Local News

  • School board roundtable discussions with SBDM councils reveal concerns, positive areas

    A November roundtable discussion that included each Spencer County Schools’ Site-Based Decision Making Council and the Board of Education solidified what have already been hot topics of discussion and concern for many district administrators, faculty and staff: Teacher pay is stagnant, class sizes are often too large and math and reading need special attention district wide.

  • Families receive turkey dinners from Bullitt/Spencer County Red Cross

    The Bullitt/Spencer County American Red Cross Disaster Services team members are on call every hour of every day to assist those in need during an emergency.
    Volunteers arrive on the scene of emergencies such as house fires, offering whatever immediate assistance they can to families in their most critical time of need.
    At Thanksgiving the Red Cross shows that they haven’t forgotten those families. This year 36 Bullitt and Spencer County families received turkey dinners from the agency.

  • Sheriff’s Office receives new weapons, emergency vehicles through federal support program

    The Spencer County Sheriff’s Office recently announced that the department received new patrol rifles and duty pistols through the Department of Defense Law Enforcement Support Office Program.

  • School district gets ‘clean’ financial audit

    The Spencer County School District’s annual independent audit found no major compliance issues within the district’s financial statements and overall shined a positive light on the district’s procedures for handling its funds.
    Independent auditor W. Gilbert Brown of Bardstown’s Brown & Company Certified Public Accountants told the board of education last Monday that, overall, the audit was very clean and “one to be proud of.”

  • Property owners meet to discuss Taylorsville’s ‘floodwall’

    Property owners in the Taylorsville floodwall district met for the second time in two months last Tuesday night to discuss the steps that need to be taken to remedy deficiencies originally identified in a 2009 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers inspection report.

  • Spencer County named to Advanced Placement honor roll

    Spencer County is among just eight other Kentucky public school districts that have been named to the 2012 Advanced Placement District Honor Roll — a distinction that only 530 districts nationwide and in Canada received this year.
    AP courses allow high school students to get ahead on earning college credits. According to a Kentucky Department of Education press release, more than 90 percent of colleges and universities nationwide offer college credit, advanced placement or both for a score of 3 or higher on an AP exam. Students can earn a score of 1-5 on the exam.

  • New doctor in town also calls Spencer County home

    In an area that has been designated medically underserved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a new doctor coming to town is no small deal.
    Dr. Sven Jonsson, of Elk Creek, along with his colleague and physician assistant Melissa Thomas, have joined Taylorsville’s Baptist Medical Associates. Jonsson will make one of only two medical doctors practicing in Spencer County, although there are several nurse practitioners in the area.

  • Status hearing for man accused of first-degree assault in Denisse Escareno case moved to Jan. 7

    A status hearing for Mark Bruner has been rescheduled for Jan. 7 in Shelby Circuit Court, as well as a jury trial date of March 11.
    Bruner was indicted by a Shelby County Grand Jury on charges of first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence against him in connection with the beating of Denisse Escareno on Nov. 5, 2011.
    Bruner, 38, of Taylorsville was arrested 10 days after Escareno, 24, was found by passersby brutally beaten, stabbed and barely alive, on the side of Mount Eden Road about 2 miles south of Interstate 64.

  • Several local holiday events this weekend

    This week began with temperatures that felt more like spring than December, but whether there is any chance of snow in the forecast, the week will end with Spencer County beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
    Several community events are on this weekend’s schedule to kick the holiday season into high gear.
    Christmas in Mount Eden is set for Friday night from 5 to 9 p.m.; the Tree of Life choral performance runs Friday through Sunday; and Christmas on Main Street is Saturday with a full slate of events from 2 to 6 p.m.

  • Karrer: County’s radio tower still on track

    Despite rumors of the county’s radio tower project being shut down, the installation of the tower is going ahead as scheduled, Judge-Executive Bill Karrer told those attending Monday morning’s Fiscal Court meeting.
    Because plans for the tower came about during a declared state of emergency, some procedures that are otherwise required by law have been waived or expedited, Karrer said.