Local News

  • Youth center opens in Settlers Center


    Spencer County’s young adults ages 16-25 now have a place to go if they are looking for a fun place to hang out or are searching for community services, such as job placement, mental health services and more.

  • Feral cat problem worsening in county


    The staff of Salt River Veterinary Clinic arrived at their office on a recent morning to find two small, black kittens left on their doorstep. It wasn’t the first time and the fear is it won’t be the last.

    “They were dropped off at the back door and it’s an all too common occurrence said Dr. Dan Bension.

  • State advises caution when working in heat

    The Kentucky Labor Cabinet wants to remind all employers and employees that high temperatures and humidity can have devastating effects if workers do not take proper precautions and procedures.

    “Hot weather can make for dangerous conditions both outdoors and inside,” Labor Secretary Larry L. Roberts said in a state news release. “In many cases, precautions such as water, rest and shade can be the difference between life and death for workers.”

  • New laws taking effect in July

    Interim activity continues, and in our meetings, there has been very significant data provided. During the IJC on Labor and Industry last week, Dr. Kate Akers of the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics reported that nearly 63 percent of Kentucky public high school graduates were college and/or career ready in 2014. While the numbers are an increase over previous years, it is difficult to compare with other states because Kentucky is unique in this measurement.

  • Several phone scams reported in county

    Thieves do not have to break into your house to steal. Sophisticated scams on the internet, through the mail, and over the phone have become all too common in recent years.

    Two local residents contacted the Spencer Magnet about such scam attempts they’ve thwarted recently.

    Bill Kiser said he has long entered the Publishers’ Clearinghouse Sweepstakes, but knew something was fishy when he received a phone call from them, asking if he’d received notice that he was a winner.

    “They said I won $2 million,” said Kiser.

  • Magistrates voice road concerns

    A rift between a couple of magistrates and the county road foreman made for some tense moments during Monday evening’s fiscal court meeting.

    During a portion of the meeting designated for committee reports or comments from members, Magistrate Jim Williams read a statement critical of county road supervisor Todd Burch.

  • Poultry restrictions a result of avian flu


    State Veterinarian Robert C. Stout has enacted restrictions on bird sales and movement in Kentucky to protect Kentucky’s poultry industry and bird population from the current avian influenza outbreak.

    “We are taking these steps out of an abundance of caution,” Stout said in a statement appearing on his agency’s website. “Poultry is Kentucky’s leading agricultural commodity, and we will do everything we can to keep our commercial and backyard poultry industries secure.”

  • Road work will result in closures of KY 48

    Maintenance work is progressing on KY 48 (Highgrove Road) in Spencer County.  Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) maintenance staff have completed cross-drain replacement between KY 623 (Lilly Pike) and the Nelson/Spencer County line (mile points 2.5 to 4.4).  Crews will now perform the same type of work on the rest of KY 48 between the Nelson/Spencer County line and Gordon Drive (mile points 0.0 to 2.4).

  • Relay for Life offers support, encouragment


    Julie Burroughs was all smiles Friday night as she joined hundreds of others at the annual Spencer County Relay for Life celebration at the high school.

    A cancer survivor since 2002, Burroughs knows the triumph shared by other survivors. After being diagnosed last October with breast cancer, she also knows the challenges of those who continue to face the illness head on.

    For Burroughs, keeping a positive attitude is the key, and Friday’s celebration plays a big role in maintaining the proper attitude.

  • Holes remain in levee pact

    The effort to repair the floodwall surrounding Taylorsville continues to be delayed as local leaders seek to bridge their differences on how to fund that project.

    A planned joint meeting scheduled for this past Monday night between the city commission, fiscal court and the floodwall commission was cancelled late last week as Judge-Executive John Riley suggested no agreement would likely be reached.