Local News

  • Property owners meet to discuss Taylorsville’s ‘floodwall’

    Property owners in the Taylorsville floodwall district met for the second time in two months last Tuesday night to discuss the steps that need to be taken to remedy deficiencies originally identified in a 2009 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers inspection report.

  • Spencer County named to Advanced Placement honor roll

    Spencer County is among just eight other Kentucky public school districts that have been named to the 2012 Advanced Placement District Honor Roll — a distinction that only 530 districts nationwide and in Canada received this year.
    AP courses allow high school students to get ahead on earning college credits. According to a Kentucky Department of Education press release, more than 90 percent of colleges and universities nationwide offer college credit, advanced placement or both for a score of 3 or higher on an AP exam. Students can earn a score of 1-5 on the exam.

  • New doctor in town also calls Spencer County home

    In an area that has been designated medically underserved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a new doctor coming to town is no small deal.
    Dr. Sven Jonsson, of Elk Creek, along with his colleague and physician assistant Melissa Thomas, have joined Taylorsville’s Baptist Medical Associates. Jonsson will make one of only two medical doctors practicing in Spencer County, although there are several nurse practitioners in the area.

  • Status hearing for man accused of first-degree assault in Denisse Escareno case moved to Jan. 7

    A status hearing for Mark Bruner has been rescheduled for Jan. 7 in Shelby Circuit Court, as well as a jury trial date of March 11.
    Bruner was indicted by a Shelby County Grand Jury on charges of first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence against him in connection with the beating of Denisse Escareno on Nov. 5, 2011.
    Bruner, 38, of Taylorsville was arrested 10 days after Escareno, 24, was found by passersby brutally beaten, stabbed and barely alive, on the side of Mount Eden Road about 2 miles south of Interstate 64.

  • Several local holiday events this weekend

    This week began with temperatures that felt more like spring than December, but whether there is any chance of snow in the forecast, the week will end with Spencer County beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
    Several community events are on this weekend’s schedule to kick the holiday season into high gear.
    Christmas in Mount Eden is set for Friday night from 5 to 9 p.m.; the Tree of Life choral performance runs Friday through Sunday; and Christmas on Main Street is Saturday with a full slate of events from 2 to 6 p.m.

  • Karrer: County’s radio tower still on track

    Despite rumors of the county’s radio tower project being shut down, the installation of the tower is going ahead as scheduled, Judge-Executive Bill Karrer told those attending Monday morning’s Fiscal Court meeting.
    Because plans for the tower came about during a declared state of emergency, some procedures that are otherwise required by law have been waived or expedited, Karrer said.

  • School district faces $14,000 in OSHA penalties following June workplace death

    A Spencer County Schools maintenance employee’s June workplace death has resulted in the district facing $14,000 in penalties and two violations handed down by Kentucky’s arm of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

  • Herndon appointed to vacant board of education seat

    Native Spencer County resident and parent Debbie Tapp Herndon has been appointed to the Spencer County Board of Education’s Waterford seat, which would have been vacant as of Jan. 1 due to no candidates filing to run for the position.

  • County to buy current extension building

    The Spencer County Fiscal Court voted Nov. 19 to move forward in purchasing the current Spencer County Cooperative Extension Service Building, which is set to become the new headquarters of Spencer County Emergency Medical Services.
    Magistrate David Goodlett, member of the building committee, reported that the extension building was appraised at $290,000 — that’s $40,000 higher than the $250,000 purchase price discussed between the Extension Board and the Fiscal Court.

  • Lifelong friends served in World War II together

    Editor’s note: The Spencer Magnet contacted Earl Slucher earlier this month in hopes of writing a story about his time spent serving in World War II. Slucher pointed us in the direction of an article that first ran in a Spencer Magnet special section in February 2004 featuring his story as well as the story of J.R. Smith. At the request of Mr. Slucher, that story appears below. Mr. Smith died last year.