Local News

  • Man facing child rape, incest charges might be close to plea deal

    A Bloomfield man who faces charges of rape, incest and sexual abuse of a child appears to be close to reaching a plea agreement with the Commonwealth’s Attorney.
    Robert Michael Stevens, 35, of the 3000 block of Franklin Road, appeared in Spencer Circuit Court on Thursday with his attorney Steven R. Romines.
    Romines advised Judge Charles Hickman that he had been in extensive settlement negotiations with Commonwealth Attorney Laura Donnell and asked the case to be passed a few weeks to finish those negotiations.

  • Woman accused of groin stabbing indicted

    A Spencer County woman accused of stabbing her husband in the groin last September was indicted by a Spencer County grand jury on Jan. 9.
    The grand jury indicted Nicole L. Early, 40, of the 1200 block of Highway to Heaven, on a charge of first-degree assault.

  • Searches using drug detection dogs not likely to happen in schools again

    Spencer County Schools cannot lean on drug detection dogs to deter drug activity within the local schools anymore.
    Historically the board of education and Spencer County High School officials worked in conjunction with Taylorsville Police and the Kentucky State Police to host drug detection dogs at least once a year, but Superintendent Chuck Adams said when he recently attempted to request a K-9 walk through at the high school, state police ultimately declined.

  • Construction to finally begin on 44 project near schools

    Construction is slated to begin next week on the realignment of Ky. 44 in Spencer County, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced in a news release last week.
    KYTC recently awarded a nearly $3 million contract to realign Ky. 44 from Oak Tree Way to Ky. 1633.
    The project also includes improving sight distance at the intersection with Ky. 1633 and Lee Stevens Road as well as construction of a left turn lane from eastbound Ky. 44 to Ky. 1633.

  • Go west!

    The Spencer County 4-H Meats Team spent the weekend and beginning of this week in Colorado at the 4-H National Western Meats Contest.

    The team finished eighth in the country and Morgan Mayer was sixth high individual in placings. Team members are Morgan Mayer, Darilyn Browning, Courtney Jeffiers and Ashley Montgomery. The team is coached by Connie Jeffiers. Spencer County Cooperative Extension Agent Mollie Tichenor chaperoned the trip and provided the photo.

  • First Republican candidate enters judge’s race

    With less than two weeks left for candidates to file to run for office, a Republican has added his name to the ballot for judge-executive.
    Lawrence Trageser, known for his criticism of current elected officials, is now the lone name on the Republican side of the ballot for Spencer County judge-executive.
    If no other Republican candidates file, Trageser would face the winner of the Democrat primary election in November.
    Democrat candidates are Jerry Davis, Debbie Herndon, Jan Kehne and David Jewell.

  • Townhill Road reopened

    Townhill Road in Taylorsville reopened Thursday afternoon after being closed for nearly two days following a water main break underneath the roadway.

    Water line and roadway repairs were completed by 3 p.m. and the road reopened to traffic.

    The break occurred on Tuesday evening, but Kentucky Transportation Cabinet personnel were not able to assess the severity of the damage until daylight Wednesday.

  • Two more throw hat into ring for judge-exec

    Two additional candidates have filed to run for Spencer County judge-executive on the Democrat side — Yvette Jan Kehne and Paul David Jewell.
    Both Kehne and Jewell filed their applications to run for office on Friday.
    Kehne is an employee of Spencer County in the Planning and Zoning office.
    Jewell is a local businessman and auctioneer.
    So far, all candidates who’ve filed to run for judge-executive are Democrats.
    Kehne and Jewell join candidates Jerry Davis and Debbie Herndon.


    The light poles at Ray Jewell Park will lie in the grass a little bit longer.
    The Spencer County Fiscal Court in April applied for Land and Water Conservation Funds to install lights at Ray Jewell Park.
    The county found out in December it was not selected to receive those funds, and a letter stating just that was shared with Fiscal Court members on Monday morning.

  • Black ice blamed for six wrecks Thursday

    Black ice took motorists by surprise last Thursday causing six accidents — two of which were rollover crashes — according to the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department.