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Today's News

  • One dead after house fire

     

    The body of a Spencer County man found in the charred remains of a home destroyed by fire Wednesday morning has been identified as that of the homeowner, Gary Todd Lundberg, 57, of 168 Airport Road.

  • FFA claims four state titles

     

    The Spencer County High School Future Farmers of America continued their string of excellence last week, winning multiple contests at the Kentucky State Fair, including first place finishes in four categories.

    “We were the only school to win multiple contests this year,” said Darryl Matherly, agriculture teacher and FFA sponsor at the high school.

  • City and school both hint at tax rate increases

    The City of Taylorsville and the Spencer County School District are both considering tax hikes for the coming year, although neither have officially set their rates yet.

    The city commission voted last week to approve a raise in both real and personal property tax property rates for 2016. The current property tax rate is .1670 cents per hundred dollars, with the proposed raise taking it to .1750. The real property rate would rise from .2116 cents per $100, up from .2088. The estimated increased revenue would be $9,142.

  • Spider-plagued post office back in service

     

    After the unexpected closure of the Fisherville Post Office nearly four months ago, the office officially opened Monday, August 24.

    The Post Office, located at 15125 Old Taylorsville Road, was forced to close its doors on April 27 due to safety concerns after brown recluse spiders were discovered inside the building.

    Post Office Box customers who had been picking up their mail at the Eastwood KY Post Office will now be able to resume pick up at the Fisherville Post Office.

  • What’s happening - Week of August 26, 2015

    Friends of library group to meet

    Due to the Labor Day holiday, the Friends of the Spencer County Library’s September meeting will be held on Monday, August 31, at the temporary library at 513 Taylorsville Road. The meeting is open to the public.

    Spencer Magnet Labor Day deadlines

    The Spencer Magnet will have early deadlines for the September 9 edition. The early Retail and Classified Advertising Deadline (incl. KYANA & KCN Readers) is Thurs., Sept. 3rd at 12 p.m.

  • Spencer family hosts student from Japan

     

    Riko Osasa will have a lot of new stories to tell when she returns to her home in Chiba, Japan. As part of the Japanese Labo, in partnership with 4-H International, the sixteen year old Riko has been learning first hand about life in Spencer County in the home of Jeff and Michelle Brewer.

  • From our readers: Taxpayers need honest account of budget process

    Two weeks ago, I wrote an opinion letter published in the Magnet about a proposed tax increase being discussed by the Fiscal Court. My letter was critical of the justification and process (drip spend, drip raise taxes, drip repeat).

    An email on this subject was received, essentially informing me that I was wrong (all inclusive). Also the email indicated that all could have been explained if I had availed myself to scheduling a meeting with the sender.

  • Have a little pride

    I believe there are two types of pride. There’s the pride that comes before the fall, as the Bible defines. But there’s also the pride that helps pick us back up when we have fallen. The latter is not arrogance, but a recognition that we weren’t made to be failures.

    It’s ok for communities to have pride as well, especially when the object of that pride are the people who share it with us. Of course, sometimes the actions or inactions results in shame. Here’s a few examples:

  • KSBA must be more open

    Attorney General Jack Conway is right: the state Board of Education violated Kentucky’s open-meetings law when an ad hoc committee it hastily created in April conducted business in unannounced, closed-session conditions while hiring a search firm to aid in finding a replacement for outgoing commissioner Terry Holliday.

  • Agriculture - Stray seeds, odd fruit

    My neighboring vendor at the Belknap Farmers’ Market, Janet Haggerty, shared some little cherry tomatoes with me last week that came from a stray seedling: the little tomatoes where a dull yellow and about the size of a gooseberry. They were fantastic.