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  • Montell supports fourth class move

    Representative Brad Montell (R) pre-filed a bill last Monday that, if passed by the 2010 General Assembly, would change Taylorsville’s status from a fifth class to a fourth class city. The reclassification would allow the city commission to adopt ordinances to regulate and tax alcohol sales within the city limits.

    Montell said earlier this week that he anticipated the bill would pass.

  • Judge denies Revard's request

    Raymond Revard, Jr. will still have to wear a monitoring device around his ankle, but can now attend church and school events with his children, said Circuit Judge Charles Hickman Friday. Revard remains on a home incarceration program after being charged in January for the shooting death of his wife, Lea Revard.

  • PUBLIC RECORD: District Court

    The Honorable Judge Donna Dutton presided over the following cases in District Court on October 2, 2009.

    Traffic:

    Gerald Washburn Jr. (b. 1989) Charge #1, failure to wear seat belts. Guilty. $25 fine. Charge #2, failure to notify address change to department of transportation. Guilty. $20 fine plus $25 contempt of court fine and $148 court costs.

    Jeremy R. Baumgardner (b. 1983). Operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license. Amended to no license in possession. Guilty. $20 fine plus $143 court costs.

  • State gives second phase the go-ahead

    The City of Taylorsville has been approved by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to move forward with the second phase of the Main Street renovation project. Mayor Don Pay recently received a contract from the state that will allow the city to begin spending a $360,000 transportation enhancement grant awarded October 2008.

    “This is what we were waiting for,” said Pay. “If we had not had to wait on the stimulus decision, we would probably be done by now.”

  • Barkham indicted in teen's death

    Angela Barkham, 38, has been indicted for reckless homicide in the death of Donald C. DeJesus, Jr. during a prom party in May. The Spencer County Grand Jury handed down the indictment Dec. 10.

    Barkham, of 449 Inghram Ln., is facing one to five years in prison if convicted of the class D felony.

  • Subway is a backpack buddy

    The idea of a single child going without food for a day struck Kathy Wheeler as unacceptable. So Wheeler, owner of the Taylorsville Subway, is stepping up her involvement with the Backpack Buddies Program, and hoping to inspire more help around the community.

    “What we want to do is become a drop-off location,” Wheeler said. “I want this to be an ongoing thing.”

  • Teen found dead after prom party

    A nineteen-year-old man was found dead in his vehicle Sunday morning after allegedly attending a prom party in southern Spencer County.

    Police said that Donald “Donnie” C. DeJesus, Jr. had attended a party Saturday night at 449 Inghram Lane. He was discovered sometime after 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning lying in the back seat floorboard of an extended cab truck. Police said that a woman described as the homeowner called 9-1-1 to report that the teen was unresponsive.

  • Hornback to seek state senate seat vacated by Tapp

    Shelby County agriculture leader Paul Hornback is seeking the state senate seat in District 20, which will be vacated by incumbent State Sen. Gary Tapp.

    Tapp, a Republican from Shelbyville, announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election after serving 12 years in the district. In his announcement, he endorsed Hornback to be the  Republican nominee in 2010.

    Hornback, 52, a political newcomer, is a lifelong resident of Shelby County and owner of Hornback Farms.

  • Shoplifters: Be wary of citizens on patrol

    Seventy dollars worth of merchandise shoplifted from the Taylorsville Dollar General was returned after the intervention from a citizen, said Taylorsville Police Chief Toby Lewis.

    The shoplifter, whose name was not provided, was seen loading items on display outside the store into a vehicle.

    Lewis said he received a phone call at his home reporting the crime in progress. The witness provided a description of the person, the vehicle and even took a photograph of the suspect.

  • Alcohol sales proposed in some state parks

    A bill to permit the sale of alcoholic beverage by the drink at designated state parks has been pre-filed for consideration in the 2010 Legislative Session. In its current form, the bill will not impact Taylorsville Lake State Park.

    Senator Denise Harper Angel, D-Louisville, created a bill that would allow a local option election for state resort parks and qualified state recreational parks located in a dry territory. Qualifying parks include those with a full-service lodge and dining room or a park with a nine or 18-hole golf course.