Local News

  • County clerk candidates publicly discuss issues affecting the office at forum

    Spencer County voters might be overwhelmed by the large pool of candidates battling for the office of Spencer County Clerk, but a candidate forum held last Thursday offered citizens an opportunity to gather more information on those vying for the office from both the democratic and republican candidates.

  • Arts on Main promises to complement gourd show festivities

    With Saturday’s forecast calling for sunshine, a zero percent chance of rain and a high in the mid-80s, organizers of this year’s Arts on Main arts fair are hoping for a stellar turnout.
    Though a separate event, the arts fair is paired on the same weekend as the Kentucky Gourd Society’s Gourd and Art Show to attract as many people as possible to the Taylorsville area.

  • Gourdi Gras 2012

    The good times will roll this weekend at the 18th-annual Kentucky Gourd Society’s Gourd Festival and Art Show, themed “Gourdi Gras.” The event will pay homage to the popular Mardi Gras festival that takes place in New Orleans each February, and will include some wildly colorful and vibrant pieces from artists across the United States.

  • A complicated history

    A divide between Spencer County Judge-Executive Bill Karrer and the magistrates who sit on fiscal court became apparent this week after Karrer confirmed he would prefer that Magistrate Jerry Davis step down, even while the other magistrates say they support Davis’ work on the court.
    Spencer County resident and well-known whistleblower Lawrence Trageser brought the issue to light at last Monday’s Fiscal Court meeting in open session, claiming that Karrer attempted to force Davis to vacate his seat.

  • Today is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

    Special to The Spencer Magnet

    Is your sulking daughter being a normal teenager, or could her change in behavior be a warning sign for depression? Could your son’s sudden bursts of anger be a passing phase, or is it a warning sign that he’s being bullied at school?

    In both scenarios, the answers could go either way, according to Stephany Pond, unit manager and master therapist at Seven Counties’ Taylorsville office.

  • Case closed on EMS building violations

    Reports that the Spencer County Emergency Medical Services building was dilapidated, with rodent excrement and holes in the ceiling and floor, led to a change in leadership at EMS and a $3,500 fine from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet’s Occupational Safety and Health Program.

    According to documents obtained from the OSH program through open records requests, the office inspected the EMS building between the dates of Feb. 8 and March 21.

    Following those inspections, several citations and notifications of penalty were issued on March 26.

  • A happy ending

    Special to The Spencer Magnett

    Most people who take training to handle emergency medical situations never have to put their knowledge to the test. During all the 20 years of her career, this was true for Vicki Thomas, a third-grade teacher at Spencer County Elementary School.

    But on Tuesday, April 30, her training in using the Heimlich maneuver literally saved the life of one of her students, Bryce Cooper.

    The two discussed the ordeal during an interview at the school yesterday.

  • County clerk’s forum this Thursday at Chamber of Commerce buildings

    The questions are in and the tallies have been counted — six reader-submitted questions have been selected as possibilities for May 10’s county clerk candidate forum sponsored by The Spencer Magnet and the Spencer County-Taylorsville Chamber of Commerce.

    The forum will take place during the chamber’s monthly luncheon, which is from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday.

  • County budget proposal includes plans for new EMS facility

    In a preliminary budget discussion with Spencer County Fiscal Court members Monday morning, Judge Executive Bill Karrer said he was interested in cutting the county’s personal property tax rates and that he had to turn down some department expenditure requests because of the looming cost of a new EMS facility.

  • Narrow vote increases water rates 3.5 percent

    The Taylorsville City Commission voted Thursday night to include a water rate increase of 3.5 percent for all of its water customers in its proposed budget for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

    The 3.5 percent increase passed by a vote of 3-2, with Mayor Don Pay and commissioners Kathy Spears and Larry Waldridge in favor, and commissioners Beverly Ingram and Nathan Nation opposed.