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Today's News

  • Ben Creed has found his calling as a jockey

    Without his cowboy boots, Ben Creed stands all of 5-foot-3. He weighs about 109 pounds.

    This stature meant people in horse-loving Kentucky frequently told Creed, 26, he should be a jockey. But Creed didn’t take his friends or coworkers seriously until he found himself searching for a direction in life.

    After graduating from high school, Creed spent several years working his grandfather’s cattle farm near Taylorsville, then construction and finally for UPS, which has  a tuition program.

  • What's Happening: Spencer County's community calendar

    Help SCHS win, vote now

    Spencer County High School students Bruce Readus, Brantwan Gilbert, and Stuart Bray submitted a video into a contest called “What Would You Do.” 

    The contest asked students to create a video about something they would change in their high school career if they could do things over again.

    They have placed in the top 10 and need help from the community to win.

  • Insurance office bandit gets 15 years

    A Springfield man who went on a crime spree last spring  has been sentenced in connection with numerous break-ins at businesses in Shelby County.

    Robert Eugene Weathers, 40, was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Monday by Shelby County Circuit Judge Charles Hickman on 11 counts of third-degree burglary.

    Weathers’ crime spree had included Shelby and surrounding counties.

  • Wood stove fire serves as reminder

    The small exterior structure fire that ignited a wood furnace and the building’s contents, Monday afternoon should serve as a reminder to Spencer County residents this winter.

    Chief Nathan Nation, of the Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Department, said extra care should be taken with heating sources.

    “We’ve been lucky so far, but there have been several fire fatalities in the region,” Nation said.

  • Alcohol stirs business interests

    Two business owners added their names to those hoping to profit from November’s wet vote this week, by publicizing their intent to apply for alcohol sales licenses with the Alcohol Beverage Commission. One hopes to open a packaged beer, wine and liquor store in Taylorsville. The other wants to offer beer sales to golfers.

    O’Driscoll’s Spirits will be a new venture for Mic-Zee’s Video store manager Michaela Russell. After working several years for her father, Mike Driscoll, Russell said she is looking forward to running her own business.

  • LETTER: Citizens need to see "big picture"

    How many times have I had the opportunity to do something the correct way and I did just the opposite? I can answer that by saying about 10, 20, 100 or 2000. Although, I never really did think about counting them, did my actions affect anyone else? Definitely, yes they always did. Was I crucified by my friends, family or enemies? No, I was not.

  • Skipping the trash, Wall plays on and UK beats feisty Louisville

    Post-Louisville, no chest bumps and high-5s for Kentucky fans. The Wildcats beat back their arch-rival with a wheeze and whew(!) at the end.

    The Cardinals were ready to play 40 and not be dazzled by the dazzle. They earned an A for audacity, B for bravery and C for coaching. Outmanned, out-sized and outplayed the first 12 minutes, UofL gathered its poise stopped UK at 71 points. A manageable total for upset.

    But, in the end 71 was enough as the Wildcats superior talent and John Wall glow took care of business.

  • From the word: Christians, bury that selfish pride

    I will never forget when I was ordained a minister.

    One of the questions was asked, “What causes splits in churches?”

    My answer was pride.

    You see after all, I am the greatest man sitting here. Now, you see that man sitting over in the corner, he doesn’t even know what he is doing and I doubt if he is a Christian.

    Of course you know I was just giving an illustration of what some may be thinking.

  • LETTER: Composer humbled by attention to Christmas song

    I want to thank the Spencer Magnet for the beautifully written article on Matt and our family last week.  It was more than we could have hoped for. Everyone who saw the article was so very complimentary of it.

  • ELECTION 2010: Riley files for judge executive

    John Riley (R) filed his intent to run for Spencer County judge executive Tuesday afternoon, joining a list of five other candidate hopefuls.

    Riley will be the second sitting magistrate attempting to claim the county’s highest elected position in the 2010 election. Campbranch Magistrate Bill Drury will be vying for the Democratic ticket along with business owner Carmin Gaines. Riley, magistrate for Elk Creek, will be facing off in the primary against Republicans Bill Karrer and David Hesse.