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  • What’s happening - Week of July 29, 2015

    Shelburne to host St. Jude charity softball game

    On Saturday, Aug. 8, country artist and Taylorsville native JD Shelburne will host his eighth- annual St. Jude charity softball game against the 97.5 WAMZ Country HAMZ at Ray Jewell Park.  The game will start at 1 p.m. and is open to the public. Before the game at 11 a.m. there will be a home-run derby to help benefit St. Jude as well, featuring Shelburne and some of players and anyone else willing to participate. There is a $5 entry fee.

  • Featherbed Hollow Road to close for bridge inspection

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 5 Office advises motorists of the upcoming closure of Featherbed Hollow Road in Spencer County. KYTC engineers will be inspecting the bridge over Little Plum Creek (mile point 0.1) near KY 1020 (Plum Creek Road). Featherbed Hollow Road is scheduled for closure on Monday, August 3 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

    Even though Featherbed Hollow Road is a county road, state transportation engineers are responsible for regular inspections of this structure.

  • Local WKU student researches climate change


    Western Kentucky University senior Tara Sorrels, an International Business major and Honors College student from Taylorsville, completed an internship this summer at the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network (IACN) in Akureyri, Iceland, under the direction of Embla Eir Oddsdóttir.

    During her time in Iceland, Sorrels also conducted research for her WKU Honors thesis on scenario planning for climate change within Icelandic fisheries, which she is completing under the direction of Dr. Leslie North in the Department of Geography and Geology.

  • Study: ‘Pill mill’ law has cut doctor shopping

    Kentucky’s prescription drug reforms from 2012 have resulted in a large drop in doctor shopping among addicts and a major decline in the number of questionable pain clinics operating in the state, a study shows.

    The University of Kentucky Institute for Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy conducted a yearlong review of the state’s “pill mill” legislation, finding a 52 percent decrease in the number of addicts who bounced from doctor to doctor in search of prescriptions.

  • CASA seeks children advocates - Mason joins Advisory Council

    Spencer Magnet Publisher Lynette Mason has joined the Advisory Council for the Court Appointed Child Advocate program based in Louisville – also known as CASA of the River Region, which serves Jefferson, Oldham, Spencer, Shelby, Trimble and Henry counties.

    Mason said she was approached by CASA Program Director Carolyn Smither about serving on the council two months ago.

  • Chicken owners speak out as new ordinance considered


    Raising chickens has become a family affair for Michelle Brewer. They have chickens they raise to produce eggs, and chickens they raise for show, all kept in neat, well-maintained coops on their two plus acres near Little Mount.

  • Flooding spurs talk of new park


    For the second time this year, floodwaters covered the baseball fields at Ray Jewell Memorial Park, as well as the soccer fields at Waterford Park. The damage wasn’t as severe as the April event, but it was enough to cause local officials to discuss alternatives for youth sports in the future.

    At Monday night’s meeting of the Spencer County Fiscal Court, magistrates and Judge-Executive John Riley spent several minutes talking about the impact of recent floods on private property, as well as public land like the parks.

  • Locals donate to E. KY flood relief as Spencer native leads rescue


    Spencer County has a close connection with the recent tragic flooding in Johnson County, Kentucky, that left hundreds homeless and four dead.

    Johnson County Emergency Management Search and Rescue Coordinator Brian Jeffiers is a Spencer County native and served as a volunteer fire fighter while in high school before graduating and relocating, Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Chief Nathan Nation said.

    “He’s been extremely busy this past week,” Nation said of Jeffiers.

  • Get prepped for back to school with ReadiFest

    Summer just started, right? But suddenly it’s already time to start thinking about sending the young ones back to school and Spencer County Public Schools os ready to help.

    The district’s annual Health Fair and ReadiFest is set for 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Spencer County High School.
    Students will receive free school supplies donated by area churches, businesses and organizations, said Vonda Martin, head of the Youth Services Center at the high school and middle school.

  • Widening of US 31 underway

    A multimillion dollar road widening project on US 31E aims to increase traffic capacity and improve road safety, but could cause some delays for local motorists traveling through the area.

    The project, which has been underway since April, stretches from just south of Whitesides Road in Nelson County and extends north to the Salt River bridge in Spencer County. According to a press release from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, “Increasing traffic capacity and improving safety are the primary goals of this widening project.”