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  • Clerk, sheriff present budgets to fiscal court

    Spencer County Clerk Lynn Hesselbrock and Sheriff Buddy Stump presented their 2012 budgets to the fiscal court Monday night, but the court tabled approving those budgets until more information could be provided.

    The fiscal court cannot set salaries for individual deputies and assistants, but has the authority to set the total amount expended for salaries and benefits.

    Hesselbrock budgeted $253,044 for the salaries and benefits of her deputies, assistants and other employees — the limit set by the court for the former clerk.

  • Board adds more land to list

    The Spencer County School Board announced officially at its December meeting that it is adding two properties to its list of possible locations for the district’s new elementary school.

    On Dec. 9, architecture and engineering firm Sherman Carter Barnhart conducted site reviews of what the board is referring to as sites D and E. Site D is three lots located in the Taylorsville Industrial Park off Ky. 44/Little Mount Road and Site E is a 19.47-acre farm tract on Ky 44/Mount Washington Road across from Spencer County Elementary School, owned by Travis Farms Inc.

  • 12 burglaries, 8 arrests

    Burglars have been busy in Spencer County since the beginning of October, but so has the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department.

    Since Oct. 4, the sheriff’s department has arrested eight people in connection with at least 12 burglaries.

    •Chris Meadors, 27, was arrested and charged with second-degree burglary after allegedly breaking into a residence on Kelly Drive. Sheriff Buddy Stump said Meadors was released from custody, but arrested again after allegedly breaking into a residence on Arbor Green Drive.

  • PHOTO: Tree of Life

    First Baptist Church of Taylorsville hosted the Tree of Life musical presentation last weekend.

    The community choir, made up of 41 members from Spencer and surrounding counties, put on six performances, several of which were packed or sold out. The man-made tree structure spent the last couple decades at Bloomfield United Methodist Church. First Baptist offered to take over the performances when  BUMC announced it would no longer host them. The presentation included songs that highlighted the life of Christ from his birth, death on a cross and resurrection.

  • Board considers land options for new school

    Spencer County School Board members continue to search for the right piece of property for the district’s next building project — a new elementary school. And while numerous properties have been brought before the board members, not one has been deemed the “perfect” location.

    “There is not one site that we’ve looked at that is a clear-cut favorite,” Superintendent Chuck Adams told the board at a special-called meeting in November.

  • Main Street manager resigns

    The search for Taylorsville’s next Main Street manager has been relaunched.

    Kim McManus, who was hired by the city based upon the recommendation of the Main Street Committee, resigned last week because health issues were hindering her from doing the job, committee leaders announced during Thursday’s monthly committee meeting.

    The Taylorsville City Commission asked Gordon Deapen, who was serving as the committee president, if he would be willing to step forward as the interim manager to help get the program back on track for certification.

  • Barkham enters plea

    A Spencer County woman charged with reckless homicide in the prom party death of a local teenager entered a plea in Spencer County Circuit Court on Thursday.

    Angela Barkham, of Inghram Lane, entered an Alford plea to reckless homicide and pleaded guilty to third-degree unlawful transaction with minor, a misdemeanor. The latter charge was not part of Barkham’s original indictment, but was negotiated as part of the plea agreement.

  • Fifth-class, for now

    The City of Taylorsville will remain a fifth-class city — at least for the foreseeable future.

    In an effort to kickstart his plan for economic development, during last Tuesday’s meeting of the Taylorsville City Commission, Mayor Don Pay brought before the city commission a resolution that, if passed, would request the 2012 Kentucky General Assembly to reclassify Taylorsville as a fourth-class city.

    Typically, fifth-class cities are those with populations of 1,000 to 2,999 and fourth-class cities are those with populations between 3,000 and 7,999.

  • End of the Blue Bridge?

    Taylorsville’s Blue Bridge will likely be demolished at the hands of the state unless a last-ditch community effort is successful or a private investor steps in.

    That was the message from Judge-Executive Bill Karrer and Mayor Don Pay on Monday when asked about the latest developments with the historical, yet run-down structure that carries Ky. 55 across the Salt River.

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