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  • Open records decision regarding tower cites conflicting evidence

    Conflicting information submitted to the Attorney General regarding a Spencer County open records appeal resulted in an open records decision that is hardly a decision at all.
    In the decision, released April 30, Assistant Attorney General Amye L. Bensenhaver states that “the conflicting evidentiary record in this appeal precludes conclusive resolution of this question.”

  • Police conduct weapons search at SCHS

    Following multiple fights last week at Spencer County High School and rumors that students might bring knives and possibly a gun to school Monday, local law enforcement set up backpack and pocket checks going into the high school Monday morning.
    Members of the Taylorsville Police Department, the Spencer County Sheriff's Department and the Kentucky State Police searched backpacks and had students empty their pockets into searchable pans as they came through the front doors of the school, Taylorsville Police Chief Toby Lewis said.

  • LAST STOP: RETIREMENT

    Spencer County Schools Transportation Manager Jack Senior never thought he would find himself behind the wheel of a school bus, but 13 years ago that is exactly where he landed. His route through the district’s transportation department has taken him all the way to the top as transportation manager, and now it is time for his next stop in life: retirement.

  • Gourders return to Taylorsville Saturday

    Gourd artists and enthusiasts from across Kentucky and beyond will again gather in Spencer County this weekend to celebrate all that the gourd has to offer – from growing the unique plant to using it as a medium for artistic projects or even transforming it into a utilitarian object like a ladle or a spoon.
    Spencer County Elementary School will house the Kentucky Gourd Society’s 2013 Gourd Art Show Saturday and Sunday. The theme for this year’s event is “Doodlin’ Around with Gourds.”

  • Flea Market comes to Main Street Saturday

    This weekend will feature a Main Street committee-sponsored companion event to the Kentucky Gourd Festival, but the committee is changing it up this year.
    The inaugural Main Street Fleamarket will take the place of the arts and crafts show hosted by the committee over the last several years.
    “Arts and crafts shows, with the economy the way it is, they’re not doing well,” said Jan Deigl, Main Street committee member. “So we decided to try something new. Fleamarkets are a popular attraction.”

  • Trial date set in stabbing case

    The Louisville man indicted earlier this year for stabbing, then dumping another man in the Elk Creek Grocery parking lot is now set to face a jury trial late this summer.
    Paul C. Barr Jr., 34, of the 1100 block of Lehigh Avenue in Louisville, faces charges of first-degree assault, a Class B felony, and tampering with physical evidence, a Class D felony.
    Barr appeared in Spencer Circuit Court on Thursday, and his attorney, Stephen Wright, requested a trial by jury, which Judge Charles Hickman set for August 12-13.

  • Mason named Magnet publisher

    Lynette Mason, who has served as The Spencer Magnet’s advertising director and general manager for the past five years, is now the newspaper’s publisher — the first publisher to be named for The Magnet in 23 years.

  • Mr. Shakespeare, meet the 1980s

    William Shakespeare wasn’t around to experience the 1980s, but this weekend, Spencer County middle and high school drama students are mixing the decade known for big hair, bright colors and music with a play written 300 years earlier.

  • City makes no changes to proposed budget

    After three meetings full of questions and discussion about the City of Taylorsville’s budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year, the City Commission voted 4-1 Wednesday night to approve the budget as originally presented.
    Commissioner Beverly Ingram voted against the budget, while Mayor Don Pay and commissioners Jack Proctor, Kathy Spears and Ellen Redmon voted in favor of it.

  • Mount Eden man charged with attempted murder back in court

    A Mount Eden man accused of shooting at and pistol-whipping his girlfriend in March 2012 appeared in Spencer Circuit Court for a hearing Thursday.
    Benjamin W. Mobley, 59, of the 2100 block of Murphy Lane, was indicted in early December 2012 on charges of criminal attempted murder, second-degree assault and first-degree wanton endangerment.