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  • Dutton seeks re-election as district judge

    Judge Donna Dutton has announced she is seeking a second term in the 53rd Judicial District’s Div. II courtroom. Dutton was elected District Judge, representing Anderson, Shelby and Spencer Counties, in November 2006.

     Since beginning her four-year term in January 2007, Dutton said she has delivered on her promise to close the revolving door of repeat offenders in District Court.

  • Prohibition officially repealed

    It’s official. Prohibition has been repealed and  Spencer County will no longer be considered dry.

    November’s election in favor of permitting alcohol sales was the first – and obviously highest – hurdle to jump. But Monday’s unanimous passage of county ordinance No. 10 (2010 series) was the last.

    The 18-page document covers every aspect from the types of licenses to the hours of business and even the cost for violating parts of the ordinance.

  • Santa's visit is central to Christmas on Main

    Santa Claus will be coming to town a few weeks early this year. The bearded one will be making a scheduled stop at Christmas on Main Street this Friday beginning at 6 p.m.

    According to reports from elves at the Taylorsville-Spencer County Chamber of Commerce, Santa’s sleigh will be loaded down with all sorts of goodies. The first 200 children will receive a bag full of candy and a meal ticket to use after their one-on-one consultation with the big guy. Children with meal tickets will be provided a hot dog dinner complete with chips and a drink.

  • ELECTION 2010: Candidates file for jailer, constable; Judd to seek re-election as Waterford magistrate

    The constable election for Taylorsville District 1 is heating up as two more file for the position.

    Charles “Don” Smith, Sr. will be seeking re-election to the post he has held for nearly two terms. Smith, 72, was selected with the flip of a coin in a special election when he matches his competitor vote for vote.

    “I would like to continue serving the community,” said Smith, a democrat.

    Before retiring with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office, Smith gained 21 years experience in law enforcement.

  • Schools will provide H1N1 vaccinations

    Spencer County School District, along with the North Central District Health Department, will be offering the H1N1 influenza vaccine.

    Consent forms for the vaccination have been sent home with students and were to be returned to school today.

    The school district has not set a date for the administering of the vaccinations to potentially 2,000 students. The school’s messenger phone system will inform parents of the date selected.

  • Census to hire 100 local workers

    The U.S. Census hopes to fill 100 temporary positions with local residents by the end of January. Applicants selected will be able to set their own schedules while earning $13.75/hour plus milage.

    “It’s really easy and fun,” said Kristi Keeling, recruiting assistant for Spencer and Nelson counties. “It’s a great job for school teachers during the summer and for retired folks looking for something to do.”

  • Spencer County FFA prepares for annual farm toy show

    Spencer County FFA members are rounding up the last volunteers, assembling pedal tractors and putting final touches on farmscapes in preparation for the Farm Toy Show this Friday and Saturday.

    High schoolers Sam Perry, Brian Hall, Brandon Cotton and Tyler Fleig were busy building a 9 by 17 foot farmscape Monday night in Fleig’s barn. The farmscape is a replica of a farm, complete with fields, animals and buildings. Theirs is one-sixtyfourth the size of a farm. The students tried to be as realistic in the model as possible.

  • Coat drive delivers blessings of warmth

    Twelve-year-old James Nation could not stop smiling as he sifted through the pile of men’s coats at Signature HealthCare Saturday afternoon.

    Each time James found one that he liked, his grin grew a little wider. His small stack of used coats grew taller and taller.

    The warm sunlight that enveloped his shoulders through a nearby window gave no clue that a December chill had finally arrived. The coats would be a welcome addition to the pre-teens wardrobe and a big help to his mother’s pocketbook.

  • 2010 Farm Bill

    Application and ranking schedules for 2010 first ranking cut-off period for Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) application will be January 29, 2010.

    Each fiscal year, the natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) sets dates for program application ranking. Although dates may vary from one program to another, landowners may sign-up at any time for all conservation programs.

  • Thanksgiving day fire destroys home

    A Wilsonville mom and her children lost everything when a Thanksgiving day fire destroyed their home Thursday evening.

    Kim Blanton returned from visiting relatives that holiday to find the first floor of her house on McIntosh Dr. filled with thick, black smoke. Worried for the family dog, Blanton reportedly attempted to search for the pet by crawling on her hands and knees – but the smoke was too much. Family members resorted to opening several exterior doors in hopes that Punkin would find her own way out.