Today's News

  • COLUMN: Sexist campaigns aren’t for me

    Marketing was not my major in college, and thus, I don’t claim to know anything about it.
    However, to my untrained brain, any marketing move that blatantly eliminates half of a potential customer base doesn’t seem to be a good one.
    Dr. Pepper recently released a new product that features “10 manly calories” and boasts the slogan, “Dr. Pepper Ten: It’s not for women.”
    Wow, OK, Dr. Pepper. Now that you’ve clued me in, I won’t buy your new product or any of the other ones.

  • Judges attend District Judges College

    District Court Judges Linda S. Armstrong and Donna G. Dutton, who serve Spencer, Anderson and Shelby counties, participated in the 2011 Kentucky District Judges College that took place Oct. 18-21 at the Administrative Office of the Courts in Frankfort. The AOC provided the judicial education program for the state’s District Court judges.

  • Audit finds three issues of noncompliance for former sheriff

    Former sheriff Steve Coulter should have “receipted, recorded and deposited” fees charged for auto inspections and should have better handled donated funds during his last year in office, according to State Auditor Crit Luallen’s report for the fiscal year 2010.
    The state auditor performs an audit and releases a report for each of the state’s sheriffs on a yearly basis.
    The 2010 audit noted a $2,820 deficit in the sheriff’s fee account, and recommended the former sheriff eliminate it.

  • Engineers make recommendations to city after sewer study

    During a special meeting last Wednesday, members of the Taylorsville City Commission heard the results of and recommendations from a sewer system evaluation study performed by Sisler-Maggard Engineering.
    The study, which was required by the Kentucky Division of Water, is a part of the city’s mandate to update its sewer system.
    Per an agreed order received from the Division of Water, the city was mandated to hire an engineering firm to conduct the study.

  • Student leads fundraising effort for orphanage

    Nolan Thompson has a desire to help people, and that desire is helping him reach all the way across the globe to Kenya.

    Nolan, a 10-year-old fifth-grader at Spencer County Elementary School, is heading up a project to raise funds for the Tumaini Center Orphanage in Kenya.

    In May, Nolan spearheaded a food drive project to benefit tornado victims in Alabama, so this isn’t his first go-round.

  • A ‘Hometown’ Christmas

    There are few things more inviting than a warm, friendly home decorated for Christmas, and some of those whimsical postcard-like settings can be found right here in Spencer County on the 2011 Christmas  Home Tour.

  • Spencer Co. man formally charged with assault

    As Denisse Escareno remains in a coma, fighting a new infection, the man accused of leaving her in that condition made his first court appearance on Tuesday.

    And even as Escareno’s family and friends have continued to rally around her fight to survive being brutally assaulted three weeks ago, her community has joined in that support.

  • Puckett retires as county clerk, Hesselbrock named as successor

    County Clerk Judy Puckett will retire from office effective Thursday, Dec. 1, and Lynn Hesselbrock will take office as the new clerk on that same date.

    Puckett announced her retirement Monday in a letter to Spencer County Judge-Executive Bill Karrer.

    Karrer read the letter aloud during Monday night’s meeting of the fiscal court.

    Karrer said he asked Puckett to attend that meeting to discuss issues regarding her budget.

    Puckett responded with a letter that said:

  • COLUMN: Chances to spread holiday cheer

    Close your eyes for a minute and go back to your favorite Christmas as a child. You can probably smell, if not taste, the cookies you left under the tree for Santa.
    You can probably feel the anticipation gathering up inside you. Maybe you hear the crackling of a fire place and feel your eyes getting heavy as you try to catch the man with a belly that shakes like a bowl full of jelly.
    My guess is that most of you reading this woke up that Christmas morning with toys piled so high around the tree you didn’t know where to start.

  • Doghouse Divided: Week 10 (the final installment)

    Five weeks later ...
    The weather was perfect for the Civil War reenactment. The Barkstreet Band was introduced, and we took the stage. I played drums, Bark played lead guitar, Brutus played bass, and Otis played acoustic. Five weeks ago, we thought we’d have to disband when Bark came to the house and said our lead singer had developed kennel cough, but thanks to Chloe, the show would go on.