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  • For their love of our county...

    With a slight tremor in his voice and perhaps some watering of the eyes, Steve Tichenor humbly accepted the praise bestowed on him and his family Saturday afternoon.

    “Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to see these kids out here playing soccer, baseball and softball. This park has grown into something greater than I ever dreamed it would be,” said Tichenor.

  • Teacher: World lost a good kid

    Spencer County mourned the loss of 14-year-old Chaz Goodlett yesterday. Hundreds attended his funeral service at First Assembly of God in Taylorsville in honor of the high school student.

    His unexpected passing sent ripples through the school system this past week as students and teachers learned of Goodlett’s accident while visiting Nolin Lake September 11. He was flown by helicopter to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville after slipping off the back of a golf cart and suffering severe head trauma.

  • Main Street dinner event

    Tickets are on sale for the 2009 Progressive Dinner, a semi-formal fundraiser centered around food, music and fun. 

    Participants will start with appetizers at Forest Hills Studios on West Main Street, before “progressing” to other downtown destinations for soup, salad, entrees and desserts. The evening culminates with live music at the Sanctuary Arts Center from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m.

    Violinists, saxophonists and other classical musicians will line the streets. Steak or chicken dinners will be catered by Crespo’s, a former Elk Creek restaurant.

  • Alcohol petition is valid

    The future of the wet/dry debate now lies in the hands of voters. A petition requesting a referendum for the purpose of legalizing the sale of alcohol has been deemed valid.

    Spencer County Deputy Clerk Abbi Nation said that of the nearly 3,000 signatures, a total 2,220 were found to be legitimate – more than enough to secure a special-election October 20.

  • Community center gets land donation

    The effort to build a community center in Spencer County recently got a big push forward when the owners of Tanglewood Golf Course offered to donate land for the project.

    Richard Travelstead, president of Reaching Our Communities, said members of the organization are elated with the offer.

    “This really shows the heart of the community and the desire to give back,” said Travelstead. “It’s amazing.”

  • BELIEVE IN HIM: Symptoms of the heart, part 4

    A friend of mine recently had a conversation with a young man regarding the college basketball coach, Rick Pitino, and the negative media attention he has received concerning allegations that have recently been brought against him.

    Maybe you have asked yourself, “How could he do such a thing?” After all, people of influence are held to a higher standard; they are expected to conquer the very desires that defeat us. And so the greater question would be: “How could anyone do such a thing?”

  • Receipts bear Jenkins' "distinctive signature"

    Spencer County Judge Executive David Jenkins said it doesn’t matter if a Kentucky Association of Counties investigation determined that his signature was on credit card receipts to a strip club and an escort service.

    “That’s KACo,” said Jenkins Thursday morning. “This has nothing to do with Spencer County.

  • An eye for beauty

    When Citizens Union Bank in Taylorsville was looking for shutterbugs to add local color to their newly renovated walls, they luckily stumbled across customer Stan Chesnut.

    Most may only know Chesnut as the lean, easy-going fella that runs Dollar General store in Settler’s Center. But there is something magical that happens during the early morning light before he arrives at work – Chesnut transforms into an avid landscape photographer. He just seems to have a knack for beautifully capturing fog-ladden brooks and sun-kissed meadows.

  • Making cents of selling alcohol

    In this first of a three-part series leading up to an Oct. 8 public forum on the alcohol referendum, the Spencer Magnet examines the perceived economic impacts of countywide alcohol sales. Subsequent articles will focus on the perceived safety and moral consequences associated with the issue.

    Spencer County voters will decide if they want alcohol sales at a special election Oct. 20.

  • PUBLIC RECORD: District Court

    The Honorable Judge Linda Armstrong presided over the following cases in district court on July 31, 2009.

    This the remainder of Judge Armstrong’s July 31 docket.

    Small Claims:

    Ronnie Earls etal v River City Vinyl Supply and Trim. River City tendered check for payment of judgment in full.

    Civil:

    Country Day Apartments v Richard Mouser etal. Eviction hearing. Judgment for Country Day Apartments.

    Portfolio Recovery Associates LLC v Erin Mitchell. Summary judgment sustained.