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Today's News

  • County escapes brunt of storm

     

    Spencer County escaped the brunt of the massive winter storm that dumped more than a foot of snow on much of Kentucky, but what did fall was still enough to create some treacherous roads for much of Friday and into Saturday.

    “We fared pretty darn well,” said Spencer County Judge-Executive John Riley, who had declared an Emergency early Friday afternoon as the snow began falling heavily. “Thank goodness it was not as bad as it could have been.

  • Sheriff’s budget still unresolved

    No cuts in services from the Sheriff’s Office are expected anytime soon, in spite of the fact that the Spencer County Fiscal Court again failed to approve Sheriff Buddy Stump’s budget during last week’s regular meeting.

    “We’ll truck on,” said Stump moments after the 3-3 deadlock vote that failed to advance his budge request. “We’re going to try to do the right thing for as long as we can do it.”

  • Local businessman Jack Bennett passes

     

    Local businessman, volunteer and civic leader Jack Bennett passed away Sunday at the age of 92.

    Bennett was president of JA Bennett Inc., for many years, and ran Bennett’s Farm Equipment and Implements in Taylorsville with the late Bernard Lilly for many years. They were the only International Harvest dealers in the region.

    He was also involved with Bennett’s Gas, which is still owned and operated by members of the family. The family business dates back to 1875.

  • Board stresses basics in TES building plans

     

    After a period of robust discussion, the Spencer County Board of Education unanimously passed a motion Monday night to accept construction documents for the new Taylorsville Elementary School, with the option of adjustments.

    Justin McElfresh, a senior project architect with the Louisville office of Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects, gave the board members a stack of documents showing designs for every part of the building.

  • Troopers thanked

     

    KSP Troopers Chris Martin, pictured, and Laney Hall, were praised by the UK Markey Cancer Center this week for picking up and delivering medication for bone marrow transplant patients when the normal couriers were unable to get through due to the winter storm.

  • Fiscal Court votes to use time clocks to combat excessive overtime pay

    Most county employees may soon be punching a time clock as magistrates voted last Tuesday to implement those measures in an effort to stem excessive overtime payments.

    The action was sparked by Magistrate Brian Bayers who has been discussing the need for time clocks for several months in the wake of audits that suggest the county needs better internal control over payroll matters.

  • Kroger pulling some produce linked to listeria

    Check that Dole spinach, kale or salad mix in your refrigerator, and the Fresh Selections greens from your local Krog­er, among other private label brands linked to rare but deadly listeriosis.

    The products may contain listeria bacteria traced to the death of a Michi­gan woman and hospitalization of 11 chil­dren and adults since July, according to the Centers for Disease Control, which announced a multi-state outbreak of lis­teriosis Friday traced to a Dole process­ing plant in Springfield, Ohio.

  • Local band Judge Angus releases first full album

     

    Kentucky has produced some of music’s greatest names: Loretta Lynn, the Everly Brothers, Ricky Skaggs, Tom T. Hall and a host of others.

    In fact, one whole genre of music was born in and named for the Bluegrass state.

    Spencer County has certainly not been void of that talent, as just this year Nashville recording artist J.D. Shelburne released a new video featuring the city of Taylorsville.

    This week, Judge Angus, a band with several local ties, released their first compilation of original songs.

  • Agriculture - Apply for 4-H camp staff

    Even though it’s winter, it’s not too early to start thinking about summer camp or summer jobs. 4-H has a way to combine both. All 4-H camps are now hiring staff for the summer.

    Many opportunities for rewarding summer jobs have recently been posted on the University of Kentucky employment website.

    All staff members are required to be trained and certified in first aid and CPR prior to the beginning of camp staff training in May, before they can be employed by the 4-H camping program.

  • Agriculture - Naive honored by Ky Cattlemen

     

    A veteran Spencer County cattle farmer has earned a statewide honor for his agriculture leadership.

    Jim Naive, 85, was inducted into the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Hall of Fame at the association’s annual convention in Owensboro, Ky.

    “It’s rather humbling to me,” Naive said in an interview this week. “I’m not sure that I’m that deserving. But when I found out about it, I was very proud to be a part of it.”