect across the state since July 15, lawmakers gave offenders an almost six month grace period under which they were issued a warning only.

    As of Saturday, anyone pulled over while using a personal communication device to send messages while operating a moving motor vehicle will face a fine of $25. Repeat offenders face a $50 fine for each repeat offense and court costs.

  • Revard case inching slowly toward trial

    While a trial date may be shortly forthcoming in the Commonwealth’s murder case against Raymond Revard Jr., both sides are standing strong in their respective beliefs of guilt or innocence of the accused.