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  • Auditor’s financial tips for districts

    Auditor Adam Edelen last week released 75 recommendations to help school districts become more efficient and effective in their use of taxpayer dollars.

    The recommendations are contained in a report that was developed based on findings during the Auditor’s office examinations of 21 school districts since 2012. Districts are not required to adopt all recommendations in the report; however, they are encouraged to review and identify recommendations that could be implemented in their districts to improve fiscal oversight, Auditor Edelen said.

  • Childrens’ posture damaged by electronic devices

    Children are potentially causing harm to their necks and backs playing on smartphones, tablets and other smart devices for long periods of time.

    Societal changes mean children are staying indoors more, due to parents being protective, which leads to more technology use. Instead of playing in the neighborhood, children are more attached to electronic devices.

  • Lotto sales hit record, but proceeds disappoint

    There appeared to be more good news than bad Thursday, as the Kentucky Lottery Corp. announced that sales for the recently ended fiscal year 2014-15 broke a record but, on the down side, that the return to the state treasury was less than budgeted.

    At a lottery corporation board meeting Thursday at lottery headquarters in Louisville, the directors were told that sales for the year ending June 30 were $899.1 million — breaking the old mark set the previous fiscal year of $858.8 million.

  • His heart will go on...


    July 18 was a typical summer Saturday for Dylan Patterson. He had spent the day with his girlfriend and her family yard sale shopping, enjoying the pool and making plans to throw some burgers on the grill for dinner. He had no idea that he would be face to face with death and narrowly overcome it before the day was over.

  • Motorcyclist killed Sunday on US 31E

    A motorcyclist was killed in a three-vehicle accident Sunday on US 31E in Spencer County shortly after 2 p.m.

    According to the Kentucky State Police, 57-year-old Eduard I. Yerusskiy of Louisville, was operating a 2012 Yamaha motorcycle when he failed to negotiate a curve, causing him to collide head on with a 2009 Buick SUV driven by Laura Segars, 42, also of Louisville.

    The force of the collision threw Yerusskiy from the bike and he was then struck by a 2006 Dodge Durango, operated by Walter Carby, 46, of Willisburg, Ky.

  • Court split on tax hikes

    The Spencer County Fiscal Court appears split when it comes to potentially raising the property tax rates, and will likely have to make that decision at their next meeting.

    At Monday’s meeting, Judge-Executive John Riley opened the floor for discussion on the tax rate, which currently stands at 8.8 cents per $100 of assessed property value. It’s the same rate on motor vehicles and watercraft. Meanwhile, property tax rates set by counties across the state are generally higher, leading to some discussion that a small hike would not be out of line.

  • Parents working to revamp Project Graduation

    A few parents of Spencer County High School seniors are working hard to save the tradition of Project Graduation, despite waning parent and community support.

    Project Graduation is an outside booster event generally organized by class parents, students and volunteers that provides graduates with a safe, drug and alcohol-free environment on graduation night. The night is filled with fun, food and prizes.

  • West River Road closed for repairs


    Residents that live back Ky. 2885, also known as West River Road, are having to take an alternate route to and from Taylorsville through Friday due to roadwork that is correcting two separate slides.

  • I-64 in Shelby reduced to one lane this week

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 5 Office is warning motorists of evening lane closures on Interstate 64 in Shelby County this week.

    An electrical contractor will be installing traffic counting sensors in the pavement at mile point 35.9 near Shelbyville. The roadway will be reduced to one lane at this location.

    Lane closures are scheduled for I-64 East on Wednesday and for I-64 West on Thursday. These lane closures will take place both evenings from 7 p.m.-3 a.m. the following morning.

  • Tipton appointed to labor, local govt. committees

    Representative James A. Tipton, R-Taylorsville (53rd District), has been named as a member of the House Standing Committees on Labor and Industry, and Local Government. Rep. Tipton will also retain his membership on the House Standing Committee on Agriculture and Small Business, giving him representation on three House committees. Rep. Tipton was informed of his new committee assignments by House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown.