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  • Kleinjan returns to SCES

    The name Dale Kleinjan is probably familiar to anyone that has had children in Spencer County schools in the last 20 years.

    July 1 Kleinjan will return to the position that he always felt was the best fit for him – Spencer County Elementary School principal.

    The 40-year veteran administrator will come full circle within the district when he returns to SCES after teaching three years at the middle school and then moving to the high school where he taught one year and served as an assistant principal for three years.

  • Bass wins LCNI writing award

    Robin Bass, editor of The Spencer Magnet, was the recent recipient of first place award for excellence in news writing presented by Landmark Community Newspapers, Inc. (LCNI).

    Judges stated that they were “impressed with the clarity of Bass’ writing and with the thorough nature of (her) reporting. The entry titled ‘Floodwall failure’, is particularly well done. Bass gives the readers of the Magnet a very clear view of what appears to be a huge problem for that community.”

  • Missing soldier's body found

    The body of U.S. Army Spc. Anthony M. Carter was discovered at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday morning less than 30 yards from where he was last seen by acquaintances while visiting Taylorsville Lake on May 29.

    Members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made the discovery just as they were beginning their morning patrol. The Corps, Spencer County-Taylorsville Fire Department and Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s Law Enforcement Division have been rotating patrols during the daylight hours since Carter’s disappearance.

  • Plum Creek Baptist to celebrate 200th anniversary

    The church is much more than a beautiful, old building, Pastor Jon Rohr said as he sat in the 105-year-old sanctuary of Plum Creek Baptist Church last week.

    “It’s the body of believers that make up a church. Great institutions are always built on the foundation of the people who went before it,” said Rohr.

    On Sunday June 13, the tenacity of Plum Creek Baptist’s body of believers for the past two centuries will be celebrated. June marks the 200th anniversary of its establishment in the Waterford community of Spencer County.

  • Tanglewood buys condos

    Owners of Tanglewood Golf Course purchased two condo units and a swimming pool near the Taylorsville business Saturday afternoon.

    Tanglewood’s principal owner George Gregory, of Avon, Colo., said the structures located on two and one half acres adjacent to the golf course cost $265,000. The property was sold at an absolute auction June 5. The purchase will mean that all five condo units lining the front portion of the course will be under the control of Gregory and his partner, Mike Suchy.

  • Ribbon cutting: O’Driscoll’s Spirits

    O’Driscoll’s Spirits recently celebrated the opening of their Taylorsville business with a ribbon cutting in their beer cave portion of the wine, beer and liquor store. Among those in attendance for the event were (from left) Cara Lewis, of the Chamber of Commerce; Annie Driscoll, co-owner; Annette King and Joan Smith of Economic Development Authority; David Jenkins, judge executive; Zach Driscoll; Mike Driscoll, co-owner; Michaela Russell, co-owner and manager; and Don Pay, mayor.

  • Memorial Day service at Valley Cemetery

    Valley Cemetery on Highway 44 hosted the annual Spencer County Memorial Day Service Sunday afternoon. The service included the singing of several patriotic songs, the Pledge of Allegiance and a message from Pastor Bill Dunning of First Christian Church. His  message, entitled “Fading Honor,” reminded those in attendance that soldiers and veterans should be honored every day, not just on Memorial Day. Valley Cemetery recently erected an American Flag to honor service men, women and veterans, especially those without families.

  • $2.5 million in scholarships for SCHS seniors

    Spencer County High School seniors received awards, honors and about $2.5 million in scholarship funds during Thursday’s ceremony at Spencer Christian Church.

    Principal Jocelyn Lyons told the church filled with family and friends she was “thrilled” to present the students who received scholarships because she knows what it means to be a scholarship recipient. Thanks to those scholarships, Lyons said, she was able to complete her education without debt.

    “Take advantage of these,” Lyons encouraged.

  • Eight at Hillview overcome adversities to earn degrees

    Determined.

    This is how Principal Bob Hafendorfer introduced the eight graduating seniors from Hillview Academy to friends and family during Thursday’s graduation ceremony.

    The students, who came to the academy for different reasons, made up the largest graduating class where some got a second and sometimes more chances to complete their high school education.

  • Selby receives nine KPA awards in advertising excellence

    Hope Selby, graphic artist for the Spencer Magnet, single-handedly won nine of the top awards in the 2010 Kentucky Press Association Advertising Excellence in Newspapers contest.

    The results were announced May 20 during the KPA Spring Ad Seminars in Frankfort.

    “Hope’s ability to showcase an advertiser’s message, along with the creative use of graphics and color, were central to her success in this highly competitive competition,” said Lynette Mason, general manager of the Spencer Magnet.