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  • KSP urging seat belt use

    The Kentucky State Police request a unique Christmas gift from Kentuckians this year. They are asking for the gift of life. Simply put, they want motorists to wear their seat belts every time they get in their vehicle.

    Sgt. Michael Webb, spokesperson for the agency, says performing the simple click of a seat belt will save lives.

    “We are seeing an increase in traffic deaths in Kentucky this year and several of those tragedies could have been avoided if the motorist would have been wearing a seat belt,” says Webb.

  • A book of their own

     

    Surrounded by eager kindergartners, 11-year-old Valerie Pucko is self-assured. As she reads to them, their rapt eyes meet her caring watch.

    In this Spencer County Elementary School classroom, you’d nearly take Pucko for the teacher. A few steps away, Jessica Wood is keeping an eye on her students. But she knows Pucko’s got this.

    Seeing that Ms. Wood is busy, Pucko rises instantly when the phone rings. Without missing a beat, she takes the call and relays information from it to the appropriate student.

  • Teen’s birthday goes to the dogs

     

    When most families gather to celebrate a birthday, they bring cake, candles and presents. However, when the McIver family gathered to celebrate 19-year-old Amanda’s birthday Saturday morning, they came carrying dog leashes, cleaning tools, and compassion for animals that are often forgotten.

  • County considers 911 fee

    An added fee may be coming to local residents and businesses to help pay for emergency services in the county.

    During Monday’s fiscal court meeting, magistrates received notice that the Spencer County 911 Committee has recommended that the court consider an ordinance that would establish a universal fee to every residential and commercial dwelling to help fund the 911 operation.

  • Sheriff refuses to turn over ID equipment

    Without even discussing the looming Sheriff’s budget battle, there was no shortage of tense moments during Monday night’s Fiscal Court meeting, with Sheriff Buddy Stump once again denying a request to turn over a county-owned ID making machine he’s had at his office for the past year or so.

  • Board looks to cut cost of new school project

     

    As anticipation has increased lately for a new Taylorsville Elementary School, so has the project’s potential price tag.

    That has superintendent Chuck Adams concerned.

    “Now is where the proverbial rubber meets the road,” he said at a Dec. 21 special meeting of the Spencer County Board of Education.

    Initial estimates had the cost of construction at around $14 million, but the current plan puts it just under $15.4 million.

  • New year, new hope as legislature starts work

    As 2015 winds down, we are approaching a festive time to celebrate the birth of Christ and also look back on this past year while developing a sense of optimism for the new year.

    Christmas is often time to get together with family and exchange gifts in the same spirit that recognizes the reason for the season.  For many of us, the spirit of Christmas is a time of celebration, reflection on the good and bad of the year, and how our faith helps us celebrate those happy times and get through the low points during the year.

  • Library expansion project begins

     

    At the Spencer County Public Library, destruction has marked the start of an expansion project that’s been on the books – and in the dreams of readers – for years.

    The original cinder-block section of the library came crashing down Dec. 8 as Louisville-based Kacee, Inc. began making way for new construction. The walls of the now-demolished section had been starting to crack, said Stacy Tiller, the teen and children’s librarian.

  • Sheriff’s budget at stake

    With the deadline for Spencer County Sheriff Buddy Stump to submit his payroll budget to the Fiscal Court looming, the campaign to build support for services his office provides has begun in earnest in recent days with Facebook posts and petitions. Meanwhile, Judge-Executive John Riley is poised to ask for a substantial reduction in the amount the county subsidizes the Sheriff’s office.

  • Man indicted on rape, child porn charges

    A Spencer County Grand Jury returned the following indictments on December 10 in Spencer County Circuit Court:

    Cody Lee Cundiff, 22, of Louisville was indicted on one count of third-degree rape and two counts of first-degree rape. He was also indicted on 20 counts of possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor, a Class D felony. All 20 counts were dated to July 2.