Local News

  • Status hearing for man accused of first-degree assault in Denisse Escareno case moved to Jan. 7

    A status hearing for Mark Bruner has been rescheduled for Jan. 7 in Shelby Circuit Court, as well as a jury trial date of March 11.
    Bruner was indicted by a Shelby County Grand Jury on charges of first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence against him in connection with the beating of Denisse Escareno on Nov. 5, 2011.
    Bruner, 38, of Taylorsville was arrested 10 days after Escareno, 24, was found by passersby brutally beaten, stabbed and barely alive, on the side of Mount Eden Road about 2 miles south of Interstate 64.

  • Several local holiday events this weekend

    This week began with temperatures that felt more like spring than December, but whether there is any chance of snow in the forecast, the week will end with Spencer County beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
    Several community events are on this weekend’s schedule to kick the holiday season into high gear.
    Christmas in Mount Eden is set for Friday night from 5 to 9 p.m.; the Tree of Life choral performance runs Friday through Sunday; and Christmas on Main Street is Saturday with a full slate of events from 2 to 6 p.m.

  • Karrer: County’s radio tower still on track

    Despite rumors of the county’s radio tower project being shut down, the installation of the tower is going ahead as scheduled, Judge-Executive Bill Karrer told those attending Monday morning’s Fiscal Court meeting.
    Because plans for the tower came about during a declared state of emergency, some procedures that are otherwise required by law have been waived or expedited, Karrer said.

  • School district faces $14,000 in OSHA penalties following June workplace death

    A Spencer County Schools maintenance employee’s June workplace death has resulted in the district facing $14,000 in penalties and two violations handed down by Kentucky’s arm of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

  • Herndon appointed to vacant board of education seat

    Native Spencer County resident and parent Debbie Tapp Herndon has been appointed to the Spencer County Board of Education’s Waterford seat, which would have been vacant as of Jan. 1 due to no candidates filing to run for the position.

  • County to buy current extension building

    The Spencer County Fiscal Court voted Nov. 19 to move forward in purchasing the current Spencer County Cooperative Extension Service Building, which is set to become the new headquarters of Spencer County Emergency Medical Services.
    Magistrate David Goodlett, member of the building committee, reported that the extension building was appraised at $290,000 — that’s $40,000 higher than the $250,000 purchase price discussed between the Extension Board and the Fiscal Court.

  • Lifelong friends served in World War II together

    Editor’s note: The Spencer Magnet contacted Earl Slucher earlier this month in hopes of writing a story about his time spent serving in World War II. Slucher pointed us in the direction of an article that first ran in a Spencer Magnet special section in February 2004 featuring his story as well as the story of J.R. Smith. At the request of Mr. Slucher, that story appears below. Mr. Smith died last year.

  • Ballinger ruled not competent to stand trial; sodomy charge dismissed

    A first-degree sodomy charge was dismissed without prejudice Wednesday against a Taylorsville man after the court found him not competent to stand trial.
    Willard J. Ballinger, 30, of the 300 block of Washington Street, was indicted Dec. 22, 2011, on a first-degree sodomy charge when he allegedly engaged in deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 12 years of age.

  • New community outreach to offer those in need assistance through store, other ministries

    For more than a year, Spencer County residents Jason Cox and Chad Goodlett have envisioned starting a Christian ministry that meets the needs of the community’s most struggling individuals and families by providing clothing, appliances and furniture at low or no cost to the those in need.

  • Jury recommends 20 years for Seabolt

    A Spencer County jury earlier this month found a Louisville man guilty of burglarizing a Cochran Hill Road home and recommended he be sentenced to 20 years in prison.