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Today's News

  • Agriculture - UK website provides latest Zika news

    University of Kentucky entomologists recently developed a website that will have the most up-to-date information on the Zika virus and its spread, as mosquito populations around the state begin to build. The website is http://pest.ca.uky.edu/EXT/ZIKA/1kyzika.html.

  • Agriculture - Age, fertility, key factors in blooming

    I have no complaints about plant performance this spring. But, it seems, some gardeners are still stumped by their under-performing plants. Why plants fail to thrive is a hard question to answer, of course, because a great many things factor into poor performance, lack of bloom or die back.

  • Local legislators update citizens on road plans, state budget

    Roads drove much of the conversation Saturday morning when Spencer County’s two state legislators discussed issues with constituents at a legislative breakfast at the Farm Bureau office in Taylorsville.

    While State Senator Jimmy Higdon and State Representative James A. Tipton, both Republicans, spoke about budget issues and how the state has tried to get a handle on the pension issue in Frankfort, many of the questions posed to them by residents dealt with current and future road issues.

  • Art imitates life

    Sometimes the most important lessons we learn at school do not take place in the classroom, nor are they gleaned from a textbook. In many instances, those defining moments occur in the hallways, the gyms, the athletic fields or, as evidenced this past weekend, on a stage.

  • Blackmail in the bathroom

    Presidents lead. Tyrants rule.

    That was the lesson Americans should have finally learned last week when the Obama administration handed down their decree from on high, forcing public schools to open restrooms and locker rooms to students according to the gender they happen to identify with that day.

    This wasn’t merely a presidential suggestion or a recommendation, but the directive was accompanied by a threat to cut off federal funding to schools who dared not to comply.

  • Legislative wrap-up from Senator Higdon

    The final week of the 2016 General Assembly was marked by the passage of a $21 billion spending plan for the two-year period beginning July 1, and it is being hailed as the most conservative budget the commonwealth has seen in a generation.

    Governor Matt Bevin set the parameters for the state budget debate when he announced his proposed budget in January. He proposed major funding increases to Kentucky’s struggling pension systems and asked other areas of state government to participate in funding reductions.

  • Court hands down sentences in three separate cases

     

    A woman who tried to sneak a bottle of pills out of her Stephanie Avenue home and refused to obey a law enforcement officer’s orders entered a guilty plea May 13 in Spencer District Court.

    Kimberly Pittman, 38, who now lives in West Louisville, pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a prescription drug, resisting arrest and carrying a concealed deadly weapon.

  • Public Record - Week of May 18, 2016

    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 February 5, 2016, in Spencer District Court:

  • Cross-country trek for a cause

     

    Jacob Tipton is geared up to embark on a journey. The trip will be grueling, no doubt, and he won’t reach his destination till late July.

    It will be worth it.

    Tipton, who will be a junior this fall at Western Kentucky University, will hop on his bicycle Saturday in Seattle and pedal off. The destination?

    Virginia Beach, Virginia.

  • Bears slam their way to win

     

    The Spencer County Bears have a knack for getting a big knock just when they need it. On Friday, the big hit came courtesy Blake Lambdin, who belted a grand-slam home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to help the Bears rally past Carroll County 8-5.