Local News

  • Spencer ranks as state’s 11th healthiest county

    Spencer County ranks as Kentucky’s 11th healthiest county, according to the 2011 County Health Rankings released last week.
    According to the rankings, compiled by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Boone County, in Northern Kentucky, is considered the state’s healthiest county while Owsley County, in Eastern Kentucky, is considered the least healthy.
    The report ranks over 3,000 counties from all 50 states on two distinct facets of health: outcomes and factors.

  • County to seek legal action against clerk

    The Spencer County Fiscal Court requested Monday that the county attorney take legal action against the county clerk on three separate matters.
    According to motions submitted during Monday’s meeting:
    - County Clerk Judy Puckett has refused to sign an ordinance passed by the fiscal court establishing a fee pooling and purchase order system in her office and has refused to turn over funds to the county treasurer;

  • ‘Extra hands’ needed at Lifelong Learning Center

    The Lifelong Learning Center in Taylorsville is looking for a couple of things that most citizens already have — a few free minutes a week and the skill set of reading.

  • Farmers Market to open April 23

    Vendors participating in the Spencer County Farmers Market are gearing up for another season of home-grown food and fun as the market is slated to open April 23.

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  • Down, and give me 20!

    Deputies with the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department observe and coach candidates who have applied for positions with the department during a pre-employment practice test earlier this month.

    Sheriff Buddy Stump said his office offered the practice test to give applicants an idea of what the real Peace Officer Professional Standards test will be like.

    Applicants completed several physical activities, including push-ups (as demonstrated here), running and weight lifting. Nine applicants went through the mock test, Stump said.

  • Growth to result in redistricting county

    Spencer County’s recent growth, as determined by the 2010 census, will most likely result in the redistricting of the county.
    “There will be redistricting,” said Judge-Executive Bill Karrer. “How dramatic that is, I don’t know.”
    Spencer County’s population is now 17,061 — which is a 45 percent increase from the 2000 census.
    Currently, the county is divided into five districts: Taylorsville, Waterford, Elk Creek, Campbranch and Little Mount/Mount Eden.

  • Adams gets new contract, benefits

    In what resulted in another controversial discussion surrounding Spencer County Schools Superintendent Chuck Adams’ contract, the board approved Thursday night the salary and benefits package that would be available to the superintendent during his next four years.
    Board members voted 3-2 to approve Adams contract, which included a yearly salary no less than $125,066, with the option to increase salary via a contract amendment.

  • State’s Medicaid cuts leave a bloody wound

    Yes, a deal was struck on how to fund the shortfall in the state’s Medicaid budget, but there appears to have been little closure on the issue – at least from Spencer County’s elected delegates.
    In a complicated and politically charged process, the Medicaid cuts were passed by the General Assembly last week, but the budget adjustments made to accommodate the $166 million shortfall were hardly those Republican lawmakers said they thought they were passing.

  • Emergency operations plan nears completion

    Efforts to update the city and county’s Emergency Operations Plan are moving quickly, with officials aiming to have the plan ready for approval at the state level by Friday.
    “Y’all are doing great,” John Bastin, the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management area coordinator, told officials at an emergency planning meeting March 18. “I’m surprised it’s come along this fast.”