Local News

  • Local author publishes two books

    Belinda G. Buchanan wrote her first novel over 15 years ago. However, she didn’t publish that novel until April of this year.

    “I wrote it 15 years ago and tried to publish it, but I had kids and life happened, so I put it in a drawer and forgot about it,” Buchanan said.

    But within the past few months, her husband, Bruce, read an article about self-publishing novels on Amazon and suggested that his wife give it a try.

  • County boasts 34% voter turnout

    More voters than expected showed up to cast ballots at Spencer County polling sites Nov. 8 for the general election, despite the fact that there was only one local uncontested candidate on the ballot.

    Spencer County Deputy Clerk Ethel McCarty said local turnout was around 34 percent, equaling around 4,000 local registered voters. Kentucky Secretary of State Elaine Walker had predicted between 25 to 28 percent turnout around the state, signaling that the races on last Tuesdays ballot, which primarily consisted of state offices, are important to local Spencer County voters.

  • ARRESTED: Local man faces charges in Shelby County assault case

    A Taylorsville man has been arrested and charged with assaulting a woman who was found lying on the side of Mount Eden Road in Shelby County nearly two weeks ago.

    Mark L. Bruner, 38, is lodged at the Shelby County Detention Center and charged with first-degree assault of Denisse Escareno.

    The 24-year-old Shelbyville woman still has not awakened and is still in critical condition at the University of Louisville hospital.

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  • Former sheriff enters Alford plea

    In an effort to resolve the case against him and move forward, former Sheriff Steve Coulter entered an Alford plea to second-degree official misconduct, a misdemeanor, in circuit court last Wednesday.

    Coulter was indicted in June on one count of tampering with public records, a class D felony, and one count of second-degree official misconduct, a class B misdemeanor.

    As part of the agreement, the tampering with public records charge was merged and dismissed.

  • Unsafe structures identified, vacated

    Several unsafe structures have been identified in Taylorsville by the local fire department as well as state officials.

    Nathan Nation, who is a city commissioner, stepped back from that role to present a report to the Taylorsville City Commission last Tuesday as the Taylorsville-Spencer County fire chief.

    Nation filed an official complaint with the city on Oct. 17 regarding 10 properties he has found to be in violation of the city’s unsafe structure ordinance, No. 86.

  • City in favor of Blue Bridge repairs

    The City of Taylorsville and Spencer County are in agreement — the Blue Bridge, which carries Ky. 55 across the Salt River, should be repaired instead of replaced.

    The Taylorsville City Commission voted 4-1 last Tuesday night to pass a resolution stating the city prefers the landmark bridge be repaired instead of being replaced by a new bridge right next to it.
    Commissioner Larry Waldridge cast the dissenting vote.

  • School grounds still at top of Board of Education agenda

    The Spencer County Board of Education has added two plots of land to its possible locations for the district’s third elementary school, one of which borders Top Flight Landing in Elk Creek.

    The board continues to research land for the school, which, if built as planned, will house 600 students and free up the building currently known as Taylorsville Elementary School for renovation.

  • Roundtable discussion addresses test scores

    Improving student achievement across the district while addressing immediate areas of concern was the focus of a recent roundtable discussion during which Spencer County Board of Education members had the opportunity to question representatives of each school’s site-based decision making council on strategies for improvement.
    SBDM councils are comprised of parent and teacher representatives. Each school’s principal also sits on each respective council.

  • Clerk a no-show at fiscal court meeting

    Despite a written invitation from Judge-Executive Bill Karrer, County Clerk Judy Puckett did not attend Monday’s fiscal court meeting to explain how she plans to pay thousands owed to the county after an unfavorable audit report was released earlier this year.

    During Monday’s meeting, Karrer read aloud a letter he sent to Puckett acknowledging the funds she owes back to the county and inviting her to appear before the fiscal court to discuss how she plans to pay back those funds.