Local News

  • Kentucky drivers urged to use caution over the holiday season

    The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) and Kentucky State Police (KSP) is reminding motorists to be responsible behind the wheel as the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign continues through Jan. 1, 2018.

    “While the holiday season is a special time to visit with friends and family, many of these celebrations include alcohol,” said KOHS Executive Director Dr. Noelle Hunter. “Drunken driving-related crashes are 100-percent preventable.  It just makes sense to plan for a designated driver before the party begins.”

  • Statue in state capitol will be first to honor a woman

    Move over Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, and other guy statues in the Kentucky Capitol. A life-size statue of a woman is on the way in 2018.

    Her name is Nettie Depp of Barren County, a pioneer in Kentucky education in the early 1900s.

    The bronze statue of Nettie Bayless Courts Depp is now being developed in the Lexington studio of artist Amanda Matthews, a great-great niece of the educator and the one who came up with the idea of a Nettie Depp statue in the Capitol.

  • A somber goodbye


    Firefighter, EMT laid to rest

    First responders frequently deal with death, but when it visits their own doorstep, they grieve just like everyone else.
    Spencer County EMS and firefighters have been battling that grief for the past several days and on Saturday, said their final farewells to Jenniffer Craig, a volunteer firefighter with the Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Department and a part-time EMT with the county.

  • Six indicted by grand jury

    A Radcliff woman who allegedly assaulted a police officer inside a Spencer County District Courtroom during an outburst, was one of several people indicted by a Spencer County Grand Jury in December.
    Aliyah Rushell Henry, 23, was indicted on three counts of 3rd degree assault, three counts of resisting arrest, along with one count of disorderly conduct and one count of criminal mischief.

  • Speed a concern on local roads

    The Spencer County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to patrol a new stretch of U.S. 31E in the southwest portion of the county that was the site of a double fatal accident earlier this month and has generated dozens of citations for speeding.

    The new road construction opened to traffic in August and has been prone to motorists using excessive speed, which has led Sheriff Buddy Stump to have deputies closely monitor and patrol the area.

  • Flu outbreak widespread in Kentucky

    Department for Public Health (DPH) officials, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), now report “widespread” flu for the first time this flu season.  Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state.

  • Lighting up the night


    Homeowners go all out for Christmas

    The art of decorating for Christmas begins with the premise that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

    For some, simple is better. A lone Christmas tree in a bay window, maybe accompanied by a wreath on a door is sufficient.

    For others, it’s about tacking up lights along the edge of the house, setting up lawn decorations, putting out numerous trees in nearly every room.

  • Battle over shelter funds

    A battle over control of funds for the animal shelter made it’s way to Spencer County Fiscal Court Monday evening.
    The court is holding about $16,000 worth of funds that have been raised for a new animal shelter. A recently formed 501c3 nonprofit group, Friends of the Spencer County Animal Shelter, has sought access to those funds, but there’s some controversy about the purpose of the money and the mission of the group.

  • Three more file to run for office in 2018 election

    Two incumbents and a newcomer have filed their paperwork to enter the 2018 campaign.

    Over the past week, Magistrate Collis Rogers, a Democrat who represents the Campbranch District, will seek a second term on the fiscal court.

    Reached Monday, Rogers said there’s unfinished business he’d like to see completed, which was the reason he is hoping for a second four-year term.

    “I’d just like to get a few things done that we’ve not had time to do or the money to do,” said Rogers.

  • Tipton saddened by legislator’s suicide

    State Representative James Tipton expressed sympathy and shock last week after the apparent suicide of his colleague, State Representative Dan Johnson of Bullitt County.

    Tipton, a Spencer County Republican who is seeking his third term in Frankfort, worked with Johnson in Frankfort, as the two men both represented portions of Bullitt County.

    “I’m just heartbroken over the situation,” said Tipton. “It’s never something you anticipate happening.”