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  • Drafting an alcohol ordinance

    The 60-day clock is ticking, but county officials are well on their way in creating an alcohol ordinance following voters’ repeal of prohibition in Spencer County.

    County Attorney Ruth Hollan presented a 15-page draft ordinance to fiscal court Monday afternoon modeled after an ordinance from Paintsville.

  • Are dairy farmers a dying breed?

    Scott Williams loves to drive to the highest ridge on his farm and look out at the patterns of the hay and cornfields and through the cedars to his grain silo and milk barn. But lately the third-generation dairy farmer has been looking at this land, the cows and the fields with as much sorrow as pride.

    He mulls over questions: How do we manage to stay in? Can we afford to get out? And what would I do?

  • Filing begins for county offices

    Ever looked at the state of city or county affairs and thought, “Well, if I was in office, I would...” Now is your chance to put action to those words by filing for one of the more than 20 local offices open in 2010.

    The filing window for state and local offices opens November 4 and runs through January 26, 2010. County office applications must be filed with the Spencer County Clerk’s office by 4 p.m. on the final day.

    The date of next year’s primary election is May 18, with the general election November 2.

  • Golden Alert ends well for Elk Creek man

    A missing Elk Creek man was discovered in Lebanon Junction five hours after a Golden Alert was issued statewide Friday afternoon.

    George Smith, 59, was found disoriented, but safe, by a Bullitt County Sheriff’s Deputy following a traffic stop on KY 61. His wife reported him missing to local authorities around 3:30 p.m. Friday. According to the missing person report, Smith suffers from severe dementia.

    “The vehicle was driving erratically,” said Bullitt County Deputy  Tony Roberts.

  • Idol hopeful releases CD

    Former reality star and Taylorsville native, DeAnna Brown, has found life after Idol: She debuts a new album this month. 

    Brown, 27, was a contestant on American Idol Season 8, but was cut after a choreographed dance routine with the group.

    She was crushed after her elimination, mother Shelia Doty of Taylorsville, told the Spencer Magnet.

    “But good things came out of  American Idol,” she said. 

  • Slicing out a new dairy path

    Traditionally, global dairy markets dictate how much a farmer is paid for the product. But an ailing small dairy industry calls for creative takes on this model for survival.

    Cloverdale Creamery owners Patrick and Leeta Kennedy tipped the cow on hat model, so to speak, and have built a successful business with a small herd of Jerseys and Holsteins.

    Patrick was raised and worked on his father’s dairy farm in Jefferson County, so it was with some trepidation that he considered Leeta’s proposal to expand their Stone Cross Farm offerings and buy dairy cows.

  • PUBLIC RECORD: District Court

    District court

    The Honorable Judge Matthew K. Eckert presided over the following cases in District Court on September 11, 2009.

    Traffic:

    John S. Bullock (b. 1991). Speeding 18 mph over the limit. Traffic diversion agreement. Paid $143.

    Michael Chesser (b. 1985). Speeding 15 mph over the limit. Pled guilty. Traffic school plus court costs.

    Terry L. Farris (b. 1960). Speeding 22 mph over the limit. Pled guilty. $44 fine plus court costs.

  • County gamblers net $1.5 million

    Spencer County gamblers won more than $1.5 million in prizes from the Kentucky Lottery this fiscal year, a report released last week by the agency showed.

    Revenue in Spencer County, from scratch-off tickets and other Kentucky Lottery products totaled about $2.3 million, the report showed, while pay outs here topped $1,525,529.

    The Kentucky Lottery has paid more than $3 billion to the Commonwealth since it began in April 1989.  Money generated from the lottery has funded more than 120,000 college grants and scholarships.

  • Quick action leads to arrests

    Two Louisville men were arrested Friday evening after a failed burglary attempt in northern Spencer County.

    Within hours of the incident, Tony E. Casey, 33, and Marvin Deacon, Jr., 36, were apprehended and charged with second-degree burglary.

    The homeowner told police that she was coming downstairs to answer the doorbell when one of the suspects kicked in the door and entered her home, said Spencer County Deputy Kyle Bennett.

  • Grand jury indictments

    The Spencer County Grand Jury filed the following indictments Oct. 8 in Spencer Circuit Court:

    • Jeremy Bowling, 613 Third St., Taylorsville; third-degree burglary, felony; theft by unlawful taking, over $300, felony

    • Roy D. Inghram, 841 East River Road, Taylorsville; planting, cultivating or harvesting marijuana with the intent to sell or transfer (five plants or more), felony;

    • Ronald Inghram, 3616 Ashes Creek Road, Taylorsville; persistent felony offender II