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  • Gov. Beshear issues 197 pardons on last day in office

    In his final hours as governor, Steve Beshear Monday night granted 197 pardons and six commutations to people sentenced for a range of offenses, including 10 women sentenced for violent crimes they committed after suffering years of domestic violence.

    Throughout his eight years in office, the Democratic governor said he received more than 3,400 requests for pardons that were reviewed over several months by him and his staff.

  • Magistrates discuss long-term goals in special session

    It was more of a wish session than a work session, but the Spencer County Fiscal Court met for nearly three hours last week in a special called meeting to discuss long-term priorities for the county.

    Items discussed were varied and ranged from economic development to parks, and from road work to improving efficiency of government. While there was no shortage of ideas, magistrates recognized that there was no easy solution when it comes to paying for these things.

  • Man arrested for Bloomfield murder

    A Bloomfield man has been indicted one day after he was arrested and charged with murder.

    Nelson County Sheriff Ed Mattingly said Rasheed Wickliffe, 18, was killed in an altercation early Tuesday morning after what Mattingly called a drug deal that went bad.

    Wickliffe suffered a lethal puncture wound after the altercation that occurred near the Bloomfield Post Office.

    After being in custody for questioning, Alexander Roberts, 18, of Bloomfield, was arrested and charged with murder of the recent Bardstown High School graduate last Tuesday evening.

  • Program trains future firefighters


    Seventeen-year-old Aaron Morris suits up in firefighting gear with the ease of a seasoned pro. He steps into the boots and pulls up the pants, throws on the jacket and zips it up. Then he fastens the air pack to his back, pulls the mask over his face and dons the hat and gloves.

    Today the Spencer County High School junior is putting on this gear at a relaxed pace. It’s child’s play compared to the two-minute drills he’s used to.

  • P&Z refuses to crack on one chicken per acre rule

    After feathers were ruffled last spring when citizens learned that Planning and Zoning ordinances limit the number of chickens Spencer Countians can own to one per acre, members of the fiscal court vowed to change the ordinance. However, the ordinance remains the same and during Monday’s fiscal court meeting, P&Z Administrator Julie Sweazy said the commission is officially recommending the ordinance remain as written.

    “The Planning and Zoning Commission believes that the community is best served by using the current ordinance,” said Sweazy.

  • Spencer native joins Gov. Bevin’s cabinet


    Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin last week named Spencer County native Vickie Yates Brown Glisson as his Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Bevin, who was sworn into office on Tuesday, made the announcement last week as he worked to fill cabinet positions.

    Glisson has extensive experience in health care law, business and government affairs, and Bevin cited all when making the appointment.

  • Murder-suicide claims life of Spencer woman

    Dentist David Sperow isn’t about to let the three children whose mother was murdered last Wednesday in Alton Station go without Christmas.

    A missionary who travels to some of the most dangerous places on the planet to assist orphans in war-torn regions, Sperow, owner of Lawrenceburg Family Dentistry on Main Street, jumped into action shortly after learning of the murder-suicide on Rueland Drive last week. The female victim was a Taylorsville resident.

  • Sunday alcohol proposed

    The Spencer County Fiscal Court appears ready to consider allowing Sunday alcohol sales, although not all the magistrates are on board with the proposal.

    Judge-Executive John Riley said he has been working with County Attorney Ken Jones to amend the county’s alcohol ordinance that has been in place since 2009, when the county went wet following a special election. Currently, Sunday alcohol sales are prohibited, as they are in many communities across Kentucky.

  • Small town on display


    Donna Bulf loves the small town life she found in Taylorsville after moving here from California with her husband, Ron, more than 20 years ago. However, during Christmas, ‘small town’ takes on a whole new meaning as she unpacks and displays her annual Christmas village collection.

  • One charged with murder after Bloomfield death


    Rasheed Wickliffe, of Bardstown, suffered the wound after an altercation in the area of the Bloomfield Post Office and 125 Taylorsville Road.

    The sheriff said his office was investigating a “drug deal that has gone bad.”

    Alexander Roberts, 18, of Bloomfield, was charged with murder in the incident.

    The Sheriff’s Office also questioned Trenton Lovvorn, 19, of Bardstown, but he was not charged as of press time for this edition.