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  • Sneeze causes man to lose control of vehicle

    An “achoo” quickly turned into an “oh no” for one driver last Thursday.
    According to a collision report from the Spencer County Sheriff’s Office, Curtis D. Franklin, 49, of the 300 block of Jefferson Street, was traveling north on Elk Creek Road around 12:40 p.m. last Thursday, when he sneezed.
    “Driver said when he sneezed he lost control of [his Mercury Nautica Villager] and hit the guardrail/bridge rail,” Deputy Todd Tinsley wrote in the collision report. “Subject regained control and stopped the vehicle.”

  • County has few DUI arrests over New Year’s

    Spencer County welcomed 2013 with a very low number of reported intoxicated driving arrests – perhaps a positive indication that local drivers are heeding warnings to not get behind the wheel when driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

  • Bruner closer to trial in beating case

    Mark Bruner, charged with the brutal beating of a woman left by the side of the road, was given a new court date Monday for still another status hearing as he nears his jury trial date of March 11.
    Shackled and wearing his orange jailhouse-issued jumpsuit, Bruner glowered at onlookers as he entered Shelby County Circuit Court and stood stoically before Judge Charles Hickman as his court appointed attorney, Melanie Lowe-Stratton, and Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Melanie Carroll reviewed the case.

  • Clerk’s, sheriff’s office salary budgets to increase by 3 percent

    The Spencer County Clerk’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office will each see a three percent increase in their salary budgets for deputies, assistants and other employees.
    That increase is two percent less than what County Clerk Lynn Hesselbrock sought for her 2013 budget and in line with what Sheriff Donald “Buddy” Stump had requested.
    The salaries of the clerk and the sheriff are not included in their respective budgets.

  • Celebrating to remember

    An estimated 50 to 75 friends and family members of Shelby Bockting and Michaella ‘Mikie’ Monroe gathered at Valley Cemetery on Sunday to celebrate what would have been Bockting’s 18th birthday.

    Bockting and Monroe were Spencer County High School juniors when they were killed Jan. 18, 2012, in a one-vehicle automobile accident on Mike Brown Road. The crowd released balloons containing special messages to the girls at 3:15 p.m., approximately the time the girls died.

  • Honorable Mentions: Additional stories that made headlines in 2012

    Man gets 20 years for breaking into Cochran Hill home
    After being caught breaking into a Cochran Hill Road home in March, a Louisville man was found guilty by a Spencer County jury, which recommended he be sentenced to 20 years in prison.
    James R. Seabolt, 36, of Louisville, was found guilty of second-degree complicity to burglary and of being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

  • Spencer schools to benefit from ‘Race to the Top’ funds

    Spencer County Public Schools will locally benefit from a $40 million award given via the competitive Race to the Top federal grant competition, as the educational cooperative of which it is a part is one of the 16 winners nationwide.

  • Trial dates set in Trageser case

    Trial dates were set Friday for the Spencer County man accused of attempting to unlawfully access the county’s computer system and harassing a sheriff’s deputy.
    Lawrence S. Trageser, 47, of the 100 block of Elmers Court, originally faced a charge of unlawfully accessing the county’s computer system, a felony, and a separate harassment charge, which is a misdemeanor. However, the felony charge was reduced to attempt to unlawfully access a computer.

  • Spencer County: A community of giving

    Editor's note: The following stories were selected as positive highlights from 2012 compiled by The Spencer Magnet staff. The list is not all-inclusive and the highlights appear mostly in chronological order. Some events spanned a greater time frame and may appear seemingly out of order.

     

  • Looking back: A year in review

    Cahoe murder still a mystery almost a year later
    Spencer County had a tragic and mysterious start to 2012 with the unsettling news of a murder that still remains unsolved almost a year later.