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  • 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.

  • Ethics committee meets

    The Spencer County Ethics Committee met briefly last Tuesday night to discuss a complaint against Economic Director Annette King filed by fiscal court, but found the complaint lacked any evidence to make a ruling.

    The committee, comprised of Dwight Greenwell, Jim Naive and Chairman Guy Shelburne, stated they wanted more details of the alleged unethical real estate transaction and signatures of King’s accusers.

  • Missing SCHS activity funds were not stolen

    The Spencer County School District is taking several steps to ensure financial oversight following discoveries of inappropriate accounting practices during the last fiscal year.

    When errors in bookkeeping were found in January, the district conducted an internal audit, then soon called for an independent audit, conducted by Brown & Company, a certified public accounting firm in Bardstown. Brown & Company moved up the required scheduled yearly audit by several months.

  • Homeowner foils burglary

    Two Louisville men were caught carrying a pillowcase full of loot from an Overlook Rd. home Monday afternoon when the homeowner happened to be driving by.

    Shortly after they were discovered in the act, Kevin Hall, 26, and Eddie Maddox, 38, reportedly dropped items taken from the home and fled in a silver, Volkswagen Beetle, said Spencer County Deputy Kyle Bennett. The homeowner proceeded to hop back in his work truck and pursue the alleged criminals with a co-worker.

  • ELECTION 2010: Drury files for judge executive

    After much community speculation, Magistrate Bill Drury finally answered a popular question when he filed to run for Spencer County Judge Executive Monday afternoon. The Democrat has represented the Campbranch voting district since being elected to the position in 1998.

    “I have the knowledge. I have the contacts and I have the ability,” said Drury. “It’s time to make the change.”

  • Remote trailer fire

    Spencer County-Taylorsville Fire Department responded to a trailer fire near the Shelby County line in the 4000 block of Little Mount Church Rd.

    State Fire Deputy Marshall Rob Goodwin said the blaze is being investigated because there were no occupants and the electricity was cut off.

    Owner Andy Newton, of Finchville, said the structure is only used in the summer for migrant workers on his farm.

  • ELECTION 2010: Candidate list grows by 7

    Seven Spencer Countians announced their intentions to run for public office last week, adding their names to a growing list of candidates participating in the 2010 election. Candidates filed for the offices of judge executive, magistrate, jailer, county attorney and constable.

    Republican David Hesse, 42, a senior auditor with Tichenor and Associates, said that it was the state of county affairs and the selection of judge executive candidates thus far that prompted him to file.

  • ELECTION 2010: Stevens announces re-election bid

    Kent Stevens (D-Lawrenceburg) figured he had a pretty good idea what to expect after being elected in 2008 to the state’s House of Representatives.

    What he’s learned since is that politics, meetings and special sessions were only the beginning.

    “The thing about this position is that there are a lot of people out there who have situations I had never even thought about,” Stevens said between committee meetings Monday afternoon in Frankfort.

  • Ribbon cutting: Taylorsville Barber Shop

    Taylorsville Barber Shop on Main Street recently celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting. In attendance were (from left) Kara Lewis, Mayor Don Pay, Magistrate Hobert Judd, City Commissioner Beverly Ingram, Judge Executive David Jenkins, shop co-owner Dawn Cox and EDA Director Annette King. Not pictured is co-owner Brent Cox.