Today's News

  • Down, and give me 20!

    Deputies with the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department observe and coach candidates who have applied for positions with the department during a pre-employment practice test earlier this month.

    Sheriff Buddy Stump said his office offered the practice test to give applicants an idea of what the real Peace Officer Professional Standards test will be like.

    Applicants completed several physical activities, including push-ups (as demonstrated here), running and weight lifting. Nine applicants went through the mock test, Stump said.

  • Growth to result in redistricting county

    Spencer County’s recent growth, as determined by the 2010 census, will most likely result in the redistricting of the county.
    “There will be redistricting,” said Judge-Executive Bill Karrer. “How dramatic that is, I don’t know.”
    Spencer County’s population is now 17,061 — which is a 45 percent increase from the 2000 census.
    Currently, the county is divided into five districts: Taylorsville, Waterford, Elk Creek, Campbranch and Little Mount/Mount Eden.

  • Adams gets new contract, benefits

    In what resulted in another controversial discussion surrounding Spencer County Schools Superintendent Chuck Adams’ contract, the board approved Thursday night the salary and benefits package that would be available to the superintendent during his next four years.
    Board members voted 3-2 to approve Adams contract, which included a yearly salary no less than $125,066, with the option to increase salary via a contract amendment.

  • State’s Medicaid cuts leave a bloody wound

    Yes, a deal was struck on how to fund the shortfall in the state’s Medicaid budget, but there appears to have been little closure on the issue – at least from Spencer County’s elected delegates.
    In a complicated and politically charged process, the Medicaid cuts were passed by the General Assembly last week, but the budget adjustments made to accommodate the $166 million shortfall were hardly those Republican lawmakers said they thought they were passing.

  • Emergency operations plan nears completion

    Efforts to update the city and county’s Emergency Operations Plan are moving quickly, with officials aiming to have the plan ready for approval at the state level by Friday.
    “Y’all are doing great,” John Bastin, the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management area coordinator, told officials at an emergency planning meeting March 18. “I’m surprised it’s come along this fast.”

  • County employee insurance rates go up

    The Spencer County Fiscal Court voted Monday to stick with its current insurance company despite an increase in rates.
    Most county employees who take the available insurance, provided through Humana, opt for the single plan, the total cost of which increased from $391.08 per month to $499.49 — an extra $108.41.
    However, other quotes received by the fiscal court were even more expensive, Judge-Executive Bill Karrer said during Monday’s special meeting.


    Kentucky State Police seized 85 marijuana plants March 22 from a home on Woodlawn Drive in Spencer County.

    Johnny Allen Norton of Taylorsville was arrested and charged with cultivating marijuana over five plants.

    KSP narcotics detectives were notified of a possible indoor grow in Spencer County by Jeffersontown narcotics detectives, according to a news release.

    Detectives from both departments went to the residence and obtained consent to search inside.

  • City park project gets $20,000 in grants

    Citizens are $20,000 closer to having a park on Taylorsville Road thanks to two grants recently awarded to the Taylorsville Main Street Program to start the city park project.

  • Accused killer to stand trial in November

    The man charged with slicing his girlfriend’s throat and stuffing her body into a trash bag snarled at her family members when entering Anderson Circuit Court on Tuesday morning.

  • County grows, city shrinks?

    Spencer County was once again Kentucky’s fastest growing county, but the population in the City of Taylorsville appears to be shrinking, according to the latest census data released last week.
    With a population of 17,061, Spencer County showed the most growth — 45 percent — in Kentucky from 2000 to 2010, Judge-Executive Bill Karrer told magistrates at Monday night’s fiscal court meeting.