Local News

  • Bagworms threaten town tree, problem likely county wide

    “Eighty-six, eighty-seven, eighty-eight. That’s 688,” said Donnie Pay as he kept track of the number of small cocoon sacks being collected in a blue plastic bucket.

    Donnie and his father, Mayor Don Pay, were on a mission Monday afternoon to rescue the town Christmas tree from what would be over 2,000 hungry bagworms that had laid claim to the young evergreen. Already, the top of the tree was turning brown from the first round of ravenous little larvae.

  • Locals encouraged to join Photo Walk this Saturday

    Photography enthusiasts in Taylorsville will join thousands Saturday for a global event designed to bring people together for a unique, social experience.

    The Third Annual Worldwide Photo Walk has been billed as the largest intercontinental gathering for shutterbugs. Last year, more than 30,000 photo walkers in 900 cities participated in the event.

    Local photographer Deborah Kaye Montgomery decided to organize a photo walk here after learning about a similar group forming in Louisville.

  • Funds to cool homes melting

    More than 30 families in Spencer County have taken advantage of a a new federal energy program designed to help them pay cooling bills this summer and the money already is just about gone.

    Gov. Steve Beshear announced Friday that $4 million in federal funding would be made available starting July 12 for summer cooling assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

  • Two-day fair preview starts Friday

    The Spencer County Fair officially begins this weekend, but don’t expect midway rides. Those won’t arrive until the fair resumes later this month.

    This Friday, fair-goers can enjoy a corn hole tournament beginning at 7 p.m. and then the main event at 7:30 p.m. with horse pulls on the dirt track.

    Saturday’s events include the antique tractor pull at 6 p.m., followed by the Coca-Cola Youth Talent show at 7 p.m. Also at 7 p.m. will be the 4H/FFA swine show and capping off the night are more horse pulls at 7:30 p.m.

  • Trails event proves Taylorsville is no dark horse

    Taylorsville is well on the way to shedding its reputation as a one-horse town when it comes to equestrian tourism.

    An estimated 100 trail riders, horse owners, and equine enthusiasts from ages three to 80 assembled at Taylorsville Lake State Park Saturday to enjoy a full day of fun and fundraising in commemoration of Celebrate Kentucky Trails Day, a state-wide holiday that is only a year old.

  • Young cancer patients enjoy day at the lake

    While yesterday morning’s relentless downpours  kept most people indoors, nearly one hundred courageous youngsters with cancer jumped into their swim wear and ponchos and headed for Taylorsville Lake.

    Since 1981, dozens of kids hailing from around Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio have come together every year for Indian Summer Camp, a free, week-long, non-profit program that is meant to improve the quality of life and raise the spirits of kids who are currently battling cancer or who have beaten the illness.

  • New city park proposal

    Taylorsville commissioners are looking into the idea of building a small park across from city hall. The proposal, presented by Main Street Committee Chairman John Shircliffe, included a long, meandering sidewalk with benches and a clock tower anchored by a short, brick wall.

    “I’d like to donate that clock as part of the effort,” Shircliffe told commissioners at last Tuesday’s meeting.

  • CUB's Hayes steps down

    Citizens Union Bank and its parent company, Citizens Union Bancorp, each has a new board chairman following the resignation of Dr. Edward B. Hayes of Shelbyville.

    Hayes, chairman of both boards since 1993, will be succeeded by Steven Barker, who will take over as chairman of the company’s board, and by Stephen Solomon, who will take over as chairman of the bank’s board. Both are longtime board members.

  • Kentucky utility to change its vegetation management

    The Kentucky Public Service Commission today released the reports from its investigation into Kentucky Power Co. (American Electric Power) after the outages following the December 2009 snow storm in eastern Kentucky.

    The PSC, according to a press release, found the utility paid more attention to clearing vegetation from lines nearest substations. As a result, customers living farther from substations are more likely to have their electric power interrupted.

  • City receives safety grant

    Taylorsville was recently awarded a $2,600 safety grant from the Kentucky League of Cities Insurance Services.

    “It’s a blessing in tough economic times,” said Mayor Don Pay. “Safety is one of those issues you don’t want to skimp on.”

    City officials will use a small portion of the funds to purchase protective hearing equipment for  employees, while the rest will benefit the general public in the form of traffic cones, barricades, traffic warning signs and flashing lights.