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  • SCHS students charged with drug possession

    Two Spencer County High School students were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana after police discovered evidence of the illegal drug in one of the teen’s car Friday.

    In addition to the marijuana possession, Daniel Beckett, 18, faces public intoxication, possession of prescription pills not in a proper container and possession of a controlled substance.

    Nicholas Risen, 18, will also be charged with public intoxication.

  • ELECTION 2010: Two file for judge-executive, deputy to run for magistrate

    The candidate filing window was barely cracked open last Wednesday and already two judge-executive hopefuls are looking to create a gust of excitement this election season.

    Democrat Carmin Gaines and Republican Bill Karrer have both filed their intent to run for Spencer County’s highest governmental office. The pair must confront any competing party members during a spring primary before a potential face-off in November’s 2010 general election.

  • School board members visit potential sites for new elementary

    The Spencer County Board of Education continued preliminary action for a new elementary school, visiting four potential sites Monday morning.

    “We’re very early in the stages,” said Superintendent Chuck Adams.

    He said the Board is still working on bonding potential and that it will take two to three years for the school to be ready to open.

  • Single vehicle accident on KY 44

    If Tom McAnelly had not made a trip to the kitchen early Saturday morning, Willis Milburn might not be alive today, said Spencer County Deputy Gordan Miles.

    Looking out a window, McAnelly told police that he could see head lights shining in the woods near his house. Far from where they should normally be seen along KY 44/Mt. Washington Road.

    When emergency crews arrived on the scene at 3 a.m., they found Milburn’s white truck about 30 feet down an embankment.

    “If someone hadn’t called it in, we might not have seen him,” said Miles.

  • McDonald's window smashed

    Jordan T. Waddell, of Louisville, was charged with criminal mischief for damaging a window at McDonald’s restaurant in Taylorsville recently.

    Witnesses told police that Waddell, 18, was arguing with his girlfriend on the phone when he suddenly picked up a chair and threw it at one of the front windows.

    Police apprehended the teenager a short time later driving out of the strip mall parking lot.

    Estimated damages range from $1,500 to $2,000 to replace and install a new window, said Taylorsville Police Chief Toby Lewis.

  • County creates 9-1-1 board

    Spencer County Fiscal Court will be getting a little expert advice when it comes to making decisions about emergency communication services.

    Magistrates approved the creation of a 9-1-1 Advisory Board Monday. The last time a similar committee existed was nearly 20 years ago.

    On the recommendation of Magistrates John Riley and Hobert Judd, fiscal court approved the 9-1-1 Advisory Board’s make-up and a list of duties that include evaluating the current dispatch service, communications equipment and making suggestions for improvement.

  • State Auditor: Jenkins "likely" used card

    A state audit of Kentucky Association of Counties found that not only did David Jenkins contribute to the “self-serving culture” of the organization while president in 2008, but he was most likely the person who used his KACo credit card at two Louisville strip clubs and a Lexington escort service. 

  • Spencer FFA competes at National Convention

    Spencer County FFA members represented the Kentucky FFA Association in a number of activities at the National FFA Convention was held October 20-24th in Indianapolis, Indiana.  

    Highlights of the convention were when Stephanie Mitchell was named one of the four national Star Finalists in Agriscience and Andrew Baird was selected as one of the four Star Finalists for Star Farmer. This was a first for the Spencer Chapter and for Kentucky. Mitchell and Baird were among finalist selected from over 1,200 members who received the American degree.

  • Fairness and charter governments

    Exactly what were lawmakers thinking when they created Kentucky’s statute on charter governments?

    Circuit Judge Charles Hickman hopes to discover what transpired during that process as the case of City of Taylorsville v. Spencer County Fiscal Court continues into its second year.

    “I think it is important that we look into the legislative history,” said Hickman Friday. “What was the need for enacting the statute?”

  • Free smoke detectors

    Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Department plans to start going door to door installing 100 donated smoke detectors, thanks to the generosity of Wal-Mart, said TSCFD Chief Nathan Nation.

    “The goal of the program is to install smoke detectors in homes of the elderly, families of small children, lower income families and those who live in manufactured or mobile homes,” said Nation.

    If you are in need a smoke detector please call the TSCFD at 502-477-3228.