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  • Vote recycled, grant OK'd

    After three separate votes, the Spencer County Fiscal Court recycled the issue of a solid waste grant again Monday morning, this time voting 4-2 to accept a $62,000 state grant that will bring a new cardboard baler and several new trailers to the recycling center.

  • Fiscal Court sets property tax rate

    With little discussion, the Spencer County Fiscal Court Monday night voted to take the compensating tax rate for the upcoming year, meaning the property tax rate for the county will actually decrease slightly.
    The Kentucky Department for Local Government calculates the rates and counties can then opt to go with the compensating rate, which basically is formulated to generate the same amount of revenue from existing property as the previous year, or raise rates by up to 4 percent.

  • New TPD chief hopes for stability

    The position of police chief for the City of Taylorsville has been sort of a revolving door in recent years. The latest to hold that position hopes to stop that trend.
    Brian Sumner was officially sworn in last week as the new Taylorsville City police chief following his hiring by the Taylorsville City Commission. He said he wants to bring stability to the office and will also work to bring the department up to a full staff.

  • Plan for old TES unveiled

    As students are settling into a new school year, the Spencer County Board of Education is already talking about future plans, specifically the need for an early education center. In a special meeting held last Tuesday at the old Taylorsville Elementary School, the board met to discuss converting that building into a center for early education programs.

  • 2020 Census effort starts this week

    Spencer County residents may be getting a knock on their door in coming weeks as the 2020 Census gets underway with a preliminary checking of addresses.
    The federally-mandated national count of residents across the nation occurs every ten years, and the official count will begin in January. However, workers will begin fanning out across the county this weekend as they update their maps.

  • Algae not an issue at Taylorsville Lake


  • Lawmakers eye gun violence

    In the wake of recent mass shootings, including two this month that left more than 30 people dead, lawmakers around the country and here in Kentucky are looking for ways to curb the violence.
    Last week, three state senators, two Republicans and one Democrat, vowed to introduce so-called Red Flag legislation during the 2020 General Assembly. Red Flag laws are designed to identify people whose behavior or unstable mental or emotional status may be deemed a threat. Once identified, the legislation could make it permissible for authorities to prohibit their access to guns.

  • A smooth start to the school year


  • Sumner to be hired as new TPD Chief

    Interim Taylorsville City Police Chief Brian Sumner was expected to officially be named to the job permanently during a special meeting of the Taylorsville City Commission Tuesday night.
    Taylorsville Mayor Matt Douglas confirmed Monday evening that the commission will be convened to an executive session to discuss details of a contract with Sumner, and he expects an official hiring to take place at that time.

  • Tipton updates Fiscal Court on loop road projec

    Plans for a proposed highway that could run through Spencer County have generated a lot of discussion among residents in recent months, and State Representative James Tipton, R-Taylorsville, updated members of the Spencer County Fiscal Court on the project Monday morning.