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Today's News

  • Resort at lake closes

     

    Edgewater Resort, a development that seemed to hold promise for Spencer County’s tourism industry, has ceased operation, leaving the owners of its lakeside rental cottages without revenue.

    The company that owns the resort, Premier Resorts LLC, has handed the property over to King Southern Bank, according to Spencer County Judge-Executive John Riley.

    The bank is searching for a buyer, he said.

    “The only thing I know is that it is in transition,” said Riley, “and that they expect it to be resolved.”

  • Child hit at Ray Jewell Park; drivers urged to use caution

     

    Officials are urging caution at Ray Jewell Memorial Park after a boy sustained minor injuries last month when he accidentally collided his scooter with a van.

    Spencer County Youth Baseball president Steven Hume said police and an ambulance responded to the scene. The boy, who was not significantly hurt, declined treatment.

    “When I was notified of it,” said Spencer County Judge-Executive John Riley, “I immediately said: ‘Let’s get a report on it.’”

  • City moves ahead with Sunday alcohol sales

     

    The Taylorsville City Commission voted last week to move ahead with Sunday alcohol sales. In a unanimous vote, commissioners asked City Attorney John Dudley Dale to prepare an amended alcohol ordinance for the commission to approve at a later date.

    The issue came up earlier this year after the Spencer County Fiscal Court discussed, but failed to approve, changing the county alcohol ordinance to allow sales of alcohol on Sunday.

  • Sheriff defends pay raises

    In the midst of debates over his budget that have lingered for more than a year, Sheriff Buddy Stump gave his two top deputies very significant raises.

    In July of 2015, Major Carl Reesor was given a raise from $48,495 to $64,400. Last month, Lt. Colonel Jonathan Bentley received a raise from $49,900 to $67,000. This past fall, Bentley also received a lump sum overtime check for more than $14,000.

    On Friday, Stump defended those moves, saying “you get what you pay for.”

  • Stump says county vulnerable without 24/7 sheriff’s coverage

    Spencer County Sheriff Buddy Stump said he’s continuing to iron out the scheduling of his patrols in the wake of a $100,000 budget cut approved last week, but said the discontinuation of 24/7 patrols is not good for the county.

    He said he’s not going to announce when his deputies will and won’t be on the road publicly, but said the cutback in services leaves the county at risk.

    “The bad guys are going to figure us out,” said Stump. “We’re an open invitation to crime right now.”

  • Three elected to levee commission

    Only a handful of votes were cast last week, but voters did select three people to the Levee Flood Control and Drainage District 1 last Monday.

    Bobby Smith was elected to represent precinct #1, Gary Kehne was elected to precinct #2 and Mike Driscoll was elected to represent precinct #3.

    Robert Black was elected as the commission’s secretary.

  • From our readers - Riley did nothing underhanded with vote

    It’s taken me almost a week, but I believe that I can respond to Mr. Higgins’ letter last week now without having a mini-stroke!

    Without going line by line with rebuttal, I am just wondering about how Judge Riley “pulled a trick out of his bag?” Another regularly scheduled Fiscal Court meeting where the Sheriff’s budget was discussed again? That’s a trick out of the bag? Then, Judge Riley kept “delaying the decision?” You even say yourself he kept getting deadlocked votes.

  • Is lake’s tourism drying up?

    I still have a cassette tape of a song Larry Lawson brought me soon after I started working at the Spencer Magnet in 2003. The Lawson Brothers, a local Bluegrass group, had written a song entitled “65 Feet Down.” The song tells the story of communities like Ashes Creek and Van Buren that were covered up by the impounding of Taylorsville Lake back in the 1970s and early 1980s.

  • Teachers and pensions - doing the math

    Lots of retired teachers bared their angry fists at me following my recent column about the soon-to-retire public school administrator who will, if he fulfills life expectancy, collect pension checks for longer than he worked, enjoy annual cost-of-living increases that most workers only dream about and amass a KTRS-funded $5.6 million fortune by retiring at 49 years of age after working 27 years.

    “Please be accurate rather than (highlight) one exceptional pensioner!” one retired emailer scolded.

  • Atheists and the Ark

    A group of atheists is so riled up by the Ark Encounter in Northern Kentucky that they’ve started a billboard campaign to discourage people from visiting it. The proposed billboard says: “Genocide & Incest Park: Celebrating 2,000 years of myths” and for a gift of $500, donors can have their face among those drowning outside the Ark. It’s an attention grabber no doubt, but the effort amounts to free advertising for the park which is set to open in July.