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Today's News

  • House pauses to honor six WWII veterans

    Frankfort was abuzz this past week, as the spotlight turned to budget negotiations, last minute bill filings, and movement on critical pieces of legislation.

  • Political anger is not new

    The video footage is dramatic. An anti-Trump protester is shoved as she’s being removed from a rally earlier this month in Louisville. A week later, a protestor is punched by a Trump supporter in North Carolina. This past weekend, a Trump rally is cancelled after supporters and protestors clash in Chicago.

    The common narrative throughout the media is that Trump supporters are angry, rabid and violent. I’m not sure that’s a completely fair assessment.

  • Spencer students eligible for in-state tuition at IUS

    Spencer County residents are now eligible to receive in-state tuition at Indiana University Southeast.

    Spencer is the seventh Kentucky county to be added to the reciprocity agreement between Kentucky and Indiana.

    The two states have been engaged in tuition reciprocity programs for more than a decade, and the newest agreement, signed in late December, added Spencer to the current list of eligible Kentucky counties which includes Jefferson, Bullitt, Oldham, Trimble, Meade and Shelby.

  • What’s happening - Week of March 16, 2016

    Sheriff’s Office to be open Saturday, March 19

    The Spencer County Sheriff’s Office will be open on March 19 and will be closed on March 26.

    Strategic Plan Session

    The public is encouraged to attend the Strategic Plan – Community Listening and Design Session on March 31 at 6 p.m. at the Spencer County Extension Office.

  • Heroin overdoses on the raise in Louisville area

    Louisville police believe a mixture of heroin and prescription drugs is behind a spike in overdoses they’ve responded to this month.

    “There is something going, we believe, with the heroin that’s being used in our community,” said Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad. “We believe it is mixed with other drugs, and it is some­thing that is causing people to overdose.”

  • Certification paves way for more Main St. work

     

    Two blocks of Main Street in downtown Taylorsville are as charming as you’ll find anywhere in the state. The Main Street Commission last week got a boost to their hopes of extending that charm out several more blocks.

    The Kentucky Heritage Council recently designated the Taylorsville Main Street Program as a Nationally Certified 2016 Kentucky Main Street Community. The designation has been a long-sought milestone for programvolunteers and Main Street Coordinator Beverly Ingram.

  • Massie: Americans angry with establishment

     

    U.S. Representative Thomas Massie said Americans are justifiably upset, but thinks many within the Washington D.C. beltway remain oblivious to the rage.

    “The dissatisfaction in this presidential race is a manifestation of the dysfunctional in congress,” said Massie, a Republican who represents a portion of Spencer County as part of his northern Kentucky district.

    “I can see it plain as day,” said Massie, moments after he addressed the Taylorsville-Spencer County Chamber of Commerce luncheon last Thursday afternoon.

  • Fires destroy two homes last week

     

    Separate fires destroyed two homes in Spencer County last week.

    Late Wednesday afternoon, the Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Department responded to a house fire on Lakeview Drive in a remote area of southwestern Spencer County, not far from the Chowning Lane Boat Ramp.

    TSCFD Fire Chief Nathan Nation said the home was fully involved when the fire was reported at 5:49 p.m. on Wednesday. He said homeowners had left the home about an hour before the fire was reported.

  • 30 years for rape

     

    A man who pleaded guilty to the rape of his 13-year-old stepdaughter has been sentenced to 30 years in jail.

    In Spencer Circuit Court March 10, Jamal Demetrius Hunt, 34, of Lebanon Junction received consecutive sentences of 20 years for first-degree rape and 10 years for incest.

    “It’s the best we can get, apparently,” the victim’s aunt said after court was dismissed.

    Hunt raped the girl in 2013 at their Spencer County home, while her mother was terminally ill. Her mother died of cancer in February 2014.

  • SCHS team makes a splash

     

    The swim team at Spencer County High School had only four members this past season. It’s what you’d expect, perhaps, in a small town without a pool in miles.

    But the four swimmers finished their 2015-16 season last month by each setting a personal record at the Sixth Region Swimming and Diving Championships in Versailles, Ky.