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Local News

  • Weary roads

    Area roads are down for the count after being served a one-two punch from motorists and harsh winter conditions – and like black eyes, potholes are popping up along many rural roads.

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced Monday at fiscal court that $430,000 will be spent toward repaving rural secondary roads in Spencer County. Another $200,000 will go toward regular maintenance and pothole repairs.

  • KFB’s food check-out week
  • Deadly serious: Nation Bros. stops animal pickup

    Farmers may want to work doubly hard to keep their cattle, horses and other livestock healthy; there’s no good place to send them if they die.

    Nation Brothers, Inc., which has a contract with the county to pick up and render dead livestock, notified Spencer County Judge Executive David Jenkins last Thursday that they are no longer in the business.

  • Disaster assistance: NAP sales deadlines approaching

    Supplemental Revenue Assistant Payments (SURE) provides benefits for  farm revenue losses due to natural disaster. It is the 2008 Farm Bill’s successor to the prior Ad Hoc Crop Disaster Programs also known as the CDP or Crop Disaster Programs. Unlike the prior USDA Disaster Programs, SURE is legislated through 2011.

    SURE payments are available to producers on farms that are located in a county covered by a qualifying natural disaster declaration (USDA secretarial declarations only) or a contiguous county  OR

  • PUBLIC RECORD: District court

    The Honorable Judge Donna Dutton presided over the following cases in District Court on November 25, 2008.

    Civil:

    Gary Goodlett v Mary Aldridge. Judgment for Gary Goodlett.

    The Honorable Judge Linda Armstrong presided over the following cases in District Court on December 5, 2008.

    Traffic:

    Luis Solorzano. Charge #1, speeding 11 mph over the limit. $22 fine, $138 court costs. Pled guilty. Charge #2, no operator’s license. Pled guilty. Sentenced to 10 days, credit for time served.

  • Locals take the plunge for Special Olympics

    There’s just something about watching normally reserved, and often authoritative, teachers being humiliated in front of a whole classroom.

    Such was the motivation for  Spencer County Middle School students who donated their loose change and a few of their parents dollar bills to help support Special Olympics.

    “Our goal was $500,” said Amanda Bruce, SCMS  special education teacher. “But by Wednesday we had already collected over $400. At the end of the four days, we collected $832.10.”

  • Healthy motivators in winter

    When the temperature broke 70 degrees just two weeks ago, people all around Spencer County were glad to get out of the house and enjoy the sunshine.  It was nice to get a break from a long, cold winter, but now it appears that the cold weather is not gone for good. 

  • Governor signs HB144, increasing vice taxes

    Gov. Steve Beshear signed a budget package Friday that he said protects funding for basic education, health care and public safety. The package approved Friday by the Kentucky Senate, and earlier this week by the House, includes some $150 million in additional spending cuts combined with a 30 cent increase in the cigarette tax and applies the state’s 6 percent sales tax to store sales of beer, wine and liquor. Under the package, the basic education funding formula would be preserved from any cuts, while higher education would only be cut 2 percent.

  • $819 Billion: Recovery Act sparks local interest in stimulus funds

    When President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act last week in Denver, nearly every elected official across the country began to wonder just how much of the $819 billion would trickle down to them.

    Spencer County officials are no different, and while details and final figures are hard to come by at this early point, local governments and the school district are already discussing ways to put the money to use.

  • Cycling event racing this way

    Taylorsville and Spencer County have been asked to play host to hundreds of cycling enthusiasts this summer during the USA Cycling 2009 Masters Road National Championship.

    Local leaders – who are eager to promote tourism in the area – see this event not only as a chance to showcase what the county has to offer, but their willingness to work with athletic event organizers.

    “We need to get more involved in sports tourism,” said City Manager Steve Biven. “We need to let people know we are capable of handling (events).”