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  • Battle continues between Trageser and county officials

    Attorneys for Taylorsville resident Lawrence Trageser have filed a counterclaim against Spencer County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Jonathan Bentley in Circuit Court.
    The countersuit, filed May 1, also names Detective Tony Mattingly and other “unknown” defendants, including employees of the sheriff’s office, the deputies’ supervisors and any co-conspirators involved in the October arrest of Trageser and the subsequent confiscation of property from his home.

  • MONEY MATTERS: County budget proposal includes cost of living increase, no property tax hike

    The Spencer County Fiscal Court on Monday approved on first reading its $6.6 million budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year.
    The budget will not be finalized until the court votes on it after a second reading, which will occur before June 30. Magistrate Jerry Davis was the lone vote against the first reading of the budget ordinance Monday morning.
    Judge-Executive Bill Karrer presented the proposed budget near the end of Monday’s meeting.

  • PHOTO: A sweet kiss for a bittersweet departure

    The Kentucky National Guard’s 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment departed May 1. Spencer County resident Sgt. Cody Stagner is part of the detachment being deployed. The unit is headed to Guantanamo Bay for nine months to assist the public affairs office there with media operations during the upcoming trial of the alleged Al-Qaeda members charged with planning the 9/11 attacks. Stagner is pictured with his 2-year-old son, Ayden, and his wife Emilie.

  • Cutting police budget, overtime among city budget discussions

    The Taylorsville City Commission will meet Wednesday (today) for its third budget workshop in three weeks.
    The meeting is set for 4 p.m. at the City Hall Annex and is open to the public.
    At Thursday’s budget workshop, commissioners discussed topics ranging from approving the budget as submitted by the city’s accounting and finance staff to cutting back on the police department budget, cutting out a portion of budgeted overtime for police officers and water/sewer staff and eliminating the Main Street Manager position.

  • City cannot use Main Street funds for road access

    The City of Taylorsville cannot use remaining funds from its Main Street project to restore access to property owned by John and Judy Shircliffe on Main Street, according to a letter dated April 17 from the commissioner of the Department of Road and Municipal Aid to Mayor Don Pay.

  • Who has power over the tower?

    By Phyllis McLaughlin
    Special to The Spencer Magnet
    The owner of the company that installed the new communications tower for Spencer County in December says he stands behind the quality of his work.
    Ray Willhoite of Antennas Unlimited Inc. in Lexington said last week he is not worried about the structural integrity of the tower itself, nor is he concerned about the integrity of the concrete used for the tower base and anchor blocks that secure the guy wires that keep the tower upright.

  • City begins budget talks

    The City of Taylorsville can have a balanced budget in the 2013-14 fiscal year without raising taxes or water rates, according to a draft budget presentation last Tuesday by Comptroller Randy McConnell.
    The City Commission called the special meeting last week primarily to go over the draft budget for the first time.

  • Audit finds payroll problems for county

    An annual audit of the Spencer County Fiscal Court by State Auditor Adam Edelen unearthed a host of payroll issues for the county, but states that, “the county’s financial statements, in all material respects, fairly present the county’s assets, liabilities, and net assets arising from cash transactions and revenues received and expenditures paid in conformity with the modified cash basis of accounting.”

  • Work to begin Monday on East River Road

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 5 Office advises motorists that maintenance work will be taking place on Ky. 2885 (East River Road) in Spencer County. KYTC crews will perform cross-drain repairs on this roadway in advance of asphalt resurfacing later this summer.
    Work on Ky. 2885 will begin at Ky. 55 (mile point 7.1) and continue to mile point 5.1.

  • Three sentenced in July 2012 cocaine raid

    Three of four Spencer Countians who pleaded guilty to drug charges that came as a result of a July 2012 bust by the Taylorsville Police Department were sentenced in Circuit Court on Thursday.
    Neither Raymond Birdsong, 62, Margaret F. Tingle, 76, or Terrence E. Gilbert, 48, will serve any jail time as long as they stay on the right side of the law for the next five years.