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  • Slicing out a new dairy path

    Traditionally, global dairy markets dictate how much a farmer is paid for the product. But an ailing small dairy industry calls for creative takes on this model for survival.

    Cloverdale Creamery owners Patrick and Leeta Kennedy tipped the cow on hat model, so to speak, and have built a successful business with a small herd of Jerseys and Holsteins.

    Patrick was raised and worked on his father’s dairy farm in Jefferson County, so it was with some trepidation that he considered Leeta’s proposal to expand their Stone Cross Farm offerings and buy dairy cows.

  • PUBLIC RECORD: District Court

    District court

    The Honorable Judge Matthew K. Eckert presided over the following cases in District Court on September 11, 2009.


    John S. Bullock (b. 1991). Speeding 18 mph over the limit. Traffic diversion agreement. Paid $143.

    Michael Chesser (b. 1985). Speeding 15 mph over the limit. Pled guilty. Traffic school plus court costs.

    Terry L. Farris (b. 1960). Speeding 22 mph over the limit. Pled guilty. $44 fine plus court costs.

  • County gamblers net $1.5 million

    Spencer County gamblers won more than $1.5 million in prizes from the Kentucky Lottery this fiscal year, a report released last week by the agency showed.

    Revenue in Spencer County, from scratch-off tickets and other Kentucky Lottery products totaled about $2.3 million, the report showed, while pay outs here topped $1,525,529.

    The Kentucky Lottery has paid more than $3 billion to the Commonwealth since it began in April 1989.  Money generated from the lottery has funded more than 120,000 college grants and scholarships.

  • Quick action leads to arrests

    Two Louisville men were arrested Friday evening after a failed burglary attempt in northern Spencer County.

    Within hours of the incident, Tony E. Casey, 33, and Marvin Deacon, Jr., 36, were apprehended and charged with second-degree burglary.

    The homeowner told police that she was coming downstairs to answer the doorbell when one of the suspects kicked in the door and entered her home, said Spencer County Deputy Kyle Bennett.

  • Grand jury indictments

    The Spencer County Grand Jury filed the following indictments Oct. 8 in Spencer Circuit Court:

    • Jeremy Bowling, 613 Third St., Taylorsville; third-degree burglary, felony; theft by unlawful taking, over $300, felony

    • Roy D. Inghram, 841 East River Road, Taylorsville; planting, cultivating or harvesting marijuana with the intent to sell or transfer (five plants or more), felony;

    • Ronald Inghram, 3616 Ashes Creek Road, Taylorsville; persistent felony offender II

  • Judge rules school board violated law

    A Spencer County judge ruled Oct. 9, that the local school board violated Kentucky’s open-meetings law when it conducted a private evaluation of Superintendent Chuck Adams last year. The ruling could set precedent for other such cases across the state.

  • District explores options for a new elementary site

    Spencer County school officials will explore at least four sites to construct a new elementary school, according to Brett Beaverson, director of operations for the district.

    Those sites are within a 5-mile radius of the courthouse, he said, and include:

    • a 25-acre site, located between Earlywine Plantation and Highview Estates, off KY 44 East.

    • three nearby tracts of about 55 total acres, less than a mile from Taylorsville.

    • a 24-acre site at KY 55 and Overlook Road.

  • PUBLIC RECORD: District Court

    District court

    The Honorable Judge Matthew K. Eckert presided over the following cases in district court on September 8, 2009.

    Small claims:

    Aaron Scott Messer v Grider Home Improvements; David Grider. Judgment for Aaron Scott Messer in the amount of $750 plus costs and interest.


    Winterwood Inc. v Brittany Semones. Court finds for Winterwood Inc.

    Winterwood Inc. v Jenna Rader. Court finds for Winterwood Inc.


  • Fatal accident

    A Taylorsville man was killed in a multi-vehicle accident in the early morning hours of Oct. 11 in Mt. Washington.

    According to the Kentucky State Police, a vehicle operated by Kevin Sullivan, 22, of Mount Washington, was traveling north in the southbound lanes of US 31 East.

    Sullivan collided with a vehicle operated by Joseph Smith, 40, of Taylorsville and then a northbound vehicle operated by Michael L. Workman, 22, of Taylorsville.

    During the collision, the northbound vehicle of Robert Gaddie of Mt. Washington struck the rear of Workman’s car.

  • County roads to be paved

    With $200,000 to spend toward paving county roads, magistrates decided to split the amount up evenly between their five districts, giving each $40,000 worth of blacktop.

    On the list of roads with the greatest needs were Hickory Lane, Shagbark Drive, Carrithers Lane, Rolling Trail, Lakeside Drive, Murphy Lane, Goose Creek Road and Hochstrasser Road. In some cases, the funds will only allow portions of these roads to be coated with new asphalt.

    Magistrate John Riley objected to the county having to pave roads that were promised to be completed by developers.