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  • Now’s the time to get involved with Octoberfest

    The Spencer County Octoberfest annual family festival scheduled for Oct. 5-6 is quickly approaching and  community members from across Spencer County have opportunities to get involved.

  • A few tickets still available for Progressive Dinner Saturday

    The 2012 Progressive Dinner is this Saturday from 5-10 p.m. on Main Street in Taylorsville.
    There are a few $25 tickets left for the Main Street Program sponsored-event that will include appetizers, soup, salad, wine and cheese, a main course prepared by renowned chef Joshua Moore and desserts. There will also be live music by The French Connection Band from 8-10 p.m.
    The event is semi formal and showcases the best that Main Street has to offer.

  • Purse snatcher strikes at lake

    In a matter of minutes last week, an out-of-town visitor experienced the worst and best Spencer County has to offer.
    The visitor, a female, permanently disabled veteran — who asked to remain anonymous — was set to camp with her husband at Taylorsville Lake State Park last Tuesday, Sept. 11.
    While fishing at the tailwaters as her husband set up camp, the woman got an alarming phone call from a stranger.

  • ACT scores lag behind state average

    District Assistant Superintendent Norma Thurman offered few excuses to the Spencer County Board of Education as to why the district’s ACT scores are lagging behind state averages in almost every area — but she promised that she was collaborating with administrators and teachers to find the answer.

  • City to stick with approved Phase II curbing plan

    The Taylorsville City Commission voted Tuesday afternoon to stand by its approved curbing plans for Phase II of the Main Street project, despite a request from local property owners, John and Judy Shircliffe.

  • Confusion among extension board while setting tax rate actually equals lower rate for citizens

    Confusion apparently worked in favor of Spencer County taxpayers last week.
    A misunderstanding among the Spencer County Cooperative Extension District Board members caused a higher tax rate to be published in last week’s Spencer Magnet than what was actually levied.

  • STALEMATE: Court can’t decide on option for EMS building

    The Spencer County Fiscal Court made no progress Monday night in deciding how to move forward in terms of a new facility for Spencer County EMS.
    The court again was split on a motion to award the contract for building a new EMS facility to Eagle Construction and the Kehne Company, and a motion to enter into negotiations with the Extension Board to purchase the Extension building failed by a 2-4 vote — but not without an incident that ended with County Attorney Ruth Hollan refusing to sit at the head table with Magistrate Jerry Davis.

  • ONLINE ONLY: Coxs Creek woman stat flighted after motorcycle crash

    Two Coxs Creek residents were transported to University of Louisville Hospital on Sunday following a motorcycle accident on Ky. 44.
    Charles E. McMahan, 55, of the 11300 block of Louisville Road, was driving the motorcycle and was transported from the scene via Spencer County EMS.
    Victoria S. McMahan, 40, of the 11300 block of Louisville Road, was his passenger and was airlifted.
    Taylorsville Police Chief Toby Lewis said he was told that at the scene Victoria McMahan couldn't move her extremities, and a witness also said she had an open wound on her head.

  • Boy Scouts pull 135 tires from Salt River over weekend

    Ten Louisville Boy Scouts, their troop leaders and two concerned Spencer County property owners combined their resources and skills to make the Salt River a cleaner place over the weekend.

  • RESTORING TAYLORSVILLE: Officials want to see Main Street move forward and hope that private businesses will occupy vacancies

    Editor’s note: This story is the third in a three-part series. First, The Spencer Magnet looked at buildings that have been dubbed “unsafe structures” in the City of Taylorsville. Last week’s story explained the city’s unsafe structure ordinance, including how it has been applied lately, and today, we’ll present some of the plans in motion and visions for restoring Taylorsville.