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  • Prom party death trial postponed

    The trial of a woman charged with reckless homicide in the death of a teenager after a prom party in 2009 has been postponed.
    Angela Barkham, 40, of Inghram Lane, was indicted and charged with reckless homicide in the death of Donald C. DeJesus, Jr. after a prom party in May 2009.
    Barkham’s trial was scheduled to start this past Monday, but after a hearing Thursday on a motion to change the venue and move the trial out of Spencer County, Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman decided not to rule on that motion, but to continue the trial date until July 25.

  • USPS considers closing Fairfield Post Office

    Roland Moore wanted Fairfield residents to know the decision about closing the town’s post office has not been made.
    It was a point Moore, the Dunnville postmaster, stressed during Monday night’s meeting to hear feedback from Fairfield residents on the possible closure.
    As a postmaster at a small post office himself, Moore said he has been designated to talk with people in many of the communities facing possible closure of their post offices.

  • Spencer grad dies in crash

    A 2009 Spencer County High School graduate was killed in a one-vehicle crash early Sunday morning.
    Cody L. Klefot, 19, of Taylorsville, was traveling north on Dale Lane when he lost control of his 1999 BMW and left the roadway around 1:29 a.m., according to Kentucky State Police. Police said Klefot’s vehicle struck a tree and he sustained fatal injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.  
    There were no other passengers in the car and Klefot was wearing his seat belt, according to police.

  • Accused murderer back in court

    Raymond Revard appeared in Spencer County Circuit Court on Thursday, but not to stand trial — just yet.
    Revard was indicted on charges of murder and tampering with physical evidence in the alleged shooting death of his wife, Lea Revard, in 2009.
    Revard appeared in court last week for a pretrial conference, the result of which is another pretrial conference scheduled for April 20 at 1 p.m. in Shelby County.
    A jury trial, however, is scheduled in Spencer County from June 27-30.

  • Average water bill could increase 59 percent

    The 536 Taylorsville Water Works customers who pay for both water and sewer services can now get a better idea of how an impending rate increase will affect them.
    The Taylorsville City Commission moved in a special session Feb. 28 to advance with a state-mandated project to upgrade the city’s current wastewater treatment facility, which is estimated to cost $3.4 million. Although more than 58 percent of the project will be funded by grants, the city will be left with repaying a $1,410,000 loan, most of which will be passed on to ratepayers.  

  • POLL: Are this year's Bears the best in history?

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  • Shannon Brock joins Spencer Magnet as editor

    Shannon Brock was recently hired as the editor of The Spencer Magnet. Brock joined the staff last week.
    Brock comes to the Magnet after spending three years as a staff writer and news editor at The Anderson News in Lawrenceburg.

  • Taylorsville woman killed in Oldham County crash

    A Taylorsville woman died Wednesday in a two-vehicle collision on U.S. 42 in Oldham County.
    Lois M. Bailey, 68, died after police believe she lost control of her vehicle, spun into the opposite lane of traffic and was struck on the driver's side by a van.
    The crash occurred in the 13100 block of West U.S. 42.
    According to police, Bailey had been traveling eastbound on U.S. 42 in a 1999 Ford Contour. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
    The driver of the van, 43-year-old Robert Ochsner of Louisville, was not injured.

  • Website to become subscription-based service

    Beginning Wednesday, March 23, The Spencer Magnet’s website, www.spencermagnet.com, will become a subscription-based service.
    Anyone with a subscription to the newspaper will have access to all of the news and features that appear in each week’s print product, along with a number of online-only features including videos, slideshows and more.
    A digital PDF version of the newspaper will also be available online.

  • Dream season ends

    A wonderful season came to a disappointing end Tuesday night for the Spencer County Bears as they fell to Oldham County 70-50 in the finals of the Eighth Region Tournament in New Castle.