Today's News

  • State’s Medicaid cuts leave a bloody wound

    Yes, a deal was struck on how to fund the shortfall in the state’s Medicaid budget, but there appears to have been little closure on the issue – at least from Spencer County’s elected delegates.
    In a complicated and politically charged process, the Medicaid cuts were passed by the General Assembly last week, but the budget adjustments made to accommodate the $166 million shortfall were hardly those Republican lawmakers said they thought they were passing.

  • Emergency operations plan nears completion

    Efforts to update the city and county’s Emergency Operations Plan are moving quickly, with officials aiming to have the plan ready for approval at the state level by Friday.
    “Y’all are doing great,” John Bastin, the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management area coordinator, told officials at an emergency planning meeting March 18. “I’m surprised it’s come along this fast.”

  • County employee insurance rates go up

    The Spencer County Fiscal Court voted Monday to stick with its current insurance company despite an increase in rates.
    Most county employees who take the available insurance, provided through Humana, opt for the single plan, the total cost of which increased from $391.08 per month to $499.49 — an extra $108.41.
    However, other quotes received by the fiscal court were even more expensive, Judge-Executive Bill Karrer said during Monday’s special meeting.


    Kentucky State Police seized 85 marijuana plants March 22 from a home on Woodlawn Drive in Spencer County.

    Johnny Allen Norton of Taylorsville was arrested and charged with cultivating marijuana over five plants.

    KSP narcotics detectives were notified of a possible indoor grow in Spencer County by Jeffersontown narcotics detectives, according to a news release.

    Detectives from both departments went to the residence and obtained consent to search inside.

  • City park project gets $20,000 in grants

    Citizens are $20,000 closer to having a park on Taylorsville Road thanks to two grants recently awarded to the Taylorsville Main Street Program to start the city park project.

  • Accused killer to stand trial in November

    The man charged with slicing his girlfriend’s throat and stuffing her body into a trash bag snarled at her family members when entering Anderson Circuit Court on Tuesday morning.

  • County grows, city shrinks?

    Spencer County was once again Kentucky’s fastest growing county, but the population in the City of Taylorsville appears to be shrinking, according to the latest census data released last week.
    With a population of 17,061, Spencer County showed the most growth — 45 percent — in Kentucky from 2000 to 2010, Judge-Executive Bill Karrer told magistrates at Monday night’s fiscal court meeting.

  • Fatalities yield reminder to drive safely

    Three fatal accidents in just over three weeks are enough to cause concern in Spencer County.
    “In a county of 17,000, when you have three fatalities, it’s pretty bad,” said Spencer County Sheriff Buddy Stump.
    To compare, the City of Taylorsville has had three fatalities on its streets over the past two years, Police Chief Toby Lewis said.

  • Fiscal Court notes

    During Monday night’s meeting of the Spencer County Fiscal Court, the court:
    - Received an update on the county’s tentative contributions to Phase II of the Main Street Project. Karrer said the county previously agreed to supply $40,000 in either cash or in-kind services during Phase II, but now the needed contribution from the county is estimated to drop to $20,000.
    - Received a copy of the proposed budget for the county clerk’s office to look over and prepare to take action on at its next meeting.

  • Schools may cut SBDM funding to keep teachers

    Site-based decision making councils at each of Spencer County’s schools could soon be facing cuts in the interest of preserving teacher positions.
    At the February board of education meeting, Superintendent Chuck Adams and board members had preliminary discussions about the district’s 2011-2012 staffing formula. The formula dictates the number of teachers allocated to each of the district’s five schools.
    Currently the district employs 419 classified and certified staff.