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  • A complicated history

    A divide between Spencer County Judge-Executive Bill Karrer and the magistrates who sit on fiscal court became apparent this week after Karrer confirmed he would prefer that Magistrate Jerry Davis step down, even while the other magistrates say they support Davis’ work on the court.
    Spencer County resident and well-known whistleblower Lawrence Trageser brought the issue to light at last Monday’s Fiscal Court meeting in open session, claiming that Karrer attempted to force Davis to vacate his seat.

  • Today is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

    By PHYLLIS McLAUGHLIN
    Special to The Spencer Magnet

    Is your sulking daughter being a normal teenager, or could her change in behavior be a warning sign for depression? Could your son’s sudden bursts of anger be a passing phase, or is it a warning sign that he’s being bullied at school?

    In both scenarios, the answers could go either way, according to Stephany Pond, unit manager and master therapist at Seven Counties’ Taylorsville office.

  • Case closed on EMS building violations

    Reports that the Spencer County Emergency Medical Services building was dilapidated, with rodent excrement and holes in the ceiling and floor, led to a change in leadership at EMS and a $3,500 fine from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet’s Occupational Safety and Health Program.

    According to documents obtained from the OSH program through open records requests, the office inspected the EMS building between the dates of Feb. 8 and March 21.

    Following those inspections, several citations and notifications of penalty were issued on March 26.

  • A happy ending

    By PHYLLIS McLAUGHLIN
    Special to The Spencer Magnett

    Most people who take training to handle emergency medical situations never have to put their knowledge to the test. During all the 20 years of her career, this was true for Vicki Thomas, a third-grade teacher at Spencer County Elementary School.

    But on Tuesday, April 30, her training in using the Heimlich maneuver literally saved the life of one of her students, Bryce Cooper.

    The two discussed the ordeal during an interview at the school yesterday.

  • County clerk’s forum this Thursday at Chamber of Commerce buildings

    The questions are in and the tallies have been counted — six reader-submitted questions have been selected as possibilities for May 10’s county clerk candidate forum sponsored by The Spencer Magnet and the Spencer County-Taylorsville Chamber of Commerce.

    The forum will take place during the chamber’s monthly luncheon, which is from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday.

  • County budget proposal includes plans for new EMS facility

    In a preliminary budget discussion with Spencer County Fiscal Court members Monday morning, Judge Executive Bill Karrer said he was interested in cutting the county’s personal property tax rates and that he had to turn down some department expenditure requests because of the looming cost of a new EMS facility.

  • Narrow vote increases water rates 3.5 percent

    The Taylorsville City Commission voted Thursday night to include a water rate increase of 3.5 percent for all of its water customers in its proposed budget for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

    The 3.5 percent increase passed by a vote of 3-2, with Mayor Don Pay and commissioners Kathy Spears and Larry Waldridge in favor, and commissioners Beverly Ingram and Nathan Nation opposed.

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  • Insurance data reveals annual increase in teen driving accidents during May

    In a month where many teen drivers are on the roads headed to proms, graduation ceremonies or even just eager to get a head start on summer vacation, Kentucky Farm Bureau cautions teens and their parents to use extra care before heading out to the next big event. A deep look into the trends behind KFB Insurance claims data revealed that May is one of the busiest months of the year for accidents among teenage drivers in Kentucky.

  • Possible questions selected for May 10 county clerk forum

    The questions are in and the tallies have been counted — six reader-submitted questions have been selected as possibilities for the county clerk candidate forum  May 10, sponsored by The Spencer Magnet and the Spencer County-Taylorsville Chamber of Commerce.
    The forum will take place during the chamber’s monthly luncheon, which is from noon to 1 p.m. next Thursday.