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  • ELECTION 2010: Candidate list for Spencer County voters

    The following is a list of national, state and local candidates that hope to serve the voters in Spencer County. Races with multiple party candidates will first face off in the primary election on Tuesday, May 18, 2010. The last day to register to vote in the primary is Monday, April 19, 2010.

    An asterisk (*) denotes an incumbent.

    NATIONAL RACES

    U.S Senate

    Republicans: Bill Johnson, Gurley L. Martin, Rand Paul, Jon J. Scribner, John Stephenson, and C.M. "Trey" Grayson.

  • Occupational tax to drop

    County officials took the first steps in lowering occupational and net profit taxes Monday morning. The change would take effect January 1, 2011.

    The current rate collected by the fiscal court is one percent of occupational and net profits earned in Spencer County. Magistrates approved the first reading of a budget that would lower those rates to 0.8 percent.

    For anyone employed in the county, the reduction would mean paying $80 for every $10,000 earned – instead of the $100 they are currently paying.

  • Festival on Main St. this Saturday

    As many gourd heads gather in Taylorsville this weekend, the Main Street Committee is hoping visitors will take the time to spend a few hours Saturday in historic downtown enjoying the Main Street Arts Fair and Music Festival.

    The fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and will feature local and regional juried artists selling and displaying their works in town square along Main Street. The event will also include local country and bluegrass musical talent with performances from Hank and the Sanctuary Band, The Elk Creek Band, BlueZenGrass, Judge Angus and David Delaney.

  • Ribbon cutting: Groomingdale's

    ROBIN BASS/The Spencer Magnet

     

    Groomingdales Boarding and Grooming Salon celebrated the opening of their new business with a ribbon cutting recently.

    Groomingdales offers grooming and boarding for all dog breeds, cats and parrots.  Julie Harpe-Basham is the expert groomer that will be taking care of your little babies, along with employee Abigail Smith.

    Groomingdales is open Tuesday through Saturday and is located behind Elmars BP at 34 Commerce Drive in Elk Creek. Call for an appointment, 477-0897.

  • Judge executive candidate respond to forum questions

    The following are excerpts taken from the responses of judge executive candidates at the Primary Election Forum held Friday, May 7.

    1. The judge-executive is responsible for overseeing the county’s finances, providing recommendations to fiscal court about how to best spend tax revenue, recommending persons for various county boards, and representing our interests in Frankfort. What qualifications, experiences and skills do you have that would make you the best candidate for judge-executive?

  • Candidate forum draws few

    The judge executive candidates were walking to their seats as Patty Davis reached down into her purse and pulled out a pen and a small pad of paper. Taking notes had become a habit, she explained; a way to confirm if she heard correctly. And in the case of Friday’s Primary Election Forum, Patty wanted to remember every word.

    As for her husband, David Davis, he was more focused on what he did not want to hear – anything that would involve increasing his taxes or spending more taxpayer money.

  • Art for the senses at the Kentucky Gourd Show

    Art isn’t just about seeing it with your eyes – it’s about touching, exploring and experiencing – and that is exactly what Kentucky Gourd Society member and artist Patrice Will is hoping will make this weekend’s 16th annual Kentucky Gourd Art Show unique.

  • Questions arise after sewage backflows into Early Wyne home

    Imagine the horror of finding untreated sewage bubbling up the shower drain. As if that’s not bad enough, then you discover the vile liquid has managed to seep into the wall and is now pooling in the basement.

    This is the nightmare that one Early Wyne couple wad living one recent Sunday afternoon.

    “We were lucky we were home,” said Rick Sienkowski, “and that it was concentrated in one area.”

  • Food pantry now offers fresh produce for needy

    Before last week, Spencer Countians in need of food assistance could acquire a substantial amount of boxed or canned food – but no fresh fruits or vegetables.

    “Starting today, we will have fresh produce every week,” said Jill Whitehouse, Family Service Coordinator for Spencer County’s Multipurpose Community Action Agency.

    Fresh apples, potatoes and cabbages were delivered to the food pantry Friday. Whitehouse said the selection will vary depending on what Dare to Care is able to provide, but that fresh items will be delivered every Thursday.

  • Just what are the duties, pay for elected officials?

    Judge Executive

    The judge executive:

    • is specifically charged with executing all ordinances and resolutions of the fiscal court, all contracts entered into by the fiscal court, and all state laws subject to enforcement by the judge executive or by officers under his or her supervision.

    • has the primary responsibility for the administration of county government.

    • is responsible for keeping the fiscal court informed of the operations of county departments, boards, and commissions.