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Today's News

  • COLUMN: No matter the diction, recycling is best

    When we use our normal English in conversation, we have a mental picture of the noun or pronoun we use for descriptive purposes.
    For example, “to,” “too” and “two” are all pronounced the same, but have totally different meanings.
    Therefore, consider the word “waste.” We can say the word identifies that which is left after we finish using an item (i.e., potato peelings, worn out brooms, tires, etc.).

  • Local volunteers needed at Spencer Senior Center

    Multi-Purpose CAA has many senior support services and activities. They are in need of volunteers to help at the Senior Center with crafts, games, and various other projects. The Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency provides meals to senior citizens at our facility and home delivered meals to senior citizens through the Spencer County Senior Life Enrichment Center. Please contact Linda Keeling at 477-8296 for further information.

  • A reason to Relay

    Editor’s note: As the Spencer County Relay for Life approaches, the paper is featuring submissions from local relayers and their reasons for participating in The Relay for Life.

  • POLL: Should the fiscal court add another magistrate?

    Do you think Spencer County has grown enough to have six magistrates instead of five?

    Click here to vote!

  • 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.