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  • Creating a S.A.F.E. community

    It may have taken Spencer County’s Economic Development Authority 12 months to research and plan for the alcohol petition, but it has taken a group of local citizens less than one month to organize an opposition.

    S.A.F.E., which stands for Spencer County Alliance for Family Enrichment, was created primarily to provide facts and figures so that if, or when, the alcohol issue goes to a vote – people can make an informed decision, said SAFE Chairman James Allen Tipton.

  • County rethinks dispatch and animal services

    Could Spencer County Fiscal Court get in the business of catching dogs and answering 9-1-1 calls? In all likelihood, the answer to that question is no, but that is not stopping magistrates from looking into taking over the two contracted county services.

    Magistrates approved two separate motions Monday morning that will form committees to explore the feasibility of managing emergency dispatch and animal control services. Currently, the county maintains annual contracts for these services through private contractors.

  • Judge reduces bond, releases Revard

    Murder suspect Raymond Revard, Jr. was released from jail Friday and placed under home confinement following a judge’s decision earlier in the week to reduce his bond.

    Revard was indicted last month by Spencer County Grand Jury with two felonies – murder and tampering with physical evidence – in relation to the January shooting death of his wife, Lea Revard. Since being arrested four months ago, Revard has remained lodged in Shelby County Detention Center on a $500,000 cash/$1 million property bond.

  • PHOTOs: Carnival for a Cure

    Hundreds lined Main Street Saturday to watch as the daylong Carnival for a Cure was kicked off with a parade. Many of the parade walkers and floats were decorated with messages about juvenile diabetes awareness. Event organizer Debbie Cannon said the fundraiser collected just shy of $10,000.

    “The people who stepped up for this event were just amazing,” said Cannon, who’s daughter suffers from the disease. “People are already asking if they can help next year.”

  • Help for homeowners
  • PHOTO: Signature HealthCARE training

    ROBIN BASS/The Spencer Magnet

  • School board wants roofs fixed

    The need to repair roofs dominated much of the conversation at Monday night’s meeting of the Spencer County School Board.

    The discussion resulted from a request by Superintendent Chuck Adams asking the board to itemize a list of needs in the event that federal stimulus money – also referred to as stabilization funds – were made available to the district. Board members selected roof repairs to the high school and Taylorsville Elementary as being at the top of their list.

  • High school principal resigns post

    After three years serving as principal at Spencer County High School, Tracy Bale said it is time to expand his horizons.

    “Professionally, I have reached a point where I need a different challenge,” said Bale. “When (my family) first came here, we were on the five-year plan. Our five years are up and we’re going to look for a new adventure.”

  • A clash of opinions

    More than two dozen people crammed inside the EDA’s small office Monday night to discuss what will undoubtedly be Spencer County’s biggest issue this year – legalizing the sale of alcohol.

    The temperature inside the cramped space rose uncomfortably, but citizens and EDA board members managed to maintain their  composure, even when put on the spot.

  • Fraud alert issued on stimulus scams

    Attorney General Jack Conway and Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Janie Miller are warning consumers who receive Social Security and other disability payments against possible scams as the federal government prepares to distribute a one-time economic stimulus payment.