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  • Animal Control Officer aides emergency efforts after Gatlinburg fires


  • What’s happening - Week of December 7, 2016

    Christmas on Main Street

    The annual Christmas on Main celebration is scheduled for Saturday, December 10 beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the lighting of the trees, followed by the parade. There will be visits with Santa, a live nativity scene, food, games, music, crafts, decorated trees inside the Chamber building, and bike giveaways throughout the evening.

    This year’s theme is “Santa’s Toy Shop” and businesses, churches and organizations are encouraged to participate with floats and parade entries.

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  • Your relatives are family treasures

    Once you get back to the generation born about 1900, you can find many records online and at courthouses, libraries, and archives. But you’ll need to start with more recent information on your parents and grandparents. You may already have dates and places of birth, marriage, and death, and you may already have stories about your ancestors.

    Many times, cousins, even those younger than you, will have heard stories about your ancestors. Cousins, friends, and neighbors of your ancestors may have photographs of your ancestors, and newspaper clippings.

  • SCHS receives gift from bestselling author

    Spencer County High School received a $5,000 donation today from bestselling author James Patterson to support its school library. In addition, Scholastic Reading Club will match each dollar of Patterson’s donation with “bonus points” that teachers can use to acquire books and other materials for their classrooms. Spencer County High School was selected amongst thousands of applications.

  • Small fire inside Sheriff’s trailer


  • Local magistrate dies


    District 1 Magistrate Jim Williams, of Taylorsville, passed away early Tuesday morning after a long battle with cancer.
    Williams, who was in the middle of his first term as magistrate, was a long-time contractor and real estate figure in Spencer County.

    He is survived by his wife Billie and his children. Complete obituary information will be printed in next week’s Magnet.

  • Riley left with big legal bill

    Spencer County Judge-Executive John Riley has been stuck with nearly $6,000 in legal fees he paid when he hired a private attorney to defend him in a lawsuit filed against the fiscal court by Sheriff Buddy Stump in October.

    Riley’s attorney, Carol Petitt, successfully defended Riley in the suit, in which Stump claimed that Riley and the county’s five magistrates did not act to provide the sheriff with adequate office space in the wake of a possible outbreak of mold in the Sheriff’s office, that led to Stump closing the office down.

  • Deer meat helps feed local families

    Deer season doesn’t just feed the desire of local hunters who dream of lining up that perfect shot from their stand out the woods. The annual hunt also literally feeds many families here in Spencer County who will have quality meat on their table for many months because of the local deer harvest.

    Scott Herndon, who operates Herndon’s Taxidermy and Deer Processing, recently donated about 630 pounds of deer meat to First Baptist Church’s Dare to Care program, one of three organizations he provides with donated meat each year.

  • Local firefighters help with E. KY wildfires