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  • New business: Taylorsville Pools

    Brent Schanding/Landmark News Service

  • Jenkins cited for DUI

    Spencer County Judge Executive David Jenkins was arrested by Kentucky State Police early Saturday morning for driving under the influence of alcohol. Jenkins, who is seeking his fourth term in office this election year, was also cited for speeding and failure to produce an insurance card.

    On Tuesday, Jenkins declined to comment about the charges on the advice of his attorney.

  • Cheerleading coach charged with felony

    Spencer County Middle School’s cheerleading coach was charged Monday with a felony for theft by failure to make required disposition of property.

    April D. Moore, 36, has been accused of allegedly refusing to turn in an estimated $5,000 to $8,000 in funds to the school’s athletic account. She was taken to Shelby County Detention Center Monday and released later that day on her own recognizance.

  • Jenkins addresses state of Spencer County

    Spencer County Judge Executive David Jenkins presented his annual State of the County address Thursday. Below are the highlights of his speech given at the Spencer County-Taylorsville Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

    TAXES:

    Spencer County is looking at a 9.2 percent decrease in revenue because of lower-than-projected tax base.

    “For far too long, property tax has been the main source of revenue for the county,” Jenkins said.

  • Century-old barn destroyed by winds

    Strong winds destroyed an Elk Creek livestock barn Wednesday night, scattering planks and debris more than 100 yards from the site of the century-old structure.

    Nathan Lawson–whose family has owned the barn since the 1950s–said it was used daily to feed cattle. It also stored hay and equipment.

    “It was in good shape,” he said. Repairs had been done to the foundation and posts just last year.  

    Lawson initially believed a tornado caused the damage.

  • Top Flight burglary

    Spencer County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a burglary that occurred in the Top Flight subdivision April 7.

    A homeowner on Wills Way returned from work last Wednesday evening to discover several items missing.

    “It was a typical daytime burglary,” said Deputy Kyle Bennett.

    The suspect, or suspects, had pried open the back door to the residence. Missing items included a 47-inch flat screen television, a 24-inch flat screen television, a Dell computer and jewelry.

  • There’s a new deputy in town

    Thirty-four-year-old Damon Jewell is the newest face on the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department staff.

    Jewell was hired by Spencer County Fiscal Court April 6 and sworn in by Hon. Charles Hickman the following Wednesday afternoon.

    Jewell will be taking the spot vacated by former deputy Russell Cranmer, who retired earlier this year.

    Jewell is a native to Spencer County and a 1994 graduate of Spencer County High School. He has worked for the past year and a half as a public safety officer at Louisville International Airport.

  • Breaking ground for a new Habitat home

    1800 Little Mount Church Road.

    “That’s my address,” Melissa Davis said excitedly as she heard Spencer County Habitat for Humanity President Scott Street recite the location of her soon-to-be home. 

    Davis, her four children and many Spencer County Habitat for Humanity community partners and volunteers broke ground Sunday for the four bedroom, two bathroom home.

  • Community center update

    Proponents of a Spencer County community center say it could cost as much as $500,000 to construct the 4,500 square-feet pool and splash park, they envision as the crown jewels of a new recreational facility. The pool could feature a shallow-entry design to accommodate children and seniors, according to preliminary plans. A lap section could be utilized by more competitive swimmers.

    Costs could escalate into the millions to add other programs and services for the center.

  • Alcohol revenue meager for county coffers

    Judge-executive David Jenkins says Spencer County has reaped “very little” money from alcohol sales, since county voters approved a special referendum lifting prohibition last October.

    Six months later, the county has collected just $5,600 in initial alcohol and licensing fees, he said. Jenkins expects the county could collect as much as $6,000 from retailers through the fiscal year.

    Additional county revenue could be collected from property, occupational and insurance premium taxes assessed on those who sell and work around alcohol, he said.