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  • The 411: New texting law no LOL matter

    Local and state lawmakers will soon learn if Kentucky drivers get the message of the no texting while driving law when officers begin fining offenders Jan. 1.

    Although the law has been in effect across the state since July 15, lawmakers gave offenders an almost six month grace period under which they were issued a warning only.

    As of Saturday, anyone pulled over while using a personal communication device to send messages while operating a moving motor vehicle will face a fine of $25. Repeat offenders face a $50 fine for each repeat offense and court costs.

  • Revard case inching slowly toward trial

    While a trial date may be shortly forthcoming in the Commonwealth’s murder case against Raymond Revard Jr., both sides are standing strong in their respective beliefs of guilt or innocence of the accused.

  • Holiday Cash Contest winners announced

    Libby White of Taylorsville was the grand prize winner in The Spencer Magnet’s “2010 Holiday Cash Contest.”

    White will be awarded $500 from the contest, which required entrants to visit 20 local merchants to get their entry blank stamped.

    Other award winners are: Bob Moore, second place, $200; Frances and Dakota Austin, third place, $150; Wilma (Connie) Wolf, fourth place, $100; and Julie Wise, fifth place, $50.

    Winners will be notified when their checks are ready.

  • Jenkins' DUI trial moved

    Citing concerns of fairness, the presiding court judge in the pending DUI trial of Spencer County Judge Executive David Jenkins recently ordered the case transferred to Shelby County.

    In a Nov. 19 order, Special Judge Jerry D. Crosby II moved the case to Shelby because he didn’t think a court trial could be fairly argued in Spencer County.

    “It is ... the court’s opinion that it is impossible for either the Commonwealth or the defendant to obtain a fair trial on the charges pending before this court in Spencer County,” Crosby wrote.

  • A 'model' gift: Toy show a tradition for Shouse family

    In 1967, Betty Shouse was looking for the perfect Christmas gift for her husband, John L. Shouse. Little did she know, that gift would turn her husband into a lover of farm toys and collectibles.

  • Coroner doesn't think death was suicide in Revard case

    An attorney for accused murderer Raymond Revard Jr. says one of the keys for his defense is that the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office has never ruled on the manner of death.

    “Here it is two years later and the coroner’s office hasn’t said it’s a homicide,” said defense attorney Stephen H. Miller of the report on the death of Revard’s deceased wife, Lea Revard.

  • Audit identifies deficiencies

    The Spencer County School District recently received the results of its annual audit and, although three significant deficiencies were identified, the report states that the district is within federal compliance guidelines.

    The audit was conducted by Brown and Company Certified Public Accountants and examined the district’s fiscal year ending June 30, 2010.

  • PUBLIC RECORD: Property Transfers

    Property transfers

    The following property transfers were recorded in the Spencer County Clerk’s office during the month of August.

    Goodlett & Klempner, Inc, Mt. Eden to Edgar L. Lemle and Angela M. Lemle, Taylorsville. Lot 30 Elk Creek Ridge. $32,500.

    The Kehne Company, Inc., Taylorsville to Jonathan H. Steele, Taylorsville. Lot 53 Hickory Woods Subdivision. $141,900.

  • Revard case inching slowly toward trial

    While a trial date may be shortly forthcoming in the Commonwealth’s murder case against Raymond Revard Jr., both sides are standing strong in their respective beliefs of guilt or innocence of the accused.

    Revard, who is charged with murder in the 2009 shooting death of his wife, Lea Revard, was present in Spencer County Circuit Court last Thursday as attorneys debated various pre-trial issues before Judge Charles R. Hickman.

  • DEBT DILEMMA: County loan pay-off: Some question, others praise

    The current version of Spencer County Fiscal Court voted Monday to pay off a large chunk of debt before its election-altered counterpart takes office next year, but the decision was hardly welcomed by everyone in attendance.

    The court by a 3-2 verdict approved a motion to pay off $505,866 owed on debt and leases from the general operating fund before the end of the year, a move which made sense to some, but not to others.