Local News

  • New laws taking effect in July

    Interim activity continues, and in our meetings, there has been very significant data provided. During the IJC on Labor and Industry last week, Dr. Kate Akers of the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics reported that nearly 63 percent of Kentucky public high school graduates were college and/or career ready in 2014. While the numbers are an increase over previous years, it is difficult to compare with other states because Kentucky is unique in this measurement.

  • Several phone scams reported in county

    Thieves do not have to break into your house to steal. Sophisticated scams on the internet, through the mail, and over the phone have become all too common in recent years.

    Two local residents contacted the Spencer Magnet about such scam attempts they’ve thwarted recently.

    Bill Kiser said he has long entered the Publishers’ Clearinghouse Sweepstakes, but knew something was fishy when he received a phone call from them, asking if he’d received notice that he was a winner.

    “They said I won $2 million,” said Kiser.

  • Magistrates voice road concerns

    A rift between a couple of magistrates and the county road foreman made for some tense moments during Monday evening’s fiscal court meeting.

    During a portion of the meeting designated for committee reports or comments from members, Magistrate Jim Williams read a statement critical of county road supervisor Todd Burch.

  • Poultry restrictions a result of avian flu


    State Veterinarian Robert C. Stout has enacted restrictions on bird sales and movement in Kentucky to protect Kentucky’s poultry industry and bird population from the current avian influenza outbreak.

    “We are taking these steps out of an abundance of caution,” Stout said in a statement appearing on his agency’s website. “Poultry is Kentucky’s leading agricultural commodity, and we will do everything we can to keep our commercial and backyard poultry industries secure.”

  • Road work will result in closures of KY 48

    Maintenance work is progressing on KY 48 (Highgrove Road) in Spencer County.  Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) maintenance staff have completed cross-drain replacement between KY 623 (Lilly Pike) and the Nelson/Spencer County line (mile points 2.5 to 4.4).  Crews will now perform the same type of work on the rest of KY 48 between the Nelson/Spencer County line and Gordon Drive (mile points 0.0 to 2.4).

  • Relay for Life offers support, encouragment


    Julie Burroughs was all smiles Friday night as she joined hundreds of others at the annual Spencer County Relay for Life celebration at the high school.

    A cancer survivor since 2002, Burroughs knows the triumph shared by other survivors. After being diagnosed last October with breast cancer, she also knows the challenges of those who continue to face the illness head on.

    For Burroughs, keeping a positive attitude is the key, and Friday’s celebration plays a big role in maintaining the proper attitude.

  • Holes remain in levee pact

    The effort to repair the floodwall surrounding Taylorsville continues to be delayed as local leaders seek to bridge their differences on how to fund that project.

    A planned joint meeting scheduled for this past Monday night between the city commission, fiscal court and the floodwall commission was cancelled late last week as Judge-Executive John Riley suggested no agreement would likely be reached.

  • Water rates on the rise

    Water rates will be going up for both city and county residents following the second reading of an ordinance by the Taylorsville City Commission expected later this month.

    During a special meeting last Tuesday, the commission approved the first reading of a proposed water rate hike. The minimum water bill for customers within the city limits will be $10.56 per month, up eight cents from the current rate.

  • Board votes 3-1 to extend Adams to 2019

    Superintendent of Spencer County Public Schools Chuck Adams got some job security last week when the school board extended his contract out to 2019, but the decision was not unanimous.

    The board conducted their annual evaluation of Adams during last Thursday’s meeting at Spencer County Elementary School, and he received good marks. However, when it came to securing his services for the next four years, at least one board member expressed her concerns about such a lengthy commitment.

  • McGehee named to Lipscomb’s honor roll

    Taylorsville student Holli McGehee has been honored at Lipscomb University for academic achievement during the spring semester.

    McGehee was named to the honor roll for achieving a grade point average of 3.5 to 3.99. She is a Whitefield Academy graduate and public relations major.