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Today's News

  • Swine flu case in Spencer school

    It became apparent that no community is immune from contracting the swine flu as the first publicly-announced case of H1N1 was discovered by the Spencer County School District Thursday.

    Letters sent home with students Friday informed parents of the actions taken by the district in an effort to prevent any spread of the influenza strain.

    “Once this information was verified late (Thursday) afternoon, we immediately took predetermined precautions,” wrote Superintendent Chuck Adams in the letter to parents.

  • PHOTO: Stallions spruce up new fields

    Submitted to The Spencer Magnet

    Workers recently constructed a new concession stand and press box at the new Stallions football field. The building was erected by a small but mighty group of volunteers, and built largely with donated or discounted supplies. The land for the football field was donated and leveled by Michael and Bobby Smith.

     

  • Officials explore hiring a community-wide grant writer

    As budgets become tighter, an increasing number of governmental entities, schools and non-profit agencies are competing for grants to fill in the gaps.  Spencer County, however, is taking a new approach. Rather than each organization fending for themselves, local leaders are exploring the idea of employing someone whose only job would be to write grants.

  • LETTER: Show me the statistics

    Just how much economic impact do the supporters of legalized alcohol sales predict will come to fruition if the vote this fall results in Spencer County becoming wet?

    We hear a lot of predictions of new jobs, new revenue and new restaurants, but there have been no hard statistics.

  • MATTER OF OPINION: Starting something and not finishing it

    The word ‘disappointed’ does not even begin to describe how I felt, but that was the adjective that I used.

    Maybe the word ‘frustrated’ provides a better illustration of my reaction. Other words that pop to mind now are confused, discouraged and defeated.

    Looking back, I have realized that the most accurate description of how I felt last Monday sitting before the Spencer County Economic Development Authority was nothing less than annoyed.

  • Teen driver collides with store

    A Taylorsville teenager jumped the curb with her parents’ car and struck the front of a gas station in Elk Creek Monday afternoon.

    The 16-year-old, whose name was withheld because she is a juvenile, told police that she pressed her foot on the gas pedal when she meant to hit the brake.

    Jacquie Dell, of Louisville, was exiting Elmar’s BP on KY 155 when she saw the car approaching.

    “I went to push the door open and saw her coming. That’s when I took a step to the left and everything came smashing off the wall,” said Dell.

  • Two yards too short; SCHS loses 42-39

    Spencer County’s Cameron Smith stretched for all he could, but his game-ending rushing attempt ended just short of the goal-line, preserving a 42-39 victory for Elizabethtown Friday night at Central Hardin High School.

    Playing the second game of a double-header, the Bears and Panthers didn’t get underway until 9:15 p.m., but both teams took turns lighting up the scoreboard.

  • Fresh breeze blew across the Commonwealth last week

    As August gave way a fresh breeze blew across Kentucky last week, sweeping out for awhile, Rick Pitino bombast, John Calipari-Memphis spin and the fruity smell on Billy Clyde Gillispie’s breath.

    Rich Brooks.

    Kentucky’s football coach told a capacity crowd at a Jefferson County alumni luncheon, “We are clearly a better football team than last year.”

    Applause. Genuine, strong, without the hollow politeness of years past.

    UK’s Mahatma had spoken. Take it to the bank.

  • Gardener's secret of her fair success

    Award-winning gardener, Maggie Cody, will reportedly be featured in an upcoming edition of Kentucky Living, after judges chose her vegetables “best overall” for the second consecutive year at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville.

    It surprised even Cody, a former floral gardener who started growing vegetables at her Mike Brown Lane site just a few short years ago. She said her interest in vegetable gardening peaked after seeing some winners at a previous State Fair.

    “I looked at the vegetables and I said, ‘I can do that.’”

  • Honor Flight sends local WWII vets to see 'their' monument

    As a former Vietnam soldier, Bill Hedges understands all too well that veterans need to feel appreciated by their country for serving in the armed forces -- especially men who fought in battle.

    So when he discovered that an organization called Honor Flight was offering veterans free trips to view the World War II Monument in Washington, D.C., Hedges knew just who to nominate. Among the Gulf War, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 11426, are three men who served in the big one, WWII.