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  • Agreement on levee reached

    An interlocal agreement to pay back funds secured for the levee project was reached last week and signed. Officials are now prepared to pay for a study to determine how extensive any needed repairs may be in order to have the floodwall certified.

  • Court approves gay marriage

    While Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states was not unexpected, the speed in which the changes were being implemented surprised County Clerk Lynn Hesselbrock. Within hours of the announced ruling, clerks across Kentucky were issued directives to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples immediately.

    “We’re still kind of in shock that this happened so fast,” she said. “We knew the ruling was coming, but it’s surprising that the Governor’s immediate order would come so quickly.”

  • GOP hopefuls say they’re tired of losing

     

    Republican candidates on the ticket for the general election this November said they are tired of losing. That was the consensus of many who spoke at the GOP picnic at the Spencer County Fairgrounds Saturday afternoon.

    Highlighted by gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin, candidates said they haven’t just tired of losing elections, but also on issues like gay marriage and health care, both of which were the subject of landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions announced last week.

  • Floating cabins approved for some Kentucky lakes

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued new guidance on floating cabins at its lakes throughout the Cumberland River Basin. The guidance implements Section 1035 of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014 that allows floating cabins at marinas on Cumberland River Basin lakes.

    Under the new guidance, marina operators will be able to rent floating cabins to the public who recreate on Cumberland River Basin lakes.

  • Solar eclipse could be boon to west Kentucky

    An estimated 50,000 visitors will fill Hopkinsville the summer of 2017 for a prime view of the first visible total solar eclipse in the United States in 38 years — but how the city will handle such a crowd is still up in the air.

    At a specially called meeting with the Hopkinsville-Christian County Convention and Visitors Bureau board on Thursday, members tried to come up with the best game plan to handle what is expected to be the largest tourism event in the city’s history.

  • National Park at Perryville?

     

    Boyle County Judge-Executive Harold McKinney says the idea of turning Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site into a national park is gaining momentum in Washington.

    While the designation is still “a long ways off,” becoming a national park would be a significant economic boon for the area.

    However, it would also mean organizers of the re-enactment would be required to find a different location for the annual event.

  • Students request LGBT club

    A small group of students appealed the Spencer County Board of Education Monday night for approval to start a club at the high school for gay and lesbian students.

    John Brumley, a junior at the school, spoke for the group as he addressed the board and talked about the need for increased support for LGBTQ students.

  • Hometown Proud..

     

    Nashville recording artist JD Shelburne, a Taylorsville native, returned home Saturday to film the music video for his next single, ‘Hometown.’ Shelburne made several stops at local landmarks during the filming including the high school baseball fields, Main Street, the blue bridge and more.

  • Agreement reached on levee repairs

    An agreement has apparently finally been reached on the repayment of a loan that will pay for a study and repairs to the floodwall around Taylorsville.

    There was no shortage of frustration, anger and even raised voices last Wednesday during a special meeting held between city leaders, county leaders and a representative of the Levee Commission, but in the end, they were able to work out differences that has delayed progress on the effort for well over a year.

  • Mt. Eden Fire Department raises $11,860 for Crusade for Children

    The Mt. Eden Volunteer Fire Department raised nearly $12,000 during the Crusade for Children earlier this month.

    The department, which is dealing with the construction of a new fire house after a devastating fire destroyed their existing building in 2014, collected a total of $11,860, which is about $1,000 more than they collected last year.

    Harold Herndon, a member of the fire district’s board, said he was pleased with the collection considering the small population of the community. Mt. Eden straddles both Spencer and Shelby counties.