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Today's News

  • Rains yield big tobacco crops, but burden growers

    This year’s tobacco crop could be a good one for area farmers, if they could just bring it in.

    The harvest has been delayed by rainfall–more than 10 inches above normal this year–and some farmers say they are two to three weeks behind schedule.

    “Not only are the fields too muddy to get in, if they’re cutting it and it’s standing in the field and we get a rain it could splash mud on it,” said Bryce Roberts, Spencer County’s Agriculture Extension Agent.

  • Bears botch last-minute win

    Last football season, down 21-17 with just over a minute left, Spencer County went 98 yards on a pass play –after a near safety just a play before – and then scored on a 1-yard run to beat Western Hills.

    Friday night, Bears quarterback Erico Smith connected with Brian Harris for a 19-yard touchdown with 3:50 left in the game, and it looked like Spencer County was going to come back on the Wolverines yet again.

     But this time, the Bears only tied the game at 21 and the Wolverines had plenty of time to make up for last year’s mistake.

  • SCHS Golf Classic

    Spencer County High School athletics will be hosting their third annual golf classic October 25 at Tanglewood Golf Club.

    Registration for the event begins at 1:30 p.m., with a shotgun start at 2 p.m. Awards will be given out at 6 p.m.

    The cost is $240 for teams of four. Mulligans will be available for $10 during registration.

    Prizes will be given for top three teams, closest to the pin, longest drive and longest putt. Must be present to receive door prizes.

  • Montell bill would overhaul state retirement system

    For years Kentucky Retirement Systems has been falling into a hole, and State Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) says it’s time to make some tough decisions to bring it out.

    One thing he wants the state to look at is Bill Request 86, which he prefiled for the 2010 session. The bill would change the retirement plan for legislators elected on or after July 1, 2011.

    “It would affect future legislators and change the retirement plan from a defined benefit plan, which is a pension, to a defined contribution, which is a 401k,” he said.

  • Forum airs pros, cons of alcohol sales

    Massive amounts of information mixed with a splash of opinion were served to nearly 90 people who attended the wet/dry forum Thursday night.

    Panelists invited to speak at the Spencer Magnet event provided a glimpse of what the county could look like if voters approved alcohol sales at the Oct. 20, special-election. Some spoke of hope in the economic opportunities that a wet vote could bring. Others questioned the potential prosperity and talked of increased crime and dependency.

  • SCMS student charged with having a knife on school bus

         A 12-year-old was charged with wanton endangerment and carrying a concealed deadly weapon Oct. 6. The Spencer County Middle School student, who’s name was withheld because he is a minor, was reported to police after an incident occurred on a school bus. Taylorsville Police Chief Toby Lewis said that the boy was allegedly using a paring knife to damage the bus seat in front of him.

  • Teen found with flask

       A Spencer County High School student was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of alcohol by a minor Sept. 28.

       The 17-year-old male, who’s name was withheld because he is a minor, was reported to police after school officials discovered he had a flask in his back pocket. Taylorsville Police Chief Toby Lewis said the container was about a third full of alcohol.

  • COLUMN: UK football clanks in time for Calipari and Pitino spin debut

    The clanking sound UK fans are hearing at the tailgate isn’t a Halloween goblin dragging a chain, its a trap door swinging open on your bowl bid hoops, uh hopes, and the doors swinging open to a stampede at Rupp Arena.

    UK football players still don’t understand climbing the SEC ladder demands touchdown passes caught, kick coverage done right, and realizing what makes yellow flags fly.

    Reality. At Kentucky in mid-October when leaves turn golden, the football team had better have four wins before the ball turns round.

  • Two Taylorsville residents involved in Mt. Washington crash

    MOUNT WASHINGTON–Two Taylorsville residents were seriously injured in a two-car collision Monday afternoon on KY 44 between Winning Colors and Emerald Drives.

    The accident happened shortly after 3 p.m. and left 47-year-old Donald L. Dunn with life-threatening injuries, according to an investigation conducted by Kentucky State Police Det. Terry Whittaker.

  • A MATTER OF OPINION: Alcohol a polarizing issue

    Six months have passed since the first person put pen to paper and signed a petition to legalize the sale of alcohol in Spencer County. Now with only six days until the special-election, voters on both sides who care about the future of this small community are waiting for Tuesday when they can finally be heard.