Today's News

  • Local grocer Harry Goldstein remembered as firm but fair boss


    Harry Goldstein was more than just a businessman, he was a friend, a loyal employer, and for many young people in Spencer County, he was a teacher in the classroom of real life.

    Goldstein, who owned and operated Country Mart and whose ties to Taylorsville date back to 1966, passed away last Thursday at the age of 79. Since his death, many former employees have posted recollections on social media and people streamed into the visitation services at Greenwell-Houghlin Funeral Home to pay respects.

  • Mall’s teen restrictions take effect

    Several teens were turned away from the Mall St. Matthews on Saturday afternoon as the popular shopping center began a new program that required teens and pre-teens to have an adult escort during certain hours.

    The new chaperone rule, which also went into effect at Oxmoor Center, was put in place following a disturbance at the Mall St. Matthews a week ago. The restriction requires teens under the age of 18 to have adult supervision after 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

  • Sheriff’s budget vote fails

    Spencer County Sheriff Buddy Stump said his office will continue 24/7 coverage and patrols for the time being, but couldn’t promise anything long-term following the inability of the fiscal court Monday to approve a payroll budget for his office.

  • Sunday alcohol sales inch forward

    Sunday alcohol sales came one step closer to reality in Spencer County Monday as the fiscal court read the first reading of an ordinance that would allow sales by the drink and package stores in the county from 1 p.m. until midnight on Sundays.

  • Floodwall repairs now underway

    The grassy mound of earth that shields Taylorsville from the Salt River is finally starting to show tangible signs of a long-deliberated upgrade.
    Spencer County Magistrate Jim Williams said he expects the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to get started sometime this year on a study to determine what repairs are needed. While that might sound like yet more deliberation, the study will serve as proof enough to the Federal Emergency Management Agency that Taylorsville is making progress on its levee.

  • 2015: Spencer County’s year in review


    Chickens, Bears, weather and local politics were the big newsmakers of 2015 in Spencer County.

    The battle over a poultry ordinance dominated much discussion over the summer, while late winter snows and spring flooding created headlines and havoc on at least four occasions during the year. Meanwhile, political battles often went unresolved, while the Spencer County Bears football team were the clear victors during an historic season.


  • Stay in touch during session

    As we usher in the New Year and the 150th regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly, I’m honored to represent your district. This will be my 13th year in the state legislature.

    During even-year sessions, we are required to pass a two-year budget for the commonwealth. It’s a tall order to pass a budget during even the most prosperous of times, but we’re committed to rolling up our sleeves and working together to adopt a fiscally responsible spending plan that addresses Kentucky’s most pressing needs. It’s a goal we all share.

  • What’s really threatening our security?

    All politics are local.

    While here in Spencer County, the debate rages about funding the Sheriff’s Office in order to continue their current level of 24/7 coverage, in Washington, our President is forgoing debate and was planning Tuesday to use his executive pen to decree new gun control measures.

    Both issues relate to the safety of you and I in our homes.

  • Tipton cites unfinished work; files for second term

    From failing pension systems for state employees and teachers to what should be done about Medicaid expansion, state Rep. James Tipton knows full well there is plenty of work that needs to be done in Frankfort.

    He also knows to be a part of that work, he must get re-elected next November.

    Tipton, a Republican from Taylorsville who won the 53rd District seat in the state House of Representatives last year, filed recently for re-election and last week spelled out what he says are the state’s major issues and how he hopes to solve them.

  • Pension woes will be priority next month

    When the 2016 session of the General Assembly convenes on January 5, the unfunded liability crisis facing our Public Pension Systems will be front and center.