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  • Magnet runner-up in KPA

    The Spencer Magnet was named runner-up in the 2009 Kentucky Press Association’s Excellence in Newspapers contest. Awards were presented to publications from across the state during the 141st annual KPA convention and banquet in Lexington Friday night.

    “It pleases me to know that we’re very highly regarded among our peers” said Magnet General Manager Lynette Mason. “We may be a small paper and located in a small town, but we’re accomplishing big things, and that is what truly matters.”

  • TES proposal receives mixed review

    A proposal to build a two-story addition to Taylorsville Elementary instead of constructing a new facility sent school board members into a spirited debate Monday night.

  • Board: Upgrades needed with local 911 service

    Members of the newly-appointed 911 board outlined a plan of action Thursday that may result in hiring a new emergency dispatch provider later this spring. The recommending body appointed by Spencer County Fiscal Court was established to review the current 911 dispatch service and search for any alternatives that could save money while providing the same – or a better – level of service.

    A three-step process was suggested by the board chairman, Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Chief Nathan Nation. That process included:

  • Candidates file for Ashes Creek, Elk Creek magistrate

    Two Republicans have filed to run for fiscal court seats in Spencer County. Jerry Moody will be seeking the office of Ashes Creek magistrate, while Jerry Davis hopes to win in Elk Creek.

    Moody, 66, describes himself as a Reagan Republican.

    “Someone that tells the truth and stands up for the rights of people,” said Moody. He is also a beliver in less government.

    “I think I can be magistrate with out being a politician,” said Moody.

  • John Shircliffe: Citizen of the year

    John Shircliffe was named Citizen of the Year by the Spencer County-Taylorsville Chamber of Commerce Thursday afternoon, making him the newest member of a highly-regarded group of community servants.

    “This has been a long time coming,” said Chamber President Kerry Stevenson.

    The chamber president spoke briefly about Shircliffe’s accomplishments, including the success of the Main St. Committee under his leadership. Stevenson also touted Shircliffe as the driving force behind the renovation to downtown Taylorsville.

  • Habitat selects new leader

    With a year and a half under his tool belt as vice president, Scott Street has taken on the job as leader of the Spencer County Habitat for Humanity Chapter. He was officially named president of the local organization last week.

    Street said there are many aspects about building Habitat homes that he enjoys. Simple pleasures, like the smell of cut lumber and being able to create something of lasting value with his hands.

    But, it is the principals of Habitat for Humanity that really speak to him.

  • Main Street project could begin soon

    The city can finally move forward with renovating Main St. now that a funding contract has been signed with the state. Progress on the project’s second phase was delayed more than a year while the state attempted to pay for the project through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

    “The economy shut it down,” said John Shircliffe, of the renovation project. “But you can’t blame the state for what it did.”

  • PUBLIC RECORD: District Court

    The Honorable Judge Linda Armstrong presided over the following cases in District Court on October 23, 2009.

    Traffic:

    Timothy S. Nutgrass (b. 1961). Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, etc., .08, with aggravator, second offense. Amended to DUI second offense with no aggravator. Pled guilty. Served 7 days, sentenced to 14 days home incarceration, 12-month suspension of operator’s license, surrender vehicle license plates, enroll in ADEP, $888 fines and court costs.

  • Magistrates establish a new precedent about giving to charitable causes

    Organizations looking for a handout from Spencer County Fiscal Court might have better luck taking their pleas for money elsewhere.

    Magistrates voted to rescind an earlier decision that waived permit and inspection and electrical fees for the Spencer County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. The fees amounted to about $450 and would have reduced the organization’s cost of building a second house this year.

    The motion was passed 4-0. Campbranch Magistrate Bill Drury abstained. Drury is the immediate past president of the local Habitat chapter.

  • Papa John's opening soon in Taylorsville

    Taylorsville has caught the eye of another large fast food chain and the Papa John’s pizza corporation is looking to make some serious dough.

    The new store – to be located in a retail building with the McDonald’s restaurant– is scheduled to open Feb. 16.

    “I think it was the expansion in Spencer County they have seen,” said store manager Joey Ritchie, explaining the pizza giant’s attraction to such a small town. Papa John’s bills itself as the third largest pizza company in the world with over 3,400 restaurants worldwide.