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  • Arrested teacher had prior record in Ohio

    The Spencer County Middle School teacher and coach arrested Dec. 7 had at least three drug convictions, a disorderly conduct conviction and an attempted domestic violence conviction on his record in Cincinnati prior to being hired in the Spencer County school district.

  • A local perspective: District works to assure parents of school safety procedures

    On Monday night the Spencer County Board of Education could not escape the sad topic of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that took place in Newtown, Conn., and how the district could better prepare its buildings and staff for such an unthinkable disaster.
    In light of the tragedy that claimed 26 lives Dec. 14 — 20 of which were 6 and 7 years old — board members and administrators felt burdened to find ways to appropriately respond and better protect the district’s children.

  • FFA Farm Toy Show expected to attract over 50 vendors

    Spencer County High School FFA sponsor and agriculture teacher Bland Baird remembers when the local FFA chapter began hosting the annual Farm Toy Show more than two decades ago, and, while it was a great event, he was not convinced it had the momentum to continue for years to come.

  • PHOTO: New commission takes oath

    The new Taylorsville City Commission was sworn in during last Tuesday’s meeting by Judge Donna Dutton. Pictured from left are Melissa Ellen Redmon, Kathy Spears, Beverly Bentley Ingram and Jack Proctor. Spears and Ingram are incumbents; Proctor has previously served as a commissioner; and Redmon is new to public office.

  • Parade like the welcome home Vietnam vets never got

    Last Saturday’s Christmas parade in Shelbyville held special meaning for a select group of veterans.
    This group of Vietnam vets who rode in the “Deuce and half” (a 2.5-ton Army truck) said seeing hundreds of cheering people smiling and waving at them was an experience that other veterans coming home take for granted these days.

  • City again denies Shircliffes’ Main Street access

    A Main Street property owner appeared before the Taylorsville City Commission last Tuesday night to give members one last chance to right the wrong he believes was done to his property.
    John Shircliffe, who, with his wife, Judy, owns the Sanctuary Arts Center at the corner of Main and Jefferson streets, asked the commission last week to restore the Main Street access taken away during the Phase II Main Street Project renovations.

  • Travis named Farmer of the Year

    Scott Travis, a 27-year farming veteran of Spencer County, was honored as the 2012 Kentucky Farm Bureau “Farmer of the Year” during the organization’s 93rd annual meeting in Louisville on Friday.

  • District to have tech center under high school’s roof as early as next school year

    Spencer County High School is on track to launch a career and technical school within its walls as soon as next school year, if all goes according to current plans.
    That is an exciting development for the district, which currently is forced to bus students interested in technical education and earning numerous industry certificates, such as health sciences or information technology, to tech school campuses in neighboring Bullitt and Shelby counties.

  • City votes to move in different direction than county when buying radios

    The Taylorsville City Commission voted last Tuesday night to continue its course and purchase the needed equipment for the city police department to operate on P-25 radio technology.
    Several years ago, the county’s 911 Committee, which is comprised of emergency agency department heads, agreed to move in the P-25 direction — a move that is recommended by the Department of Homeland Security with the idea that the more agencies that use P-25 technology, the more agencies that will be able to communicate with each other in the event of a disaster or emergency.

  • Labor Cabinet reduces school district’s penalties in case of maintenance worker’s death

    Spencer County Schools will pay less in Occupational Safety and Health Administration penalties than first thought in the case of a June workplace accident that resulted in the death of a maintenance employee.