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  • 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.

  • Main Street dinner event

    Tickets are on sale for the 2009 Progressive Dinner, a semi-formal fundraiser centered around food, music and fun. 

    Participants will start with appetizers at Forest Hills Studios on West Main Street, before “progressing” to other downtown destinations for soup, salad, entrees and desserts. The evening culminates with live music at the Sanctuary Arts Center from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m.

    Violinists, saxophonists and other classical musicians will line the streets. Steak or chicken dinners will be catered by Crespo’s, a former Elk Creek restaurant.

  • Alcohol petition is valid

    The future of the wet/dry debate now lies in the hands of voters. A petition requesting a referendum for the purpose of legalizing the sale of alcohol has been deemed valid.

    Spencer County Deputy Clerk Abbi Nation said that of the nearly 3,000 signatures, a total 2,220 were found to be legitimate – more than enough to secure a special-election October 20.

  • Community center gets land donation

    The effort to build a community center in Spencer County recently got a big push forward when the owners of Tanglewood Golf Course offered to donate land for the project.

    Richard Travelstead, president of Reaching Our Communities, said members of the organization are elated with the offer.

    “This really shows the heart of the community and the desire to give back,” said Travelstead. “It’s amazing.”

  • BELIEVE IN HIM: Symptoms of the heart, part 4

    A friend of mine recently had a conversation with a young man regarding the college basketball coach, Rick Pitino, and the negative media attention he has received concerning allegations that have recently been brought against him.

    Maybe you have asked yourself, “How could he do such a thing?” After all, people of influence are held to a higher standard; they are expected to conquer the very desires that defeat us. And so the greater question would be: “How could anyone do such a thing?”