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Today's News

  • Sneeze causes man to lose control of vehicle

    An “achoo” quickly turned into an “oh no” for one driver last Thursday.
    According to a collision report from the Spencer County Sheriff’s Office, Curtis D. Franklin, 49, of the 300 block of Jefferson Street, was traveling north on Elk Creek Road around 12:40 p.m. last Thursday, when he sneezed.
    “Driver said when he sneezed he lost control of [his Mercury Nautica Villager] and hit the guardrail/bridge rail,” Deputy Todd Tinsley wrote in the collision report. “Subject regained control and stopped the vehicle.”

  • COLUMN: 2013 legislative session overview

    Hello and happy New Year. As we start the New Year, so starts a new session in Frankfort. The 2013 session of the Kentucky General Assembly is 30 days long and is known as the “short” session. During the first week, both caucuses are traditionally busy choosing their respective leaders and making committee assignments.

  • COLUMN: I’d rather be safe than sorry

    Monday night I left the office well after dark and headed home just like I do every week day. But Monday was different because I ended up doing something I had never done before — I called in what I thought could have been an impaired driver.
    The driver didn’t cut me off and wasn’t weaving violently between the lines, but several things – including the vehicle’s slow drift into the median and slow drift over the right-hand line, speeds 15 miles below the limit and braking while driving under a clearly green light – caught my attention.

  • County has few DUI arrests over New Year’s

    Spencer County welcomed 2013 with a very low number of reported intoxicated driving arrests – perhaps a positive indication that local drivers are heeding warnings to not get behind the wheel when driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

  • Bruner closer to trial in beating case

    Mark Bruner, charged with the brutal beating of a woman left by the side of the road, was given a new court date Monday for still another status hearing as he nears his jury trial date of March 11.
    Shackled and wearing his orange jailhouse-issued jumpsuit, Bruner glowered at onlookers as he entered Shelby County Circuit Court and stood stoically before Judge Charles Hickman as his court appointed attorney, Melanie Lowe-Stratton, and Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Melanie Carroll reviewed the case.

  • Clerk’s, sheriff’s office salary budgets to increase by 3 percent

    The Spencer County Clerk’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office will each see a three percent increase in their salary budgets for deputies, assistants and other employees.
    That increase is two percent less than what County Clerk Lynn Hesselbrock sought for her 2013 budget and in line with what Sheriff Donald “Buddy” Stump had requested.
    The salaries of the clerk and the sheriff are not included in their respective budgets.

  • Celebrating to remember

    An estimated 50 to 75 friends and family members of Shelby Bockting and Michaella ‘Mikie’ Monroe gathered at Valley Cemetery on Sunday to celebrate what would have been Bockting’s 18th birthday.

    Bockting and Monroe were Spencer County High School juniors when they were killed Jan. 18, 2012, in a one-vehicle automobile accident on Mike Brown Road. The crowd released balloons containing special messages to the girls at 3:15 p.m., approximately the time the girls died.

  • COLUMN: The man who had everything? Well, not quite.

  • Taylorsville Police Citations: Jan. 2 edition

    Taylorsville Police Department arrests and citations issued Dec. 11 through Dec. 21:

    Joshua M. Waldridge, 34, of Miller Road, was cited Dec. 11 for speeding 16 mph over the limit.

    Garland K. Travis, 30, of Hickory Ridge Road, was cited Dec. 12 for no registration plates and operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license.

    Michael J. Smith, 52, of West Main Street, was served Dec. 13 with a Jefferson County District Court summons for menacing and harassment - physical contact - no injury.

  • Public Record: Grand jury indictments - Dec. 6

    The following indictments were handed down by a Spencer County Grand Jury on Dec. 6, 2012:

    Count 1: On or about Aug. 16, 2012, in Spencer County, William R. Goodwin, 33, of the 3700 block of Kings Church Road, Taylorsville, committed the offense of operating a motor vehicle while his license was revoked or suspended for driving under the influence, third or subsequent offense, by operating a motor vehicle for at least a third time within a five-year period while his license was revoked or suspended for a violation of KRS 189A.010.