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  • House destroyed in fire

    A wood stove was determined to be the cause of a fire in a home on Houghlin Road Friday night according to Spencer County Fire Chief Nathan Nation.

    The Charles Jewell family fortunately escaped without injury, unfortunately, their home had significant damage.

    Nation said it appeared the fire began in the construction above the wood stove and then quickly moved into the walls, the attic and throughout the house.

    The Red Cross came to the aid of the family, assisting them with clothing and housing.

  • Still time to get vaccinated against the flu

    State public health officials are encouraging Kentuckians to get a flu vaccination during National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 8-14, to reduce the spread of illness this holiday season.

  • Holiday happenings: FFA Farm Toy Show

    Coordinators of the 19th Annual FFA Farm Toy Show are expecting 1,500 to 2,000 visitors to attend this year’s show at Spencer County High School, according to Bland Baird, FFA director at the school.

    “Exhibitors come from 16 different surrounding states,” said Baird.

    With over 180 vendors showing off their farm toys, farmscapes and collectibles, there will be plenty for visitors to do.

    Some of the toys and replicas are over 30 years old and some of those are for sale. Their prices being anywhere from 25 cents to $5,000, said Baird.

  • Simpson benefit nets thousands

    The recent benefit in honor of Michael Simpson was a huge success, according to his wife, Shirley. Thanks to all the people who patroned a fish fry at First Assembly of God and to all the donations, Simpson has been given about $10,000 toward getting a lung transplant. Doctors had told Simpson that in order to be placed on the list, he would have to prove he could pay for the costly anti-rejection medicines. “Now, we need prayer more than anything,” said Shirley Simpson.

    Photos submitted to The Spencer Magnet

  • Kirsch retires from public service

    As some newly-elected officials are only beginning to grasp the monumental tasks before them, one Taylorsville city commissioner is looking forward to leaving a life of politics and service behind.

    Sydney “Syd” Kirsch formally announced at last Tuesday’s city commission meeting that she is retiring from public office. She will be moving to Tennessee in an effort to be closer to family. “I have enjoyed every minute of it,” said Kirsch, “but I think it is time for me to get close to my kids and grandkids.”

  • Beshear, Mongiardo to take 10 percent cut in pay in 2009

    Gov. Steve Beshear and Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo today announced that they would each take a 10 percent reduction in pay for calendar year 2009.

    Several senior members of the Beshear administration – Executive Cabinet Secretary Larry Hayes, Chief of Staff Adam Edelen, Deputy Chief of Staff Vince Gabbert, General Counsel Ellen Hesen and Communications Director Jay Blanton – will also take 10 percent cuts in pay for 2009.

  • Gingerbread contest winners

    The entries for this year’s Gingerbread House Contest will be on display at The Red Scooter through Christmas on Main Street Friday.

    There were 42 entries this year.

    The winners in the several different groups were as follows:

    SCHOOL WINNERS

    Fifth Grade Group -

    First Place went to Dee Ray, Marianne Rutherford, Kyle Alexander and Joe Quintero

    Second Place went to Taylor Jones, Shelby Santiago, Destiny Smith and Amber Hahn

    Fifth Grade Individual -

    First Place went to Michaela Cox

  • Holiday happenings: Christmas on Main

    “It’s all about the kids. Jesus loved the little children,” said Spencer County Judge David Jenkins. “Seeing their faces light up, even if you are an old scrooge. That’s what it is all about.”

    With so many Christmas activities planned for Christmas on Main Street, there should be no problem for even the scroogest of scrooges to get into the Christmas Spirit. Parents will have the opportunity to see their children’s eyes brighten time and time again this Friday.

  • What's Happening

    Halloween Photos

    Just a reminder! If you had your child’s photo taken at the Spencer Magnet during Trick or Treat on Main, the photos are in and may picked up any time M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Letters to Santa due today

  • Spencer County 8th highest in state unemployment rates

    Unemployment rates rose in 112 Kentucky counties between October 2007 and October 2008, fell in six counties and stayed the same in two, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.