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  • Citizen of the Year: Sharon Thomas

    Sharon Thomas is a volunteeroholic. Whenever she’s asked to give her time to a community event or activity, she always finds it hard to turn it down.

    “I made a resolution that in 2009 I was going to learn to say ‘no’. But after 12 days [in the New Year] I’m already volunteering to do things,” she said.

    Last year Thomas’ desire to help out led her to spend countless hours on community projects and also helped her to receive the title of Citizen of the Year from a local civic group.

  • Floodwall needs work

    Taylorsville residents who live within the floodwalls could see a significant increase in their insurance costs if the city loses its certification, Floodwall Commissioner Gary Kehne told city commissioners last Tuesday.

    “There’s going to be some mad people in this town,” said Kehne, if the city does not comply with its promise to repair the levee by July 2010.

  • Honoring everyday heroes

    Families and friends gathered last Tuesday for a night of celebration as they honored seven Spencer Countians for their commitment to family and their service to the community.

  • PUBLIC RECORD: District court

     

    The Honorable Judge Linda Armstrong presided over the following cases in District Court on November 21, 2008.

    Traffic:

    Michael Allen Cooper. Charge #1, no operator’s/moped license. Charge #2, possess open alcohol beverage container in a motor vehicle. Pled guilty to both charges. $85 fines plus $143 court costs.

  • Victim of icy roads memorialized

    Some knew him as Sticker Joe, others as Kroger Joe, and while Elmer “Joe” Sander lived what many may call an ordinary life – this average Joe was an exceptional man, said friends and family.

    “It’s still hard to believe he’s gone,” said Bob Perry. The two Elk Creek men had been friends for 18 years, ever since Joe and his wife, Martha, moved in a few doors down from Perry’s home on Plum Creek Road.

    “He always had a pleasant smile,” said Perry. “He made you feel good.”

  • Plan to help counties with budget shortfalls

    Governor Steve Beshear has proposed policy changes to the state’s retirement system in hopes of providing more than $37 million in relief to counties, like Spencer County, that are struggling with financial shortfalls.

    His recommendation to the Kentucky Retirement System Board is to allow required contribution obligations to be spread over a 10-year period instead of the current five-year period. The move has been cited as providing immediate relief to local governments next fiscal year while maintaining the pension system.

  • Study reveals how Kentucky families are being impacted by economy

    A new University of Kentucky study found that Kentuckians, like other Americans, face economic uncertainty this holiday season. Nearly 70 percent reported a change in lifestyle due to the economy with over half of Kentucky’s households having trouble buying things they want for themselves or their children during this holiday season.

  • Looking back before the New Year

    2008 will likely be branded the year of firsts. It was, after all, the year we selected our first African-American President – Barack Obama. And, it was the first time we experienced what it feels like to pay $4 for a gallon of gas. Oh, and remember there was that time when the stock marked dropped 777 points and we all felt for the first time what it’s like to lose our retirement savings. As we stopped spending, we witnessed another first as the federal government stepped in with an inconceivable $700 billion bailout for the banks and businesses we no longer frequented.

  • PHOTO: Who's that Who?

    ROBIN BASS/The Spencer Magnet

  • Crisis situation: Heating help available for residents in need

    Spencer County families struggling to pay the high-cost of winter heating bills may be able to fight off January’s frigid temperatures with help from the Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency.

    Beginning January 5, the community service agency started offering assistance to low-income households deemed to be in a home-heating crisis situation. Criteria for being in a crisis situation are:

    That the household is within four days of running out of the fuel (coal, fuel oil, propane, kerosene, or wood) being used as a heating source;