Local News

  • Library gets grant to fund ‘mobile computer lab’

    Spencer County is among 45 Kentucky counties selected to share a $1.3 million federal grant for the creation of a new Public Library Workforce Center to be housed at the county’s public library.

    Library Director Debra Lawson said she couldn’t yet release details on the total amount of money received at the local level because bids were still being collected for equipment, but could confirm the grant would fund a mobile computer lab to be located in the library’s public meeting room.

  • Police seize 32 guns from convicted felon

    Police seized 32 guns from a Bloomfield Road residence on July 5 after finding out a man at the residence was a convicted felon.

    After investigating, Kentucky State Police and the Spencer County
    Sheriff’s Department arrested Tony D. Hilbert, 41, according to a news release.

    Police seized 26 long guns and six handguns.

  • Granny's little hero

    What started as an ordinary day in June, ended as anything but for Ochs Lane resident Betty Shouse and her great-granddaughter, Hayleigh Whittington.

    Eight-year-old Hayleigh and her 18-month-old sister, Lydia, spent the day with Shouse – as they often do – and all the way up until 4 p.m., the day was a normal one.

    Shouse spent a few minutes talking on the phone to Hayleigh’s dad, Josh, who was in California at the time, then sat down in a chair in her living room.

  • Round one of fair starts Friday

    Citizens will get a taste of the Spencer County Fair this weekend when it opens for a few events on Friday and Saturday.

    Rides will not be at the fairgrounds, located off Ky. 44 on Fairgrounds Road, until Tuesday, July 26, but plenty of family activities are stirring up, starting with a cornhole tournament Friday at 7 p.m. at the pavilion.

    The horse pull starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the track.

    Festivities open up again Saturday, starting at 5 p.m. with the antique tractor pull at the ring.

  • Teen's death ruled an accident

    The cause of a Taylorsville teenager’s untimely death was ruled accidental by the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office last week.

    Deputy Coroner Jim Wesley said last Wednesday that 17-year-old Paige Nicole Wimsatt died June 3 at a Jefferson County residence of multiple substance intoxication.

    “This has been ruled by my office as accidental,” Wesley said.

  • FLASH FLOOD! Heavy rains temporarily shut down downtown Taylorsville

    Spencer County was hit with widespread flash flooding on Tuesday afternoon.

    Main Street was temporarily shut down around 5:30 p.m. due to high water. The waters receded in that area and the roads were open by 6:30.

    Motorists are reminded to travel with caution, not driving through standing water.

  • Afternoon fire at Elk Creek residence

    A fire at 4437 Taylorsville Road stopped traffic and demanded the attention of several Taylorsville-Spencer County firefighters around 3 p.m. Tuesday.

    Sgt. Cameron Canan said the incident involved a carport located next to a mobile home.

    "There was a carport that had a deck on top of it — it had caught fire and with the heat, it melted the vinyl siding on the mobile home and garage next to it," Canan said.

    The cause of the fire is still under investigation and the names of the homeowners were not available as of Tuesday afternoon.

  • Former sheriff indicted

    Former Spencer County Sheriff Steve Coulter was indicted June 30 on one count of tampering with public records, a class D felony, and one count of second-degree official misconduct, a class B misdemeanor.

    The indictment follows a six-month investigation into criminal activity by Coulter, according to a news release from the Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement Special Investigations West Branch.

    These crimes were allegedly committed before Coulter left office in December, and the investigation continues, the news release said.

  • UPDATE: Firefighters battle blaze on Highgrove Road

    A home on the edge of the Spencer-Nelson County border was ruled a total loss after a fire destroyed it last Thursday afternoon.

    Taylorsville-Spencer County firefighters responded to 5430 Highgrove Road at 2:32 p.m. where the two-story home was fully engulfed in flames, Fire Chief Nathan Nation said.

    The home was occupied by tenant, Bobbie Shelburne, and owned by Field Houghlin, Nation said.

    No one was home at the time of the fire. The incident was called in to emergency personnel by a road crew member paving Ky. 48.

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