Today's News

  • Agriculture - Beware: Love is in the air now for skunks

    It is the time of year for skunks and I am reminded because of the smell and road kill left behind. Plus, a strong scent of skunk has been lingering in the pasture this past week; and I got an Instagram video from my niece as she was clearly backing away from a lumbering black and white rodent down by the river.  We used to get them circling the house on winter evenings, but our livestock guardian dog has kept them at bay the last few years.  Their presence is not surprising, however, because it is mating season for skunks and they are on the move.

  • Outdoors - Canoeing, kayaking added to KDFW site

    The Kentucky Department of Wildlife Resources recently launched a canoeing and kayaking page on its website at www.fw.ky.gov. Visitors need only to click on the “Boat” tab, then the “Canoeing and Kayaking” tab.

    The page provides a repository for valuable information about paddling creeks, rivers and lakes across Kentucky.    

  • Agriculture - 4-H camp jobs available

    Even though it’s winter, it’s not too early to start thinking about summer camp or summer jobs. 4-H has a way to combine both. Kentucky 4-H is now hiring 44 energetic staff members for its four summer residential camps.

  • Joel Wafford signs with Asbury University


    Joel Wafford, center, signed last week with Asbury University to join their 2017 cross country team on a cross country scholarship.  Coach Talley, and members of the Spencer County cross country, track, and varsity basketball teams, along with family and friends, were there to support and congratulate Joel.

  • The SCMS Dance Team are region 8 champions


    The SCMS Dance Team claimed the title of region 8 champions in the middle school hip-hop division. The team will now go on to compete at state in Frankfort on February 19th. The regional dance team competition was held this past Saturday at Spencer County High School, in which dance teams from regions 8, 9, and 10 came out to compete.

  • Luke Kiser - wrestling regional champion


  • 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.