Local News

  • No compromise on sheriff’s payroll

    There was motion but no real movement in the impasse over the sheriff’s office salary cap during Monday night’s meeting of the Spencer County Fiscal Court. The cap must be approved before the county can prepare its 2016-17 budget that must be approved by the state in June.

    Judge-Executive John Riley once again stated his concerns with a sheriff’s payroll budget that nearly tripled from $275,000 in 2010 to $782,000 in 2013. He said at a time when county revenues are decreasing, maintaining the sheriff’s payroll budget is increasingly difficult.

  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month


    Spencer County Judge-Executive John Riley, center, signs a proclamation declaring April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Spencer County. Last year, there were 192 reported cases of child abuse in Spencer County, and April has been declared as a time to call for awareness to the issue.

  • Groundbreaking for TES expected to begin in May


    A new Taylorsville Elementary School is on track to open in August 2017 despite a groundbreaking delay and an ongoing struggle to rein in the project’s cost.

    Superintendent Chuck Adams said a contractor will hopefully break ground at the site on Kentucky 44 sometime in May. Once blasting and excavation are complete, construction of the building will begin. The contractor will be required to finish the school by July 2017.

  • Public Record - Week of March 23, 2016

    It is the policy of The Spencer Magnet to publish public records as they are reported by various agencies. This policy has been established to preserve the fairness and impartiality of The Spencer Magnet. Names appearing in the public records will be published without exceptions. Public records are published as a news service to our readers. District court records are published as defendants enter pleas (guilty or Alford) or are found guilty.

    Judge J. R. Robards heard the following cases on January 18, 2016, in Spencer District Court:

  • Efforts to fight litter gear up


    Spring has sprung in Spencer County and the colors are beginning to pop.

    Unfortunately, many of the bright colors lining our roadsides are not the result of flowers and buds on the trees, but rather beer cans, fast food wrappers and a wide assortment of trash that’s been carelessly discarded over the past several months.

    It’s not just unsightly, it can be repelling to visitors and potential businesses.

  • Taylorsville Police arrest reports

    Taylorsville City Police reported the following activity last week:

    • Arrested Joshua Barnett, age 22, of Bloomfield, on a Nelson County warrant for nonpayment of fines and two counts of failure to appear.

    • Arrested Lynnsay Haymond, of Shelbyville, age 22, for possession of a controlled substance 1st offense, and public intoxication.

    • Served a Henry County Circuit Court probation violation warrant on John McKinley, age 25, of Taylorsville.

  • Spencer students eligible for in-state tuition at IUS

    Spencer County residents are now eligible to receive in-state tuition at Indiana University Southeast.

    Spencer is the seventh Kentucky county to be added to the reciprocity agreement between Kentucky and Indiana.

    The two states have been engaged in tuition reciprocity programs for more than a decade, and the newest agreement, signed in late December, added Spencer to the current list of eligible Kentucky counties which includes Jefferson, Bullitt, Oldham, Trimble, Meade and Shelby.

  • What’s happening - Week of March 16, 2016

    Sheriff’s Office to be open Saturday, March 19

    The Spencer County Sheriff’s Office will be open on March 19 and will be closed on March 26.

    Strategic Plan Session

    The public is encouraged to attend the Strategic Plan – Community Listening and Design Session on March 31 at 6 p.m. at the Spencer County Extension Office.

  • Heroin overdoses on the raise in Louisville area

    Louisville police believe a mixture of heroin and prescription drugs is behind a spike in overdoses they’ve responded to this month.

    “There is something going, we believe, with the heroin that’s being used in our community,” said Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad. “We believe it is mixed with other drugs, and it is some­thing that is causing people to overdose.”

  • Certification paves way for more Main St. work


    Two blocks of Main Street in downtown Taylorsville are as charming as you’ll find anywhere in the state. The Main Street Commission last week got a boost to their hopes of extending that charm out several more blocks.

    The Kentucky Heritage Council recently designated the Taylorsville Main Street Program as a Nationally Certified 2016 Kentucky Main Street Community. The designation has been a long-sought milestone for programvolunteers and Main Street Coordinator Beverly Ingram.