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Today's News

  • Eliminate prevailing wage

    As a lifelong Cincinnati Reds fan, I’m conflicted.

    It’s great that former Reds player Ken Griffey Jr. was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame; 99.3 percent of the 440 ballots contained his name.

    Still, how could three of America’s elite baseball writers leave this former superstar – who hit the sixth-most home runs in history – off of their measly little ballots altogether, especially when doing so means Griffey doesn’t become the first player ever with a 100 percent Hall of Fame vote?

  • Gov. Bevin begins nixing kynect

    Following through on a campaign pledge, Gov. Matt Bev­in has notified federal authorities he plans to dismantle kynect, Kentuck­y’s health insurance exchange creat­ed under the Affordable Care Act.

    The decision drew immediate fire from health care advocates, includ­ing Bill Wagner, executive director of the Family Health Centers, a network of public health clinics in Louisville.

  • Pension, education reform among Senate priorities

    From the patriotic medleys of the 100th Amy Band to chants of citizens passionately advocating a cause, the sounds echoing through the hallways of our Capitol signaled just one thing – the 150th General Assembly was in session.

    After just the first week, Senate Majority had rolled out its priorities. It’s 13 bills that are a mix of both new and familiar. Many of the bills have been discussed in concept through last year. Some of the bills will even enjoy bipartisan support.

  • Wright sentenced five years on drug charges

    Shawn C. Wright, 44, of Mt. Eden was sentenced Jan. 7 in Spencer County Circuit Court for four drug-related offenses: cultivation of five or more marijuana plants, traffic in marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and another unspecified drug charge. Circuit Judge Charles R. Hickman issued two five-year sentences and a 90-day sentence, all to be served concurrently.

  • Dollar General suspect pleads not guilty

     

    The man police say tried to rob the Settler’s Center Dollar General pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Jan. 7 in Spencer County Circuit Court.

    Taylorsville Police identified Zachary Ray Allen Haydon, 22, of Mt. Eden, as the suspect in the Nov. 15 incident. He was indicted in December for first-degree attempted robbery.

  • Police officer charged in burglary of Simpsonville Police Department

    Two months after the Simpsonville Police Department was burglarized, and robbed of thousands of dollars, plus guns and drugs, one of the department’s own has been arrested and charged in connection with the crime.

    Simpsonville Police officer Terry Putnam, 54, was arrested in connection with the break-in at about 1:20 p.m. Wednesday, said Kentucky State Police spokesperson Bernis Napier.

    Although Napier would not elaborate on the specific circumstances surrounding the arrest, he did say that Putnam was on duty when he was taken into custody.

  • What’s happening - Week of January 13, 2016

    Chamber of Commerce seeking nominees for Citizen of the Year

    The Taylorsville-Spencer County Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting nominations for 2015 Citizen of the Year. Anyone in the community is invited to nominate a person they believe worthy of the award. Nominations must be received before Friday, January 22, 2016, and should be sent to Chamber President, P.O. Box 555, Taylorsville, KY, 40071, or emailed to president@spencercountykychamber.com. Nominations should include a short description detailing the nominee’s accomplishments.

  • Guilty plea in rape case

     

    A Lebanon Junction man who impregnated his former girlfriend’s then-13-year-old-daughter pleaded guilty Monday in Spencer County Circuit Court to first-degree rape and incest.

    Jamal Demetrius Hunt, 34, raped the girl in late 2013 in the Spencer County home of her terminally ill mother, where he was living at the time.

    The mother died in February 2014, and the girl’s baby was born that August. Police used DNA testing to confirm that Hunt is the child’s biological father.

  • Faithful for 150 years...

     

    The congregation began in the turbulent days after the Civil War, then survived not one, but two fires that completely destroyed their house of worship. This Sunday, Second Baptist Church of Taylorsville will kick off a year-long celebration of perseverance and God’s blessing as they mark their 150th anniversary.

    Rev. Charles Burton, senior pastor, has served behind the pulpit of the church since 1974, and remembers well the early morning hours of April 17, 1995, when a suspected electrical fire destroyed their wood-framed structure.

  • City can now force businesses to fix potholes

     

    For most of 2015, and even before that, motorists have been dodging potholes in the Settlers Center shopping center while some property owners have been dodging efforts by the city to mandate they make repairs. Those evasive moves may now come to an end.

    The Taylorsville City Commission last week unanimously approved the second reading of an ordinance that will allow the city to make needed repairs if property owners refuse to on their own, and then place a lien on the property for restitution, with interest.