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  • 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.

  • Head-on collision kills one, injures family of five

    A fatal car crash on Taylorsville Road Friday shut down traffic in the area for hours as emergency personnel tended to survivors and police pieced together what had happened.

  • Grand jury indictments

    Robert Collins was indicted on one felony count of failure to register as a sex offender. No address was provided in court documents.

    Collins allegedly failed to register as a sex offender in September 1998. He was indicted by Spencer County Grand Jury June 18.

    Charles W. Norton, of 210 Mike Brown Lane in Taylorsville, was indicted July 9, on one count of persistent felony offender in the second degree.

  • Snapped line closes shops

    From 8:18 p.m. until 9:45 p.m., a line of businesses on Taylorsville Road lost power on Wednesday night.

    According to witnesses at Country Mart, sparks and smoke were seen in the soybean field next to the store on KY 55 when the powerline snapped.

    Police Chief Toby Lewis said there was no particular incident or accident that caused the line to snap but that heavy rainfall over the last few weeks could have possibly caused the posts to settle.

  • PUBLIC RECORDS: Property transfers

    The following property transfers were recorded in the Spencer County Clerk's office during the month of April 2009.

    James M. Henry, Taylorsville to Don R. and Albertene Brown, Taylorsville. Lot 59 Goebel Crossings. $39,000.

    Cartus Financial Corporation, Danbury, CT to James H. and Laura B. Mushko II, Taylorsville. 770 Early Wyne Drive. $259,000.

    Grassland Builders, Inc., Shepherdsville to Eric R. and Christine W. .Barry, Fisherville. 270 Andrew Parkway. $300,000.

  • Time changes made to the school day

    Middle and high school students can hit the snooze button and still be punctual for their first day of classes thanks to a decision Monday night to delay the start time by 10 minutes.

    When classes resume August 11, students in grades six through 12 will begin their school day at 7:45 a.m. – 10 minutes later than in previous years. Spencer County Middle and High students will also be getting out five minutes earlier during the 2009-10 school year, resulting in a day that is 15 minutes shorter.

  • KSP reports 15 deaths on roadways, including Spencer

    Preliminary statistics indicate that fifteen people died in fifteen separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, July 20 through Sunday, July 26, 2009.

     Thirteen of the crashes involved motor vehicles and seven of those victims were not wearing seat belts.  Single-fatality crashes occurred in Boone, Breckinridge, Christian, Daviess, Franklin (2), Gallatin, Graves (2), Hardin, Jefferson, Marion and Spencer counties.  Two of the crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol.