Local News

  • Stories that made honorable mention in 2011

    •Taylorsville gets 24-hour police coverage — Taylorsville Police Chief Toby Lewis and the city commission worked through funding and scheduling conflicts in January to make sure the city police department could offer around-the-clock coverage.


    The Spencer Magnet news staff looked back through each edition of 2011 and picked its top 12 stories of the year. You’ll also see a few honorable mentions that, with so much news throughout the year, were worth noting, but didn’t quite make the top of the list. All dates referenced in the summaries are from the calendar year 2011, unless otherwise noted. The stories, compiled by Reporter Mallory Bilger and Editor Shannon Brock, are not ranked and appear in no particular order.

    Former sheriff indicted, enters plea to misdemeanor

  • Five file to run for county clerk

    As of Tuesday afternoon, five Spencer Countians have filed to run for the office of county clerk in this year’s election.
    Current County Clerk Lynn Hesselbrock confirmed Tuesday morning that she has filed to run for office, as well as three other candidates — Karen Spencer (R), Abbigail Nation (D) and Annette King (D).
    Tuesday afternoon, Barry Hume (D) confirmed that he had just filed to seek the office, as well.
    Potential candidates have until Jan. 31 to file to run in the primary election.

  • Fugitive arrested in murder of Mount Eden native

    A Michigan fugitive wanted for allegedly murdering Mount Eden native Obie Murphy was arrested at a Laurel County hotel Friday evening.
    According to Frankfort Police, Marquis A. Sims, 38, of Detriot, was arrested by Kentucky State Police after the agency received information that Sims might be in the area. A Franklin County Grand Jury indicted Sims in August for intentionally causing 40-year-old Murphy’s death at a Frankfort apartment complex on Sept. 13, 2010.

  • CDIP focuses on student, teacher accountability

    Editor’s note: This is the second article in a two-part series outlining the 2012-2013 Comprehensive District Improvement Plan, which was recently reviewed and unanimously accepted by the Spencer County Board of Education. This week’s article focuses how the district plans to fund and implement its objectives, which were outlined in last week’s article. Part I can be found at www.spencermagnet.com or in the Dec. 28, 2011 print edition.

  • What's Happening

    Board of elections to meet Thursday
    The Spencer County Board of Elections is holding a special working meeting Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at the county clerk’s office. The purpose of the meeting is for working on the 2012 Spencer County Redistricting Plan.

    Lodge hosts ham breakfast
    Taylorsville Masonic Lodge #210 will be having an all-you-can-eat country ham breakfast from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m.  Saturday. The breakfast is $7 per person. Carry-out is available. Everyone is welcome.

  • Early parole sparks outcry around Kentucky

  • POLL: Will you make a New Year's resolution?

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  • Kentucky libraries seek additional construction funding from state

    Job applicants searching online for employment opportunities, workshop participants learning how to build a better resume, children learning to read or studying after school — these are just a few of the ways Kentuckians are taking increased advantage of their local libraries during tough economic times, according to the Kentucky Public Library Association. And they represent just part of the reason why local libraries have come together to ask the Kentucky legislature to take advantage of an established state construction grant program, according to a news release.

  • Sheriff gets clean audit on tax settlement account

    State Auditor Crit Luallen recently released the audit of the Sheriff’s Settlement - 2010 Taxes for Spencer County Sheriff, Donald “Buddy” Stump, for the period Jan. 1, 2011 through April 15, 2011.
    State law requires the auditor to annually audit the accounts of each county sheriff. In compliance with this law, the auditor issues two sheriff’s reports each year: one reporting on the audit of the sheriff’s tax account and the other reporting on the audit of the fee account used to operate the office.