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  • 2016 SCPS Teachers of the Year recognized


    The teachers at each of Spencer County’s public schools recently voted to select one of their peers as Teacher of the Year. Superintendent Chuck Adams and board chair Debbie Herndon recognized the five teachers at a school board meeting last week. Each teacher received a plaque and will be assigned a reserved parking spot.

    The Spencer Magnet contacted each of those teachers to get their take on what it means to be an exceptional teacher and to find out what inspires them to excel.

  • Riley presents county budget

    Spencer County Judge-Executive John Riley presented his annual budget for the county during Monday morning’s fiscal court meeting, with little discussion or feedback from magistrates.

    The spending plan outlines how the county government will appropriate the $6,665,287 in anticipated revenue for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Magistrate Brian Bayers said he was not ready to approve a first reading of the budget, but said little else about the spending plan.

  • Widening of KY 155 proposed

    State road work in the county will look a little lean over the next couple of years, but bigger projects could be on the horizon according to the six year road plan outlined by State Representative James A. Tipton to members of the Spencer County Fiscal Court on Monday.

    Tipton said the 2016-18 biennial highway construction plan has only one major project scheduled for the county, and that is the replacement of a bridge over Simpson Creek on West River Road at Netherton Lane. That project, scheduled for construction in 2017, is projected to cost $500,000.

  • Drill drives home stern message

    It’s become an annual event, but the message never gets old. Local first responders conducted a mock accident on the side lawn of Spencer County High School last Thursday to help remind students about the dangers of distracted driving in advance of last week’s prom and the upcoming graduation season. The drama presents a realistic experience of a fatal car accident.

  • What’s happening - Week of May 4, 2016

    Legislative Update at Farm Bureau May 14

    A legislative update with Sen. Jimmy Higdon and Rep. James A. Tipton will be held at the Farm Bureau office to discuss issues affecting Spencer County on Saturday, May 14 at 9 a.m. Coffee and doughnuts will be served, and the community is invited to attend.

    Kentucky Gourd Art Show

  • Exercise allows agencies to prepare for worst


    Spencer County school leaders met with local law enforcement officers and emergency responders April 28 to develop a response plan in the event of a crisis or mass emergency at any of the county’s schools.

    Brett Beaverson, director of operations for SCPS, led the discussion at the Spencer County EMS office on Spears Drive. The conversation took place there while other local officials worked through a mock crash scenario at Spencer County High School.

  • City police report arrests

    Taylorsville City Police reported the following activity last week:

    • Arrested Ricky Cox, 26, of LaGrange, on a Henry County District Court warrant for FTA on charges of Improper Equipment, Operating on Suspended/Revoked Operators License, and No Registration Plates.

  • Circus coming to town next Tuesday

    The Circus is coming to Taylorsville next Tuesday, May 10, at the Spencer County Fairgrounds.

    The Kelly Miller Circus will be performing two shows, at 4:30 p.m. and at 7 p.m. at the Fairgrounds. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12, if bought in advance, and $16 for adults and $8 for children at the gate.

    The Kelly Miller Circus was founded in 1938 and features elephants and other animals, along with clowns, high-flying acts and international circus stars.

  • $16.5 million to build TES


    The new Taylorsville Elementary School now has a builder.

    Louisville-based Morel Construction Co. LLC got the official nod from the Spencer County Board of Education Monday at the board’s monthly meeting at Spencer County High School.

    “We’re on our way, folks,” board chair Debbie Herndon said after the board passed a motion approving the general contractor.

    “The time has come,” superintendent Chuck Adams said.

  • Feasibility of hydro power plant at lake researched


    The current that flows through the Taylorsville Lake dam to the Salt River could have a future in electricity production, if a Coal Gables, Florida-based company’s plan proceeds.

    Energy Resources USA Inc., a subsidiary of a Spanish company, has filed a preliminary permit application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, proposing to conduct a feasibility study for a hydroelectric plant at the site.