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  • COUPLE OF THE YEAR: Streets honored for service to community

    “Couple of the Year” isn’t typically the award handed out at the first Chamber of Commerce meeting of each year. But this year, the chamber had two people worthy of its Citizen of the Year award — they just happen to live under the same roof.

    Scott and Linda Street were acknowledged as Couple of the Year during the Chamber’s first meeting of 2012 on Thursday.

    With Scott out of town, Linda accepted the award and addressed those attending the luncheon.

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  • Gray’s Run bridge over Simpson Creek to close six weeks for repairs

    Ky. 1392, known as Gray’s Run Road, will be closed at the bridge over Simpson Creek (mile point 1.9) beginning Monday for repairs.
    The bridge will remain closed for approximately six weeks, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 5 Office.
    Work began last fall to perform bridge deck restoration on this structure and the roadway was reduced to one lane.
    During the closure of Ky. 1392, motorists should follow the signed detour via Ky. 652, known as Little Union Road.

  • Fiscal Court approves budgets for clerk, sheriff

    During its meeting last Wednesday, the Spencer County Fiscal Court approved fee budgets for both the sheriff and the county clerk.

    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.

    County Clerk Lynn 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.

  • UPDATED: Support lacking for move to fourth class

    UPDATE: The resolution to request Kentucky's General Assembly to consider upgrading Taylorsville to a fourth-class city was on the agenda for a special-called meeting of the City Commission on Tuesday afternoon. However, because the resolution failed at last Tuesday's meeting (by a vote of 2-3), Mayor Don Pay said he would have needed four out of five commission members to agree to bring the issue back up. That did not happen, so the vote from last Tuesday's meeting stands.


  • Homicide rocks Spencer County

    A Bardstown man found dead in a barn off Bowman Lane with a single gunshot wound through the head has left the community shocked, neighbors unsettled and the perpetrator at large.

    The investigation of 34-year-old Daniel D. Cahoe’s suspicious death started late Thursday evening after he was found slumped over in an empty barn in the 2000 block of Bowman Lane near the intersection of West River Road. But what was once considered a death investigation has now been classified as a homicide investigation by Kentucky State Police.  

  • Police identify body found in barn

    UPDATED SUNDAY, JAN. 8, at 9:30 A.M. — Police have released the name of a man found dead Thursday in Spencer County and confirmed they are now conducting a homicide investigation.

    The body of Daniel D. Cahoe, 34, of Bardstown, was found in a barn on Bowman Lane on Thursday afternoon. The Spencer County Sheriff's Department and Kentucky State Police spent several hours on the scene Thursday near the intersection of Bowman Lane and West River Road.

  • Stories that made honorable mention in 2011

    •Taylorsville gets 24-hour police coverage — Taylorsville Police Chief Toby Lewis and the city commission worked through funding and scheduling conflicts in January to make sure the city police department could offer around-the-clock coverage.


    The Spencer Magnet news staff looked back through each edition of 2011 and picked its top 12 stories of the year. You’ll also see a few honorable mentions that, with so much news throughout the year, were worth noting, but didn’t quite make the top of the list. All dates referenced in the summaries are from the calendar year 2011, unless otherwise noted. The stories, compiled by Reporter Mallory Bilger and Editor Shannon Brock, are not ranked and appear in no particular order.

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  • Five file to run for county clerk

    As of Tuesday afternoon, five Spencer Countians have filed to run for the office of county clerk in this year’s election.
    Current County Clerk Lynn Hesselbrock confirmed Tuesday morning that she has filed to run for office, as well as three other candidates — Karen Spencer (R), Abbigail Nation (D) and Annette King (D).
    Tuesday afternoon, Barry Hume (D) confirmed that he had just filed to seek the office, as well.
    Potential candidates have until Jan. 31 to file to run in the primary election.