Today's News

  • COLUMN: Thanks, first responders, for having our backs

    A nap to recover from an end-of-week and out-of-town meeting was all that stood in the way of having a nice dinner date with my husband on Friday night.
    Or so I thought.
    Around 6 p.m., however, I found myself awake and hearing one end of a conversation about a tornado warning.
    My mother-in-law called to tell us about the impending storm, so I sleepily dragged my feet into the only real “interior” room in my house – the bathroom.

  • COLUMN: A ‘freshman’ review of the regular, special sessions

    Thanks for taking a moment from your busy schedule to review the 2011 regular and special sessions with me. My freshman experiences were educational and exciting. While it would be easy to feel overwhelmed and discouraged, I see great opportunities to make positive changes for our district, state and nation.
    I’m happy to discuss any specific issue with you personally. For now, let’s focus on the two bills, from both sessions, that created a lot of discussion: the Medicaid budget shortfall and Kentucky’s dropout age.

  • Sheriff’s department to conduct safety checkpoints

    The Spencer County Sheriff’s office will conduct periodic traffic safety checkpoints beginning May 23 and continuing through June 5, according to a news release.
    The locations will be those approved by the Spencer County Sheriff’s Office Policy and Procedures Manual, the news release said.
    There will also be special traffic enforcement in high collision areas using radar, laser and saturation patrols, the release said.

  • Spencer County Relay for Life approaching

  • 911: To call or not to call

    The Spencer County 911 Committee is reminding citizens when to call and when not to call 911.
    Committee Chairman Nathan Nation said there hasn’t been any real issue with citizens calling 911 when a non-emergency number would be more appropriate, but said the committee likes to issue a reminder just in case community members have questions.

  • Absentee ballots available from clerk’s office for those who qualify

    Voters in Spencer County who are unable to go to the polls on May 17 for the primary election may vote by absentee mail-in ballot, the Spencer County Clerk’s office announced.
    To do so, the voter must call the clerk’s office at 477-3215 and request an absentee application.
    The application will be mailed to the voter, who must sign and date it, then return it to the clerk’s office. Then, the clerk’s office will mail the ballot.
    The application must be in the clerk’s office by the close of business on May 10.

  • Woman hits county truck

    A local woman was arrested and charged with driving under the influence Friday evening after hitting a Spencer County Road Department dump truck head on.

    Spencer County Sheriff’s Deputy Gordon Miles Jr. arrested Lillie M. Shelburne, 46, of Taylorsville, after Shelburne, who was traveling south on Fairgrounds Road, hit the county dump truck. The truck was operated by county employee Norman K. Whitehouse, 51, of Taylorsville.

  • Magistrates, judge tour road barn

    The Spencer County Fiscal Court called a special meeting at the county road barn Monday evening to see firsthand some of the improvements county road foreman Todd Burch believes need to be made.

    Burch, who has been in charge of the road department since the new administration took office in January, addressed the fiscal court at its meeting last week and invited the magistrates up for a tour.

    Burch showed all of the magistrates – except Woodie Cheek, who was not present – and Judge-Executive Bill Karrer around the facility, outside and in.

  • Man dies in collision

    A fatal head-on collision at Ky. 44 and Plum Creek Road early last Wednesday remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police.

    Billy White, 60, of Taylorsville, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred at 5:51 a.m. According to KSP, the accident occurred when Charity D. Waldridge, 22, of Taylorsville, lost control of her east-bound truck at the intersection of Ky. 44 and Plum Creek. Waldridge overcorrected and entered the westbound lane of Ky. 44, hitting White’s truck head on.

  • Man rescued from creek

    A local man was rescued from raging water in Brashears Creek on Saturday evening after the canoe in which he and a friend were traveling capsized.

    Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Chief Nathan Nation said Josh Ferguson, of Taylorsville, was pulled from the creek by Brashears Point subdivision resident Rick Urquhart. Ferguson and a male friend, whose name was not available, embarked upon a risky canoeing trip in the creek’s high water Saturday evening, Nation said.