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  • 'Lucky' pilot walks away

    Dwayne Hargrove’s face was bloody and his right eye was nearly swollen shut, but he walked away from a plane crash Saturday morning.

    Fifty-year-old Hargrove, of Louisville, was attempting to land at a private air strip in Taylorsville when his right wing clipped a static line and sent his 1946 Aeroca hurtling toward the ground.

  • Bancroft makes first court appearance

    With a dozen family members of the woman he is accused of killing glaring at him, a shackled and visibly nervous Gary Bancroft made his first live appearance in an Anderson County courtroom Tuesday morning.

    Bancroft, the Bardstown Road man accused of slashing to death his girlfriend, Frances Renee Mobley, pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and tampering with physical evidence.

  • Magnet welcomes Bilger to staff

    The Spencer Magnet welcomes reporter Mallory Bilger to their news staff. Mallory began working on a part-time basis at the newspaper Sept. 13.

    “I think she will make a great addition to our staff,” said Lynette Mason, Magnet General Manager.

  • Extension Service: 'Our duty' is to keep taxes low

    The Spencer County Cooperative Extension Board has moved to not raise taxes this year and is sitting on a sizable nest egg that Board Chair Sandi Deutsch said will be used to fund the organization’s plans to relocate next year to a larger space that will better serve the community.

    The board voted Aug. 10 to levy its tax rates at the 2009 levels, fixing the fiscal year 2010 rates at 17.82 cents per $100 of assessed personal property, 3.43 cents per $100 of assessed real property and 3.11 cents per $100 of assessed motor vehicle value.

  • Cyclist killed on KY 248 mourned

    A Taylorsville man was killed Thursday morning when he was struck by an SUV while cycling on KY 248/Briar Ridge Rd. Hundreds attended funeral services for Paul M. Pegram, 40, yesterday morning at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville.

    “He loved his children very much. He was always in an up attitude usually had a smile on his face. He was easy to be around,” said Dave Pegram, Paul’s father.

  • Test scores show individual gains

    The recent release of the 2009-2010 No Child Left Behind and Kentucky Core Content Test results have been a point of pride for the Spencer County School District.

    The goal for all students to score at proficient or higher has still not been attained, but the district is certainly not alone and some schools have more obstacles to tackle than others. This week The Spencer Magnet takes a look at the district’s Exceptional Child Education scores and individual school scores.

    Exceptional Child Education

  • Burn ban continues

    A ban on all outside burning continues in Spencer County. The area received only .08 inches of rain Saturday.

    Judge Executive David Jenkins signed an executive order Sept. 23 prohibiting all open burning until further notice. He cited an increase in the number of wildfire emergencies in recent weeks and a concern for public safety as contributing to his decision.

  • 'Dukes' star Octoberfest Grand Marshal

    The humble, but bumbling, Deputy Enos Strate on the 1980s series “The Dukes of Hazard” would have never dreamed of becoming sheriff. This weekend, he will do one better when the actor that portrayed the Hazard deputy will be the honorary 2010 Octoberfest Grand Marshal.

    “We wanted to bring a little celebrity status to Taylorsville,” said Toby Lewis, Octoberfest committee member. “When folks come to the festival, they will be able to get their picture made with a real movie star.”

  • Mayoral candidates face off

    Candidates for Taylorsville mayor fielded questions ranging from taxes to economic development during a recent political forum held at the Spencer County-Taylorsville Chamber of Commerce.

    About 75 residents participated in the chance to learn more about the four people seeking to become mayor. Voters will be heading to the polls in less than five weeks to determine the outcome of this and other local, state and federal races.

  • District makes notable gains

    It’s no secret between teachers in the Spencer County Public Schools that fighting for progress, especially within the auspices of the No Child Left Behind Act, has been and will continue to be an uphill battle.

    Educators in the county and across Kentucky have just received their Kentucky Core Content Test and NCLB scores and, for most Spencer County schools in most content areas, there are reasons to celebrate.