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  • Inspectors tour levee; no new issues detected

     

    There are issues with the floodwall around Taylorsville, but inspectors with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said there are few which local officials are not already aware of and few that should be difficult to overcome.

    The analysis came following a walk-around inspection Wednesday of the levee that is part of the process born out of a renewed emphasis on federal monitoring of the nation’s levee systems. The ramping up of reviews followed the disaster in New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

  • What’s happening - Week of April 6, 2016

    Smoking cessation classes

    The Spencer County Health Department will be offering free smoking cessation classes. The class is called “Freedom from Smoking,” which is a program of the American Lung Association. The classes will last seven weeks, beginning April 12 at 6 p.m., and will be held in the Health Department conference room, located at 88 Spears Drive.

    Please call 477-8146 for more information or to register. Walk-ins are also welcome.

    Beat Diabetes class at Multi-Purpose CAA

  • Organ donors are life-saving heroes

    For more than a decade, the month of April has been about saving and healing lives. Donate Life champions across the country fill the month of April with powerful testimonials to demonstrate the lifesaving message of donation and transplantation. The goal of National Donate Life Month is to make LIFE possible by educating and motivating individuals to register their decision to be organ, eye and tissue donors.

  • Traffic fatalities increase across Kentucky

    Highway deaths in Kentucky increased last year, climbing from 672 to 761 in 2015, according to the state Office of Highway Safety and the Kentucky State Police.

    Despite the rise, officials remain focused on reducing highway fatalities.

  • The sky’s the limit: SCHS aviation class taking off

     

    By the eighth grade, Joslyn McMichael knew she wanted to fly airplanes for a living. With two brothers in the military, she’d been admiring aviation for some time.

    “After looking into it, I decided that becoming a pilot would be pretty cool,” McMichael says.

    Now approaching the end of her freshman year at Spencer County High School, she’s one of 13 students who’ve been taking part in the school’s new aviation program.

  • City police arrest two

    The Taylorsville City Police Department reported the following activity for last week:

    • Arrested Diana Peters, 46, of Taylorsville, on a Spencer County Failure to Appear warrant.

    • Arrested Andre Cardwell, 24, of Bardstown, for a contempt of court warrant out of Franklin County.

  • Money at the end of the month

     

    Spencer County Middle School’s 220 eighth-graders experienced a taste of what it’s like to balance a household budget last week during the school’s annual “reality store.” The students were assigned a monthly income based on their GPA, and drew for their number of family members.

  • Medical office reopens under new ownership

     

    After the retirement of longtime Taylorsville doctor Thomas Crain, a new primary care practice has opened in the Main Street building where he practiced.

    KentuckyOne Health, which operates Jewish Hospital, University of Louisville Hospital and other medical centers throughout the area, purchased the clinic from Crain. Melody Presley, a nurse practitioner who has worked in Frankfort, is seeing patients a few days a week at the Taylorsville clinic now.

  • War on drugs far from over

     

    A little more than 20 years ago, the average age of a person becoming addicted to drugs was 27. Today, that’s fallen to 17. Craig Phillips, a prevention specialist with Seven Counties Services and a former drug task force officer with the Russellville City Police, shared that sobering statistic to parents, educators and others who attended last Thursday’s town hall meeting on drugs and youth.

  • Motion questions legality of warrant in drug case

    A Spencer County man accused of running the county’s largest-ever marijuana growth operation has filed a motion to suppress evidence.

    Jackson Kelly Ragan, 44, of 1230 Wilsonville Road, was indicted last August on charges of cultivating five or more marijuana plants, trafficking in marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.