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  • ACT shows gains with 'plenty of room to grow'

    Spencer County’s 2010 ACT scores improved across all four categories that measure college-readiness in high school juniors in English, math, reading and science, but there is plenty of room for improvement, according to SCHS Principal Jocelyn Lyons.

    With a higher percentage of local students meeting ACT benchmarks, SCHS is now ranked 168th out of 229 Kentucky schools. The rating places Spencer County better than 27 percent of Kentucky schools and up from 198th in 2009.

  • PUBLIC RECORD: District Court

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Hon. Donna Dutton in Spencer County District Court August 20, 2010.

    Traffic:

    Andrea M. Engle, failure of owner to maintain required insurance. $643 court cost and fine with $400 conditionally discharged.

    Jeffrey S. Klotz, speeding 15 mph over limit. Paid $173.

    Bradley J. Norris, speeding 17 mph over limit. $143 court cost and state traffic school.

    Jeremiah C. Waugh, speeding 19 mph over limit. $143 court cost and state traffic school.

  • School taxes to go up 4 percent

    The school board voted to raise property taxes to 58.1 cents following a hearing Wednesday night despite the superintendent’s public statement last week that he would recommend a lower rate. The increase is about four percent above current taxes and is expected to generate an additional $292,000 for the school district.

  • On the Way Cafe to close

    After nearly six years of serving home-cooked meals with a side friendly service, On the Way Cafe owner Lisa Carmany has decided to close her doors for good Sept. 17.

    Carmany said the past few years have been rough for the business financially, but with new taxes and the uncertainty of whether she would be able to afford health insurance costs – it was time to quit her run as a business owner.

  • Jenkins' DUI trial Dec. 16

    After listening to witness testimony Friday in the change of venue hearing involving Spencer County Judge Executive David Jenkins,  Special Judge Jerry Crosby said he would take the matter “under submission.”

    While no decision on the trial location had been determined by yesterday afternoon, Crosby did set the trail date as Dec. 16 – well beyond the November general election.

    Both Jenkins and Crosby are seeking re-election to their respective offices. Crosby currently serves as a district court judge in Oldham, Henry and Trimble counties.

  • Lawrenceburg man charged in death of Mt. Eden girlfriend

    An Anderson County man is in jail on murder charges after police found the body of a woman in his residence at 4197 Bardstown Road on Saturday.

    Gary M. Bancroft, 33, is charged with murdering 33-year-old Frances Renee Mobley.

    Mobley’s identity was confirmed Tuesday morning, said Anderson County Coroner Brian Ritchie. Mobley is said to have been staying with Bancroft at least part time in Anderson County, but her family lives in Spencer County, he said.

  • An un-Commonwealth of information

    Debate.

    Tradition.

    Commonwealth.

    These three words composed the curriculum of a special interactive civics lesson recently presented to young homeschoolers and their parents by State Representative candidate Kim King.   

    Prospective Judge Executive Bill Karrer welcomed a handful of parents and approximately 30 homeschoolers in grades eight and below as they filled up the small front room of the Spencer County GOP headquarters in downtown Taylorsville last Wednesday morning.

  • PUBLIC RECORD: District Court

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Hon. Donna Dutton in Spencer County District Court August 6, 2010.

    Traffic:

    Joel Bales, speeding 20 mph over limit. $183.

    Elisabeth G. Alexander, speeding 13 mph over limit. $143 court cost and state traffic school.

    Shaun M. Dejaynes, speeding 17 mph over limit; operating on suspended license. Amended to no license in possession. $197 court cost and fines.

  • Fowler appointed by Governor Beshear

    Gov. Beshear has appointed Kathy Lynn Fowler to the Kentucky Emergency Response Commission.  

    Fowler, of Taylorsville, is the assistant director of Public Health and Public Services in the Kentucky Cabinet of Health and Family Services. She represents health services. The appointment replaces Katheryn H. Cook, whose term has expired.

    Fowler has been appointed to serve for a term expiring April 17, 2012.

     

  • Exceptions to Friday's state furlough

    The majority of executive branch state employees are included in the furlough plan for this Friday, including non-merit employees and merit system employees, full-time and part-time, the governor and all cabinet secretaries and contract workers.

    In order to keep needed services available, a limited number of state offices have been approved to remain open or partially open on Friday. Employees approved to receive an exception and remain at work Friday will take their furlough on another day in September.