Local News

  • Local grocer Harry Goldstein remembered as firm but fair boss


    Harry Goldstein was more than just a businessman, he was a friend, a loyal employer, and for many young people in Spencer County, he was a teacher in the classroom of real life.

    Goldstein, who owned and operated Country Mart and whose ties to Taylorsville date back to 1966, passed away last Thursday at the age of 79. Since his death, many former employees have posted recollections on social media and people streamed into the visitation services at Greenwell-Houghlin Funeral Home to pay respects.

  • Mall’s teen restrictions take effect

    Several teens were turned away from the Mall St. Matthews on Saturday afternoon as the popular shopping center began a new program that required teens and pre-teens to have an adult escort during certain hours.

    The new chaperone rule, which also went into effect at Oxmoor Center, was put in place following a disturbance at the Mall St. Matthews a week ago. The restriction requires teens under the age of 18 to have adult supervision after 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

  • Sheriff’s budget vote fails

    Spencer County Sheriff Buddy Stump said his office will continue 24/7 coverage and patrols for the time being, but couldn’t promise anything long-term following the inability of the fiscal court Monday to approve a payroll budget for his office.

  • Sunday alcohol sales inch forward

    Sunday alcohol sales came one step closer to reality in Spencer County Monday as the fiscal court read the first reading of an ordinance that would allow sales by the drink and package stores in the county from 1 p.m. until midnight on Sundays.

  • Floodwall repairs now underway

    The grassy mound of earth that shields Taylorsville from the Salt River is finally starting to show tangible signs of a long-deliberated upgrade.
    Spencer County Magistrate Jim Williams said he expects the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to get started sometime this year on a study to determine what repairs are needed. While that might sound like yet more deliberation, the study will serve as proof enough to the Federal Emergency Management Agency that Taylorsville is making progress on its levee.

  • 2015: Spencer County’s year in review


    Chickens, Bears, weather and local politics were the big newsmakers of 2015 in Spencer County.

    The battle over a poultry ordinance dominated much discussion over the summer, while late winter snows and spring flooding created headlines and havoc on at least four occasions during the year. Meanwhile, political battles often went unresolved, while the Spencer County Bears football team were the clear victors during an historic season.


  • Public Record - Week of December 30, 2015

    Judge J. R. Robards heard the following cases Oct. 30 in Spencer County District Court:


    Norma J. Brimm, (1971), riding on bow, etc. while motorboat underway; motorboats to be registered and numbered, guilty, $238 court costs and fines.

    Robert Cooper, (1988), assault fourth-degree domestic violence minor injury; public intoxication controlled substance (excludes alcohol), guilty, 120 days, two years conditionally discharged, no unlawful contact with victim, Kentucky Alternative Program, quarterly review, $163 court costs and fines.

  • Five in car die from floodwaters

    Driving from Kentucky to Minnesota, five people from Todd County drowned Saturday when their car was swept away by a rain-swollen creek.

    Todd County Coroner Timothy Wells confirmed the five people — whom he described as three adults and two children — were all family and from Todd County, but Wells did not release their names, as he said not all of their relatives had yet been notified.

    While police are waiting to release the names, an account has been set up at www.GoFundMe.com.

  • What’s happening - Week of December 30, 2015

    Spencer Magnet closed for the New Year’s holiday

    The Spencer Magnet’s office will be closed on Friday, January 1, in observance of New Year’s Day. The office will reopen at 9 a.m. on Monday, January 4.

    Spencer County Habitat in need of silent auction items

  • Bevin vows to disable kynect

    In the wake of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s executive orders which included taking away a minimum wage increase for executive branch employees and stopping voting rights restorations for about 100,000, the governor’s office had reportedly stopped print advertisements for the state’s health exchange kynect, but evidence suggests there’s more to the story.