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Local News

  • Dust and Bust: Drought taking toll on farmers, fall activities

    As local farmer Scott Travis plowed a field on his Cox’s Creek farm, an ominous dust cloud billowed into the sky, choking him and turning the horizon a chalky brown color.

    “I was out in the field stirring up dust,” a laughing Travis said upon returning a phone call to The Spencer Magnet.

  • Voter information

    The last day to register to vote or make any changes in your current voter registration is Monday, Oct. 4. If you have changed your address, name or other information, you will need a new voter card from the Spencer County Clerk’s office

    Persons who are unable to go to the polls to vote due to age, illness or disability may now request a mail-in absentee ballot. The last day to request and submit a mail-in ballot is Oct. 26.

  • CRIME BRIEFS

    Mother, son indicted for drugs

    TAYLORSVILLE — A Spencer County grand jury on Friday indicted a mother and son on charges they grew, harvested and intended to sell marijuana and large amounts of hallucinogenic mushrooms at their Elk Creek subdivision home.

    Barbara Smith and her 32-year-old son, Jason T. Smith, both of 175 Allen Pace Drive, are scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 21 in Spencer Circuit Court on four counts of drug production and possession.

  • '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.