Local News

  • Not your ‘plane’ old hobby

    Jess Hogan has always had an obsession with anything that could fly. He started collecting butterflies when he was 8 or 9. He “loves birds of prey” (but is “dissatisfied” with robins). And he spent his life building upon his understanding of airplanes, creating for himself a 30-year career with Delta Airlines and a lifelong hobby of building high-tech model planes.

  • Woman asks why no lights at Ray Jewell Park

    A Spencer County woman appeared before the Fiscal Court on Monday morning hoping to bring light to the darkness at the baseball fields at Ray Jewell Park.

  • Mount Washington man indicted for Waterford Park break in, property damage

    A Mount Washington man has been indicted on charges including burglary and theft at Waterford Park in March, allegedly with the help of a juvenile.
    James R. Branum, 31, of the 100 block of Frank Lane was indicted by a Spencer County Grand Jury July 25 on one count of third-degree burglary-complicity, one county of theft by unlawful taking under $500-complicity, third-degree criminal mischief-complicity and second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.

  • County attorney voices ‘no respect’ for AG’s office

    In the scope of discussion regarding an inquiry into the county’s Open Records Act violations, County Attorney Ruth Hollan expressed her distaste and lack of respect for the Kentucky Attorney General’s office.
    “I have no respect for the attorney general’s office or their opinions,” Hollan said.
    Open records and open meeting requests that are denied at the local level can be appealed to the attorney general. When a decision is issued from that office, it carries the weight of the law.

  • CAUTION: School buses on the roads starting today

    Traffic on local roadways will markedly increase today as dozens of Spencer County Public Schools buses are hitting the streets carrying students for the first time this school year — and motorists are asked to proceed with caution.
    While buses might seem like an annoyance to commuters, they transport thousands of the community’s school children each day. And the traffic laws and safety regulations that govern bus transportation are often different and more stringent than the rules that apply to other motorists.

  • PHOTOS: Fireworks light up lake
  • Citizens spell out pipeline concerns

    Even if the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline doesn’t cut through Spencer and Shelby counties, a local chapter of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth has a slew of concerns.

  • Fiscal court to vote on alcoholic beverage ordinance

    The Spencer County Fiscal Court is expected to vote on the second reading of its alcoholic beverage control ordinance at its meeting on Monday morning.
    The court approved the first reading of the ordinance, which simply brings the existing ordinance into compliance with new state laws, at its July 1 meeting.
    At that meeting, Judge-Executive Bill Karrer cited two primary reasons the update was needed. As of late June, Karrer pointed out, Taylorsville is a fourth-class city, which allows for the sale of liquor/distilled spirits by the drink.

  • Judge, magistrates at odds over purchase orders

    After consulting with the state local finance officer in the Department for Local Government, Magistrate Jerry Davis contends that the Fiscal Court is not following its own ordinance regarding its purchase order system.
    At the July 15 Fiscal Court meeting, Davis brought up the issue during time allotted for comments from magistrates.
    Davis reminded the court that during the previous meeting, Magistrate Mike Moody asked for written confirmation from DLG that the county was acting accordingly.

  • Judge Hickman recuses himself in Trageser civil cases

    Spencer County Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman on Thursday recused himself from both of the civil cases involving Lawrence Trageser and a variety of county officials.
    Judge-Executive Bill Karrer, County Attorney Ruth Hollan and Sheriff Donald “Buddy” Stump filed a joint civil suit against Trageser in April.