Local News

  • Bullying often a motive cited in some school shootings

    In the days since the tragic shooting at Marshall County High School, social media has been abuzz with rumors that the 15-year-old suspect may have been bullied.
    Friends and others who know Gabe Parker, a sophomore who played trombone in the school band, described him as a shy, red-headed “grandma’s boy.”
    One student who spoke with Courier Journal with her parents’ permission said she had heard the rumors that he had been bullied, but could not say whether or not it was true.
    Marshall County Schools could not be reached for comment.

  • Guthrie talks budget, DACA and FISA memo


  • District reviews crisis plans on regular basis



  • Tips to lower heating bill

    The unusually cold start to 2018 has resulted in higher than normal energy use by members of Salt River Electric and other utilities across the region.

    Salt River Electric is encouraging members to be aware of their energy use and take steps to help manage electric bills, which are also expected to be higher than usual as a result of increased usage.

    Weather, especially cold weather, affects residential energy bills more than any other factor. Heating claims about a 42 percent share of overall energy use in U.S. homes.

  • Neighbor who attacked Sen. Rand Paul could face up to 21 months in prison

    Federal prosecutors will recommend a sentence of 21 months in prison for the neighbor charged with tackling and injuring U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, according to a court document.

    The document, posted Monday, also makes clear that the attack was not politically motivated.

    Paul’s neighbor, Rene Boucher, told police he attacked Paul because he’d “had enough” after seeing the Republican senator stack more brush on a pile near Bocher’s yard, according to the plea agreement Boucher signed.

  • What’s Happening - Week of January 24, 2018

    Youth Baseball signups

    The Spencer County Youth Baseball Association will be holding signups for the 2018 season on Saturday, January 27 and Saturday, February 3, at Taylorsville Elementary School from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will also be a sign-up period on Monday, January 29th and February 5th at Ray Jewell Park from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Evaluation dates are February 10th and 17th from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

  • Schools brace for cuts


    Nearly a week after Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin delivered a budget address that fully funded the state pension system, but included cuts that many say will harm public education, Spencer County Superintendent Chuck Adams said the district must be prepared for lean times, but said he’s confident public outcry will keep Bevin’s cuts from going too deep.

  • Mason resigns from Magnet after 11 years


    After more than a decade at The Spencer Magnet, Publisher Lynette Mason’s last edition is today’s edition, as she enters the political realm as a candidate for public office.

    Mason joined The Magnet as an advertising sales representative in 2007, and quickly was promoted to General Manager and later to Publisher.

    “Working at The Spencer Magnet was one of the most challenging, yet fulfilling jobs for me,” said Mason.

  • Two more file as candidates

    With just under a week remaining before the deadline for candidates to file for the 2018 countywide elections, filings were slow this past week.

    Only two candidates filed for office as of Monday afternoon.

    Jamie Brown became the first candidate to file for the office of County Surveyor. Brown, a Republican, is the incumbent surveyor. Brown could not be reached for comment.

  • Grand jury indicts six on drug charges

    The Spencer County Grand Jury indicted six individuals on various drug charges earlier this month.

    Indictments handed down on January 11th, included one count of planting, cultivating or harvesting marijuana with the intent to sell or transfer against Tanya Sunday Carman, 61, of Mt. Eden. Carman was also indicted on one charge of illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia, and one count of wanton endangerment.

    Other indictments included: