Local News

  • Court will proceed with 911 fee

    The Spencer County Fiscal Court voted 5-1 Monday to authorize Judge-Executive John Riley to work with the other county officials and the 911 Committee to continue to explore an ordinance that would enact a 911 dispatch fee on property owners to offset the declining revenues collected for that purpose on landline phones.
    Riley proposed the fee in an email sent out last month, explaining that a current $1.84 per month fee on landlines is generating much less money than in years past as county residents are following the national trend of relying solely on cell phones.

  • Local farm’s beef now available at grocery


  • Here we grow again

    Spencer County is growing again – and at a rapid pace. The numbers suggest the rapid growth halted by the 2008 recession, has returned and will continue.
    The U.S. Census Bureau last week released population estimates for 2017 that showed Spencer County has grown by about 8 percent since the 2010 census. The 2010 population stood at 17,061, while the estimated 2017 population is 18,507.
    Such growth can be a good indicator of a community’s health and reputation, but it also brings concerns about the ability to handle the increase.

  • Snow days push end of school to May 31, graduation scheduled for June 1


  • SCHS’s Haun set to retire at end of year


  • Spencer among healthiest counties in Kentucky


  • Man indicted for lying that he was FBI agent

    A Lexington man charged with impersonating an F.B.I. agent and a Lexington Metro police officer was indicted by a Spencer County Grand Jury on those and other charges earlier this month.
    Robert Anthony Powell, 38, was pulled over after he was witnessed traveling at a high rate of speed on KY 155. Spencer County Deputy John Miller clocked him on a radar reaching speeds of 111 miles per hour and pursued  him into Taylorsville. The driver continued to speed in a congested area with pedestrians, but later pulled over in the McDonald’s parking lot.

  • New fee proposed for dispatch funding

    The Spencer County phone directory continues to get smaller, even while the county’s population gets bigger. That’s the result of the national trend of fewer and fewer homeowners utilizing a landline phone.
    That may seem inconsequential, but the county funds much of its emergency communications from a fee imposed on landlines. That decrease in home phones has resulted in a decrease in that funding by $40,000 and Judge-Executive John Riley says it’s time to revisit an alternative many other counties have used to offset those losses.

  • Showing support for schools
  • County turns over funds

    The Spencer County Fiscal Court turned over a little more than $16,000 to a nonprofit group, whose mission is to provide care for stray animals, following a vote at Monday night’s meeting. The 3-2 vote came over the objections of Judge Executive John Riley who said the county was holding the funds to ensure they would be used specifically for the building of a new shelter.