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Local News

  • Swine flu case in Spencer school

    It became apparent that no community is immune from contracting the swine flu as the first publicly-announced case of H1N1 was discovered by the Spencer County School District Thursday.

    Letters sent home with students Friday informed parents of the actions taken by the district in an effort to prevent any spread of the influenza strain.

    “Once this information was verified late (Thursday) afternoon, we immediately took predetermined precautions,” wrote Superintendent Chuck Adams in the letter to parents.

  • Officials explore hiring a community-wide grant writer

    As budgets become tighter, an increasing number of governmental entities, schools and non-profit agencies are competing for grants to fill in the gaps.  Spencer County, however, is taking a new approach. Rather than each organization fending for themselves, local leaders are exploring the idea of employing someone whose only job would be to write grants.

  • Teen driver collides with store

    A Taylorsville teenager jumped the curb with her parents’ car and struck the front of a gas station in Elk Creek Monday afternoon.

    The 16-year-old, whose name was withheld because she is a juvenile, told police that she pressed her foot on the gas pedal when she meant to hit the brake.

    Jacquie Dell, of Louisville, was exiting Elmar’s BP on KY 155 when she saw the car approaching.

    “I went to push the door open and saw her coming. That’s when I took a step to the left and everything came smashing off the wall,” said Dell.

  • Honor Flight sends local WWII vets to see 'their' monument

    As a former Vietnam soldier, Bill Hedges understands all too well that veterans need to feel appreciated by their country for serving in the armed forces -- especially men who fought in battle.

    So when he discovered that an organization called Honor Flight was offering veterans free trips to view the World War II Monument in Washington, D.C., Hedges knew just who to nominate. Among the Gulf War, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 11426, are three men who served in the big one, WWII.

  • Grand jury indictments

    A burglary suspect, allegedly caught in the act last May by Spencer County Sheriff’s deputies, was indicted by a grand jury August 20.

    Christopher Ferguson, of New Albany, Ind., was indicted with the felony offense of burglary in the second degree by Spencer County Grand Jury for an incident involving a home in the 6100 block of Mt. Washington Road. The C class felony carries a penalty, if convicted, of five to 10 years in prison.

  • City street projects more than budgeted

    The costs associated with many of the improvements to downtown Taylorsville has resulted in a little money juggling at City Hall.

    After adding up all the street repair and maintenance costs associated with new signs, tree removals, sidewalk installations, drainage repairs and paving – the city is about $249,000 over what commissioners budgeted to spend for 2009-10. The original amount set to spend on community street projects this fiscal year was $118,000.

  • Bold plans to up students' ACT scores

    A small survey conducted by the Spencer Magnet last week seemed to indicate underclassmen don’t feel prepared for the college-entry indicator, known as the ACT. Only one underclassman, in a group of 13 Spencer County High students chosen by random to participate, indicated they felt ready for the test.

    “These scores are going to tell me how prepared I am to get into the college I want,” said freshman Charlissa Wakefield, who said on the survey that she felt unprepared for the nationalized test. 

  • TES to benefit from stimulus grant

    Spencer County School District has received a $39,000 grant as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

    Governor Steve Beshear announced last week that schools in 46 districts will share $1.77 million to purchase equipment for food service programs.

  • Drury passes of the KMCA gavel

    During the recent convention of Kentucky’s Magistrates and Commissioners, Spencer County Magistrate Bill Drury passed the presidential gavel over to Boyle County Magistrate Phil Sammons. 

    For the past two years, Drury served as President of the statewide association which represents elected county officials from across the commonwealth. 

    Drury will now serve as Immediate past president of the association and remains on the Legislative Committee.  

  • Royal treatment

    Natasha Newton smiled at her reflection.

    On a typical day, Newton said she spends much of her time tending to the needs of her three daughters. Between the never-ending cycle of baby bottles and diaper changes of her four-month-old twins, Newton can be found cleaning up after daughter Latasha, age 5.

    “Sometimes it gets over-whelming,” said Newton.

    But Saturday, as she gazed happily in a small mirror at her new made-up self, Newton realized this was no typical day. This was the day that she and 33 other single mothers were to be treated like royalty.