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  • Early parole sparks outcry around Kentucky

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  • Kentucky libraries seek additional construction funding from state

    Job applicants searching online for employment opportunities, workshop participants learning how to build a better resume, children learning to read or studying after school — these are just a few of the ways Kentuckians are taking increased advantage of their local libraries during tough economic times, according to the Kentucky Public Library Association. And they represent just part of the reason why local libraries have come together to ask the Kentucky legislature to take advantage of an established state construction grant program, according to a news release.

  • Sheriff gets clean audit on tax settlement account

    State Auditor Crit Luallen recently released the audit of the Sheriff’s Settlement - 2010 Taxes for Spencer County Sheriff, Donald “Buddy” Stump, for the period Jan. 1, 2011 through April 15, 2011.
    State law requires the auditor to annually audit the accounts of each county sheriff. In compliance with this law, the auditor issues two sheriff’s reports each year: one reporting on the audit of the sheriff’s tax account and the other reporting on the audit of the fee account used to operate the office.

  • Email, text alert service returns to Taylorsville Police Department

    Nixle, the alert service used to provide Taylorsville residents with text message and email alerts in emergency situations, is back in action.

    Taylorsville Police Chief Toby Lewis sent a message to former subscribers a couple of weeks ago to let them know the service was back in use.

    “Taylorsville Police are back on line with Nixle,” the alert said. “We will try to keep you updated on community events. Tell your friends to register.”

  • District improvement plan to focus on individualized learning

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series outlining the 2012-2013 Comprehensive District Improvement Plan, which was recently reviewed and unanimously accepted by the Spencer County Board of Education. In this week’s article, readers can find the goals and objectives set for the district during the 2012-2013 school year. Make sure to pick up next week’s edition of The Spencer Magnet for part two, which will outline how the district plans to fund and implement its objectives.

  • On Christmas Day, she moved

    By Lisa King | Landmark News Service
    Denisse Escareno’s family members were praying for a Christmas miracle. They hoped the doctors were wrong about her being brain dead.

    On Christmas Day, they got that miracle.

    Escareno, 24, the assault victim viciously beaten and left by the side of the road, moved her fingers and toes, her roommate Melody Riddle said Tuesday.

    “We went up to see her on Christmas Day, and Krissi took the kids,” she said.

  • Locals arrested in McCracken County drug sting

    Two Taylorsville residents were among five people arrested last week in connection with a large marijuana trafficking ring in Paducah, according to the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department.

    Stephanie H. Boblitt, 26, and Jaime Rodriguez, 35, both of Taylorsville, were arrested Dec. 21 and charged with conspiracy to traffic in over five pounds of marijuana.

  • Mt. Washington woman injured in Christmas Eve wreck

    A Christmas Eve morning crash in Spencer County has left a Mount Washington woman critically injured.

    In the one-vehicle accident that was initially thought to be a fatality, Kentucky State Police said 23-year-old Lauren N. Gardner was ejected from her Nissan Versa around 8:49 a.m. Saturday.

    According to KSP, Gardner was traveling north bound on Ky. 31 E. in Spencer County near the Nelson-Bullitt-Spencer line when her vehicle dropped off the right side of the roadway.

  • Clerk, sheriff present budgets to fiscal court

    Spencer County Clerk Lynn Hesselbrock and Sheriff Buddy Stump presented their 2012 budgets to the fiscal court Monday night, but the court tabled approving those budgets until more information could be provided.

    The fiscal court cannot set salaries for individual deputies and assistants, but has the authority to set the total amount expended for salaries and benefits.

    Hesselbrock budgeted $253,044 for the salaries and benefits of her deputies, assistants and other employees — the limit set by the court for the former clerk.