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  • March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

    March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, an observance created to educate the public about the prevalence of colon cancer and to promote screening and prevention strategies.
    Gov. Steve Beshear on Thursday joined health advocates and survivors of colon cancer at a rally on the steps of the state Capitol to raise awareness of the disease.
    During the rally, Beshear signed a proclamation designating March 2012 Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. In his current budget proposal, the Governor is seeking to fund colon cancer screening for 4,000 uninsured Kentuckians.

  • Hornback’s bill would loosen telecom regs

    If you are one of the ever-dwindling homes with a traditional land telephone line, you may have to start looking for an alternative.
    Senate Bill 135, also referred to as the “AT&T Bill,” is scheduled to come up before the Senate this week and appears to have the needed support.
    Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville), the sponsor of the bill, said he has worked closely with the Public Service Commission to make sure its officials agree with the bill and that the residents of the commonwealth will continue to have adequate phone service.

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  • Habitat for Humanity to offer ‘A Brush with Kindness’

    Spencer County homeowners will now have the opportunity for their very own “brush with kindness” thanks to a new program kicking off from Spencer County Habitat for Humanity.
    The program, titled “A Brush with Kindness,” “helps low-income homeowners to maintain their homes, allowing them to reclaim their homes with pride and dignity,” according to literature provided by Habitat for Humanity President Scott Street.
    The local Habitat affiliate wanted to start the program to better use its resources, Scott Street said.

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  • County picks high bidder for farm lease, reschedules vote on fake pot ban

    The Spencer County Fiscal Court received three bids after advertising a request for proposals to lease the county farm, Judge-Executive Bill Karrer said during Monday’s meeting.
    The bids were to be for a one-year lease with two one-year options to renew.
    Those bids were as follows:
    •David Lee Shelburne — $500 for a one-year lease, would agree to clean up the grounds as well
    •Pat Bogar — $501 for a one-year lease
    •Byron Cunningham — $1,600.50 for a one-year lease

  • Zoning commission recommends repealing 2010 classifications

    After hearing brief testimony, the Taylorsville-Spencer County Joint Planning and Zoning Commission voted Thursday to recommend repealing articles pertaining to classifications passed in 2010.
    Articles recommended for repeal include those pertaining to agricultural, residential, commercial and industrial zoning classifications.
    Two property owners, David Jewell and Lynn McIntosh, spoke during the meeting.

  • COLUMN: Newspapers are a powerful classroom tool

    Long before I pursued a career in journalism, I remember using our hometown newspaper — The Spencer Magnet — as a valuable information and education tool. I can remember several of my teachers throughout my 13 years in the Spencer County school system using the community newspaper and other print media sources as learning tools in the classroom. As I continued on to college, the use of newspapers in the classroom only increased as professors pushed for students to be locally, nationally and globally minded.

  • Taylorsville man admits to receiving, possessing child pornography

    A more than year-long investigation by local and federal law enforcement has resulted in a Taylorsville man pleading guilty in United States District Court to charges of knowingly receiving and possessing child pornography.