Today's News

  • Session adjourns with no pension fix

    A hastily called special session of the Kentucky General Assembly to deal with the pension crisis adjourned just about 24 hours after it started, but the issue is likely to dominate discussion when those lawmakers report on January 8 to begin their odd-year short session.
    “I know this issue is not going away and we sill have a lot of work to do,” said Republican Representative James Tipton, whose district includes Spencer County.

  • Herndon seeks clearance to hire brother

    Sheriff-Elect Scott Herndon will need more direction from the Spencer County Fiscal Court before he is able to complete the task of hiring his staff as he prepares to take office on January 7.

  • City running up legal tag

    Like a running meter on a taxi, the City of Taylorsville’s legal bill in a lawsuit against Lawrence Trageser is increasing at a clip of $25 per day, the result of an order issued earlier this month by Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman.

  • Focus on Future Kentuckians

    I’m not a proponent of lowering the voting age, but if we could figure out a way for future generations to cast proxy ballots on issues that they’ll be facing 20 or 50  years from now, that might be a good idea.
    Few issues in the state will have more impact on our children and grandchildren than the one currently being discussed in a special session in Frankfort – the future of teacher and state retirement systems. As it is, Kentucky taxpayers are being drained by a system that is outdated and unsustainable.

  • Thanks to all who served

    Elected officials often hear criticism, and rarely hear praise. Of course, they sometimes do things taxpayers don’t like, and those who disagree are typically way more vocal than those who agree.
    Still, as a number of elected officials prepare to leave office soon, it’s fitting to at least acknowledge their willingness to do an often thankless job that comes with a big target.

  • Board mulls purchase of highway garage

    The Spencer County Board of Education held their monthly meeting on Monday in the high school media center. The students from the preschool classes from both Spencer County Elementary School and Taylorsville Elementary School shared Christmas songs for the board and a packed room of parents and relatives.
    Bart Stark was given a plaque from Superintendent Chuck Adams in appreciation of his four years serving on the school board. Jennie Stevens, who won a seat back on the school board this past November, will replace Stark on the board starting in January.

  • Groups work to ensure a happy holiday for all


  • Stump upset with comments from fiscal court

    The transition from Sheriff Buddy Stump to Sheriff-Elect Scott Herndon is three weeks away, but questions remain about what Herndon will inherit when he takes over, although Stump assured members of the Spencer County Fiscal Court that he’ll work to make sure it’s a smooth transfer of power.

  • Tipton: Special session could save pension bill

    EDITOR'S NOTE: The special session was adjourned on Tuesday evening (after presstime) with the General Assembly taking no action)

  • Court nixes smoking ban

    Smoking and cell phone use in county vehicles was a topic of debate Monday night as the Spencer County Fiscal Court worked to pass the county’s personnel policy.
    The court had already approved an ordinance that updated the county’s administrative code, but the personnel policy was offered up as a resolution, meaning it could be changed without having to go through the ordinance process. A couple of items however, caused some debate and disagreement on the court.