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  • Residents hassled by high water

    Residents along Taylorsville’s Houston Court have had enough with flash floods threatening their homes, and potentially their health as rising water has repeatedly invaded foundation crawl spaces.

    Nearly 10 homeowners from the low-lying area attended last Tuesday night’s city commission meeting to present their case and make a plea for relief.

    “It’s getting to the point where you worry every time it rains,” said Ellen Redmon, who lives in the home once owned by her parents.

  • School board raises taxes

    The school board voted to raise taxes by two percent during a special-called meeting Thursday night. The change will result in an $11 increase on a home valued at $100,000.

    Board members voted 4-1 to approve Superintendent Chuck Adams’ recommendation to increase real estate taxes by two, instead of the state allowed four percent. Kentucky law allows taxing districts to select up to a four-percent compensating tax rate without the possibility of a voter recall.

    Board member Scott Travis voted against the tax increase.

  • PUBLIC RECORD: District Court

    The Honorable Judge Donna Dutton presided over the following cases in district court on July 24, 2009.

    Traffic:

    John R. Norris Jr. (b.1950). Charge #1, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, etc., .08, first offense. Guilty. Charge #2, possess open alcohol beverage container in a motor vehicle. Guilty. Sentencing to be on 8/7/09.

    Misdemeanor:

    Joseph P. McPherson (b. 1988). Motion to set aside dismissal without prejudice and dismiss with prejudice. Motion granted.

  • Swine flu case in Spencer school

    It became apparent that no community is immune from contracting the swine flu as the first publicly-announced case of H1N1 was discovered by the Spencer County School District Thursday.

    Letters sent home with students Friday informed parents of the actions taken by the district in an effort to prevent any spread of the influenza strain.

    “Once this information was verified late (Thursday) afternoon, we immediately took predetermined precautions,” wrote Superintendent Chuck Adams in the letter to parents.

  • Officials explore hiring a community-wide grant writer

    As budgets become tighter, an increasing number of governmental entities, schools and non-profit agencies are competing for grants to fill in the gaps.  Spencer County, however, is taking a new approach. Rather than each organization fending for themselves, local leaders are exploring the idea of employing someone whose only job would be to write grants.

  • Teen driver collides with store

    A Taylorsville teenager jumped the curb with her parents’ car and struck the front of a gas station in Elk Creek Monday afternoon.

    The 16-year-old, whose name was withheld because she is a juvenile, told police that she pressed her foot on the gas pedal when she meant to hit the brake.

    Jacquie Dell, of Louisville, was exiting Elmar’s BP on KY 155 when she saw the car approaching.

    “I went to push the door open and saw her coming. That’s when I took a step to the left and everything came smashing off the wall,” said Dell.

  • Honor Flight sends local WWII vets to see 'their' monument

    As a former Vietnam soldier, Bill Hedges understands all too well that veterans need to feel appreciated by their country for serving in the armed forces -- especially men who fought in battle.

    So when he discovered that an organization called Honor Flight was offering veterans free trips to view the World War II Monument in Washington, D.C., Hedges knew just who to nominate. Among the Gulf War, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 11426, are three men who served in the big one, WWII.

  • Grand jury indictments

    A burglary suspect, allegedly caught in the act last May by Spencer County Sheriff’s deputies, was indicted by a grand jury August 20.

    Christopher Ferguson, of New Albany, Ind., was indicted with the felony offense of burglary in the second degree by Spencer County Grand Jury for an incident involving a home in the 6100 block of Mt. Washington Road. The C class felony carries a penalty, if convicted, of five to 10 years in prison.

  • City street projects more than budgeted

    The costs associated with many of the improvements to downtown Taylorsville has resulted in a little money juggling at City Hall.

    After adding up all the street repair and maintenance costs associated with new signs, tree removals, sidewalk installations, drainage repairs and paving – the city is about $249,000 over what commissioners budgeted to spend for 2009-10. The original amount set to spend on community street projects this fiscal year was $118,000.

  • Bold plans to up students' ACT scores

    A small survey conducted by the Spencer Magnet last week seemed to indicate underclassmen don’t feel prepared for the college-entry indicator, known as the ACT. Only one underclassman, in a group of 13 Spencer County High students chosen by random to participate, indicated they felt ready for the test.

    “These scores are going to tell me how prepared I am to get into the college I want,” said freshman Charlissa Wakefield, who said on the survey that she felt unprepared for the nationalized test.