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Today's News

  • John Shircliffe: Citizen of the year

    John Shircliffe was named Citizen of the Year by the Spencer County-Taylorsville Chamber of Commerce Thursday afternoon, making him the newest member of a highly-regarded group of community servants.

    “This has been a long time coming,” said Chamber President Kerry Stevenson.

    The chamber president spoke briefly about Shircliffe’s accomplishments, including the success of the Main St. Committee under his leadership. Stevenson also touted Shircliffe as the driving force behind the renovation to downtown Taylorsville.

  • Habitat selects new leader

    With a year and a half under his tool belt as vice president, Scott Street has taken on the job as leader of the Spencer County Habitat for Humanity Chapter. He was officially named president of the local organization last week.

    Street said there are many aspects about building Habitat homes that he enjoys. Simple pleasures, like the smell of cut lumber and being able to create something of lasting value with his hands.

    But, it is the principals of Habitat for Humanity that really speak to him.

  • LETTER: People, not governments provide real help to needy

    As I was visiting a Shelby County church this past Sunday, the message of the week really hit home with me. You only have one life to live. What are you going to do with it? As you go through your life, will you “Make a Difference” in the lives of people around you?

    We are all aware of the earthquake in Haiti and the misery and suffering that these people are enduring and will continue to do for many, many years to come. Right now, it appears that the most pressing need is money to provide urgently needed relief supplies.

  • LETTER: Should we trust?

    Are we to trust a man with our future, sewers or otherwise, who can’t recall what he has done in the last six months and can look straight into a camera and say so. (Wasn’t there something about a Co-ed escort service as well?) Trust?

    I recall a lot of stories about those grant applications being written by a lot of people and I wonder how many were written by those taking credit.

    I bet the current economy has been on a lot of peoples minds when they think about looking at unemployment.

  • Bears off to best start in 20 years

    The Spencer County Bears continue to be one of the surprise stories in high school basketball, racking up two more victories last week to improve their record to 13-2 on the season with wins over North Bullitt and Trimble County last week.

    On Tuesday, the Bears welcomed North Bullitt, a team they had already played twice on the season, splitting games with the Eagles.

  • Church happenings

    Old Gospel Barn Gospel Sing 

    The Old Gospel Barn, located at 11286 Louisville Road (Hwy 31E), Cox’s Creek, will be having a gospel sing Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Performances will be by Terri Milby from Greensburg, and the Cumbos.  Admission is free. Plan to come and bring your family and friends.

    Senior Center activities

  • Kentucky basketball rises to No. 1 where it counts, Haiti

    Kentucky basketball climbed to the pinnacle this week.

    Polls. Associated Press, USA Today, Sagarin, pick a poll. Forget unbeaten Texas.

    Any poll without Kentucky at the top, goes begging for credibility.

    Here’s why. Last Sunday, UK’s coaches, players, former players, boosters, and local television, put 18-0 and adulations aside and raised more than a million dollars for Haiti relief.

    “It’s emotional,” John Calipari said. He’s right.

  • Main Street project could begin soon

    The city can finally move forward with renovating Main St. now that a funding contract has been signed with the state. Progress on the project’s second phase was delayed more than a year while the state attempted to pay for the project through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

    “The economy shut it down,” said John Shircliffe, of the renovation project. “But you can’t blame the state for what it did.”

  • PUBLIC RECORD: District Court

    The Honorable Judge Linda Armstrong presided over the following cases in District Court on October 23, 2009.

    Traffic:

    Timothy S. Nutgrass (b. 1961). Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, etc., .08, with aggravator, second offense. Amended to DUI second offense with no aggravator. Pled guilty. Served 7 days, sentenced to 14 days home incarceration, 12-month suspension of operator’s license, surrender vehicle license plates, enroll in ADEP, $888 fines and court costs.

  • Cataloging invasive plant species

    Songlin Fei has spent two years delving into the backgrounds of nearly 80 of Kentucky’s invasive plant species, not to lay blame for their presence, but to gain a historical perspective that could provide answers for the future.

    “We’re seeing some very interesting things,” said Fei, assistant professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Forestry. “For instance, a species like bush honeysuckle – we had it in the 19th century. The earliest specimen in a Kentucky herbarium collection is from the 1860s.”