Local News

  • DLG Announces Availability of Cemetery Preservation Grants

     Department for Local Government (DLG) Commissioner Tony Wilder has announced that the agency will reopen the window for applications for the Cemetery Preservation Fund.  The purpose of the program is to provide grants for the restoration and maintenance of non-profit cemeteries not receiving perpetual care funds.


    Although the program only has $38,000 to distribute at this time, Wilder said this amount can still be divided among applicants to make a difference in several communities.


  • School board files suit against Clevenger

    Spencer County Board Member Sandy Clevenger has been named as the defendant in a lawsuit filed by the Spencer County School Board with Spencer County Circuit Court. The case is in response to the recent decision by the Attorney General’s office concerning open meeting rules.

  • Octoberfest: Parade, pageants, and prizes

    Pageant contestants needed

    There is still a need for contestants of all ages, but especially in need are those who would like to compete in the:  Little Mister/5-8 years old, Preteen/10-12 years old, Babies/6 months-36 months, Tiny Tots/ 3 and 4 year olds, Miss Spencer County/16 - 19 years old.  All categories except Babies/Tiny Tots will be having a meeting on October 1, at 6 p.m. at the City Hall Annex. 

    Pageants will take place Oct. 3 and 4 on the main stage on Main Street.

    Floats needed for parade

  • Pageant winners at the state fair

    Spencer County’s Little Mister and Miss represented the county by attending the State Fair competition August 14 for all local winners around the state. Little Miss Spencer County, Emma Coke, daughter of Beth and Anthony Coke, along with Little Mr. Spencer County, Jacob Cundiff, son of Tracy and Terry Cundiff, enjoyed a fun day filled with State Fair activities. Miss Spencer County 2008, Maria Benningfield, daughter of Phillip and Bonita Benningfield, escorted them in the event by accompanying them at rehearsals and later on stage at the pageant finals.

  • King pleads in 1998 murder

    A Mt. Eden woman facing murder for a 1998 incident involving her on-again, off-again boyfriend pleaded guilty to manslaughter last Thursday in Spencer County Circuit Court.

    Susan Jean King, 48, told Circuit Judge Charles Hickman she wanted to enter the amended plea of second-degree manslaughter pursuant to North Carolina v. Alford – meaning King does not admit guilt, but she believes it is in her best interest to plead guilty due to the evidence against her.

  • Grand jury indictments

    The following people were indicted by the Spencer County Grand jury on September 4, 2008:

    • Carol Chandler, of 6308 Apex Drive in Louisville, and Charles Norton, of 210 Mike Brown Lane in Taylorsville, were both charged with robbery in second degree - complicity around July 28. Chandler and Norton were also charged with theft of over $300 and receiving stolen property. All charges are felonies.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Police looking for suspect in attempted murder

    Police are looking for Michael L. Grubb, 31, of Bloomfield Road in Taylorsville, for allegedly hitting a woman with his vehicle Thursday night in a parking lot on Main Street.

    "It was not an accidental hit and run," said Police Chief Toby Lewis. "It appears to be a deliberate act."

    Lewis said warrants have been issued for Grubb's arrest on attempted murder and assault in the first degree. Lewis said that he believes the suspect may have left the county.

  • PHOTO: Barn fire Sunday night

    Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Department responded to a barn fire in the 3000 block of Love Lane Sunday evening around 6 p.m. Chief Nathan Nation said the 20x16 metal structure had no electricity running to it and that hay, a tractor and some small farm machinery inside were destroyed. The fire is under investigation. Photo courtesy of TSCFD.

  • Habitat volunteers swing into action

    In less than three months since breaking ground, Spencer County’s first Habitat for Humanity house is right on schedule for a special delivery this December.

    “I would say the family would be in by Christmas with no problem,” said Habitat Construction Chair Darren Esterle.

    Progress on the Highview Estates home has continued at a steady pace since the first shovel of dirt was moved June 25. Construction professionals and unskilled workers have volunteered countless hours side by side as they work to build a home for recipient Lisa Reynolds and her family.

  • Heritage Festival starts Friday

    The First Annual Taylorsville Kentucky Heritage Festival will be taking place this weekend along Historic Main Street. 

    With all the events planned, there is sure to be something for everyone. Folks attending can count on enjoying music, arts and crafts, history, a civil war camp, food and, of course, gourds.

    Coordinator John Shircliffe is hoping this will be the first of many Kentucky Heritage Fesitvals to come.

    “We are planting seeds,” said Shircliffe in regards to the event becoming a tradition for Taylorsville.