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  • 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.

  • Friends, family remember accident victim

    A 2010 Spencer County High School graduate remembered for his energy, enthusiasm and faith was killed in a two-vehicle accident in Greene County, Ohio, on Friday.

  • County’s switch to new radios providing clear communications

    The Spencer County Sheriff’s Department and Spencer County EMS made the switch to their NXDN protocol ICOM radios over a week ago and the results are just as Sheriff Donald “Buddy” Stump hoped they would be, he said Thursday.
    “There’s no place in Spencer County where we haven’t been able to communicate,” Stump said.
    Communications have been crystal clear even transporting prisoners outside of the county to Shelby and Bullitt counties, Elizabethtown and the University of Louisville Hospital, Stump said.

  • Few facts public about board of education settlement involving special education

    Little public information is available regarding a recent settlement reached by the Spencer County Board of Education regarding a special education-related proceeding handled in closed session.