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  • Young challenges Montell to debates

    Bill Young, democratic candidate for Kentucky’s House District 58, held a press conference last Wednesday to challenge incumbent Brad Montell to a series of four debates.

    Two of the debates would be in Shelby County and two would be held in Spencer County, Young said, with one in each county being an open-ended forum allowing the audience to ask questions, which is something he thinks people want to be able to do.

  • Preserving history

    Books containing the recorded history of Spencer County residents have led a dangerous, yet charmed life.

    These leather-bound volumes, containing court and marriage records beginning over 180 years ago, have survived not one, but two courthouse fires. Their yellowed pages reveal water damage from the Great Flood of 1937.

    “This data can easily be lost,” said John Lilly, a collector of local history. “The bindings of these books are broken. Their strings are popped. They have to be repaired or we’re going to lose pages.”

  • Spencer Showcase set for Monday

    Free food, free information on foraging and farm animals are just some of what folks can expect at the 2008 Spencer Showcase on Monday September 8. Everyone is encouraged to attend the event being held at the Scott Travis farm, located at 1420 Max Rouse Road in Cox’s Creek.

    The showcase is being sponsored by the Spencer County Extension office and will have about 30 exhibitors including farmers market participants, local youths showing the animals which they are raising, the Kentucky Soybean Growers and the Kentucky Corn Producers Associations.

  • PUBLIC RECORDS: District court

    The Honorable Judge Linda Armstrong presided over the following cases in District Court on August 11, 2008.

    Traffic:

    Israel L. Snider. Operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license. Amended to no license in possession. Pled guilty. $20 fine plus $143 court costs.

    Misdemeanor:

    Roy Douglas. Violation of local county ordinance. Pled guilty. $100 fine plus $148 court costs.

    Felony:

  • Small town girl with big time dreams

    Have you heard? Taylorsville is the home of the next American Idol!

    At least, that’s what many are hoping for when eighteen-year-old Meagan Campbell auditions this week along with 200 other aspiring singers who made it through the first round of cuts last July.

    While there is definitely a buzz about Meagan competing for a chance at instant stardom, she’s trying to keep a level head about the whole experience.

  • PUBLIC RECORDS: Marriages

    The following marriage licenses were recorded in the Spencer County Clerk’s office during the month of July.

    Danielle Marie Shuck, 23, Norfolk VA and Frederick Fields Jr., 23, Norfolk VA.

    Angela Therese Beagle, 29, Ingalls IN and Ricky Lee Renner Jr., 26, Indianapolis IN

    Martine Vianney Israel, 34, Yonkers NY and Mark Andrew Whitlock, 32, Yonkers NY.

    Jessianna Rebecca Henderson, 27, Kailua HI and Kevin Joseph Osborne, 33, Kailua HI.

    LeAndra Marie Chapman, 24, Mount Washington and Richard Earl Greenwell, 25, Cox’s Creek.

  • Jury hands down indictments in Froman break-in

    The man who reportedly used his neighbor’s stolen truck as a battering ram to break into Froman’s pharmacy last December has been formally indicted by the Spencer County Grand Jury with 23 felony counts.

    John Tyler Nation, of 298 Elk Creek Road, is facing nine counts of theft of a controlled substance, and 16 counts for theft of a legend drug, first offense. All are considered Class D felonies and if convicted could potentially carry a sentence of one to five years imprisonment for each count or a fine of not less than $1,000 and no more than $10,000.

  • PHOTOS: A lot of fuss over an extra "S"

    The start of school can be confusing, especially when traffic patterns are changed. But the Spencer County School District’s attempt to clarify directions for parents driving their kids to school only created chaos when buzz began over the sign at the middle school.

    Director of Operations Brett Beaverson said he intentionally spelled the plural word for bus two ways because that is how it is listed in the dictionary. Don’t believe it? Look it up yourself.

  • School board considers appeal

    Several Spencer County School Board members have expressed concern with staying on track as a board and spending taxpayer dollars to appeal the decision handed down by Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway.

    Last week a decision from his office stated that the superintendent’s evaluation should be held in open sessions due to his position and a relatively low expectation of privacy.

  • Two walk away from minimum security in Frankfort, one caught

    Two minimum-security inmates walked away from the Frankfort Career Development Center Monday night but at least one’s taste of freedom was short lived.

    Robert Fritz, 28, and John Alstatt, 53, were reported missing at approximately 10:20 p.m., Monday.

    John Alstatt, 53, (left) is still at-large while fellow escapee Robert Fritz, 28, was apprehended in Evansville, Ind. Tuesday. Anyone with information about Alstatt is asked to contact Kentucky State Police at the Post 12 in Frankfort at 502-227-2221.