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  • Book touts Kentucky black history

    The roles of African Americans may often have been underplayed in history books about Kentucky, but a six-year effort to offset that has produced the first in-depth look at the state’s key African Americans and events.

    African Americans were among the earliest settlers of Kentucky dating back to the 1700s and have been an integral part of all facets of life in the state ever since, the new Kentucky African American Encyclopedia says.

  • Library design unveiled...


  • County joins Work Ready program

    Judge-Executive John Riley said he was somewhat embarrassed when he first saw the map a few months ago. The chart showed all 120 counties and how they were progressing in the Work Ready Community program, a designation that could greatly assist communities in attracting and recruiting businesses, industry, and most importantly, jobs.

    There were five counties that had taken no steps toward the designation, and Spencer County was one of them. On Wednesday, Riley and a committee of people representing the community, met to get the ball rolling.

  • City hikes tax despite late opposition

    It was no surprise last Tuesday when the Taylorsville City Commission voted to raise taxes. What was a surprise, however, is that it was not a unanimous vote.

    In previous discussions on the tax rate, there was little discussion and no opposition to the proposal to raise taxes on real property from 16.70 cents per $100 of assessed value, to 17.50 cents.

    Likewise, the taxes on personal property was raised from 20.88 cents to 21.16 cents. Both hikes represent the maximum four percent increase in revenue the state allows without the possibility of a public recall.

  • Coyotes seen as menace in area


    James Beard said the large predator he shot on his property last Friday morning is probably a hybrid wolf, a determination he made with the help of a neighbor. Initially, he thought the animal was a large coyote, an animal he’s killed a number of times on his property in recent years.

    A hybrid wolf is the offspring of a domesticated dog and a wolf, and the animal Beard shot had no signs of being a pet. Whatever the exact breed, Beard said people should be aware that there are coyotes and other dangerous animals in the area.

  • Court seeks estimate for Tanglewood Rd.

    County Attorney Ken Jones told members of the fiscal court that they can legally adopt Tanglewood Road into the county road system, but members of the court want to know the full cost of doing so before taking action.

    In a long-running question about the road that dates back 30 years, when the county apparently cashed a road bond from the developer to do paving work, it’s now a matter of how much the county will be out. Judge-Executive John Riley said preliminary estimates he’s heard suggest it could be a minimum of $100,000.

  • State students scoring better in AP testing

    More students in Kentucky are taking Advanced Placement tests and scoring higher, according to data released this month from the College Board.

    The Advanced Placement program allows high school students to get college credit in more than 30 subjects, from high-level math and science to fine arts, if they score well on a standardized end-of-course exam.

  • Stats show 10 children died from abuse in ‘14

    Ten Kentucky children died last year from abuse and neglect and another 32 suffered life-threatening injuries, according to the latest annual report of such statistics from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

    The leading cause of death and serious injury from physical abuse remains abusive head trauma, in which children and infants suffer severe head injuries inflicted by an adult.

  • What’s happening - Week of September 23, 2015

    Project Graduation Chili Supper

    The Spencer County Senior Chili Supper to benefit Project Graduation will be held on Friday, September 25, from 5 – 8 p.m. (dine in or carry out) at the Spencer County High School Cafeteria. Tickets are $7.00 each and may be purchased from a SCHS senior or tickets will also be available at the door. Please make plans to attend.

    Main Street Progressive Dinner



    One Red Rose
    Lora Cheek Blue 1st
    Amy Taylor Red 2nd
    Woody Cheek White 3rd

    One Yellow Rose
    Martha Essex Blue 1st

    One Pink Rose
    Lora Cheek Blue 1st
    Hailey Brewer Red 2nd
    Paula Zolty White 3rd

    One Rose any other Color
    Woody Cheek Blue 1st

    3 Roses any color
    Lora Cheek Blue 1st
    Shirley Thomas Red 2nd

    Large Dahlia
    Shirley Thomas Blue 1st

    3 Dwarf Dahlias
    Shirley Thomas Blue 1st
    Ruby Thomas Red 2nd