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Today's News

  • Sports in KY: Saturday in the SEC is as good as it gets

    Observations as college football nears its midway mark.

    Commonwealth’s Top Shelf: University of Cumberlands Patriots 5-0; Centre College Prayin’ Colonels 5-0. And Eastern Kentucky tightened a grip on first place in the OVC.

    University of Kenyucky? Still clawing for respect, but still half dozen Randall Cobbs short of rare air that is the Southeastern Conference penthouse. The high roller apartments where three of America’s top four teams live – Florida, Alabama and LSU.

  • Students have a field day with agriculture

    From milking demonstrations to beekeeping and horse care, the annual Agriculture Field Day provided hours of interactive learning for students on Wednesday.

    The event was sponsored by the Kentucky Farm Bureau and brought several regional farmers and industry professionals to Spencer County Elementary School.

    “It’s a lot of fun,” said Linda Street, a grower representing the Taylorsville Farmers Market.

  • Mt. Eden bids good-bye to longtime neighbors

    In a couple of weeks, the Kentucky Horseshoeing School will close the heavy wooden doors of its 31-year home in Mt. Eden and head to a new facility near Lexington.

    “It’s a great loss to our community,” said Mt. Eden resident Gordon Miles. “It’s been an icon.”

    The move is all about elevating the level of instruction the school can provide, said Mitch Taylor, the school’s owner, director and head instructor since 1989.

  • Community center seeks funding from county, city

    Community Center organizers are looking for help paying some bills.

    At Monday’s Spencer County Fiscal Court meeting Richard Travelstead, president of Reaching Our Community, requested financial assistance in the form of $2,000.

    “Costs are mounting,” said Travelstead. He explained that the non-profit organization is at a stage in the project where they are seeking to pay for advertising, land surveys and artist renditions of the master design plans.

  • Sir George smokes competition

    Sir George the gourd dragon has valiantly earned his ivory-haired creator the title of best artisan in the land – or, at the very least, Best in Show at the 2009 All About Gourds exhibit in Maysville.

    “I was hoping that maybe he would win best fantasy character,” said Lois Platt, of Taylorsville. But after discovering that she won the top prize, “You could have knocked me over with a feather.”

  • Lady Bears running on a 4-6 record

    JOHN SHINDLEBOWER for The Spencer Magnet

    Cheyenne McKinley battles a Ft. Knox defender in a recent game for the Spencer County Lady Bears. The girls stand at 4-6 on the season after a 4-0 loss to South Oldham on the road last week. The girls will be back in action on Thursday when they host Henry County.

  • A look back as Bears near home stretch

    It’s finally fall and time for football. Sure, the high school regular season is half-way complete, but things will get interesting in the next few weeks as the Bears have games against all three district opponents looming ahead.

    Last week the Bears had their open date, a good time to examine the first part their season, mend some wounds and prepare for the final stretch.

  • PUBLIC RECORD: District Court

    District Court

    The Honorable Judge Linda Armstrong presided over the following cases in district court on August 14, 2009.

    Traffic:

    Ross D. Jones (b. 1968). Charge #1, disregarding stop sign. Pled guilty. $20 fine plus $143 court costs. Charge #2, no/expired registration plates. Pled guilty. $20 fine.

    Nicholas S. Steiden (b. 1986). Failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance, first offense. Pled guilty. $500 fine, $400 conditionally discharged with 12 months insurance monitoring plus $143 court costs.

  • District notes bright spots in mixed results of NCLB

    The sentiment expressed at Monday night’s school board meeting was one of disappointment over the “mixed results” of recently released test scores.

    The Kentucky Department of Education released data last Wednesday indicating how well schools and districts performed in relation to the federal-mandated No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and in the Kentucky Core Content Tests (KCCT) administered in the 2008-09 school year. 

  • Teacher nabs robbery suspect

    A 20-year-old Mt. Washington man was arrested by police shortly after holding up a gas station in Taylorsville Wednesday afternoon.

    Curtis A. Blandford, of 270 Harrison Circle, was charged with second degree robbery and taken to Shelby County Detention Center. Bond has been set at $10,000.

    Blandford was in police custody within 30 minutes of his alleged robbery of Country Mart’s fuel station. Lt. Rick Jewell, of the Taylorsville Police Department, said credit for the quick arrest goes to Jacob Barmore, a teacher at Spencer County High School.