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  • Ethics queries raise questions of their own

    Over the past year and a half, the Spencer County Ethics Commission’s handling of ethics complaints has left room for questions about the three-person agency itself, a Spencer Magnet investigation has found.

    Former Spencer County Ethics Commission chairman Hoyt Higgins may have violated the county ethics code when he conducted his own inquiries without convening the commission. But in so doing, Higgins was following instructions from Judge Executive John Riley and county attorney Ken Jones, Higgins told The Magnet.

  • Traffic may cross new bridge by end of April

     

    Motorists will soon be able to cross over the Salt River via the new bridge on KY 55 in Taylorsville, as crews finish up the project begun last summer. Contractors are working on the roadway approaches and plan to switch traffic onto the new bridge by the end of the month.

    Once traffic is traveling on the new bridge, construction efforts will shift to building the approach from KY 2885 (West River Road) to the new KY 55 alignment. West River Road will be closed at KY 55 for approximately two weeks during this work.

  • Residents cite concerns about sheriff’s coverage

    Two weeks after Sheriff Buddy Stump announced the end of 24/7 patrols following a cut in his payroll budget, citizens took to the floor during Monday night’s fiscal court meeting to express concern.

    “I’m disgusted and I’m not alone,” said Bill Kyser, who said he has lived in Spencer County for fifty years.

    He asked the three on the court who voted for the cut to explain their decision, and said the move not only was bad for public safety, but also economically.

  • Highgrove Rd. to be closed for repair work

    Highgrove Road, KY 48, will be temporarily closed over the next few weeks for repairs.

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced that maintenance stff will be replacing cross-drains on a three-mile section of this road between KY 623 (Lilly Pike) in Spencer County, and U.S. 31E (Bardstown Road) in Nelson County.

    KY 48 will be closed on weekdays beginning Monday, April 25. The road will be closed to through traffic from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Local access will be maintained for residents living on KY 48.

  • What’s happening - Week of April 20, 2016

    Board of Elections meeting

    The Spencer County Board of Elections will have a special meeting on Thursday, April 21 at 8:30 a.m. in the County Clerk’s office.

    Spencer County Preschool & Headstart Early Childhood screening

  • Are your kids Kindergarten ready?

     

    A building is only as strong as its foundation. The same is true of a child’s education and Spencer County Public Schools are working to shore up the educational foundations of the county’s youth by focusing on those formative years.

    “The home is the child’s first classroom,” said Spencer County Assistant Superintendent Chuck Abell. “The initial learning takes place there.”

  • What’s happening - Week of April 13, 2016

    Board of Elections meeting

    The Spencer County Board of Elections will have a special meeting on Thursday, April 21 at 8:30 a.m. in the Clerk’s Office.

    Dinner in Jail

  • Kindergarten Readiness

     

    See next week’s Magnet for a story on district efforts to improve readiness levels in Spencer County.

  • S.O.S. classes at Extension Office offers something for everyone

     

    If there’s something you’ve always wanted to learn about, this might be your chance.
    The Spencer Cooperative Extension Service’s Sharing-Our-Selves classes are underway and will continue through late May.

    The S.O.S. classes are held at either the Extension Office or the Spencer County Fish and Game Club. Unless otherwise noted, they’re free. Just bring an approved nonperishable food item for the Backpack Buddy program, which provides food to about 180 local students from preschool through high school.

  • Resort at lake closes

     

    Edgewater Resort, a development that seemed to hold promise for Spencer County’s tourism industry, has ceased operation, leaving the owners of its lakeside rental cottages without revenue.

    The company that owns the resort, Premier Resorts LLC, has handed the property over to King Southern Bank, according to Spencer County Judge-Executive John Riley.

    The bank is searching for a buyer, he said.

    “The only thing I know is that it is in transition,” said Riley, “and that they expect it to be resolved.”