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  • Local legislators update citizens on road plans, state budget

    Roads drove much of the conversation Saturday morning when Spencer County’s two state legislators discussed issues with constituents at a legislative breakfast at the Farm Bureau office in Taylorsville.

    While State Senator Jimmy Higdon and State Representative James A. Tipton, both Republicans, spoke about budget issues and how the state has tried to get a handle on the pension issue in Frankfort, many of the questions posed to them by residents dealt with current and future road issues.

  • Court hands down sentences in three separate cases

     

    A woman who tried to sneak a bottle of pills out of her Stephanie Avenue home and refused to obey a law enforcement officer’s orders entered a guilty plea May 13 in Spencer District Court.

    Kimberly Pittman, 38, who now lives in West Louisville, pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a prescription drug, resisting arrest and carrying a concealed deadly weapon.

  • Public Record - Week of May 18, 2016

    It is the policy of The Spencer Magnet to publish public records as they are reported by various agencies. This policy has been established to preserve the fairness and impartiality of The Spencer Magnet. Names appearing in the public records will be published without exceptions. Public records are published as a news service to our readers. District court records are published as defendants enter pleas (guilty or Alford) or are found guilty.

    Judge J. R. Robards heard the following cases on February 5, 2016, in Spencer District Court:

  • Cross-country trek for a cause

     

    Jacob Tipton is geared up to embark on a journey. The trip will be grueling, no doubt, and he won’t reach his destination till late July.

    It will be worth it.

    Tipton, who will be a junior this fall at Western Kentucky University, will hop on his bicycle Saturday in Seattle and pedal off. The destination?

    Virginia Beach, Virginia.

  • Gearing up for Gourd Art Show

     

    Minnie Black, an East Bernstadt, Kentucky woman who created musical instruments from gourds, will be fitly remembered this weekend at the Kentucky Gourd Art Show.

    The show, which has a different theme each year, will commemorate Black this year under the theme “Miss Minnie’s Mi-gnons.”

  • Dr. Ben Strong, longtime dentist dies at age 82

     

    Dr. Ben L. Strong, who practiced dentistry in Taylorsville for 56 years, died Sunday in Louisville. He was 82.

    At his office on Main Street, Strong worked alongside his son, Dr. James R. Strong, until his retirement in 2014. He then continued to practice part-time until this year.

    He lived in Shelbyville with his wife, Betty Strong, who survives him.

    Throughout his career, Strong provided dental care to countless citizens of Spencer County, where he and Betty Strong have lifelong friends.

  • Shelby starts wet/dry petition

    At last week’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, magistrates voted to approve doing direct mailing to send out a survey to collect signatures for a petition needed for a wet/dry vote for the county.

    Magistrates had approved spending $15,000 to finance the effort in mid-April after a recommendation from the county’s Economic Development Committee, but had not yet decided on the method for collecting the signatures.

    The effort is the second time in Shelby County to get a wet/dry election on the ballot

  • City police active in county

    Taylorsville City Police Chief Phil Crumpton said his department has noticed an increase in calls for assistance and responses in the county since Spencer County Sheriff Buddy Stump announced that his deputies would no longer be offering 24/7 patrols early last month.

    Crumpton told members of the Taylorsville City Commission last week that his officers have probably doubled their runs out in the county. Upon researching the actual statistics, Crumpton said Monday the increase is even greater than that.

  • Stiffer penalties for DUI in KY

    A recent change in Kentucky’s drunken driving laws will bring harsher penalties for some re-offenders.

    Senate Bill 56 extends the look-back period for DUI offenses from five years to 10 years.

    In the Kentucky court system, driving while under the influence is an enhanceable offense, meaning penalties and fines become stiffer for each charge accrued within a certain time period. At the fourth DUI within that time period, the charge is upgraded from a misdemeanor to a felony.

  • What’s happening - Week of May 11, 2016

    Legislative Update at Farm Bureau May 14

    A legislative update with Sen. Jimmy Higdon and Rep. James A. Tipton will be held at the Farm Bureau office to discuss issues affecting Spencer County on Saturday, May 14, at 9 a.m. Coffee and doughnuts will be served, and the community is invited to attend.

    Kentucky Gourd Art Show