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Today's News

  • Old Blue Bridge is coming down

     

    Workers began removing the decking on portions of the bridge and crews began dismantling the steel structure Monday morning. The twisted metal will be hauled away and the only visible evidence of the bridge will be the concrete pillars in the Salt River on which it rested for 80 years. The new bridge, adjacent to the Blue Bridge, opened for traffic earlier this month. 

  • Vet’s medals arrive 72 years late

     

    The package arrived at Mason Rucker’s Elk Creek home last month, and inside were a collection of military medals long overdue. He wasn’t sure he’d ever actually see them, but now they’re in a glass case – verification of valor earned as a young soldier in World War II.

    In the summer of 1944, Private First Class Rucker was an American infantry soldier who was ordered by his captain to hop up on a U.S. tank as it made it’s way across an open field near St. Lo, France.

  • Alcohol sales on Sunday now legal

    Beginning this Sunday, it will be legal to buy a drink with your dinner or pick up a bottle of wine in Taylorsville. The Taylorsville City Commission unanimously approved Sunday alcohol sales during a special meeting last Wednesday evening.

    The Commission approved the second reading of an ordnance that amends the city’s alcohol regulations which simply extends sales hours to Sunday, from 1 p.m. until 12 midnight.

    Previously, the city had prohibited sales of beer and alcohol on Sunday.

  • Survivor Story - Cancer a ‘gift’ in ‘ugly package’

     

    On a rolling farm that straddles Spencer County’s southern border, Lillie Shelburne maintains a lively hilltop flowerbed.

    Across a driveway from her home, the lush, bright plants bloom in testament to a dedicated gardener.

    After operating a dairy farm alongside her husband, Edwin Shelburne, day in and day out for decades, and after 16 years as a bookkeeper at Bloomfield City Hall, Shelburne has found her second or third wind.

  • County budget restores $22,000 to Sheriff’s office

    A little compromise ended a three-hour Fiscal Court budget meeting Wednesday morning, with the court agreeing to send $22,000 back to the Sheriff’s Office before approving the first reading of the 2016-17 county budget.

    The court voted 4-2 to approve the first reading of the budget, following an earlier vote to add the money to the Sheriff’s Office. That money wouldn’t automatically go to the sheriff’s salary cap, which has been a major point of contention on the court in recent months.

  • Board debates usefulness of parent/staff survey

     

    The Spencer County Board of Education Monday night discussed the usefulness of a recent survey of school parents and staff. Board member Lynn Shelburne called into question Superintendent Chuck Adams’ handling of the survey results.

    “If you read through the comments from the staff,” she said, “and you read through the comments from the parents, that’s where you get down to, I feel like, the nitty gritty of feelings of how the district is. And I wonder how that information is being used.”

  • County Democrats “feel the Bern”

    A small majority of Spencer County Democrats “feel the Bern” according to last week’s primary voting that showed Democratic candidate for President Bernie Sanders getting 51.17 percent of the vote in the county, compared to 42.73 percent for Hillary Clinton.

    Sanders racked up 806 votes in the county, Clinton received 673, and 67 voters marked “uncommitted.”

  • What’s happening - Week of May 25, 2016

    Spencer Magnet office Memorial Day closing

    The Spencer Magnet will be closed on Monday, May 30 for the Memorial Day holiday and will re-open on Tuesday, May 31, at 9 a.m. The advertising and news submission deadline for the June 1 edition is Thursday, May 26 at noon.

    Circuit clerk’s office closing for holiday

    The Spencer County Circuit Clerk’s Office will be closed Monday, May 30, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. The office will reopen on Tuesday, May 31 at 7:30 a.m.

  • Band gets high marks

     

    The Spencer County High School Concert Band, under the direction of Peggy Pickett, participated in the KMEA All-State Concert Band Festival held at the University of Louisville earlier this month. The band received two proficient honors and one distinguished.

  • Court hands down sentences

     

    Joshua Sauer, the Louisville man who forced a woman to ride with him while he drove drunk in Taylorsville last November, received his sentence May 19 in Spencer Circuit Court.

    Among other charges, Sauer, 38, had pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs – first offense. For that charge, he was assessed $740 in fines and court costs and issued a 30-day driver’s license suspension. He will be required to complete a first-offender program.