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  • ELECTION 2011: Three face off in race for governor

    Three candidates are seeking the governor’s seat in November. But, while each candidate has distinct differences, all agree that the economy and, more importantly, getting Kentuckians back to work, is among the top issues facing the Bluegrass state.
    The Central Kentucky News-Journal sent questionnaires to all three candidates. Below are their responses.

    Steve Beshear
    Currently serving his first term as governor, Steve Beshear, whose running mate is former Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, is a Clark County native.

  • Judge-exec: economic development in Spencer County is two-fold

    Editors note: Since the city and county voted to dissolve the Taylorsville-Spencer County Economic Development Authority earlier this year, The Spencer Magnet decided to check in with local government officials to discuss their economic development plans for the future. This week, Editor Shannon Brock sat down with Judge-Executive Bill Karrer to discuss the county’s perspective.

    Judge-Executive Bill Karrer says his thoughts about economic development in Spencer County have always been two-fold: business development and tourism.

  • POLL: Are you dressing up for Halloween?

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  • ONLINE ONLY: Hunter hits gas instead of break, sinks car in Taylorsville Lake

    A Jeffersontown man emerged Saturday from Taylorsville Lake safe and sound.

    His car? Not so much.

    Ronald Berkley was attempting to launch his boat that morning at the Van Buren boat ramp when things went terribly wrong, thanks to a new pair of hunting boots.

    Berkley, who was planning to boat to a location on the lake to go turkey hunting, told rescuers that he had just purchased the boots and was wearing them while backing his car down the ramp.

  • Construction temporarily halted on Gray’s Run bridge

    Construction on a bridge on Ky. 1392/Gray’s Run Road was temporarily halted earlier this month after contractors discovered the project was larger than originally anticipated.
    Andrea Clifford, spokesperson for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, said the bridge, which goes over Simpson Creek and is at mile point 1.9 on Gray’s Run Road, was slated for a deck restoration.
    However, when representatives from Intech Contracting began their work, they found “more deterioration than originally thought to be there,” Clifford said.

  • County awarded funds for dead animal removal program

    The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, approved $5,988 at its October meeting in support of a Deceased Farm Animal Removal Program in Spencer County.
    The Spencer County Fiscal Court submitted a proposal to the Spencer County Agricultural Development Council and the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, and was approved for the funding.

  • Two indicted on multiple drug charges

    A Springfield man and a Taylorsville man were indicted on multiple, unrelated drug charges by a Spencer County Grand Jury on Thursday.

  • Tips for a safe, happy Halloween

    As Spencer County’s smallest ghouls and goblins prepare to take to the streets Monday, The Spencer Magnet has collected some smart tips from local experts for a safe and fun Halloween celebration.

    Safety Tips
    The community’s annual Trick-or-Treat on Main Street celebration offers children and their families a safe opportunity to get the candy that children want without having to dodge traffic and approach strangers’ homes.

  • Stuck without a costume?

    At best, as your eyes are scanning these words, Halloween is five days away.

    Don’t have a costume for yourself or your little one? Never fear, The Spencer Magnet is here with some last-minute solutions.

    We combed the Internet to come up with 10 costume ideas that will be extra cute on the kids and workable for moms and dads if blown up proportionally.

    Try these on for size:

  • New Main Street manager up to the challenge

    Kim McManus knows being Taylorsville’s new Main Street manager will be a learning experience, but she’s up to the challenge.

    “It may be challenging,” she said. “But anything you jump into can be challenging, but it can also be very rewarding.”

    McManus hasn’t quite been on the job two weeks, but said she’s interested in diving right in and getting involved in the Taylorsville community.