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  • Pretty in pink

    Pink.

    It’s not the first color that comes to mind when someone mentions Greenwell Brothers Propane. Yet, when their largest bobtail went into a local body shop for a makeover – it came out painted a pretty shade of blush.

    Don’t worry, said Jennifer Baxter, they meant to do it.

  • Mayor upbeat in city address

    Taylorsville Mayor Don Pay presented a long list of accomplishments at his annual state of the city address that touted infrastructure improvements without increasing real and personal property taxes in 2009.

  • Bill would give a few fifth class cities ability to tax alcohol

    Taylorsville would be one of three in Kentucky

    Rep. Brad Montell has filed a bill that would give three Kentucky cities the ability to regulate the sale and fees on alcohol  without going through the process of becoming a fourth class city.

    House bill 361 states that any fifth class city that is the county seat of a wet county:

    • is required to create an office of alcoholic beverage control administrator;

    • allowed to hold a local option election for the sale of distilled spirits or wine by the drink;

  • Two minor structure fires

    Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Department responded to two minor structure fires over the weekend.

    The first was located in the 4400 block of Plum Creek Road in Elk Creek. A call to 911 reported that a garage on the property was on fire. Firefighters arrived to discover a small electrical fire in the wall on one side of the building. The garage suffered minor cosmetic damage. No injuries were reported.

  • Teen babysitter charged with abuse of child

    A 3-year old from Spencer County was hospitalized at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville last Tuesday with multiple serious injuries, and the child’s babysitter has been charged with seven counts of sexual and physical abuse, state police said.

    Kentucky State Police Detective Mitch Harris said that a 16-year-old male from  Spencer County has been charged with three counts of first-degree sodomy, three counts of first-degree sexual abuse and fourth-degree assault.

    “All of these charges were incurred from a single encounter,” Harris said.

  • PUBLIC RECORD: District Court

    District court

    The Honorable Judge Donna Dutton presided over the following cases in District Court on November 13, 2009.

    Traffic:

    Seth M. Redmon Sr. (b. 1978). Charge #1, no/expired registration plates. Dismissed. Charge #2, improper registration plate. Dismissed. Charge #3, failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security, first offense. $500 fine, $400 conditionally discharged plus $143 court costs.

  • Had it with snow

    Quick show of hands. Who’s had it with snow?

    Spencer County woke to yet another cold, white blanket Tuesday morning bringing this winter’s total accumulation to 19.9 inches – nearly the height of this 23-inch newspaper (including the margins). Since the New Year, four days have seen snow fall roughly three inches or more with February 9 leading the way with 6.5 inches. Monday’s storm will go down as the second highest with 3.9 inches – if residents are lucky.

  • Fire guts Greens Lane home

     Firefighters were alerted to a blaze around 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning and arrived to find a home nearly consumed with fire.

    Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Chief Nathan Nation said that he believes the fire started in the south end of the home, but that the cause is still under investigation.

    Homeowner Joann Chesser, of 59 Greens Lane,  was not at home at the time of the fire. Neighbors at the scene reported that Chesser frequently spends weekends with her son in Louisville.

  • Fatal accident "quick and violent"

    A fatal accident last week may lead to changes for residents who use motorized wheel chairs to travel along Taylorsville’s busy roads.

    Marsha Dennison, 76, died Wednesday morning after being struck by a propane truck at the intersection of East Main and Jefferson streets. The Taylorsville resident was reportedly attempting to cross with the light at Jefferson Street in her motorized wheel chair when Harry D. Mercer, 42, made a right turn off Main Street. Both subjects were moving eastbound prior to the accident.

  • A "tidal wave" of change predicted

    The high school cafeteria was abuzz Friday night and not just because the Republican faithful had gathered to hear from party candidates. As guests arrived for the annual Lincoln Day Dinner, their attention was quickly focused on a sight rarely found in small towns – a cable news crew.

    “I think there was excitement that CNN was there,” said Lynn Hesselbrock, Spencer County Republican Party Chair. Diners were thrilled, she said, to see the national media giant covering issues viewed as important by ordinary Americans.