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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.

  • Mayor: We can’t let bad economy slow development

    Editors note: Since the city and county voted to dissolve the Taylorsville-Spencer County Economic Development Authority earlier this year, The Spencer Magnet decided to check in with local government officials to discuss their economic development plans for the future. This week, Editor Shannon Brock spoke with Taylorsville Mayor Don  Pay to discuss the city’s perspective.

    A bad economy can’t and won’t stymie the city’s efforts to move forward in economic development, Mayor Don Pay said Monday afternoon.

  • Service honors local veterans

    Veteran and retired Army Master General John Tindall had these words Saturday for a crowd that turned out to honor United States veterans: Remember them.

    Don’t just think of them with kind thoughts, but pick up the phone and call them to see if they are doing alright. Check on them after they have returned home from deployments. Thank them for their service as often as possible.

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