Local News

  • 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.

  • Taylorsville businessman charged with sex abuse

    A Spencer County man and Taylorsville business owner was arrested Friday on charges of second-degree sexual abuse and harassing communications.

  • Trial coming for man charged with stabbing, dumping victim

    The Louisville man charged with stabbing, then dumping another man in the Elk Creek Grocery parking lot this past January is still scheduled to face a jury trial on Aug. 12-13 in Spencer Circuit Court.

  • High school ACT scores up

    For the first time since 2009 when Kentucky began monitoring the ACT scores of all juniors, Spencer County High School is at state average. And while administrators agree average is not where they want to stay, the school has come a long way from the bottom.
    In 2008, state academic assessment data put SCHS in the bottom 10 percent of Kentucky’s public high schools. According to the 2013 ACT score data, the class of 2014 earned a 19.2 composite score, which is the state ACT average. The 2012 composite score was 17.8.

  • PHOTOS: Ready for School ~ Healthfair/Readifest 2013

    Here are some photos from Saturday's Healthfair/Readifest.

    Page A-1 of this week's paper mistakenly says that the Readifest photos are on page B-9. Instead, the photos actually appear on page A-10.

  • Taylorsville woman will get no jail time for stealing from senior, prescription pill shopping

    A Taylorsville woman accused of stealing money from a senior citizen and “prescription shopping” won’t serve any time behind bars as long as she complies with the terms of the probation granted to her in Spencer Circuit Court on Thursday.
    Jacqualine A. Ballinger, 43, of the 1600 block of Cecil Noel Road, pleaded guilty in May to 23 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and eight counts of attempting to obtain or obtaining a controlled substance by fraud/false statement/forgery.