Local News

  • New ISO rating could lower insurance premiums

    Residents within the Taylorsville city limits could be eligible for an insurance discount. The city was recently deemed a bit safer because of improvements made by the Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Protection District, the water department and the Kentucky State Police Post 12 Communications Center.
    According to a news release from the TSCFPD, the private liability risk assessment firm Insurance Services Office has changed Taylorsville’s Public Protection Classification from a class 4 to a class 3.

  • County fair begins Friday

    While some might complain that there are not enough local family-oriented activities in the area, that isn’t the case during the annual Spencer County Fair.
    The 2015 fair is scheduled to kick off this Friday and Saturday, followed by a full week of events July 21-25.  The fun includes rides, numerous livestock shows, exhibits, pageants, fun and games, truck and tractor pulls, ATV drag racing, a horse pull, talent shows, fair food and new this year – outdoor laser tag which is free with the price of gate admission.

  • Flooding soaks county again


  • Car accident claims life of 9 year old


    Owen Higginbotham will forever be remembered by his family and teachers as a bright, funny child whose life goals often far exceeded the norm for a nine year old.

    Higginbotham, a Spencer County Elementary School student, died in a multi-vehicle crash June 29 in Franklin, Kentucky. He and his sister, Taylor, were in the area visiting grandparents when the accident occurred. His memorial service was held Friday at Hardy & Son Funeral Home in Smiths Grove.

  • Bridge construction starts


    This time next year, commuters on KY 55 should be crossing the Salt River on a new bridge that will be constructed alongside the existing steel beam structure known locally as the “Blue Bridge.”

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced last week that it awarded the contract to build the new concrete bridge to Louisville Paving Company, at a cost of $3.7 million. The bridge will be built next to the blue bridge and work was slated to begin this week, with the construction scheduled to be completed by June 1, 2016.

  • Payroll issues may prompt review of code

    The Spencer County Fiscal Court needs to update its administrative code in order to address issues revealed in recent audits and brought forth by County Clerk Lynn Hesselbrock during Monday’s meeting.

    At issue are payroll concerns that include the county paying employees for sick time accrued when they leave the job, questions about vacation pay and other issues that have drawn comments from the state auditor each of the last three years.

  • County hopes to revive economic development

    Economic development was on the minds of members of the Spencer County Fiscal Court Monday morning as Hal Goode, President/CEO of the Kentucky Association for Economic Development, talked about the need for strategic planning and utilizing resources to move the county forward.

    Goode, who is also a magistrate in Washington County, said he’s familiar with the challenges rural counties face, but said there are resources and strategies available to help Spencer County attract more businesses and increase the tax base.

  • No fix yet for potholes

    The potholes that have made several access roads in and out of Settler’s Center seem more like an obstacle course, continue to get bigger. As of yet, neither property owners nor the city have stepped forward to fix most of the pavement issues.

    David Stevens has led a crusade of sorts on social media, most notably Facebook, to draw attention to the issue. He’s used photos, humor and even poetry to generate concern and action, but the potholes just get bigger and he said it’s reached the point of embarrassment.

  • Riley, some magistrates declare they may not officiate any weddings

    Last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage across the nation, has put some elected officials in the legal and moral crosshairs over whether they will perform same-sex weddings.

    Locally, Judge-Executive John Riley said he has never performed a wedding of any kind as judge, or previously while he was a magistrate.

    “I choose not to perform any marriages and I made this choice long before this issue came up,” he said during Monday’s fiscal court meeting.

  • Register now for kindergarten at TES, SCES

    Kindergarten registration is going on now for Spencer County and Taylorsville Elementary schools. Parents and guardians should register now to receive teacher placement letters and supply lists, resource packets for you and your child and invitations to school activities this year.

    Parents should bring the following items to register:

    • Proof of residence, such as a current lease or utility bill — required

    • Proof of age, such as a state issued birth certificate — required