Local News

  • Relay for Life starts Friday evening at high school

    It’s almost impossible to find someone in Spencer County that the dreaded diagnosis of cancer has not affected in some way. For those fortunate enough to be cancer free, most everyone has a story of a relative or friend who has battled the disease.
    This Friday night and early Saturday morning dozens of community members will gather at the 2012 Spencer County Relay for Life to celebrate survivors, remember those who’ve lost the battle, and fight back against cancer.

  • Local business owner, veteran remembered

    Nearly two weeks have passed since Spencer County lost a citizen that many considered a staple in the community as well as a dear friend. Patrick Patterson, 65, died after a long and complicated battle with cancer and heart-related illness. He was buried last Wednesday with an Honor Guard with bugle taps played and a three-gun salute.

  • Local voter turnout higher than state numbers

    Spencer Countians came out to vote in May’s Primary Election in higher numbers than turned out statewide.
    With a voter turnout of 22.28 percent, Spencer County bested the state turnout (13.82 percent) by nearly 8.5 percentage points.
    County Clerk Lynn Hesselbrock said there is no doubt what caught local voters’ attention.
    “The county clerk’s race,” she said. “There were so many candidates. It was a race of keen interest.”

  • Crusade efforts raise more than $24,000 for children

    Spencer County’s two fire protection districts raised just over $24,000 for the WHAS Crusade for Children annual telethon, which benefits special needs children across Kentucky and southern Indiana.

  • Ballots from heated 2010 election missing

    In Spencer County’s 2010 general election, three countywide races were won by fewer than 450 votes — Democrat incumbent Judy Puckett defeated now County Clerk Lynn Hesselbrock by 445 votes; current Sheriff Donald “Buddy” Stump defeated Democrat incumbent Steve Coulter by 278 votes; and current jailer Darrell Herndon defeated Republican challenger Ricky Dale Devine by 444 votes.
    In Taylorsville, which has a much smaller population, incumbent Don Pay defeated his next closest opponent, Lynda Huckleberry, by a slim margin of 48 votes.

  • School board, district forced to make tough budget decisions as cuts loom from state, fed

    The Spencer County School Board passed a tentative 2012-2013 budget last week that includes more than $18 million in general fund expenditures, a decrease to preschool funds and the loss of four grant-funded staff positions.

  • City, county await ruling in charter government appeal

    Though an official opinion may not come for months, both sides of the charter government debate presented their cases before three judges in Kentucky’s Court of Appeals last week.
    A charter government, which could merge the city and county governments, has been a topic of discussion in Taylorsville and Spencer County since 2007.
    More than 1,800 initially endorsed a petition to explore a unified government between the City of Taylorsville and Spencer County Fiscal Court.

  • GOING DOWN: County’s unemployment rate drops

    Spencer County’s unemployment rate was among the lowest in the state last month, according to statistics released last week by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.
    With an unemployment rate of 6.5 percent, Spencer tied with Anderson, Calloway and Webster counties for the ninth lowest in the state.
    That figure declined from 8 percent in March and, more significantly, 3.6 percent from the 10.1 percent rate of April 2011.

  • Taylorsville man to spend just over 8 years in prison for child pornography crimes

    Taylorsville resident Kenneth Wood Jr., 46, of Ray Road, was sentenced Tuesday to 97 months in prison for receiving and possessing child pornography by District Judge John G. Heyburn II.
    Wood pleaded guilty in United States District Court on March 1 to charges relating to incidents on or about June 29, 2010, and Jan. 28, 2011.  According to a United States Attorney’s Office press release, Wood knowingly received and possessed child pornography.

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