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  • Home energy assistance program to help low-income households begins Nov. 7

    Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency, Inc. will begin the “Subsidy” portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program that provides heating assistance to eligible households on Nov. 7.  The significant cost of energy to heat homes leaves many households unable to fully meet heating bills or purchase sufficient bulk fuel to keep their families safe and warm.
    Last Year, Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency, Inc. was able to assist 230 households in Spencer County during the LIHEAP Subsidy Component, according to a MPCAA press release.

  • Man enters not guilty plea in sex abuse, indecent exposure case

    A Taylorsville man facing misdemeanor charges of second-degree indecent exposure and third-degree sexual abuse in connection to alleged incidents that happened at his former Louisville workplace has entered a not guilty plea in Jefferson District Court.

    Justin D. Oliver, 31, of Taylorsville, was arraigned Oct. 26 and pled not guilty to charges involving alleged incidents that took place July 2011 and around late September/early October 2010.  

  • FFA team wins national dairy judging title

    Four Spencer County High School students have recently been named national champions — but not in sports, music or even in an essay writing contest.

  • ELECTION 2011: Three face off in race for governor

    Three candidates are seeking the governor’s seat in November. But, while each candidate has distinct differences, all agree that the economy and, more importantly, getting Kentuckians back to work, is among the top issues facing the Bluegrass state.
    The Central Kentucky News-Journal sent questionnaires to all three candidates. Below are their responses.

    Steve Beshear
    Currently serving his first term as governor, Steve Beshear, whose running mate is former Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, is a Clark County native.

  • Judge-exec: economic development in Spencer County is two-fold

    Editors note: Since the city and county voted to dissolve the Taylorsville-Spencer County Economic Development Authority earlier this year, The Spencer Magnet decided to check in with local government officials to discuss their economic development plans for the future. This week, Editor Shannon Brock sat down with Judge-Executive Bill Karrer to discuss the county’s perspective.

    Judge-Executive Bill Karrer says his thoughts about economic development in Spencer County have always been two-fold: business development and tourism.

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  • ONLINE ONLY: Hunter hits gas instead of break, sinks car in Taylorsville Lake

    A Jeffersontown man emerged Saturday from Taylorsville Lake safe and sound.

    His car? Not so much.

    Ronald Berkley was attempting to launch his boat that morning at the Van Buren boat ramp when things went terribly wrong, thanks to a new pair of hunting boots.

    Berkley, who was planning to boat to a location on the lake to go turkey hunting, told rescuers that he had just purchased the boots and was wearing them while backing his car down the ramp.

  • Construction temporarily halted on Gray’s Run bridge

    Construction on a bridge on Ky. 1392/Gray’s Run Road was temporarily halted earlier this month after contractors discovered the project was larger than originally anticipated.
    Andrea Clifford, spokesperson for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, said the bridge, which goes over Simpson Creek and is at mile point 1.9 on Gray’s Run Road, was slated for a deck restoration.
    However, when representatives from Intech Contracting began their work, they found “more deterioration than originally thought to be there,” Clifford said.

  • County awarded funds for dead animal removal program

    The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, approved $5,988 at its October meeting in support of a Deceased Farm Animal Removal Program in Spencer County.
    The Spencer County Fiscal Court submitted a proposal to the Spencer County Agricultural Development Council and the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, and was approved for the funding.

  • Two indicted on multiple drug charges

    A Springfield man and a Taylorsville man were indicted on multiple, unrelated drug charges by a Spencer County Grand Jury on Thursday.