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  • Contract cuts for school employees

    Spencer County Schools employees will be facing across the board cuts when the new fiscal year begins in July. The school board, who approved the furlough days Monday night, expects to save about $80,000.

    Nearly all of the district’s 310 employees will be affected by reductions to their contracts. While teachers are expected to lose two days at the hands of state legislators,  the remaining classified employees and a few certified positions are looking at losing five to 20 days.

  • Mayor gets substantial raise

    The mayor of Taylorsville stands to earn almost $200 more a month if city commissioners vote in favor of the salary raise during a special-called meeting today.

    The commission unanimously approved a first reading last Tuesday that would increase the mayor’s annual salary by 26 percent, plus an additional 2.72 percent cost of living adjustment. The monthly pay rate, which would go into effect January 1, 2011, will climb from $643.02 to $832.03 – bringing the mayor’s annual compensation to $9,984.38.

  • Relay for Life: More than a one day event

    Some may think that Relay for Life is a one day event – and it is, sort of. But Relay is also about the dedicated teams made up of families, co-workers and friends. It’s about these groups of people banding together for a single cause: to find a cure for cancer.

  • PUBLIC RECORD: District Court

    District court.

    The following court cases were heard by Hon. Donna Dutton in Spencer County District Court on January 22, 2010.

    Misdemeanor

    Lisa R. Thompson, failure to pay fines and costs of $178. Now need to pay $30 service fee plus $178 or serve 10 days in jail.

    Lisa S. Thompson, alcohol intoxication in a public place, first and second offense. $200 in court costs and fees.

    Cody O. Tucker, alcohol intoxication in a public place, first and second offense. $343 court costs and fees.

  • No raises for some county officials

    Spencer County Fiscal Court voted to maintain the current salaries for incoming elected officials in the positions of magistrate, coroner and deputy coroner. The jailer’s position was reduced by 50 percent from the current rate. Constables will continue to receive no compensation.

    “A lot of the time in an election year, you’ll set salaries the same and then let the new fiscal court change them later,” said Magistrate David Henry.

  • New Elk Creek spirits shop and cafe

    Owners Patrick and Yvonne Patterson are pleased to announce the grand opening of their two newest business ventures located adjacent to Elk Creek Grocery on Taylorsville Rd. in Elk Creek.

    Elk Creek Spirits carries a full line of beer and liquor. Yvonne Patterson said if you do not find what you are looking for, she will get it in stock.

    Current store hours are Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m until 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. Closed on Sunday. The store also features drive-thru service. For more information, call 477-0090.

  • PUBLIC RECORDS: Property transfers

    Property transfers

    The following property transfers were recorded in the Spencer County Clerk’s office during the month of  March 2010.

    Commonwealth Bank and Trust Company, Louisville to Timothy Royce Adams, Taylorsvulle. Lot 101 Early Wyne Plantation. $268,000.

    K & S Builders, Taylorsville to John S. Rayman and Jerica L. Rayman, Taylorsville. Lot 30 Cedar Springs. $200,000.

    Federal National Mortgage Association, Chicago, IL to Deidre A. Despain, Taylorsville. Lot 108 Highview Estates. $105,500.

  • Church builds Habitat house walls in half a day

    The sound of so many hammers banging nails was almost deafening outside Spencer Christian Church Saturday morning, but it was the hearts of the volunteers that spoke to Melissa Davis.

    “Seeing all these people has been quite emotional,” said Davis, the county’s second recipient of a Habitat for Humanity home. “When we pulled in and saw all these people, I lost it. They didn’t know me, but they chose to be here to help me.”

  • Crop alternatives for tobacco farmers

    PART TWO of a Spencer Magnet report

    It’s an uncertain time for farmers, especially those that rely upon tobacco as an important part of their income.

    With a decreased demand for tobacco products, the large companies that purchase Kentucky burley have either eliminated or drastically reduced many of their contracts with Spencer County’s growers.

    Spencer County Agricultural Extension Agent Bryce Roberts said in the last 10 years farms producing tobacco in the county have dropped by 75 percent.

  • Mt. Eden's new fire truck

    The Mt. Eden Fire Department has purchased this 1991 Gruman Fire Engine from the Union Fire Department in Northern Kentucky.

    The truck has a 1250 gallon per minute pump on it and it carries 750 gallons of water. It also will be used to carry the department’s Hurst rescue tools, thermal imaging camera, and other various equipment.

    It was purchased to replace a 1984 Mack fire engine that had to be removed from service. This new engine is now in service at Mt. Eden Fire Station #1.