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  • Who has power over the tower?

    By Phyllis McLaughlin
    Special to The Spencer Magnet
    The owner of the company that installed the new communications tower for Spencer County in December says he stands behind the quality of his work.
    Ray Willhoite of Antennas Unlimited Inc. in Lexington said last week he is not worried about the structural integrity of the tower itself, nor is he concerned about the integrity of the concrete used for the tower base and anchor blocks that secure the guy wires that keep the tower upright.

  • City begins budget talks

    The City of Taylorsville can have a balanced budget in the 2013-14 fiscal year without raising taxes or water rates, according to a draft budget presentation last Tuesday by Comptroller Randy McConnell.
    The City Commission called the special meeting last week primarily to go over the draft budget for the first time.

  • Audit finds payroll problems for county

    An annual audit of the Spencer County Fiscal Court by State Auditor Adam Edelen unearthed a host of payroll issues for the county, but states that, “the county’s financial statements, in all material respects, fairly present the county’s assets, liabilities, and net assets arising from cash transactions and revenues received and expenditures paid in conformity with the modified cash basis of accounting.”

  • Work to begin Monday on East River Road

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 5 Office advises motorists that maintenance work will be taking place on Ky. 2885 (East River Road) in Spencer County. KYTC crews will perform cross-drain repairs on this roadway in advance of asphalt resurfacing later this summer.
    Work on Ky. 2885 will begin at Ky. 55 (mile point 7.1) and continue to mile point 5.1.

  • Three sentenced in July 2012 cocaine raid

    Three of four Spencer Countians who pleaded guilty to drug charges that came as a result of a July 2012 bust by the Taylorsville Police Department were sentenced in Circuit Court on Thursday.
    Neither Raymond Birdsong, 62, Margaret F. Tingle, 76, or Terrence E. Gilbert, 48, will serve any jail time as long as they stay on the right side of the law for the next five years.

  • Three top county officials file suit against Trageser

    Three county officials have joined together to file a civil lawsuit against a Taylorsville resident known for publishing a controversial blog that routinely and openly criticizes Spencer County government.
    The suit, filed Monday, April 15, in Spencer County Circuit Court, claims that Lawrence Trageser made “false and defamatory statements” against the plaintiffs – County Judge-Executive Bill Karrer, County Attorney Ruth Hollan and County Sheriff Buddy Stump.

  • Yet another attack in Waddy

    A calf that was killed Wednesday night in a mauling attack in Waddy is not the work of a pit bull that was taken into custody in January as a suspect in earlier attacks, and later released after no hard evidence could be found to implicate him, officials say.
    That puts the investigation into the maulings back to square one, said Animal Control Director Rusty Newton.

  • .50-caliber bullet recovered from student on bus

    What started as an attempt to show his buddies something “cool,” ended in a trip to the principal’s office and a visit from the police for one Spencer County Elementary second-grader last week.

  • Classified, certified school staff to get raises

    Spencer County Schools staff and teachers will receive between a 1 percent and 2 percent raise next year at an estimated cost of $168,000.
    The salary scale, recommended by Superintendent Chuck Adams, passed unanimously at Monday night’s board meeting. Board Chair Jeanie Stevens was absent from the meeting.
    Both certified and classified personnel who have 0 to 14 years experience will receive a 1 percent increase. Those with 15 to 24 years of experience will receive a 1.5 percent increase. Those with 25 or more years experience will receive a 2 percent raise.

  • Video highlights from Spencer County High School Dancing with the Stars