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  • Special Olympian 'will never forget' nationals

    “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

    So goes the much-honored oath of Special Olympics, an organization for athletes with intellectual disabilities that holds competitions in 181 countries.

    “That’s my favorite quote,” said 17-year-old Zachary Newton, who spent last week in Lincoln, Nebraska representing Kentucky, as well as Taylorsville, in the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games which brought together over 3,000 athletes, 2,000 coaches, and 8,000 volunteers from 33 states.

  • PUBLIC RECORD: District Court

    The following cases were heard by the Hon. Linda Armstrong in Spencer County District Court July 2, 2010.


    Stuart D. Bray, speeding 10 mph over limit. $143 court cost and state traffic school.

    Charles L. Barnett, careless driving and improper passing. $163 court cost and fine; and state traffic school.

  • Grocery prices on the rise, says survey

    Grocery prices seem to be on a steady rise around Kentucky during the second half of 2010 and that can be bad news for Spencer County families already struggling during tough economic times.

    But it’s still not clear how the state trend has affected local grocery prices.

  • GOP opens new headquarters

     The Spencer County GOP held the grand opening of their headquarters Saturday. A large crowd enjoyed homemade ice cream and refreshments while speaking with candidates for state and local offices.

     “It was truly exciting to see and visit with so many energized voters today. We plan to hold frequent events so that voters can get involved and discuss the issues on a regular basis,”  said Lynn Hesselbrock, Spencer County GOP chairman.

  • Lightning knocks out courthouse, judge's office phone lines

    A line of thunderstorms that brought down trees throughout the region was also responsible for taking out phone lines at the courthouse and judge executive’s office when lightning struck Saturday night.

    “It fried the system,” said Judge Executive David Jenkins, who estimated damages between $25,000 and $50,000.

    Employees made the discovery Monday morning after arriving at work. The staff at the county clerk’s office  closed by mid-day after realizing that they would not be able to process vehicle registrations and other services.

  • Gaines to head Democratic party

    Carmin Gaines has been selected as the new chairperson of the Spencer County Democratic Party. She was voted into office by committee members July 12.

    “I am thrilled and very honored to represent the Democratic party,” said Gaines.

    Gaines operates Elmar’s BP and Tropical Oasis Salon and Fitness in Elk Creek with her father, Elmar Gaines, and her brother, Carsyn Gaines. Gaines ran for county judge executive in the June democratic primary against Magistrate Bill Drury and the primary winner, Judge Executive David Jenkins.

  • Coca-Cola youth talent winners

    ROBIN BASS/The Spencer Magnet


    Winners of the Coca-Cola Youth Talent Show Saturday night at the Spencer County Fair were: (from left) Ashley Durrett, third place; Aaron Shindlebower, second place; and Danielle Curtsinger, first place. Winners will go on to compete in the Coca-Cola Youth Talent Show at the Kentucky State Fair in August.

  • Character education program planned for SCMS students

    Spencer County Middle School Principal Ed Downs thinks his students feel pretty safe at school – but that doesn’t satisfy him. There is still work to be done to improve the school’s climate and he believes it starts with the character of his students and staff.

    Downs, with the help of newly named Assistant Principal for Academics Erin Demyan, is already planning lessons for the school’s new Weekly Character Education Program.  He said the program is a response to a nation-wide bullying and cyber bullying epidemic, to which SCMS has not been immune.

  • PUBLIC RECORD: District Court

    District court

    The following cases were heard by the Hon. Linda Armstrong in Spencer County District Court June 4, 2010.


    Donald R. Florence, Jr., rear license not illuminated; and operating a motor vehicle under/influence of alcohol/drugs, first offense. First charge was merged. $728 court cost and fine; 30 day suspension of operator’s  license; and alcohol drug education program.


  • Troops sent a little taste of home

    The men and women of US Army HHC 1/502 Infantry, which is currently stationed in Afghanistan, got to taste a little bit of home last month, thanks to the efforts of eight-year-old Ivy Pulliam, her mother, Theresa, and all the young ladies of Girl Scout Troop 1395.

    In late May, the troop donated two hundred boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to Guard Duty, Inc., a military support organization based in Taylorsville, which then sent the cookies to troops overseas, effectively putting “Operation Cookie Drop” in motion.