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  • District works on closing gaps

    Two reports submitted to the Spencer County Board of Education Monday night assessed student achievement and the changes being made to advance those students.

    Spencer County High School Principal Jocelyn Lyons addressed the culture of success needed to promote higher education and Director of Special Education Jackie Risden-Smith addressed the needs of children with disabilities.

    The reading and math proficiency scores between students with disabilities and students without in Spencer County is about 30 percent.

  • ELECTION 2010: Montell to seek fifth term

    State Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) is seeking his fifth term in the 58th District, which includes Shelby and Spencer counties.

    At last week’s monthly meeting of the Shelby County Republican Party, Montell reminisced about his beginnings in his current seat.

    “It was eight years ago almost to the night that I first met with a group of people in my basement, and I was the only one who really thought I could win, because I didn’t know any better,” he said.

  • Land donation answers Habitat prayers

    Another family will have the chance at a fresh start, thanks to a land donation by Taylorsville’s Citizen’s Union Bank, said Spencer County Habitat for Humanity President Bill Drury. Applications to become a partner family will be accepted through December 19.

    Habitat volunteers gathered along a quiet country road Friday morning to witness the land transaction between CUB President Sammy Crafton and Drury. A couple of signatures, some applause and a prayer sealed the deal that will provide Habitat one acre on Little Mount Church Road to build their second home.

  • Taylorsville looks at becoming a 4th class city

    Some Taylorsville restaurants could be allowed to serve liquor by-the-drink, if commissioners are able to re-classify the town as a fourth-class city. The classification would also permit the city to have its own Alcohol Beverage Control administrator.

    Commissioners hope to review a draft resolution outlining their request at the next meeting. In order to become a fourth-class city, legislation would have to be approved by the Kentucky General Assembly.

  • Small business fraud only matter of time

    It’s not a matter of if, but when a small business will be affected by theft. Whether it is from scams, counterfeiters or even employees, experts speaking at a recent Chamber of Commerce meeting provided advice on how business owners can protect themselves.

    “There’s more and more fraud happening every day,” said Pam Mason, vice president of operations at the Peoples Bank. “It’s unbelievable how many fraudulent cashier’s checks we see in this small community.”

  • Ethics committee to examine deal by EDA director

    Actions by Economic Development Authority (EDA) Director Annette King are under question following a recent commercial real estate transaction in which she acted as the dual agent.

    Spencer County Fiscal Court approved a motion for the county’s ethics committee to review any possible conflicts of interest when King assisted in the sale of a commercial building at Setters Center last month.

    EDA Chairman Dennis Eisenback said at fiscal court Monday morning that he had researched the issue internally and believes that “we’ve done nothing wrong.”

  • Riley takes complaints to KACo

    In a scathing letter to the Kentucky Association of Counties president, a local magistrate has called for an attorney general investigation into Judge Executive David Jenkins’ misuse of KACo credit cards and that all questionable expenditures be reimbursed. The letter also requested that Jenkins to be removed from all board positions connected with the state association.

  • H1N1 vaccines available Friday

    Spencer County Health Department will provide 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine on Friday, November 20 from 12 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. The vaccine will be available to eligible population on first come first serve basis. The clinic will follow the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations and administer vaccine to the following target groups:

    • Pregnant women

    • Household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age

    • Health care and emergency medical services personnel

  • SCHS donates $791.75 to Habitat for Humanity

    Kaitlyn Culver could only stand by and watch last year as volunteers power-tooled their way toward building the county’s first Habitat for Humanity house. Instead, the then high school junior found other ways to help, like serving homemade ham sandwiches and potato salad to hungry workers.

    “It’s just a good organization to be involved with,” said Culver, now a senior at Spencer County High School. “Out of all the organizations I’ve been involved with, it seemed to have the biggest impact. It completely changes people’s lives.”

  • ELECTION 2010: Travelstead, Fulkerson file

    Last week, two more political newcomers filed their intentions to run for public offices in 2010.

    Richard Travelstead will be running as a Republican for the Taylorsville magisterial seat and Laura Nation Fulkerson has chosen to run for county clerk on the Democratic ticket.