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  • Fatal crash on Grays Run Rd.

    A Taylorsville man died Sunday afternoon when the car he was driving struck a tree on Grays Run Road.

    Kevin L. Hatzman, 45, was traveling north on the road when a wheel dropped off the shoulder. According to a Kentucky State Police report, that is when Hatzman over-corrected and crossed the southbound lane. His 2002 Camry then left the roadway and struck a tree.

    Spencer County Coroner Danny Hilbert pronounced Hatzman dead at the scene from multiple, blunt-force trauma due to the crash. Authorities said that family members were first to arrive and began CPR.

  • Bigger fire station planned for Elk Creek

    As the Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Department adds bigger and better equipment to their firefighting arsenal, they are starting to feel confined in older stations.

    We’ve out grown where we are,” said Chief Nathan Nation, of the station in Elk Creek. “The equipment barely fits. You can’t walk around the trucks without opening the bay door.”

    The brown, metal firehouse, nestled between Elk Creek Grocery and building filled with dentists, doctors and physical therapists, has just enough room for one tanker and engine.

  • Fire district files complaints

    The Spencer County Fire Protection District has called for further review by city and county leaders into their contracted service with dispatch.

  • Citizens, leaders show support for community center

    The possibility of constructing a community center spurred over 100 local residents and county officials to attend last Tuesday night’s public form. Some had questions, a few had doubts, but over-whelming those who spoke voiced their support of the concept.

    “I’m pretty excited about this,” said Taylorsville Mayor Don Pay. “When you ask people what they want, always at the top of the list is a community center.”

  • Local doctor in emergency landing

    The pilot of a small aircraft made an emergency landing the night of August 6 in Northern Nelson County.

    There were two people in the plane at the time of the landing, a Taylorsville doctor and his 15-year-old-son, according to the property owner, Donna Eaves.

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reports state that the owner of the plane is Kenneth L. Oder, of Taylorsville. Oder is a physician with Spencer Family Medicine in Elk Creek.

  • Alcohol vote, taxes and two-inch numbers

    Numerous issues were covered by magistrates Monday – from date of the wet/dry vote to how much property taxes will be – but the topic that drew the most  discussion in fiscal court was how to properly display addresses.

    Glen Goebel, owner/developer of Goebel Crossings, asked court members to enforce the current ordinance rather than make changes that could cost homeowners in his subdivisions hundreds.

  • City taxes to remain same as 2008

    Recognizing the strains placed on residents during the current economy, Taylorsville City Commissioners have decided to maintain their current property tax rates.

    “I think times are hard enough,” said Mayor Don Pay. “We need to help out where we can.”

    Commissioners voted unanimously to propose tax rates of $0.148 on real property and $0.25 on personal property. Both tax rates are applied to every $100 of the property’s assessed value. The total amount to be generated by the taxes has been estimated at $141,664.

  • Spencer Magnet records our history 'one week at a time'

    By John Shindlebower

    Wednesday, February 21, 2007

    The Spencer Magnet has been the journal of life in Spencer County since 1867, if not always by the same name. It has chronicled the events that touched the lives of Spencer Countians, whether they be personal triumphs or tragedies or news events that shook the whole world.

  • First day jitters fade fast

    With the first day of school comes a lot of nervous jitters that soon fade away after the morning bell – at least it does for the kids.

    “I’ll probably be okay until I get in the car,” said Melanie King.

    She, and dozens of other mothers straggled behind – long after the morning announcements – finding it difficult to leave her five-year-old son, Dylan, in his kindergarten class.

  • SCHS ACT scores drop

    The school year has only begun and administrators are already facing questions as to what they plan to do about falling ACT scores. Statistics released by the Kentucky Department of Education Monday revealed that Spencer County juniors not only saw their composite score drop almost a full point in 2009, but on average scored lower than each of the surrounding districts.