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Today's News

  • Shop smart at the Farmers Market

    Farmers markets are flourishing.  According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 5,000 exist today. 

    We have a nice Farmers Market right here in Spencer County and it is opening up on April 24.  It will be held in the parking lot of the Sanctuary Arts Center in downtown Taylorsville.  It will be open from 8 a.m. until no later than noon on Saturdays and Wednesdays.  The first Wednesday market will be April 28.

  • Breaking ground for a new Habitat home

    1800 Little Mount Church Road.

    “That’s my address,” Melissa Davis said excitedly as she heard Spencer County Habitat for Humanity President Scott Street recite the location of her soon-to-be home. 

    Davis, her four children and many Spencer County Habitat for Humanity community partners and volunteers broke ground Sunday for the four bedroom, two bathroom home.

  • Community center update

    Proponents of a Spencer County community center say it could cost as much as $500,000 to construct the 4,500 square-feet pool and splash park, they envision as the crown jewels of a new recreational facility. The pool could feature a shallow-entry design to accommodate children and seniors, according to preliminary plans. A lap section could be utilized by more competitive swimmers.

    Costs could escalate into the millions to add other programs and services for the center.

  • Alcohol revenue meager for county coffers

    Judge-executive David Jenkins says Spencer County has reaped “very little” money from alcohol sales, since county voters approved a special referendum lifting prohibition last October.

    Six months later, the county has collected just $5,600 in initial alcohol and licensing fees, he said. Jenkins expects the county could collect as much as $6,000 from retailers through the fiscal year.

    Additional county revenue could be collected from property, occupational and insurance premium taxes assessed on those who sell and work around alcohol, he said.

  • Attempt to calm fears

    Developers defended their plans Thursday to build 24 low-income housing units on Turnpike Avenue, across from Spencer County Elementary School.

    Roy Lowenstein, vice president of Buckeye Community Hope Foundation, the Ohio-based company seeking to break ground this spring, attempted to suppress fear and anger from neighbors who complained the project will decrease their home values and attract undesirable, largely transient occupants.

    Once completed, Lowenstein said the project would be an “asset to the community.”

  • Justice dazzles UofL fans

    Weekend all-star game gems bring sparkle to basketball fans along I-64.

    Louisville. Elisha Justice gave Cardinal fans an eyeful in the Derby Festival all-star game. Mr. Basketball dazzled with numbers: dozen points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals, and determination. Walk-on? No, a steal.

  • Mt. Eden man hurt in ATV wreck

    A Spencer County resident was injured when he overturned his four-wheeler Monday afternoon in the vicinity of his home near Mount Eden.

    Officials at Spencer County dispatch said Dewey Case of 185 Murphy Lane was transported to Baptist East Hospital in Louisville and was being treated for a laceration on his head. The injury was not presumed to be life-threatening, an official said.

    The accident occurred shortly after 3 p.m. and clogged roads in the area.

  • Bye-bye burley

    Spencer County’s dwindling number of burley tobacco farmers are facing increased uncertainty as many are unsure if they will be able to sell their product this growing season.

    Many area farmers have yet to secure a buyer for their burley—if they find one at all. And that’s an expensive and scary reality for families who have relied upon burley as an important part of their livelihoods for years.

  • Preparing for the job hunt

    Joyce Baxter has been scouring the Internet everyday for jobs since being laid off as a supervisor at American Greeting company last June.

    “I’m not getting any bites,” said the Cox’s Creek woman.

    After two years with the company earning an annual salary of $50,000, Baxter said the loss of employment has reduced her family income by half. Even with her husband taking extra shifts and picking up jobs on the side, it is not even close to what the couple was making before the layoff.

  • Duke, Butler championship game redeemed college basketball

    Monday night’s NCAA Championship proves there is hope for a great sport.

    For the past year or so, I’ve kind of soured on college basketball. Not on the game itself really, but the false notions that schools must embrace so-called necessary evils in order to reach the highest levels.