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  • Knife found on SCHS student

    A 17-year-old male student at Spencer County High School was charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon Friday afternoon.

    Taylorsville Police Chief Toby Lewis said police were responding to a fight at the school. One of the juveniles involved allegedly admitted to carrying a switch blade knife in his boot and voluntarily turned it over to school administrators.

    The student was arrested and later released to his parents.

  • PUBLIC RECORDS: Property transfers

    Property transfers

    The following property transfers were recorded in the Spencer County Clerk’s office during the month of October 2009. These are continued from the January 28, 2010 edition.

    Connie S. Dale, Taylorsville to Marilyn G. Bowman, Taylorsville. Property located in Spencer County on State Highway 55 in the village of Elk Creek as described in deed book 229 page 694. $95,000.

    Oakwood Drive Properties LLC, Lebanon Junction to Derek and Tracy Mitchell, Taylorsville. 257 Locust Drive. $80,000.

  • School district proposes Wednesday start

    A comparison of the draft 2010-2011 school calendar to this year will reveal few changes. Among the proposals are a Wednesday start, instead of Tuesday as the first day of school.

    Superintendent Chuck Adams said calendar committee members were unanimous in their discussions.

    “A half week allows students to ease into the school year. The idea is actually geared toward younger kids, but teachers and parents of middle school students were also very receptive,” said Adams.

  • County to pave subdivision

    Fiscal court may be venturing into un-driven territory when Camp Branch Trail subdivision is paved later this year. New landowners requested Monday that road bond funds be used to finish what the original developers did not.

    “We want the road built so we can sell the lots,” said Steve Bowman, president and CEO of The Peoples Bank in Taylorsville.

  • Fighting fire in the snow

    Mt. Eden Volunteer Fire Department fought more than one battle when they responded to a structure fire Saturday afternoon. Before extinguishing the 20-foot flames, firefighers first had to figure out a way to get to the large shed located a few 100 feet off the roadway and buried under four inches of snow.

    “We were worried about getting the truck stuck,” said Chief Doug Herndon.

    With the apparatus parked some distance away, firefighters struggled to drag several extra sections of hose across the frozen ground.

  • Crystal meth left at Tobacco Barn leads to arrest

    A Cox’s Creek man was arrested on drug charges after Tobacco Barn employees reported finding crystal methamphetamine in the Taylorsville store.

    Bryan Baldwin, 35, was charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetmine, Lortab and Xanax) in the first, second and third degrees. He was also charged with trafficking a controlled substance; trafficking within 1,000 yards of a school; and possession of marijuana.

  • Field set for primary face-off

    Paperwork has been flying across the counter for months at the clerk’s office, but not near as frenzied as in the past week. With the closing of the candidate filing window yesterday, that steady flurry stopped abruptly at 4 p.m.

    In all, 52 individuals volunteered their service to the public. Twenty-one joining the primary election field in the past week.

    The magistrate seats in Elk Creek District 3 and Campbranch District 4 saw the most interest with seven new filings combined.

    Elk Creek Magistrate

  • PUBLIC RECORDS: Property transfers

    Property transfers

    The following property transfers were recorded in the Spencer County Clerk’s office during the month of September 2009.

    Kentucky Housing Corporation, Frankfort to Federal National Mortgage Association, Dallas TX. Lot 7 Watkins Glen. Conveyance to complete foreclosure.

    The Peoples Bank of Taylorsville, Taylorsville to Terrence E. and Tania Cooper, Taylorsville. Property located in Spencer  County as described in deed book 229 page 191. $87,750.

  • Loud and clear

    Emergency service personnel may breathe a sigh of relief to learn that communicating with handheld radios will be much easier later this spring.

    Spencer County Fiscal Court approved a recommendation to have several radio repeaters and receiver stations installed by Commonwealth Communication Systems, Inc. of Lexington. The cost of the project will run roughly $160,000 – $86,000 of which will be funded through a Homeland Security grant. Governor Steve Beshear announced that Spencer County was awarded the grant in October.

  • Magnet runner-up in KPA

    The Spencer Magnet was named runner-up in the 2009 Kentucky Press Association’s Excellence in Newspapers contest. Awards were presented to publications from across the state during the 141st annual KPA convention and banquet in Lexington Friday night.

    “It pleases me to know that we’re very highly regarded among our peers” said Magnet General Manager Lynette Mason. “We may be a small paper and located in a small town, but we’re accomplishing big things, and that is what truly matters.”