Local News

  • Efforts to fight litter gear up


    Spring has sprung in Spencer County and the colors are beginning to pop.

    Unfortunately, many of the bright colors lining our roadsides are not the result of flowers and buds on the trees, but rather beer cans, fast food wrappers and a wide assortment of trash that’s been carelessly discarded over the past several months.

    It’s not just unsightly, it can be repelling to visitors and potential businesses.

  • Taylorsville Police arrest reports

    Taylorsville City Police reported the following activity last week:

    • Arrested Joshua Barnett, age 22, of Bloomfield, on a Nelson County warrant for nonpayment of fines and two counts of failure to appear.

    • Arrested Lynnsay Haymond, of Shelbyville, age 22, for possession of a controlled substance 1st offense, and public intoxication.

    • Served a Henry County Circuit Court probation violation warrant on John McKinley, age 25, of Taylorsville.

  • Spencer students eligible for in-state tuition at IUS

    Spencer County residents are now eligible to receive in-state tuition at Indiana University Southeast.

    Spencer is the seventh Kentucky county to be added to the reciprocity agreement between Kentucky and Indiana.

    The two states have been engaged in tuition reciprocity programs for more than a decade, and the newest agreement, signed in late December, added Spencer to the current list of eligible Kentucky counties which includes Jefferson, Bullitt, Oldham, Trimble, Meade and Shelby.

  • What’s happening - Week of March 16, 2016

    Sheriff’s Office to be open Saturday, March 19

    The Spencer County Sheriff’s Office will be open on March 19 and will be closed on March 26.

    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.

  • Heroin overdoses on the raise in Louisville area

    Louisville police believe a mixture of heroin and prescription drugs is behind a spike in overdoses they’ve responded to this month.

    “There is something going, we believe, with the heroin that’s being used in our community,” said Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad. “We believe it is mixed with other drugs, and it is some­thing that is causing people to overdose.”

  • Certification paves way for more Main St. work


    Two blocks of Main Street in downtown Taylorsville are as charming as you’ll find anywhere in the state. The Main Street Commission last week got a boost to their hopes of extending that charm out several more blocks.

    The Kentucky Heritage Council recently designated the Taylorsville Main Street Program as a Nationally Certified 2016 Kentucky Main Street Community. The designation has been a long-sought milestone for programvolunteers and Main Street Coordinator Beverly Ingram.

  • Massie: Americans angry with establishment


    U.S. Representative Thomas Massie said Americans are justifiably upset, but thinks many within the Washington D.C. beltway remain oblivious to the rage.

    “The dissatisfaction in this presidential race is a manifestation of the dysfunctional in congress,” said Massie, a Republican who represents a portion of Spencer County as part of his northern Kentucky district.

    “I can see it plain as day,” said Massie, moments after he addressed the Taylorsville-Spencer County Chamber of Commerce luncheon last Thursday afternoon.

  • Fires destroy two homes last week


    Separate fires destroyed two homes in Spencer County last week.

    Late Wednesday afternoon, the Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Department responded to a house fire on Lakeview Drive in a remote area of southwestern Spencer County, not far from the Chowning Lane Boat Ramp.

    TSCFD Fire Chief Nathan Nation said the home was fully involved when the fire was reported at 5:49 p.m. on Wednesday. He said homeowners had left the home about an hour before the fire was reported.

  • 30 years for rape


    A man who pleaded guilty to the rape of his 13-year-old stepdaughter has been sentenced to 30 years in jail.

    In Spencer Circuit Court March 10, Jamal Demetrius Hunt, 34, of Lebanon Junction received consecutive sentences of 20 years for first-degree rape and 10 years for incest.

    “It’s the best we can get, apparently,” the victim’s aunt said after court was dismissed.

    Hunt raped the girl in 2013 at their Spencer County home, while her mother was terminally ill. Her mother died of cancer in February 2014.

  • What’s happening - Week of March 9, 2016

    Chamber of Commerce to host Massie

    The Spencer County-Taylorsville Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Congressman Thomas Massie for their regular monthly luncheon on Thursday, March 10. The luncheon will include Massie as keynote speaker and feature a catered lunch from The Tea Cup. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. The meeting will run from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Massie will also allow a time for questions.