Local News

  • Clean-up nears completion at S.O.


  • New library opens today


    Spencer County’s new public library will finally open to the public on a limited basis today as the staff plans a soft opening of the 16,000 square foot facility.

    Library Director Debra Lawson said library patrons can come in and check out books, use computers and have access to other services at the library, although many of the conference and meeting rooms are still being completed and the full slate of library programs are still a few weeks away from resuming.

  • City ethics complaint did not get hearing

    An ethics complaint filed by a city employee against members of the Taylorsville City Commission was reviewed by the ethics commission administrator, but was not forwarded to the full ethics commission for a hearing.

    The Spencer Magnet last Thursday filed an open records request for the complaint but as of Monday afternoon, had not received any reply. By law, an agency has three full business days to respond to such a request.

  • New focus on local tourism


    A revamped tourism commission hopes to spur new energy and enthusiasm into the efforts to lure more people and more money in to Spencer County.

    Stacey Koon, who was elected Chairperson of the Taylorsville-Spencer County Recreation, Tourist and Convention Commission, said the county has never fully tapped into its tourism potential and the new group hopes to change that.

  • Local unemployment office to close as part of consolidation

    Shelby County’s unemployment office, which also serves Spencer County, is slated to either close or have reduced hours as early as this month as part of a state consolidation to save millions of dollars and will eventually result in 12 hubs scattered throughout the state.

    The nearest one to Shelby County would be located in Louisville.

    Andy Hightower, policy advisor for the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, said that much collaboration must be done before the move takes place, which will involve 31 unemployment centers.

  • DAR members donate items to VA hospital


    The National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution, John  Fitch Chapter, donated 160 pairs of socks, six toboggans, 11 pairs of gloves, 18 washcloths, monetary cards and other items to support veterans and their families for the Robley Rex VA Medical Center Christmas Project.  Many veterans are struggling at this point in their lives and without this kind of support their holidays may not have been as bright and joyful.  John Fitch Chapter continues to have compassion and respect in support of those who served to protect our freedom.

  • Counting cars, movies and chickens

    I bought some baby chicks last spring and now I have four laying hens that roam my yard daily. Apart from them being a comedy troop, they usually leave me four eggs between shows.

  • Conservation supervisors sworn in


    Spencer County Judge-Executive John Riley, right, swore in the four elected supervisors for Spencer Co. Conservation on Jan. 17th. They will each serve a 4 year term. Re-elected was Thomas Franklin, Jr., on the left and Paul Jeffiers. New are Shirley Thomas and Gene Hoene.

  • Over 300 lives saved in Kentucky through organ donations

    “As we sat beside my 5-month-old son’s hospital bed, we begged God for a miracle.  Smith had been fighting 24 hours for his life but, really, he had fought since birth. Smith was born with a rare liver disease called Biliary Atresia. The bile ducts in his liver were not formed correctly. Bile was trapped and quickly caused cirrhosis to his liver,” explains Smith Webster’s mom, Holly from Jefferson County.

  • What’s happening - Week of February 1, 2017

    SCMS Cheerleaders to hold pancake breakfast fundraiser

    The Spencer County Middle School Cheerleaders will be holding a Pancake Breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, February 4 from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the school. Tickets are $5 in advance and can be purchased by calling or going to the school, or from any SCMS cheerleader. Tickets at the door will be $7 for adults, $4 for children and $20 for a family of four with children ages 10 or under.