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  • Judges attend District Judges College

    District Court Judges Linda S. Armstrong and Donna G. Dutton, who serve Spencer, Anderson and Shelby counties, participated in the 2011 Kentucky District Judges College that took place Oct. 18-21 at the Administrative Office of the Courts in Frankfort. The AOC provided the judicial education program for the state’s District Court judges.

  • Audit finds three issues of noncompliance for former sheriff

    Former sheriff Steve Coulter should have “receipted, recorded and deposited” fees charged for auto inspections and should have better handled donated funds during his last year in office, according to State Auditor Crit Luallen’s report for the fiscal year 2010.
    The state auditor performs an audit and releases a report for each of the state’s sheriffs on a yearly basis.
    The 2010 audit noted a $2,820 deficit in the sheriff’s fee account, and recommended the former sheriff eliminate it.

  • Engineers make recommendations to city after sewer study

    During a special meeting last Wednesday, members of the Taylorsville City Commission heard the results of and recommendations from a sewer system evaluation study performed by Sisler-Maggard Engineering.
    The study, which was required by the Kentucky Division of Water, is a part of the city’s mandate to update its sewer system.
    Per an agreed order received from the Division of Water, the city was mandated to hire an engineering firm to conduct the study.

  • Student leads fundraising effort for orphanage

    Nolan Thompson has a desire to help people, and that desire is helping him reach all the way across the globe to Kenya.

    Nolan, a 10-year-old fifth-grader at Spencer County Elementary School, is heading up a project to raise funds for the Tumaini Center Orphanage in Kenya.

    In May, Nolan spearheaded a food drive project to benefit tornado victims in Alabama, so this isn’t his first go-round.

  • A ‘Hometown’ Christmas

    There are few things more inviting than a warm, friendly home decorated for Christmas, and some of those whimsical postcard-like settings can be found right here in Spencer County on the 2011 Christmas  Home Tour.

  • Spencer Co. man formally charged with assault

    As Denisse Escareno remains in a coma, fighting a new infection, the man accused of leaving her in that condition made his first court appearance on Tuesday.

    And even as Escareno’s family and friends have continued to rally around her fight to survive being brutally assaulted three weeks ago, her community has joined in that support.

  • Puckett retires as county clerk, Hesselbrock named as successor

    County Clerk Judy Puckett will retire from office effective Thursday, Dec. 1, and Lynn Hesselbrock will take office as the new clerk on that same date.

    Puckett announced her retirement Monday in a letter to Spencer County Judge-Executive Bill Karrer.

    Karrer read the letter aloud during Monday night’s meeting of the fiscal court.

    Karrer said he asked Puckett to attend that meeting to discuss issues regarding her budget.

    Puckett responded with a letter that said:

  • Tax credit bill would provide scholarships to lower-income families

    Rep. Brad Montell, R-Shelbyville (58th District), announced that he is prefiling legislation for the 2012 Regular Legislative Session that if passed would authorize a tax credit for individuals and corporate donors to non-profit agencies that provide scholarships to needy children to attend the public or private school of their choice.
    “The goal of this legislation is to provide every parent with the opportunity to send their child to the school that best meets the child’s needs regardless of their family’s income,” said Montell in filing the bill.

  • Spencer County Sheriff’s Department September and October reports

    Spencer County Sheriff’s Department reports
    September 2011
    Traffic stops, warnings — 15
    Traffic stops, citations — 9
    Highway safety checkpoints — 0
    Non-injury accidents — 11
    Injury accidents — 2
    Fatalities — 0
    Other calls for service — 208
    CCDW permits — 13
    Vehicle inspections — 65
    Total arrests — 16
    Subpoenas, criminal summons and civil summons served — 128
    Recovered property — $5,000

  • PHOTO: Garden Club donates $500 to Habitat

    Leslie Zoeller, of the Spencer County Garden Club, presents Scott Street, of Spencer County Habitat for Humanity with a $500 check. The garden club hosted an event last month to benefit the Habitat organization. During the Habitat board meeting Monday night, Zoeller told board members she hoped to make the fundraiser an annual event. Also pictured are Mary Trice, of the Garden Club, far left, and Habitat for Humanity board members.