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  • County officials eye new ethics ordinance

    County officials will soon unveil a 14-page ethics ordinance that could replace an older, vaguer one.

    The proposed ordinance strengthens and clarifies the county’s existing policies, which were adopted in 1995. It also establishes policies for officials to avoid conflicts of interest.

    “It’s a much more updated ordinance than we’ve had before,” said magistrate David Henry, who helped draft the proposed codes. 

  • Seniors Center facing cutbacks

    Spencer County seniors are appealing to state lawmakers after financial cutbacks have threatened to sever many crucial services.

    Multi-purpose Community Action Agency – which provides a number of benefits to those 60 and older – plans to cut operation hours at its Taylorsville senior center beginning July 1. Deep cuts to the agency’s budget will likely impact transportation to the center, as well as its on-site meal and home delivery programs.

  • GOP sick over health care reform

    Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway said state House Republicans lodged a “political stunt” in their effort to block Congressional health care reform last week.  

    Members of the state’s House Republican Caucus on Thursday urged Conway to join 13 other states in filing a lawsuit against health care reforms, signed into law by President Barack Obama on Mar. 23.

  • CUB CEO steps down

    Citizens Union Bank announced that Billie Wade, its CEO since 1991, will retire from that position and as a member of the bank’s board of directors, effective Friday.

    The bank had been under review by both the state and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for what bank officials have said was a series of problem loans.

    The announcement was delivered in a terse press release. It is not known if Wade’s decision is related to those examinations.

  • Youth minister gets five years

    Once a minister to youth, Derek Coulter will now spend the next five years as a prison inmate after being sentenced on charges of reckless homicide and wanton endangerment in Nelson County Circuit Court Thursday.

    Coulter’s eventual trip to jail began 10 months ago with a weekend church camping trip with youth from Big Springs Assembly of God, Bloomfield. Driving back from the outing with two boys, 15-year-old Jordan Keeling and 13-year-old James Mitchell, Coulter’s vehicle overturned on Old Bloomfield Road, a wreck that claimed Mitchell’s life.

  • Risen Lord Lutheran asks and receives

    “Wanted: free steeple for a church in Taylorsville, Ky.,” read the small advertisement.

    Pastor Steve Gettinger admitted to his congregation Sunday that when his request was placed in the Reporter – official newspaper to Lutheran churches – he had little faith that it would ever be answered.

    “What‘s the chances that someone had a steeple to give away,” said Gettinger.

  • PUBLIC RECORD: District Court

    District court

    The Honorable Judge Donna Dutton presided over the following cases in District Court on January 8, 2010.

    Traffic

    Stephen M. Johnson (b. 1989) Speeding 15 mph over limit. Traffic school. $143.

    Amanda K. Moore (b. 1977) Speeding 16 mph over limit. Traffic school. $143.

    Kenneth A. Jucoff (b. 1993) Speeding 16 mph over limit. $143 court costs.

    Penny M. Price (b. 1968) Speeding 16 mph over limit. $175.

    Steven Douglas D. Purkey (b. 1963) Speeding 20 mph over limit. Traffic school. $143 court costs.

  • PUBLIC RECORD: Marriages

    Marriages

    Amanda Marie Campbell, Taylorsville & William Ray Ramsey Jr., Taylorsville.Issued 8-31-09. Sept. 4.

    Patricia Dale Chesser, Taylorsville & Gabino Diaz Chavez, Shelbyville. Issued 9-10-09. Sept. 10

    Frances Marie Lewis, Taylorsville & William Chad Jackson, Taylorsville. Issued 9-11-09. Sept. 11.

    Wanda Mae Milburn, Taylorsville & Clifton Eugene Vaught, Taylorsville. Issued 8-29-09. Sept. 12.

    Paula Kay Sewell, Taylorsville. Issued 9-15-09.Sept. 19.

  • Bear Care may close

    Spencer County Board of Education discussed the possibility of closing Bear Care at Monday night’s regular meeting citing the inability of the program to cover both direct and indirect costs.

  • State senate candidates at forum on Tuesday in Shelbyville

    The Shelby County Farm Bureau will kick off the local political season Tuesday by welcoming the four candidates running for the 20th District Senate seat to a forum at the Stratton Center.

    The district, now represented by retiring Gary Tapp (R-Shelbyville), covers Shelby, Spencer and Bullitt counties.

    The four candidates: Democrats David Eaton, Simpsonville city administrator, and John Spainhour, an attorney from Bullitt County; Republicans  David Glauber, a commercial real estate appraiser from Bullitt County,  and Paul