Today's News

  • Fire damages Elk Creek home; residents uninjured

    An Elk Creek couple escaped their home without injury Sunday night after fire spread from a wood stove in the basement.

    Taylorsville-Spencer County firefighters contained the fire to the room where it started, Chief Nathan Nation said, but the fire caused smoke damage throughout the 506 Roberts Road home.

    Shortly before midnight, Keith and Debbie Nation smelled smoke, got up from bed and found the fire in the basement, the fire chief said. They went outside and called 911.

  • Heroin antidote saves lives


    Unconscious, unresponsive. The 911 caller is advising that her friend won’t wake up.

    It’s a dispatch all-too-familiar to local EMTs.

    For Spencer County Emergency Medical Services, responding to a heroin overdose has become a once or twice-a-week routine, EMS director Chris Limpp says.

    “In the past year, we’ve seen more heroin in Spencer County than I’ve seen in the rest of the time I’ve been here.”

    Three residents died from heroin overdose last fall.

  • Jeffiers honored as Chamber’s Citizen of the Year


    Deeds speak louder than words, and perhaps few personify that better than Connie Jeffiers, who last week was named Citizen of the Year by the Spencer County-Taylorsville Chamber of Commerce.

    Chamber President Gail Waldridge presented a plaque to Jeffiers during last Thursday’s Chamber Luncheon and couldn’t coax the recipient into any long, eloquent speech. Instead, Jeffiers humbly accepted the award, politely thanked those involved, and later that afternoon, was back volunteering with the Spencer County 4-H.

  • Bill would permit guns on campus

    Concealed carry of firearms would be allowed in Kentucky’s public schools, universities and government buildings under legislation introduced in the state’s House of Representatives last month.

    State Rep. Tim Moore, R-Elizabethtown, and three other GOP lawmakers are co-sponsoring the bill. He described the legislation as an anti-terrorism bill meant to prevent attacks similar to one in San Bernardino, Calif., that killed 14 people last year.

  • EMS rates increased

    The cost of falling ill or being injured just rose in Spencer County, as the fiscal court Monday night voted to increase rates charged by the ambulance service.

    EMS director Chris Limpp said rates had not been raised in Spencer County since 2008, and the changes were needed to help with the growing expenses the service endures.

  • Court remains deadlocked on sheriff’s budget

    The stalemate over Sheriff Buddy Stump’s budget continued Monday night with another failed attempt to pass his proposed $779,317 spending plan.

    The budget has been the source of much contention since December, and has generated much public comment, a petition and other shows of support for Stump, who says the budget is needed to continue the 24/7 coverage he’s provided to residents.

  • Annual Habitat dinner and auction


    The Spencer County Habitat for Humanity held their annual Valentine’s Dinner and silent auction Saturday night at the Spencer County Extension Office. The event raised over $4,600 for the ministry that helps families build affordable homes.

  • From our readers - Fiscal Court and its actions or lack of actions

    When the current Fiscal Court took office, I hoped for a conservative, responsible, open and honest court rather than the spending, closed and irresponsible actions the past court exhibited. Well I have been surprised by some of their actions and I admit the court is more open to comments and disagreement than the past Judge allowed from citizens. It was his way or the highway and if you disagreed with him you had to hit the road, but this court is open to citizens comments.

  • Community needs your ideas

    Wednesday morning, my wife and I are boarding a jet and taking a trip to see her sister in Seattle, Washington. I’ve never been west of Dallas, so I’m really looking forward to experiencing a region of America I’ve only seen in pictures.

    Visiting new places can be fascinating and just like people, places only get one shot to make a first impression, fair or not. So, from the moment we land, I’ll be taking in new sights, seeing new people and viewing a slightly different culture than I’m used to.

  • Children have been focus of week in Senate

    Hollywood stars, national organizations and winter weather greeted the Kentucky General Assembly during week six of the 2016 Session. With many guests, packed committee meetings, and energetic rallies, it was another exciting week in Frankfort.

    The national organization, Save The Children, which promotes early childhood learning, had its Action Network President Mark Shriver and actress Jennifer Garner testify in Frankfort on behalf of the organization and their work throughout Kentucky.