Today's News

  • Youth center opens in Settlers Center


    Spencer County’s young adults ages 16-25 now have a place to go if they are looking for a fun place to hang out or are searching for community services, such as job placement, mental health services and more.

  • Feral cat problem worsening in county


    The staff of Salt River Veterinary Clinic arrived at their office on a recent morning to find two small, black kittens left on their doorstep. It wasn’t the first time and the fear is it won’t be the last.

    “They were dropped off at the back door and it’s an all too common occurrence said Dr. Dan Bension.

  • State advises caution when working in heat

    The Kentucky Labor Cabinet wants to remind all employers and employees that high temperatures and humidity can have devastating effects if workers do not take proper precautions and procedures.

    “Hot weather can make for dangerous conditions both outdoors and inside,” Labor Secretary Larry L. Roberts said in a state news release. “In many cases, precautions such as water, rest and shade can be the difference between life and death for workers.”

  • New laws taking effect in July

    Interim activity continues, and in our meetings, there has been very significant data provided. During the IJC on Labor and Industry last week, Dr. Kate Akers of the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics reported that nearly 63 percent of Kentucky public high school graduates were college and/or career ready in 2014. While the numbers are an increase over previous years, it is difficult to compare with other states because Kentucky is unique in this measurement.

  • Several phone scams reported in county

    Thieves do not have to break into your house to steal. Sophisticated scams on the internet, through the mail, and over the phone have become all too common in recent years.

    Two local residents contacted the Spencer Magnet about such scam attempts they’ve thwarted recently.

    Bill Kiser said he has long entered the Publishers’ Clearinghouse Sweepstakes, but knew something was fishy when he received a phone call from them, asking if he’d received notice that he was a winner.

    “They said I won $2 million,” said Kiser.

  • Levee work can’t wait

    There are two very real dangers posing a threat to Taylorsville. One is a devastating flood. The other is continued inaction by local leaders.

  • What does that flag mean?

    When I was younger, I had a Confederate flag license plate on the front of my car. It was a 1974 Mustang that I paid $500 for and I used that car to deliver pizzas, drive to school, to church and it took me everywhere I needed to go.

    The flag had nothing to do with my attitude towards people of other races. Although admittedly, it may have had something to do with my attitude toward people who looked down their noses at anyone who lived in the country or in the south.

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  • Agriculture - Shading the blazing sun

    It’s been a hot and humid last few weeks! I was hopeful that this summer was not going to be idyllic…at least we got rain just in the nick of time! These ninety degree days, however, are putting us on track for some serious heat this summer. Some vegetables will surely respond to temperatures in the 90’s…some will be good and some will be sad. I know we can’t change the ambient air temperature on a ninety degree day but we can provide some shade for our plants on the hottest days of the summer with reasonable results.

  • Agriculture - Dealing with Millipedes

    Millipedes are important recyclers that break down decaying plant matter as they feed. They accumulate in areas where there is moisture coupled with mulch, fallen leaves, or a significant thatch layer.

    During some times of the year, large numbers of millipedes can appear suddenly, covering sidewalks and sides of buildings. Reasons for this behavior are not clear, but the two main thoughts regarding this activity are that it may be due to: