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  • Shopping the local farmers market can equal increased health benefits

    Anna Lee Stokley wears a T-shirt that reads “The Bread Lady.” George Deutsch pulls whole, packaged chickens out of his cooler to advertise to customers. But they’re just two examples of how Spencer County is disproving the popular assumption that farmers markets are only for a small range of fruit and vegetable sales.

  • Man pleads guilty to sexual abuse, sodomy, incest

    A Taylorsville man avoided a trial by jury by entering a guilty plea on Friday to charges of first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree sodomy and incest.
    A trial had seemed likely in the case, but Robert Anthony Divine, 34, entered into a plea agreement in Spencer Circuit Court.
    With all of those charges, the victim was under 12 years old, according to court records.

  • Meeting reveals new extension building still needs work

    Construction of the new county extension office is still not complete approximately two years after groundbreaking. Plans are now in the works to install dividers into the large meeting room to create smaller, individual meeting spaces for separate groups.
    A divided meeting room was in the original construction plans, but the ceiling was supposed to be able to support suspended walls that would separate the room. When the building was constructed, however, that structural support did not exist. Now, construction is set to begin to remedy the situation.

  • Order halts doctor from prescribing controlled substances

    State officials are cracking down on a local physician for the second time in 10 years after a months-long investigation uncovered questionable prescribing practices and inadequate medical documentation, especially when controlled substances were prescribed.

  • Law enforcement uncovers pot hot spot

    A Taylorsville man arrested Friday morning and charged with cultivating and trafficking marijuana claims the marijuana growing inside his home on Frontier Avenue was part of an effort to help cancer patients, according to police reports.

  • Taylorsville woman surrenders in meth lab case

    A Taylorsville woman named on the lease for an apartment where police located an active methamphetamine lab on June 2 turned herself in on Friday afternoon.

  • Relay for Life this Friday

    Feelings of bittersweet excitement mixed with hope, some sadness and determination will be coursing through the veins of Spencer County Relay for Life participants this Friday and Saturday as they walk to raise cancer research funds and heighten awareness of the all-too-common disease.

  • Diversion voided after Barkham tests positive for marijuana

    A Spencer County woman who entered an Alford plea to reckless homicide in early 2012 violated two terms of the diversion program set to keep her out of jail.
    Angela Barkham, of Inghram Lane, entered an Alford plea to reckless homicide, a felony, and pleaded guilty to third-degree unlawful transaction with minor, a misdemeanor, in January 2012.
    Barkham was sentenced to five years, which was to be diverted for five years if certain conditions were met.

  • 'High quality' marijuana grow found on Frontier Avenue

    A Taylorsville man was arrested Friday morning and charged with cultivating and trafficking marijuana as a result of a joint investigation of the Taylorsville Police Department and the Spencer County Sheriff's Department.

    Officers Daniel Wills and Todd Walls and Chief Deputy Jonathan Bentley busted the indoor marijuana grow of Joey Singer, 37, at 68 Frontier Avenue on Friday morning after a monthlong investigation, Wills said.

    Law enforcement found 21 plants still growing and more marijuana that had already been harvested.

  • 2013 Pet Idol contest starts now!

    Is your kitten the cat’s meow? Or maybe your dog is too cute for words. Enter your furry feline, dog, horse, pig, turtle or any other pet for a chance to be named the 2013 Pet Idol.
    Beginning this week, The Spencer Magnet will accept entries into its Pet Idol contest, the proceeds from which will benefit the Magnet’s Newspapers in Education program.
    Pets can be entered for a $10 donation to the program. The entry deadline is July 5 at noon.