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  • Email, text alert service returns to Taylorsville Police Department

    Nixle, the alert service used to provide Taylorsville residents with text message and email alerts in emergency situations, is back in action.

    Taylorsville Police Chief Toby Lewis sent a message to former subscribers a couple of weeks ago to let them know the service was back in use.

    “Taylorsville Police are back on line with Nixle,” the alert said. “We will try to keep you updated on community events. Tell your friends to register.”

  • District improvement plan to focus on individualized learning

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series outlining the 2012-2013 Comprehensive District Improvement Plan, which was recently reviewed and unanimously accepted by the Spencer County Board of Education. In this week’s article, readers can find the goals and objectives set for the district during the 2012-2013 school year. Make sure to pick up next week’s edition of The Spencer Magnet for part two, which will outline how the district plans to fund and implement its objectives.

  • On Christmas Day, she moved

    By Lisa King | Landmark News Service
    Denisse Escareno’s family members were praying for a Christmas miracle. They hoped the doctors were wrong about her being brain dead.

    On Christmas Day, they got that miracle.

    Escareno, 24, the assault victim viciously beaten and left by the side of the road, moved her fingers and toes, her roommate Melody Riddle said Tuesday.

    “We went up to see her on Christmas Day, and Krissi took the kids,” she said.

  • Locals arrested in McCracken County drug sting

    Two Taylorsville residents were among five people arrested last week in connection with a large marijuana trafficking ring in Paducah, according to the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department.

    Stephanie H. Boblitt, 26, and Jaime Rodriguez, 35, both of Taylorsville, were arrested Dec. 21 and charged with conspiracy to traffic in over five pounds of marijuana.

  • Mt. Washington woman injured in Christmas Eve wreck

    A Christmas Eve morning crash in Spencer County has left a Mount Washington woman critically injured.

    In the one-vehicle accident that was initially thought to be a fatality, Kentucky State Police said 23-year-old Lauren N. Gardner was ejected from her Nissan Versa around 8:49 a.m. Saturday.

    According to KSP, Gardner was traveling north bound on Ky. 31 E. in Spencer County near the Nelson-Bullitt-Spencer line when her vehicle dropped off the right side of the roadway.

  • Clerk, sheriff present budgets to fiscal court

    Spencer County Clerk Lynn Hesselbrock and Sheriff Buddy Stump presented their 2012 budgets to the fiscal court Monday night, but the court tabled approving those budgets until more information could be provided.

    The fiscal court cannot set salaries for individual deputies and assistants, but has the authority to set the total amount expended for salaries and benefits.

    Hesselbrock budgeted $253,044 for the salaries and benefits of her deputies, assistants and other employees — the limit set by the court for the former clerk.

  • Clerk, sheriff present budgets to fiscal court

    Spencer County Clerk Lynn Hesselbrock and Sheriff Buddy Stump presented their 2012 budgets to the fiscal court Monday night, but the court tabled approving those budgets until more information could be provided.

    The fiscal court cannot set salaries for individual deputies and assistants, but has the authority to set the total amount expended for salaries and benefits.

    Hesselbrock budgeted $253,044 for the salaries and benefits of her deputies, assistants and other employees — the limit set by the court for the former clerk.

  • Board adds more land to list

    The Spencer County School Board announced officially at its December meeting that it is adding two properties to its list of possible locations for the district’s new elementary school.

    On Dec. 9, architecture and engineering firm Sherman Carter Barnhart conducted site reviews of what the board is referring to as sites D and E. Site D is three lots located in the Taylorsville Industrial Park off Ky. 44/Little Mount Road and Site E is a 19.47-acre farm tract on Ky 44/Mount Washington Road across from Spencer County Elementary School, owned by Travis Farms Inc.

  • 12 burglaries, 8 arrests

    Burglars have been busy in Spencer County since the beginning of October, but so has the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department.

    Since Oct. 4, the sheriff’s department has arrested eight people in connection with at least 12 burglaries.

    •Chris Meadors, 27, was arrested and charged with second-degree burglary after allegedly breaking into a residence on Kelly Drive. Sheriff Buddy Stump said Meadors was released from custody, but arrested again after allegedly breaking into a residence on Arbor Green Drive.

  • PHOTO: Tree of Life

    First Baptist Church of Taylorsville hosted the Tree of Life musical presentation last weekend.

    The community choir, made up of 41 members from Spencer and surrounding counties, put on six performances, several of which were packed or sold out. The man-made tree structure spent the last couple decades at Bloomfield United Methodist Church. First Baptist offered to take over the performances when  BUMC announced it would no longer host them. The presentation included songs that highlighted the life of Christ from his birth, death on a cross and resurrection.