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  • County personnel changes approved

    One longtime employee of the county was replaced and others had their positions modified as part of a marathon Fiscal Court meeting on Monday.

    The incoming court, which included new Judge Executive Bill Karrer, made the personnel announcements at the close of a seven-hour meeting –­ more than half of which was spent in state-authorized private executive session.

  • Taylorsville gets 24-hour police coverage

    Taylorsville has around-the-clock coverage from its local police force finally after city officials worked out a deal to fund the expansion.

    Police Chief Toby Lewis presented multiple scheduling options to the Taylorsville City Commission on Jan. 5 in hopes of closing the gap on coverage lapses inherent to a five-person full-time staff.

    But instead of just closing the gaps, Lewis and officials eliminated them after working out details during the commission meeting.

  • School Board considers drug testing

    The Spencer County Board of Education is looking for ways to address drug usage in the schools and a random drug testing program at the high school could be a component used in those efforts.

  • Thieves target local schools

    Six people, including three juveniles, have been arrested on charges related to break-ins at Spencer County High School and Taylorsville Elementary School.

    Matthew Shake, 19, of Taylorsville, and three juveniles were charged with two counts of burglary and theft by unlawful taking of less than $500 for break-ins at both the high school and elementary school on Jan. 2-3.

  • School district's head lice policy could change

    The Spencer County School District could have a new policy soon on how to deal with head lice, citing the old policy as being unjust and outdated.

  • Local fire department viewed as a model merger

    (Editor’s note: The following article was written by The Springfield Sun newspaper as part of a continuing series looking at local fire department issues.)

    The City of Springfield and Washington County are currently served by two separate fire departments. Each department operates on its own budget, with its own sources of income. However, the departments are primarily made up of the same firefighters doing the work when a fire arises.

  • Less waste for the money

    City of Taylorsville officials have elected to pursue a downsized version of a mandated wastewater treatment plant expansion after initial construction bids came back much higher than anticipated.

    The Taylorsville City Commission, in a special meeting Dec. 29, unanimously voted to approve several cost-cutting measures for the proposed expansion and enter into “competitive negotiations” with contractors who a few weeks earlier submitted the three lowest bids on the original design.

  • Sheriff saga: Who’s on First?

    Ringing in the new year was hardly done in a traditional way for Spencer County Sheriff Buddy Stump.

    Stump, who last November won a narrow election over sitting sheriff Steve Coulter, scrambled to assemble a staff on New Year’s Eve when Coulter confirmed his rumored early resignation — two days before the state-mandated end to his term.

  • School buses may have fenced home soon

    Spencer County School District officials are considering fencing in a bus storage lot at the intersection of Main Cross and Back Alley that has been a point of concern for bus drivers and Spencer County Board of Education members.

    At the November board meeting, member Sandy Clevenger discussed that several drivers approached her with issues relating to bus vandalism and safety, noting parked buses could not be locked and were subject to any pedestrians or vandals passing by the lot.

  • Coulter says goodbye, for now

    When Steve Coulter hands over the keys to the Spencer County Sheriff’s Office to Buddy Stump at the first of the year, he will leave with few regrets.

    “I am proud of what we have done,” said Coulter, who has been county sheriff since 1994. “I think we have served the citizens well.”

    Again, he will leave with few regrets. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have any: “I just hate that it had to end this way,” he said.