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Today's News

  • Fiscal Court solicits proposals for new EMS facility

    After concluding an hourlong executive session, the Spencer County Fiscal Court voted Monday morning to advertise a request for proposals on a new EMS facility.
    Magistrate Woodie Cheek made the motion, which was seconded by Magistrate Hobert Judd, and passed unanimously.
    Little was said in open session about the EMS facility, but Judge-Executive Bill Karrer’s proposed budget includes a new $225,000 line item labeled “EMS capital project — headquarters.”

  • Buckle Up Spencer County forms committee, to meet Thursday

    Buckle Up Spencer County, a group dedicated to spreading the message of seatbelt safety, is forming a committee to brainstorm ways to distribute its message and encourage others to wear seatbelts.
    The committee currently has five members, said founder Kristin Benham. The group will host its first meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at the TruPoint Insurance Office. Owner Kristen Smith offered the office as a meeting location, Benham said.

  • Police looking for vehicle in Nelson County burglary

    The Taylorsville Police Department is assisting in an investigation out of Nelson County and attempting to locate a vehicle that may have been involved in a burglary.
    "Be on the lookout for a green Ford Contour KY tag 050-DEN," a Nixle text message read Wednesday afternoon.
    A Ford Contour is a four-door passenger car.
    Chief Toby Lewis said his department is just trying to make contact with the vehicle for holding because it is a Nelson County case.

  • Library patrons can now search for, renew and reserve books online

    The Spencer County Public Library installed a new system that allows library patrons to access their accounts online. The system went live May 24.
    The system, Atriuum, by BookSystems, is web-based. All libraries use systems that allow them to track their collections. Those systems are proprietary, and the features and prices range widely.
    “Our main focus was patron accessibility,” said Debra Lawson, library director.  Atriuum will allow patrons to search for, renew and reserve books.

  • Kentucky expands seatbelt law to include 15-passenger vehicles

    Gov. Steve Beshear, joined by state officials and highway safety advocates, last Wednesday signed a bill that will expand Kentucky’s seat belt law to include vehicles designed to carry 15 or fewer passengers. State law previously required seat belt use in vehicles designed to carry 10 or fewer passengers.

  • Relay for Life starts Friday evening at high school

    It’s almost impossible to find someone in Spencer County that the dreaded diagnosis of cancer has not affected in some way. For those fortunate enough to be cancer free, most everyone has a story of a relative or friend who has battled the disease.
    This Friday night and early Saturday morning dozens of community members will gather at the 2012 Spencer County Relay for Life to celebrate survivors, remember those who’ve lost the battle, and fight back against cancer.

  • Local business owner, veteran remembered

    Nearly two weeks have passed since Spencer County lost a citizen that many considered a staple in the community as well as a dear friend. Patrick Patterson, 65, died after a long and complicated battle with cancer and heart-related illness. He was buried last Wednesday with an Honor Guard with bugle taps played and a three-gun salute.

  • Local voter turnout higher than state numbers

    Spencer Countians came out to vote in May’s Primary Election in higher numbers than turned out statewide.
    With a voter turnout of 22.28 percent, Spencer County bested the state turnout (13.82 percent) by nearly 8.5 percentage points.
    County Clerk Lynn Hesselbrock said there is no doubt what caught local voters’ attention.
    “The county clerk’s race,” she said. “There were so many candidates. It was a race of keen interest.”

  • Crusade efforts raise more than $24,000 for children

    Spencer County’s two fire protection districts raised just over $24,000 for the WHAS Crusade for Children annual telethon, which benefits special needs children across Kentucky and southern Indiana.

  • Ballots from heated 2010 election missing

    In Spencer County’s 2010 general election, three countywide races were won by fewer than 450 votes — Democrat incumbent Judy Puckett defeated now County Clerk Lynn Hesselbrock by 445 votes; current Sheriff Donald “Buddy” Stump defeated Democrat incumbent Steve Coulter by 278 votes; and current jailer Darrell Herndon defeated Republican challenger Ricky Dale Devine by 444 votes.
    In Taylorsville, which has a much smaller population, incumbent Don Pay defeated his next closest opponent, Lynda Huckleberry, by a slim margin of 48 votes.