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  • 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.

  • Settler's Center sold for $2 mil

    Settler’s Center could see a few cosmetic updates after a Louisville developer paid $2 million for the county’s only shopping center last week.

    Settler’s Center, LLC sold the property to Carter Realty III, LLC, of Prospect, in a deal reached Aug. 31, according to records on file with the Spencer County Clerk’s Office.

  • Obama speech not mandatory in Spencer

    Local parents voiced their concerns about President Obama’s school speech by making calls to school administrators last week. Superintendent Chuck Adams said one parent compared the intent of the president’s address to Adolf Hitler’s recruitment of German youth.

    The concerns of locals echoed sentiments of parents across the country who said that Tuesday’s speech to America’s students was for the purpose of “indoctrinating” children into a liberal ideology.

  • Dial-A-News hangs up the phone

    Dial-A-News, the phone-based news service covering Spencer and Shelby counties since the 1960s, disconnected last week.

    For no charge, callers could dial a local telephone number 24 hours a day and hear pre-recorded news briefs and advertising deals from their community.

    The service was founded by Dean Harden, and later purchased by Tom Hardin, a former WCND 940 AM radio personality whose voice gave callers the latest headlines for nearly the past 20 years. 

  • Residents hassled by high water

    Residents along Taylorsville’s Houston Court have had enough with flash floods threatening their homes, and potentially their health as rising water has repeatedly invaded foundation crawl spaces.

    Nearly 10 homeowners from the low-lying area attended last Tuesday night’s city commission meeting to present their case and make a plea for relief.

    “It’s getting to the point where you worry every time it rains,” said Ellen Redmon, who lives in the home once owned by her parents.

  • School board raises taxes

    The school board voted to raise taxes by two percent during a special-called meeting Thursday night. The change will result in an $11 increase on a home valued at $100,000.

    Board members voted 4-1 to approve Superintendent Chuck Adams’ recommendation to increase real estate taxes by two, instead of the state allowed four percent. Kentucky law allows taxing districts to select up to a four-percent compensating tax rate without the possibility of a voter recall.

    Board member Scott Travis voted against the tax increase.