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  • PUBLIC RECORD: District Court

    The Honorable Judge Donna Dutton presided over the following cases in District Court on June 26, 2009

    Traffic:

    Benjamin Victorino. No operator’s/moped license. Guilty. $100 fine, 60 days conditionally discharged, served 10 days. $143 court costs. Careless driving. Guilty. $20 fine, $13 waived.

    Felicia Waterfill. Failure to wear seat belts. $25 fine. Operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license. Amended to no license in possession. $20 fine plus $168 court costs.

  • Inching closer to a wet/dry vote

    County Clerk Judy Puckett said her staff has already begun the laborious task of certifying the local option petition to allow alcohol sales in the county, but she is not prepared to guess how long the process will take.

    “I’d be scared to say,” said Puckett.

    What she does know is that if the petition is validated, the election must occur somewhere between October 3 and November 2. That gives Puckett roughly two months to make sure the signatures on a petition she received last week represent registered Spencer County voters.

  • Are your address numbers tall enough?

    Would you be in compliance if a county ordinance required house numbers to be posted on your residence, both sides of your mailbox and be at least four inches in height?

    These are just some of the changes that were considered by fiscal court Monday as they re-evaluate the county's 9-1-1 addressing ordinance. After some discussion, magistrates voted to table the issue temporarily while they sought further research.

  • Group files alcohol petition with county clerk

    Shortly after 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, a small group gathered outside the Spencer Count Courthouse with over 3,000 signatures in their hands.

    United by their belief in a voter's right to chose, seven supporters walked into the county clerk's office and handed over the long-anticipated petition requesting an alcohol referendum.

    "It's on the voters now," said B.J. Smith, spokesperson for the petition drive. "We trust in the voters to make the decision either way."

  • Man dies while driving on Taylorsville Road, coroner suspect cardiac arrest

    A Spencer County man died Wednesday in Shelby County apparently while driving, police say.

    Shelby County Sheriff's Detective Jason Rice said that Brandon Surma, 38, of Taylorsville was found at about 8 p.m. Wednesday in his car in a soybean field at 3248 Taylorsville Road.

    "The property owner noticed a vehicle in his soybean field, well off the roadway," Rice said.

    He added that the resident went to check it out and found Surma's 1998 Dodge still running. Surma appeared to be unconscious, and the resident called 911.

  • Community center focus gets clearer, public forum Tuesday

    The concept of building a community center may not be new, but organizers of a recent effort said they have the determination to see their plans through to the end.

    "We're committed to this," said Troy Klaber, "if it ends up being just a 5,000 square foot building and a pool, we're going to do this."

  • Neighboring landmark destroyed by fire

       One of Nelson County's most historic homes was destroyed by fire early

    Sunday. The Northeast Nelson Fire Department was called before 5 a.m.

    as flames were seen coming from Duncan Manor, a two-story pre-Civil War

    house on KY 55 just north of the Martha Layne Collins Bluegrass Parkway.

    The house, owned by Lily Whittington of Cox's Creek, was gutted by the

    fire, leaving only the brick walls. The fire is being investigated by

    the state fire marshal's office.

  • Teen's death spurs family to join SAFE campaign against wet vote

    The death of 19-year-old Donnie DeJesus is a tragic story of one too many wrong choices.

    After a night of celebrating at a local prom party, Donnie died sometime during the early morning hours of May 10 of alcohol poisoning. His blood alcohol level was .365. The legal limit for a 21-year-old adult is .01.

    "They said it was one of the highest levels they had seen in a long time," said Teresa Gray, Donnie's mother, of investigators.

  • SCHS open house celebrates end of construction

        After nearly two years of construction, the renovations on Spencer County High School are complete. Administrators and community members celebrated the accomplishment with a grand opening on Sunday during which people toured the building and viewed the improvements.

        Although students filled the halls at the beginning of last year, the structure was far from being finished. Administrators worried about the dust and heavy machinery that remained in the halls.

  • Taylorsville woman killed in Hodgenville crash

    A Taylorsville woman died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon on Bardstown Road, Hodgenville.

    Amy C. Parks, 28, also known as Amy Smallwood, was driving a 2000 Ford Escort north on U.S. 31E, just south of Peak Road, when the vehicle crossed the centerline and struck another vehicle almost head-on.

    Parks was “laying on the ground beside the car” when officers arrived, said LaRue County Sheriff Bobby Shoffner. However, he believes she was wearing a seatbelt and was not ejected from the vehicle.