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  • PUBLIC RECORD: District Court

    The Honorable Judge Linda Armstrong presided over the following cases in District Court on October 23, 2009.

    Traffic:

    Timothy S. Nutgrass (b. 1961). Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, etc., .08, with aggravator, second offense. Amended to DUI second offense with no aggravator. Pled guilty. Served 7 days, sentenced to 14 days home incarceration, 12-month suspension of operator’s license, surrender vehicle license plates, enroll in ADEP, $888 fines and court costs.

  • Magistrates establish a new precedent about giving to charitable causes

    Organizations looking for a handout from Spencer County Fiscal Court might have better luck taking their pleas for money elsewhere.

    Magistrates voted to rescind an earlier decision that waived permit and inspection and electrical fees for the Spencer County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. The fees amounted to about $450 and would have reduced the organization’s cost of building a second house this year.

    The motion was passed 4-0. Campbranch Magistrate Bill Drury abstained. Drury is the immediate past president of the local Habitat chapter.

  • Papa John's opening soon in Taylorsville

    Taylorsville has caught the eye of another large fast food chain and the Papa John’s pizza corporation is looking to make some serious dough.

    The new store – to be located in a retail building with the McDonald’s restaurant– is scheduled to open Feb. 16.

    “I think it was the expansion in Spencer County they have seen,” said store manager Joey Ritchie, explaining the pizza giant’s attraction to such a small town. Papa John’s bills itself as the third largest pizza company in the world with over 3,400 restaurants worldwide.

  • Snow days, icy nights

    It wasn’t the ice storm of 2009, but last week’s snow fall did cause its share of mishaps in Spencer County.

    There were the usual reports of single-car accidents. The kind where drivers discover that maneuvering in the snow is more about the ability to stop, than being able to plow through three inches of the white stuff at 40 M.P.H.

    There were also the numerous unreported bruises and wind-chapped cheeks from over-extended sledding sessions. Nothing a little hot chocolate couldn’t fix.

  • New applicants for alcohol licenses

    Two businesses have filed their intent to apply for alcohol sales licenses with ABC this week.

    Main Street Spirits owner Amy Johnson, of Louisville, plans to sell packaged liquor and beer at 222 West Main St. in Taylorsville. The building is the former site of Main Street Bait and Tool Rental.

  • Violators will be prosecuted

    Tagging is slowly becoming a problem around town, said Taylorsville Police Chief Toby Lewis. He has recently documented the spray paint vandalism at the old water plant and the abandoned South States building, both located in the city limits.

    Lewis cautions that if anyone is caught tagging public or private property they could be charged with criminal trespassing.

     

  • ELECTION 2010: Jenkins to run

    David Jenkins will seek re-election as Spencer County’s judge executive. The democrat filed his intentions to run for office Friday morning.

    The decision to run for a fourth term proved to be a difficult one, Jenkins said, who has served as judge executive since his election in 1998.

  • Ben Creed has found his calling as a jockey

    Without his cowboy boots, Ben Creed stands all of 5-foot-3. He weighs about 109 pounds.

    This stature meant people in horse-loving Kentucky frequently told Creed, 26, he should be a jockey. But Creed didn’t take his friends or coworkers seriously until he found himself searching for a direction in life.

    After graduating from high school, Creed spent several years working his grandfather’s cattle farm near Taylorsville, then construction and finally for UPS, which has  a tuition program.

  • Insurance office bandit gets 15 years

    A Springfield man who went on a crime spree last spring  has been sentenced in connection with numerous break-ins at businesses in Shelby County.

    Robert Eugene Weathers, 40, was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Monday by Shelby County Circuit Judge Charles Hickman on 11 counts of third-degree burglary.

    Weathers’ crime spree had included Shelby and surrounding counties.

  • Wood stove fire serves as reminder

    The small exterior structure fire that ignited a wood furnace and the building’s contents, Monday afternoon should serve as a reminder to Spencer County residents this winter.

    Chief Nathan Nation, of the Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Department, said extra care should be taken with heating sources.

    “We’ve been lucky so far, but there have been several fire fatalities in the region,” Nation said.