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  • County budget restores $22,000 to Sheriff’s office

    A little compromise ended a three-hour Fiscal Court budget meeting Wednesday morning, with the court agreeing to send $22,000 back to the Sheriff’s Office before approving the first reading of the 2016-17 county budget.

    The court voted 4-2 to approve the first reading of the budget, following an earlier vote to add the money to the Sheriff’s Office. That money wouldn’t automatically go to the sheriff’s salary cap, which has been a major point of contention on the court in recent months.

  • Survivor Story - Cancer a ‘gift’ in ‘ugly package’


    On a rolling farm that straddles Spencer County’s southern border, Lillie Shelburne maintains a lively hilltop flowerbed.

    Across a driveway from her home, the lush, bright plants bloom in testament to a dedicated gardener.

    After operating a dairy farm alongside her husband, Edwin Shelburne, day in and day out for decades, and after 16 years as a bookkeeper at Bloomfield City Hall, Shelburne has found her second or third wind.

  • Board debates usefulness of parent/staff survey


    The Spencer County Board of Education Monday night discussed the usefulness of a recent survey of school parents and staff. Board member Lynn Shelburne called into question Superintendent Chuck Adams’ handling of the survey results.

    “If you read through the comments from the staff,” she said, “and you read through the comments from the parents, that’s where you get down to, I feel like, the nitty gritty of feelings of how the district is. And I wonder how that information is being used.”

  • County Democrats “feel the Bern”

    A small majority of Spencer County Democrats “feel the Bern” according to last week’s primary voting that showed Democratic candidate for President Bernie Sanders getting 51.17 percent of the vote in the county, compared to 42.73 percent for Hillary Clinton.

    Sanders racked up 806 votes in the county, Clinton received 673, and 67 voters marked “uncommitted.”

  • Police bust high-end theft ring


    It wasn’t a typical small town purse snatching that led to three Taylorsville residents being arrested Monday. A theft ring involving high-priced handbags from the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass in Simpsonville netted the recovery of thousands of dollars in merchandise following a three week investigation.

  • What’s happening - Week of May 18, 2016

    Outdoor movie and Reds mascot to visit Ray Jewell Park

    On May 20, S.C. Dreamers will be hosting an outdoor movie at Ray Jewell Park, showing “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (2014), when it gets dark enough. Free to everyone, all are invited.

    On June 14, Cincinnati Reds mascot Gapper will be visiting our T-ball and coach pitch teams on June 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m., and all are welcome to come say hi.

  • No change in restroom rules

    Spencer County’s public school students won’t immediately experience any changes to policy on who is permitted in which restroom, superintendent Chuck Adams said, despite a directive sent to public school districts Friday from the Obama administration.

    The directive threatens to withhold federal funding from public school districts unless they allow transgender students to use the restroom or locker room that corresponds to their gender identity.

  • Court meets today to discuss 2016-17 budget

    In-depth debate over the county budget is likely to take place this morning in a special called meeting of the Spencer County Fiscal Court. The court briefly addressed the budget during their regular meeting Monday night, but opted to set aside a special meeting to iron out differences before a first reading of the budget can be approved.

  • Survivor Story - Spencer man beat cancer - twice


    One day during his long career as a microscope salesman, Preston Jeffiers suddenly felt sharp pain in his collarbone while moving a large microscope up a flight of stairs.

    Jeffiers, now 74, who’s lived in the Normandy area most of his life, had also been noticing a lump on his right cheek. At the doctor, he heard news no one wants: “You’ve got lymphoma again.”

    That was October 2005. It was the second time cancer had come calling.

  • State now offering online license plate renewal

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has launched a new online application that allows motorists to renew standard, specialty and personalized Kentucky license plates. The new application is easy to use and is built in a mobile-friendly framework so motorists can access the renewal application from any device.