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  • Literacy: More than reading, writing

    Aimee Barr takes her children Lauren, 6, and Dawson, 4, to the Spencer County Public Library at least once a week.

    Hardly through the door, Lauren and Dawson will race for their favorite books. Dawson loves ‘the dump truck book,’ and Lauren has to have Junie B. Jones.

    “She likes to read those to me. Sometimes she’ll read to Dawson,” Barr said. “There have been times when we walk out of there with 10 books, and very rarely do we not read them all.”

  • Counting down top news stories of 2009

    The hours are quickly ticking down. Soon the passage of time will require old calendars to be discarded in exchange for gleaming new ones.  Instead of pages scribbled with reminders of dentist appointments and family birthdays, all those empty squares somehow hold the promise of an untold future – one where the possibilities are boundless. What does fate hold? Who will be the news makers that define this year? Only time and historians will reveal.

  • Beer, wine and liquor sales coming soon

    For some, New Year’s Eve would not be the same without a spirited toast. Several local business owners are counting that this time next year, merry makers will be spending any alcohol dollars closer to home.

    Six business have expressed their intentions to apply for ABC licenses – three of those are for packaged liquor sales.

    Established businesses looking to expand into retail liquor include Elk Creek Grocery and Cricketz, also in Elk Creek.

  • Minor school bus accident

    The Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Department responded to a school bus accident Dec. 18 on Veech Rd. when it was struck by a pick-up truck.

    No injuries were reported on the bus. One person in the truck was transported by Spencer County EMS for unknown injuries.

     

  • Morsey files for Elk Creek magistrate

    Thomas Morsey filed Monday to run for Elk Creek Magistrate.

    Morsey, 56, is an excavation contractor and soybean/cattle farmer, and is running for public office for the first time.

    “If you don’t try to make change, don’t complain about the changes being made,” he said of his main reason for running.

    He sites 30 years as a self-employed businessman as credentials for fiscal responsibility.

    “The county is just like an individual. We’ve got to live within our means,” Morsey said.

  • Car fire in grocery parking lot

    The Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Department responded to a car fire in the Country Mart parking lot Dec. 19.

    According to fire reports, the blaze started in the engine compartment and quickly spread to the rest of the vehicle.  No other cars in the parking lot were damaged. 

    Two engines and a tanker responded to the fire. No injuries were reported.

     

  • PUBLIC RECORD: District Court

    District court

    The Honorable Judge Donna Dutton presided over the following cases in District Court on October 16, 2009.

    Traffic:

    John L. Booth (b. 1986). Operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license. Amended to no license in possession. Guilty. $20 fine plus $168 court costs.

    Michael A. Chesser (b. 1985). Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, etc., .08, first offense. Guilty. 30-day suspension of operator’s license, enroll in AEP, $728 fine and court costs.

  • Fiscal court resubmits ethical complaint about EDA Executive Director

    Spencer County magistrates approved unanimously to resubmit a detailed complaint against Annette King to the ethics committee during Monday’s fiscal court meeting.

    King, the executive director of the Economic Development Authority (EDA), has been accused of violating the county’s code of ethics when she allegedly profited from the sale of commercial property.

    Based on the testimony of Spencer County resident Davis Lee Downs, fiscal court submitted the original complaint in November, but it was rejected by the ethics committee for lack of evidence.

  • Driver ejected from vehicle

    Nicole L. Cooper, 34, was ejected from a vehicle and taken by helicopter to University of Louisville Hospital Sunday night.

    Cooper was driving west on KY 48/Highgrove Rd. around 7:40 p.m. when, for an unknown reason, swerved into the oncoming lane, said Deputy Gordon Miles. According to evidence at the scene, the driver over-corrected and ran off the right shoulder causing the car to flip.

    Cooper was thrown through the rear window of the 1995 Pontiac Grand Am. She was flown to the Louisville hospital for injuries that included trauma to the head.

  • PAS tests improving

    Results of the first two Predictive Assessment Series (PAS) tests administered this school year reveal an up trend in student performance, said Assistant Superintendent Norma Thurman at Monday night’s school board meeting.

    PAS tests are used by teachers to predict student performance on the Kentucky Core Content Test (KCCT). Students in grades two through eight were given a PAS test in August and December. PAS tests cover the subjects of reading, math, science and social studies.