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  • State’s pension system may require $5.4 billion

    Kentucky’s General Assembly will need to find an estimated $5.4 billion to fund the pension systems for state workers and school teachers in the next two-year state budget, officials told the Public Pension Oversight Board on Monday.

    That amount would be a hefty funding increase and a painful squeeze for a state General Fund that — at about $20 billion over two years — also is expected to pay for education, prisons, social services and other state programs.

    There are two reasons for the dramatic increase.

  • Opioid lawsuit legal firms named

    Attorney General Andy Beshear Friday announced the legal team his office will partner with in the investigation and prospective litigation against drug manufacturers, distributors and retailers where there is evidence that they contributed to the opioid epidemic by illegally marketing, distributing and selling opioids to Kentuckians.

  • Property Transfers - Week of September 27, 2017

    The following property transfers were recorded in the Spencer County Clerk’s Office from the period of July 18, 2017 until August 3, 2017.

    Peter Scheich and Victoria Scheich, Taylorsville, KY to Kelly T. Countzler, Taylorsville, KY. Property at 457 Webb Lane. $152,200.

    Terry W. Ross and Tammara L. Ross, Taylorsville, KY to Austin T. Smith, Taylorsville, KY. Lot 8 of Clearview Farms. $78,000.

    Maureen P. Beary, Taylorsville, KY to Joshua David Jolly, Taylorsville, KY. Lot 20 of McIntosh Farms. Gift.

  • Tipton, Higdon to hold townhall about pension

    State Representative James Tipton, R-Taylorsville, will join State Senator Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, for a townhall meeting at 6 p.m. on September 26 at the Spencer County Middle School Auditorium.

    The two legislators will talk about an upcoming special session to deal with the pension issue that impacts teachers, and state and local government workers across Kentucky.

  • CHI buys Shelbyville hospital

    On Sept. 1, Catholic Health Initiatives became the “sole sponsor” or owner of KentuckyOne Health, when the parent company bought out The Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence’s interests in a $150 million deal.

    The decision concludes a five-year relationship as joint sponsors of KentuckyOne Health.

  • What’s Happening - Week of September 20, 2017

    Spencer County Animal Shelter dinner fundraiser

    Spencer County Animal Shelter’s 2nd Annual Dinner Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, November 11, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the Spencer County Extension Service at 100 Oak Tree Way, Taylorsville. Tickets are $25 each (or) $40 for two.

    The evening will include dinner, entertainment, a silent auction and door prizes.

  • Influx of flood damaged cars could be headed to Kentucky

    While Kentucky has not been directly affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the Commonwealth could soon experience flooding of another kind: a rise in flood-damaged vehicles. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Department of Vehicle Regulation (DVR) is preparing for an influx of title requests for vehicles that have been deemed a total loss due to natural disaster damage in states such as Florida and Texas, then brought to Kentucky to be “rebuilt.”

  • House fire intentionally set

     

    A vacant house on Bloomfield Road (KY 55) just south of Taylorsville, was completely destroyed by flames Saturday night. Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Chief Nathan Nation said investigators think the fire was intentionally set and the incident was being investigated by Kentucky State Police arson investigators. The home was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived and Nation said firefighters extinguished the flames and worked to save surrounding buildings. There were no injuries sustained in the blaze.

  • Shelter supporters demand answers

    Workers and volunteers for the Spencer County Animal Shelter came to fiscal court Monday night demanding some answers as to when they will be getting a new shelter they say was promised a few months ago during budget discussions.

    The item was not on the agenda Monday, but during a time set aside for citizen comments, animal control officer Tabitha Pickens spoke up and said she and other volunteers who have worked to raise funds for the new shelter deserve to know where the county stands on moving forward.

  • Program preps students for the workforce

     

    A four-year liberal arts degree is no longer the surest path to success for high school graduates. More and more students are looking to head straight to the job market and a new program at Spencer County High School will help prepare students for the workforce, whether it’s with or without a college diploma.

    Brandy Scott, College and Career Coach at Spencer County High School, outlined the new Work Ethic Program at a recent board of education meeting, and said last week they hope to implement the program after fall break.