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  • Fiscal court resubmits ethical complaint about EDA Executive Director

    Spencer County magistrates approved unanimously to resubmit a detailed complaint against Annette King to the ethics committee during Monday’s fiscal court meeting.

    King, the executive director of the Economic Development Authority (EDA), has been accused of violating the county’s code of ethics when she allegedly profited from the sale of commercial property.

    Based on the testimony of Spencer County resident Davis Lee Downs, fiscal court submitted the original complaint in November, but it was rejected by the ethics committee for lack of evidence.

  • Driver ejected from vehicle

    Nicole L. Cooper, 34, was ejected from a vehicle and taken by helicopter to University of Louisville Hospital Sunday night.

    Cooper was driving west on KY 48/Highgrove Rd. around 7:40 p.m. when, for an unknown reason, swerved into the oncoming lane, said Deputy Gordon Miles. According to evidence at the scene, the driver over-corrected and ran off the right shoulder causing the car to flip.

    Cooper was thrown through the rear window of the 1995 Pontiac Grand Am. She was flown to the Louisville hospital for injuries that included trauma to the head.

  • PAS tests improving

    Results of the first two Predictive Assessment Series (PAS) tests administered this school year reveal an up trend in student performance, said Assistant Superintendent Norma Thurman at Monday night’s school board meeting.

    PAS tests are used by teachers to predict student performance on the Kentucky Core Content Test (KCCT). Students in grades two through eight were given a PAS test in August and December. PAS tests cover the subjects of reading, math, science and social studies.

  • PUBLIC RECORD: District Court

    The Honorable Judge Linda Armstrong presided over the following cases in District Court on October 9, 2009.


    Byron S. Ball (b. 1978). Charge #1, merged. Charge #2, no/expired registration plates. Pled guilty. $20 fine plus $143 court costs. Charge #3, failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security, first offense. Pled guilty. $500 fine. Charge #4, merged.

    Nicholas M. Risen. Unauthorized parking in a handicapped zone. Pled guilty. $250 fine, 40 hours community service in lieu of fine, plus $143 court costs.

  • Five car pile up on KY 155/55

    Five cars were involved in a chain reaction accident early Thursday morning. No serious injuries were reported.

    The incident occurred when a driver made a right-hand turn on KY 155/55 from Plum Creek Rd. in Elk Creek around 7:20 a.m. Deputy Kyle Bennett said the driver of the first vehicle was struck in the rear by a vehicle headed south on KY 155/55. The second driver was then struck by a third vehicle, also headed south. The chain reaction of accidents involved two more vehicles, bringing the total to five.

  • Smith announces run for district judge

    Darby L. Smith has announced his 2010 bid for District Court Judge, Division II encompassing Anderson, Shelby and Spencer counties.

    Smith, a Shelby County native, has maintained a general private practice in Shelbyville since 1997 and has had an office in Lawrenceburg since 2008.

    “I have gained considerable practical experience from a diverse group of clients and have handled many types of claims,” said Smith. “Managing my own law office for over a decade has well prepared me for the District Judge position.”

  • Christmas song composer puts words of hope to music

    Matt Hodge is a bona fide celebrity. For the past week and a half, his life has been a whirlwind of newspaper interviews (six, so far) and yesterday, the son of Taylorsville residents even made a television appearance on WHAS-11.

    For what? A song.

    Matt, 23, composed an original holiday song three weeks ago, titled “What is Christmas?” Since then, the three-minute melody has generated an Internet buzz with over 2,300 views on YouTube.

  • Taylorsville man wrecks during police chase

    Jesus Rodriguez, of Taylorsville, was involved in a collision early Saturday morning while fleeing from police. He was taken to University of Louisville Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

    Kentucky State Trooper H.L. Martin reported that he was attempting a traffic stop on Rodriguez in Shelbyville for the suspicion of DUI (Driving Under Influence) just after midnight Dec. 19. Rodriguez fled from the officer and led him on a 10-mile chase along LaGrange Road. Unable to navigate a curve, the suspect crashed and was ejected from the 2001 Jeep he was driving.

  • Three Democrats file for magistrate

    Three more local Democrats added their names to a growing list of candidates in Spencer County’s primary election.

    Little Mount/Mt. Eden Magistrate David Goodlett (D) will be seeking re-election. He is currently serving his fifth term in office.

    “My constituents have stayed after me,” said Goodlett, 63. “There always seems to be a lot more we can do.”

  • Trailer fire on West River Rd.

    ROBIN BASS/The Spencer Magnet

    Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Department responded to an unoccupied trailer fire in the 3000 block of West River Rd. Thursday. Fire Chief Nathan Nation said the blaze started because of an electrical short. The home was in the process of being remodeled. No injuries were reported.