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  • Exploring faith factor in the alcohol vote

    Evangelicals could impede a referendum to allow alcohol sales in Spencer County – a high turnout from spiritual voters in the Oct. 20 special election, would likely keep the county spirits-less.

    Despite proponents who cite economic advantages, as well as studies which show few links between alcohol and increased crime, some say the vote to allow alcohol sales here could come down to a matter of faith.

  • Dinner brings night life to Main

    The sights, sounds – and smells – were undeniably festive at the first annual 2009 Progressive Dinner.

    It was in the smiles of diners as they greeted old friends along Main Street in Taylorsville. It was in the strums of acoustic guitars as their notes danced into the night air. And it was, of course, in the delectable dishes that were prepared – hors d’oeuvres, salads, soups, steaks and desserts. Oh, the desserts. There were so many to choose from.

  • Wreck on KY44 delays release of older students from school

    School bus routes were delayed last Tuesday afternoon while emergency personnel worked an accident on KY 44 West/Mt. Washington Road.

    Most students at Spencer County’s secondary schools were able to find alternative modes of transportation after classes dismissed at 2:20 p.m. About 250 middle and 50 high school students waited to ride elementary bus routes.

  • Public comment sought on transportation issues

    The use of a reliable automobile is something many take for granted. Whether it is a visit to the grocery or the doctor's office, most Spencer Countians are accustomed to being able to drive themselves virtually anywhere they need, or want, to go. Unfortunately, this luxury is not available to everyone – particularly those with disabilities, older adults and individuals with limited income.

  • PUBLIC RECORDS: Marriages

    Marriages

    The following marriages were recorded in the Spencer County Clerk’s office during the month of June 2009.

    Lisa Gaye Dabney, 43, Mount Eden and Cecil Robert Herrell II, 46, Mount Eden.

    Candace Marie Biggers, 22, Taylorsville and Herbert Christopher Redmon, 35, Taylorsville.

    Amber Lee Ann Cosman, 27, Taylorsville and Michael Paul Chapa, 30, Taylorsville.

    Amand Rae Hughes, 29, Taylorsville and Gerald Douglas Washburn Jr., 27, Taylorsville.

  • Tractor safety at the top of farmers’ concerns

    Before Jeff Hardin climbs into the tractor’s cab, he says he goes through precautions like a flight check.

    He inspects the power takeoff shaft and the equipment attached to it. He circles the tractor, making sure each tire is properly inflated.

    Hardin, who works on James Tipton’s farm off Rice Lane in Spencer County, says he wears his seatbelt and makes sure there is nothing loose in the cab that could become airborne if he’s jolted.

  • Octoberfest 2009 set for this weekend

    Get ready to do the Twist or jump, jive and wail down Main Street during the Oktoberfest this weekend.

    The 1950s is the theme for the 47th annual Spencer County Oktoberfest. So guys, prepare to tight-roll your jeans, and ladies, get out your poodle skirts. Or take a style tip from festival organizers Patsy Lewis and Sharon Thomas.

    “I’m going to be a cheerleader because I’ve got the letter sweater,” Lewis said.

    “I’m doing the peddle pushers with bobby socks,” said Thomas. “I think it will be a lot of fun.”

  • 9-1-1 Board could be revived

    After a nearly 20-year hiatus, some local officials are looking to re-establish the Taylorsville-Spencer County 9-1-1 Board.

    A proposal presented to fiscal court Monday suggested that a new board should encompass area department heads in law enforcement, fire and emergency services.

    Elk Creek Magistrate John Riley, who has led the effort, said that better decisions could be made about future 9-1-1 services if the county utilizes the knowledge of these local professionals.

  • Alcohol and crime

    In this second of a three-part series leading up to an Oct. 8 public forum on the alcohol referendum, the Spencer Magnet examines the perceived impacts of countywide alcohol sales on crime. A subsequent articles will focus on the perceived moral consequences associated with the issue.

  • Extension narrows property search

    After more than two years, the Spencer County Extension Council appears to be moving toward purchasing land for a new, larger facility.

    With their sights set on a 15-acre plot of land behind Old South Plantation, the extension council’s strategic planning committee voted Wednesday to enter negotiations with Turnpike Properties, Inc. Owners of the land are Anthony Travis and his son, Scott Travis.

    If the extension council pays the listing price of $285,000, the property would cost an average of $19,000 per acre.