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  • War on drugs far from over

     

    A little more than 20 years ago, the average age of a person becoming addicted to drugs was 27. Today, that’s fallen to 17. Craig Phillips, a prevention specialist with Seven Counties Services and a former drug task force officer with the Russellville City Police, shared that sobering statistic to parents, educators and others who attended last Thursday’s town hall meeting on drugs and youth.

  • Motion questions legality of warrant in drug case

    A Spencer County man accused of running the county’s largest-ever marijuana growth operation has filed a motion to suppress evidence.

    Jackson Kelly Ragan, 44, of 1230 Wilsonville Road, was indicted last August on charges of cultivating five or more marijuana plants, trafficking in marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • New Salt River bridge progress

     

    Little work has been done on the new Salt River bridge over the past several weeks. Andrea Clifford, spokesperson for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said the contractor, Louisville Paving Company, explained that they have been waiting for better weather conditions for clay placement along East River Road. She said crews are expected back on the bridge this week on the $3.7 million project. The completion date is still set for June 1.

  • Leader of the band retiring after 30 years

     

    Thirty years ago, a college graduate moved to Taylorsville to teach band and general music in the Spencer County schools. Now, Peggy Pickett is looking forward to her retirement – coming next fall – and looking back on an eventful career.

    Over the course of three decades, Pickett has taught a sizeable share of Spencer County’s population. From the beginning, she’s seized the opportunity to make her classroom a place they’ll remember for more than music.

  • Board meeting dominated by accolades and accomplishments

    Late afternoon sunlight streamed into the Spencer County Middle School media center Monday as the Spencer County Board of Education held a monthly meeting replete with good news and compliments.

    “I can hardly contain myself with the information that I just received about an hour ago,” superintendent Chuck Adams announced. He said Taylorsville Elementary School is eligible for a federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant. That’s the grant that funds the Grizzlies Beyond the Bell after-school program at SCMS.

  • What’s happening - Week of March 20, 2016

    Strategic Plan session

    The public is encouraged to attend the Strategic Plan – Community Listening and Design Session, on March 31 at 6 p.m. at the Spencer County Extension Office.

    The Strategic Plan is an effort by the City of Taylorsville, along with the Kentucky League of Cities, to help the community develop plans for improvement to the community. This first session is to facilitate discussion from the public about areas that need to be addressed, and ideas for improvement.

  • Lee’s Quick Stop struck by a vehicle

     

    No injuries were reported, but there was some structural damage done to the side of Lee’s Quick Stop on Jefferson Street Tuesday morning after it was struck by a vehicle shortly before 9 a.m.

    Taylorsville City Police Officer Damon Jewell said the driver said his car jumped out of gear and struck the building. As he tried to back the car away from the building, the tires spun, creating a lot of smoke that filled the building. Firefighters from the Taylorsvsille-Spencer Co. Fire Department set up fans to blow the smoke out of the building.

  • Road access to Salt River now open to the public

    Road access to a section of Salt River above Taylorsville Lake is now open for vehicles in preparation for the coming white bass spawning run.

    The gated accesses at Palmer Road and Old River Road off KY 44 at Taylorsville Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will remain open from daylight until dark through summer, except for closures during youth and spring turkey seasons.

  • Mumps vaccination urged for college students

    The Kentucky Department for Public Health warns parents of college students to make sure their child is up-to-date on vaccination for protection against mumps, an infectious disease that has been reported recently at Kentucky universities – as well as other college campuses around the country.

  • Work on new 16,000 sq. ft. library well underway

     

    Before the end of the year, expect to browse through books and surf the Internet in a spacious setting.

    Work is well underway on the Spencer County Public Library’s 16,000-square-foot future home. Louisville-based Woodbine Construction Co. expects to finish the building by the end of September, project manager John Walsh said.

    Library director Debra Lawson said it will then take about a month for the library to move all its books, computers and other materials into the new space.