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  • 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. 

  • TES to benefit from stimulus grant

    Spencer County School District has received a $39,000 grant as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

    Governor Steve Beshear announced last week that schools in 46 districts will share $1.77 million to purchase equipment for food service programs.

  • Drury passes of the KMCA gavel

    During the recent convention of Kentucky’s Magistrates and Commissioners, Spencer County Magistrate Bill Drury passed the presidential gavel over to Boyle County Magistrate Phil Sammons. 

    For the past two years, Drury served as President of the statewide association which represents elected county officials from across the commonwealth. 

    Drury will now serve as Immediate past president of the association and remains on the Legislative Committee.  

  • Royal treatment

    Natasha Newton smiled at her reflection.

    On a typical day, Newton said she spends much of her time tending to the needs of her three daughters. Between the never-ending cycle of baby bottles and diaper changes of her four-month-old twins, Newton can be found cleaning up after daughter Latasha, age 5.

    “Sometimes it gets over-whelming,” said Newton.

    But Saturday, as she gazed happily in a small mirror at her new made-up self, Newton realized this was no typical day. This was the day that she and 33 other single mothers were to be treated like royalty.

  • Coulter pleads not guilty

    Trial dates were set Thursday for the Taylorsville man indicted for manslaughter after a car crash killed a 13-year-old boy.

    Ronald Derek Coulter, 24, was indicted Aug. 5 by a Nelson County grand jury for second-degree manslaughter, first-degree wanton endangerment, second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor and permitting an unlicensed operator to operate a motor vehicle.

    The charge of manslaughter is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

  • Plum Creek Baptist begins Angel Food ministry

    Wanda Husband may have a lot of reasons to take advantage of the Angel Food Ministries program, but the real reason, she said, is the food is so yummy.

    For the past several months, Husband and about two dozen other members of Plum Creek Baptist Church have been participating regularly in a trial run of the non-profit food program. They place an order for a week or more worth of food at a reduced price and pick it up at a designated time each month.

    “It’s a wonderful program, affordable food and it tastes good,” said Husband.

  • Fatal crash on Grays Run Rd.

    A Taylorsville man died Sunday afternoon when the car he was driving struck a tree on Grays Run Road.

    Kevin L. Hatzman, 45, was traveling north on the road when a wheel dropped off the shoulder. According to a Kentucky State Police report, that is when Hatzman over-corrected and crossed the southbound lane. His 2002 Camry then left the roadway and struck a tree.

    Spencer County Coroner Danny Hilbert pronounced Hatzman dead at the scene from multiple, blunt-force trauma due to the crash. Authorities said that family members were first to arrive and began CPR.

  • Bigger fire station planned for Elk Creek

    As the Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Department adds bigger and better equipment to their firefighting arsenal, they are starting to feel confined in older stations.

    We’ve out grown where we are,” said Chief Nathan Nation, of the station in Elk Creek. “The equipment barely fits. You can’t walk around the trucks without opening the bay door.”

    The brown, metal firehouse, nestled between Elk Creek Grocery and building filled with dentists, doctors and physical therapists, has just enough room for one tanker and engine.

  • Fire district files complaints

    The Spencer County Fire Protection District has called for further review by city and county leaders into their contracted service with dispatch.

  • Citizens, leaders show support for community center

    The possibility of constructing a community center spurred over 100 local residents and county officials to attend last Tuesday night’s public form. Some had questions, a few had doubts, but over-whelming those who spoke voiced their support of the concept.

    “I’m pretty excited about this,” said Taylorsville Mayor Don Pay. “When you ask people what they want, always at the top of the list is a community center.”