Today's News

  • Agriculture - Taking control of the weeds in the garden

    Home gardeners look forward to that first ripe tomato or ear of corn they pick from their carefully tended gardens.  But after some vigorous gardening on a hot, humid day, you may wonder if it is all worth it.  

    Weeds compete with crops for water, nutrients and sunlight.  Some weeds, like quackgrass, can chemically inhibit vegetable plant growth. Others host insect pests and disease pathogens.  All of these result in fewer fresh vegetables for your table.  

  • Agriculture - Lilly Hanik wins 4-H Emerald Award


    The competitive 4-H Achievement Program allows youth to receive recognition and prizes for their accomplishments. Those who are in 10th grade or higher, and who have reached Level 5, can apply for the gold award of which only 30 are chosen statewide, and from among those 30, four outstanding 4-Hers are judged and awarded the Emerald Award.

  • Agriculture - 4-H Tractor driving contest winners named


  • Public record - Week of June 21, 2017

    It is the policy of The Spencer Magnet to publish public records as they are reported by various agencies. This policy has been established to preserve the fairness and impartiality of The Spencer Magnet. Names appearing in the public records will be published without exceptions. Public records are published as a news service to our readers. District court records are published as defendants enter pleas (guilty or Alford) or are found guilty.

    Judge J. R. Robards heard the following cases on March 3, 2017 in Spencer District Court:

  • Minutes should not take hours

    Of all the issues local government entities face, it’s hard to imagine that approving the minutes from previous meetings would generate controversy. Never underestimate small town politics.

    For several months, some on the Spencer County Fiscal Court have taken issue with County Clerk Lynn Hesselbrock’s insistence upon providing word-for-word transcripts of some discussions held in fiscal court meetings as part of the minutes.

  • College athletics are a farce

    University of Louisville fans reacted with shock last week when the NCAA handed down harsh penalties in the wake of a scandal involving the Cardinal basketball team, strippers and prostitutes.

    Sadly, there seems to be more outrage expressed by fans and some within the administration over the penalties than with the sordid details of the actual allegations.

    That’s a sad commentary on our society, but also a pretty accurate gauge of the importance we place on college sports these days. It should also be a wake-up call.

  • Civility in America is on life-support

    Civility is on life support. But the body politic was sick long before James T. Hodgkinson assaulted GOP Congressmen at a baseball practice, critically wounding Con. Steve Scalise and wounding five others after asking whether the men on the field were Republicans or Democrats.

  • Passing a white glove inspection

    More years ago than I care to think about, I was in the Marine Corps.  Part of serving in the military is undergoing inspections; it was a regular thing.  Most units I served had daily inspection and formation just to make sure we showed up and looked presentable.  Then there were weekly inspections in the work area and in the barracks.  Those inspections were not really much of a problem.

  • Church Happenings - Week of June 21, 2017

    Mt. Moriah Baptist Church Fun Day on July 4

    Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Mt. Eden, will be holding a Community Fun Day on July 4th following the Mt. Eden 4th of July parade. The event will include food, watermelons, music, a greased pole, bouncy house, water slide, soapbox derby, toilet races, an archery contest, horseshoes, corn hole, a hay bale throw, watermelon seed spitting contest and games for children. There will be photo opportunities and the entire event is free.

    Victory Road to appear on Great Day Live

  • SCMS athletes compete in state meet at UofL