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  • Neighbor who attacked Sen. Rand Paul could face up to 21 months in prison

    Federal prosecutors will recommend a sentence of 21 months in prison for the neighbor charged with tackling and injuring U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, according to a court document.

    The document, posted Monday, also makes clear that the attack was not politically motivated.

    Paul’s neighbor, Rene Boucher, told police he attacked Paul because he’d “had enough” after seeing the Republican senator stack more brush on a pile near Bocher’s yard, according to the plea agreement Boucher signed.

  • What’s Happening - Week of January 24, 2018

    Youth Baseball signups

    The Spencer County Youth Baseball Association will be holding signups for the 2018 season on Saturday, January 27 and Saturday, February 3, at Taylorsville Elementary School from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will also be a sign-up period on Monday, January 29th and February 5th at Ray Jewell Park from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Evaluation dates are February 10th and 17th from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

  • Schools brace for cuts


    Nearly a week after Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin delivered a budget address that fully funded the state pension system, but included cuts that many say will harm public education, Spencer County Superintendent Chuck Adams said the district must be prepared for lean times, but said he’s confident public outcry will keep Bevin’s cuts from going too deep.

  • Mason resigns from Magnet after 11 years


    After more than a decade at The Spencer Magnet, Publisher Lynette Mason’s last edition is today’s edition, as she enters the political realm as a candidate for public office.

    Mason joined The Magnet as an advertising sales representative in 2007, and quickly was promoted to General Manager and later to Publisher.

    “Working at The Spencer Magnet was one of the most challenging, yet fulfilling jobs for me,” said Mason.

  • Two more file as candidates

    With just under a week remaining before the deadline for candidates to file for the 2018 countywide elections, filings were slow this past week.

    Only two candidates filed for office as of Monday afternoon.

    Jamie Brown became the first candidate to file for the office of County Surveyor. Brown, a Republican, is the incumbent surveyor. Brown could not be reached for comment.

  • Grand jury indicts six on drug charges

    The Spencer County Grand Jury indicted six individuals on various drug charges earlier this month.

    Indictments handed down on January 11th, included one count of planting, cultivating or harvesting marijuana with the intent to sell or transfer against Tanya Sunday Carman, 61, of Mt. Eden. Carman was also indicted on one charge of illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia, and one count of wanton endangerment.

    Other indictments included:

  • Snow issues discussed at fiscal court meeting

    Last week’s snow and ice created a lot of dangerous driving conditions, but Judge-Executive John Riley last week praised the state and county road crews for working around the clock to plow, scrape and treat the roads as quickly as they could.

    What started with an ice event, was made worse with an unexpected heavy snow on Monday and the resulting poor road conditions led to hazardous driving conditions that closed schools for most of the week and kept crews busy.

  • Monday shooting ruled accidental

    Local and state police responded to a shooting on Dogwood Circle in the Whitfield section of Spencer County Monday morning.

    Trooper Bernis Napier, of the Kentucky State Police, said investigators are treating the shooting as an accident. He said the victim, whose name was not released, suffered a minor gunshot injury to the leg.

    The incident took place at a residence in the Ridgeview Mobile Home Park around 9 a.m.

  • Dollar store employee charged with theft

    An employee of a local retail store was arrested last week and charged with theft following an internal investigation.

    Baileigh Bogard, 19, of Taylorsville, was charged with theft by unlawful taking and lodged in the Shelby County Detention Center last Wednesday when a Spencer County Sheriff’s Deputy was called to the store.

  • Officials stress that Tide Pod challenge is not laughing matter

    Why is the “Tide Pod Challenge” a thing?... Because the internet is a cruel and wicked place, kids.

    The challenge, where kids film themselves taking a bite out of the detergent packs and post it to social media, has taken the internet and poison control centers across the nation by storm.

    Kentucky Poison Control of Norton’s Children’s Hospital is advising the public that no matter how tempting the new viral “Tide Pod Challenge” is, the colorful detergent packages are for washing your clothes and NOTHING else.