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  • County goes wet

    Spencer County’s apparent thirst for purchasing alcohol was quenched Tuesday night when voters approved 2,767 to 1,928 to go wet.

    Judge Executive David Jenkins said now that the issue has been settled – by a margin of 839 votes – a more crucial undertaking lies just ahead.

    “There’s going to be a lot of work in next couple of months setting up ordinances,” said Jenkins. “People need to be contacting their magistrates about what they want.”

  • Rains yield big tobacco crops, but burden growers

    This year’s tobacco crop could be a good one for area farmers, if they could just bring it in.

    The harvest has been delayed by rainfall–more than 10 inches above normal this year–and some farmers say they are two to three weeks behind schedule.

    “Not only are the fields too muddy to get in, if they’re cutting it and it’s standing in the field and we get a rain it could splash mud on it,” said Bryce Roberts, Spencer County’s Agriculture Extension Agent.

  • Montell bill would overhaul state retirement system

    For years Kentucky Retirement Systems has been falling into a hole, and State Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) says it’s time to make some tough decisions to bring it out.

    One thing he wants the state to look at is Bill Request 86, which he prefiled for the 2010 session. The bill would change the retirement plan for legislators elected on or after July 1, 2011.

    “It would affect future legislators and change the retirement plan from a defined benefit plan, which is a pension, to a defined contribution, which is a 401k,” he said.

  • Forum airs pros, cons of alcohol sales

    Massive amounts of information mixed with a splash of opinion were served to nearly 90 people who attended the wet/dry forum Thursday night.

    Panelists invited to speak at the Spencer Magnet event provided a glimpse of what the county could look like if voters approved alcohol sales at the Oct. 20, special-election. Some spoke of hope in the economic opportunities that a wet vote could bring. Others questioned the potential prosperity and talked of increased crime and dependency.

  • SCMS student charged with having a knife on school bus

         A 12-year-old was charged with wanton endangerment and carrying a concealed deadly weapon Oct. 6. The Spencer County Middle School student, who’s name was withheld because he is a minor, was reported to police after an incident occurred on a school bus. Taylorsville Police Chief Toby Lewis said that the boy was allegedly using a paring knife to damage the bus seat in front of him.

  • Teen found with flask

       A Spencer County High School student was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of alcohol by a minor Sept. 28.

       The 17-year-old male, who’s name was withheld because he is a minor, was reported to police after school officials discovered he had a flask in his back pocket. Taylorsville Police Chief Toby Lewis said the container was about a third full of alcohol.

  • Two Taylorsville residents involved in Mt. Washington crash

    MOUNT WASHINGTON–Two Taylorsville residents were seriously injured in a two-car collision Monday afternoon on KY 44 between Winning Colors and Emerald Drives.

    The accident happened shortly after 3 p.m. and left 47-year-old Donald L. Dunn with life-threatening injuries, according to an investigation conducted by Kentucky State Police Det. Terry Whittaker.

  • Man charged after pursuit ends in crash

    Loren Thomas Gordon, Jr. has been charged with numerous offenses after he allegedly involved state and local police on a chase through Taylorsville before crashing his vehicle on Mt. Washington Road Sept. 22.

    Gordon has been charged with fleeing police and two counts of wanton endangerment of a police officer, both felonies. Other charges include speeding, DUI, possession of alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle and operating a vehicle with an expired license.

  • Forum on alcohol vote tomorrow

    Voters straddling the wet/dry fence, and even those who staked their claim long ago on one side or the other, are being encouraged to attend an information forum tomorrow at the middle school.

    Panelists from the Alcohol Beverage Commission, state and local law enforcement, Spencer County Business Association, S.A.F.E. and local pastors will be in attendance. A public comment portion will be provided so residents can pose legal, economic and ethical questions concerning the October 20 special election.

  • Free police cars

    While most cities would file this under “too good to be true”, the City of Taylorsville will soon be the recipients of two fully-equipped police vehicles completely free of charge.

    The new vehicles are courtesy of asset forfeiture funding awarded to the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) earlier this year. Approximately 600 vehicles will be purchased and given to various state and local law enforcement agencies with the idea that the vehicles will be used in joint operations and with USMS fugitive task forces.