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  • Crystal meth left at Tobacco Barn leads to arrest

    A Cox’s Creek man was arrested on drug charges after Tobacco Barn employees reported finding crystal methamphetamine in the Taylorsville store.

    Bryan Baldwin, 35, was charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetmine, Lortab and Xanax) in the first, second and third degrees. He was also charged with trafficking a controlled substance; trafficking within 1,000 yards of a school; and possession of marijuana.

  • Field set for primary face-off

    Paperwork has been flying across the counter for months at the clerk’s office, but not near as frenzied as in the past week. With the closing of the candidate filing window yesterday, that steady flurry stopped abruptly at 4 p.m.

    In all, 52 individuals volunteered their service to the public. Twenty-one joining the primary election field in the past week.

    The magistrate seats in Elk Creek District 3 and Campbranch District 4 saw the most interest with seven new filings combined.

    Elk Creek Magistrate

  • PUBLIC RECORDS: Property transfers

    Property transfers

    The following property transfers were recorded in the Spencer County Clerk’s office during the month of September 2009.

    Kentucky Housing Corporation, Frankfort to Federal National Mortgage Association, Dallas TX. Lot 7 Watkins Glen. Conveyance to complete foreclosure.

    The Peoples Bank of Taylorsville, Taylorsville to Terrence E. and Tania Cooper, Taylorsville. Property located in Spencer  County as described in deed book 229 page 191. $87,750.

  • Loud and clear

    Emergency service personnel may breathe a sigh of relief to learn that communicating with handheld radios will be much easier later this spring.

    Spencer County Fiscal Court approved a recommendation to have several radio repeaters and receiver stations installed by Commonwealth Communication Systems, Inc. of Lexington. The cost of the project will run roughly $160,000 – $86,000 of which will be funded through a Homeland Security grant. Governor Steve Beshear announced that Spencer County was awarded the grant in October.

  • 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.