Local News

  • Spike in whooping cough promps local concern

    Louisville health officials are urging the public to take precautions against whooping cough because of a recent spike in cases of the “highly contagious” respiratory tract infection, which can kill infants and cause serious illness in children and adults.

    The advice from the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness includes making sure infants get vaccinated on schedule; getting a booster vaccine if you’re a parent, grandparent or caregiver; and requesting to be tested if you exhibit signs of the illness, also known as pertussis.

  • Bear or bug?


    Last week, the Spencer Magnet ran a story about a man who wondered if some odd markings on a tree near his house might have been made by a bear. The homeowner said he’d tried contacting the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, but had heard nothing back from them. Meanwhile, the Magnet received a few emails and phone calls suggesting the marks could have been the work of the emerald ash borer, an insect that has decimated the ash tree population in several states, including Kentucky.

  • Massie helps launch Second Amendment Caucus

    Last week, a group of U.S. Representatives, led by Congressman Thomas Massie, launched the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus.

    “The recent election results present us with a new opportunity to advance pro-gun legislation and reverse the erosion of the Second Amendment that’s occurred over the last few decades. I look forward to working with the new President and this determined group of conservatives to promote a pro-gun agenda,” Massie stated.

  • Horse summit sparks action

    More than 30 people attended a “horse summit” convened last week by those working on moving forward with the City’s Strategic Plan. The meeting was designed to gauge interest in the horse and trail riding industry which could be developed into a major tourism draw for the community.

  • What’s happening - Week of December 14, 2016

    Elk Creek Children’s Choir presents Christmas program

    Elk Creek Baptist Children’s Choir will perform a Living Christmas Tree presentation, “Tell the Good News, Jesus is Born!” The performance will be Sunday evening, December 18 at 6:30 p.m. The community is invited to attend. Elk Creek Baptist is located at 5734 Elk Creek Road.

  • Book shares history of The Band

    Testimony, a new book about The Band’s history, written by Robbie Robertson. He was The Band’s guitarist, main songwriter and networker.

    This is a well written piece of modern music history that captures the evolution of five musicians starting out in 1960 as The Hawks until their final concert, The Last Waltz in 1976 as The Band.

  • All Saints Knights of Columbus honored

    Knights of Columbus All Saints Council #14234 has earned the distinction of Double Star Council, one of the Knights of Columbus top awards, for the 2015-2016 fraternal year.  The organization’s headquarters, located in New Haven, Ct., made the announcement.  

    The award recognizes overall excellence in the areas of sponsorship of service-oriented activities, and membership recruitment and retention.  The award was presented to the membership by Knights of Columbus State Deputy, Gabriel Cabral at a special ceremony held on December 3rd.

  • Heiner pushes for A-F grades for schools

    The state’s education secretary wants to see Kentucky schools be given A to F grades under its rede­signed accountability system, say­ing that having the report card-style labels will be clear and easy for parents and the community to understand.

  • Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Department honors members


  • Was there a bear up there?


    They’ve been spotted in Nelson, Meade and other nearby counties, so it would not be surprising at all to hear of a bear roaming through Spencer County. A local man thinks he has evidence of just that.

    Jerry Smith lives off Goose Creek Road and noticed some marks on his tree that he supposes could only have been made by a bear. He’s lived there for 26 years and his home is surrounded by woods and is frequently visited by all sorts of wildlife.