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  • State officials already prepping for winter extremes

    State Emergency Management officials participated in a regional virtual four-hour winter storm training exercise sponsored by FEMA last week at the Kentucky Emergency Management’s Emergency Operations Center located at Frankfort’s Boone National Guard Center.

    Just last winter, Kentucky experienced winter weather extremes in February that caused residents in 20 counties to lose access to water because numerous water system lines froze and burst in subzero temperatures.

  • Vietnam veteran says Red Cross girls saved his life


    Barry Campbell, a Spencer County Vietnam veteran has been featured in the Magnet before, but this year, he wanted to give honor to a group of patriotic Americans he credits for saving his life in the jungles of southeast Asia half a century ago.

    As a 19-year-old Marine, Campbell experienced the horrors of combat and said he’s alive to talk about it today thanks to some heroes in uniform who have long been overlooked.

  • What’s happening - Week of November 11, 2015

    SCHS Project Graduation Craft Fair

    Spencer County Project Graduation is hosting an indoor Craft Fair at SCHS on Saturday, November 21st from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. There will be all kinds of arts and crafts from various vendors. If you are interested in having a booth on this day or have any questions please leave a comment or message on the group’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/2015craftshow. The high school is located at 520 Taylorsville Road in Taylorsville.

    Parade entries needed for Christmas on Main Street

  • Community honors veterans with Saturday celebration


    Under a beautiful blue sky, veterans and citizens gathered on Main Street Saturday morning to pay tribute to those who have served this nation. The annual Veteran’s Day celebration was observed with a gathering at First Baptist Church in Taylorsville, followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the veteran’s memorial in front of the courthouse annex.

    State Senator Jimmy Higdon, himself a veteran of the U.S. Army, served as the keynote speaker, reminding those in attendance that some of the giants of American history were veterans.

  • Shelburne tops Cheek to fill vacated board seat

    Having held on to her seat on the Spencer County Board of Education, Lynn Shelburne vows to continue the endeavor she took up some time ago: educating the public.

    Shelburne won the Nov. 3 election by seven votes, narrowly defending her position against Ronald “Woodie” Cheek.

    “I feel like I’ve got a lot more to offer,” Shelburne said, “and I’m so pleased that a majority of my constituents feel the same way.”

  • New bridge may be named for Glasscock


    The late C. L. Glasscock and the Blue Bridge in Taylorsville spanned decades together, the latter traveling over the former literally thousands of times during his life. Fittingly, the new bridge currently under construction to replace the Blue Bridge, could be named for Glasscock, who served Spencer County as Sheriff and County Judge-Executive.

  • Voters defy polls; Bevin tops Conway

    Kentucky voters defied history and the polls last Tuesday as they elected Matt Bevin as Governor, only the second Republican in 44 years to win that seat. In Spencer County, Bevin routed Jack Conway by nearly 30 percentage points.

    One week before the election, polls released showed Conway, Kentucky’s current Attorney General, up five points over Bevin, who has never held public office. However, as the precincts closed and numbers began coming in, it was clear those polls were wrong.

  • City reverses flag policy; will come down during holidays

    There was plenty of passion about patriotism last Tuesday night as the Taylorsville City Commission again discussed how often the flags along Main Street should fly.
    Just one month after voting to keep the American flags hanging on the street lamps year-round, the commission had a change of heart last week, and voted 4-1 to set a date to have them go up and a date to have them come down each year in order to allow seasonal banners to fly along a two-block stretch of Main Street. The discussion generated strong discussion.

  • Celebrating four generations of military service


    For some Spencer Countians, Veteran’s Day is more like a family affair, as they will celebrate four generations of military service next week.

  • Cleaning county’s creeks


    Property owners concerned with the effects of rising creeks met Thursday night at the Spencer County Extension Office to learn how they can legally address those issues, but there seem to be few simple solutions.

    In years past, residents, and even local government officials, could go in and clear out streams from the build up of sediment that, over time, can alter the course and depth of streams and creeks. However, in the 1970s, the federal Clean Water Act enacted strict new measures limiting that practice.