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  • Tractor safety at the top of farmers’ concerns

    Before Jeff Hardin climbs into the tractor’s cab, he says he goes through precautions like a flight check.

    He inspects the power takeoff shaft and the equipment attached to it. He circles the tractor, making sure each tire is properly inflated.

    Hardin, who works on James Tipton’s farm off Rice Lane in Spencer County, says he wears his seatbelt and makes sure there is nothing loose in the cab that could become airborne if he’s jolted.

  • Octoberfest 2009 set for this weekend

    Get ready to do the Twist or jump, jive and wail down Main Street during the Oktoberfest this weekend.

    The 1950s is the theme for the 47th annual Spencer County Oktoberfest. So guys, prepare to tight-roll your jeans, and ladies, get out your poodle skirts. Or take a style tip from festival organizers Patsy Lewis and Sharon Thomas.

    “I’m going to be a cheerleader because I’ve got the letter sweater,” Lewis said.

    “I’m doing the peddle pushers with bobby socks,” said Thomas. “I think it will be a lot of fun.”

  • 9-1-1 Board could be revived

    After a nearly 20-year hiatus, some local officials are looking to re-establish the Taylorsville-Spencer County 9-1-1 Board.

    A proposal presented to fiscal court Monday suggested that a new board should encompass area department heads in law enforcement, fire and emergency services.

    Elk Creek Magistrate John Riley, who has led the effort, said that better decisions could be made about future 9-1-1 services if the county utilizes the knowledge of these local professionals.

  • Alcohol and crime

    In this second of a three-part series leading up to an Oct. 8 public forum on the alcohol referendum, the Spencer Magnet examines the perceived impacts of countywide alcohol sales on crime. A subsequent articles will focus on the perceived moral consequences associated with the issue.

  • Extension narrows property search

    After more than two years, the Spencer County Extension Council appears to be moving toward purchasing land for a new, larger facility.

    With their sights set on a 15-acre plot of land behind Old South Plantation, the extension council’s strategic planning committee voted Wednesday to enter negotiations with Turnpike Properties, Inc. Owners of the land are Anthony Travis and his son, Scott Travis.

    If the extension council pays the listing price of $285,000, the property would cost an average of $19,000 per acre.

  • State releases NCLB, KCCT test results

    The Kentucky Department of Education released data of how well every school in the state performed according to standards set by the 2009 No Child Left Behind and the Kentucky Core Content tests.

  • Purchase cards would limit county's credit use

    Spencer County Fiscal Court may be looking to change the way they do business. The Administrative Code Committee recommended eliminating the use of credit cards and switch to more restricted purchase cards.

    Campbranch Magistrate Bill Drury, who heads up the committee, said that the proposed changes were not necessarily a result of recent investigations into spending practices by Kentucky Association of Counties and Kentucky League of Cities.

  • Pursuit ends in rollover

    ROBIN BASS/The Spencer Magnet

    Emergency crews work to extract an unnamed victim in a single-car crash Tuesday afternoon on KY 44 West. KSP Trooper J.H. Dixon was in pursuit of the driver for allegedly fleeing the scene of an accident on KY 55. Officers believe alcohol played a role in the accident. The victim was flown to a Louisville hospital. No further information was available.

  • For their love of our county...

    With a slight tremor in his voice and perhaps some watering of the eyes, Steve Tichenor humbly accepted the praise bestowed on him and his family Saturday afternoon.

    “Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to see these kids out here playing soccer, baseball and softball. This park has grown into something greater than I ever dreamed it would be,” said Tichenor.

  • Teacher: World lost a good kid

    Spencer County mourned the loss of 14-year-old Chaz Goodlett yesterday. Hundreds attended his funeral service at First Assembly of God in Taylorsville in honor of the high school student.

    His unexpected passing sent ripples through the school system this past week as students and teachers learned of Goodlett’s accident while visiting Nolin Lake September 11. He was flown by helicopter to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville after slipping off the back of a golf cart and suffering severe head trauma.