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Today's News

  • Magnet wins KPA First Place General Excellence award

     

    The Spencer Magnet was awarded First Place General Excellence, which is the overall award for the best newspapers in the state, at the 36th annual Kentucky Press Association Advertising Contest held recently at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington.

    A total of 33 overall awards were brought home, including 31 awards in the advertising contest and 2 in the news contest.

  • Drugs and our youth

     

    Spencer County has a drug problem and local school officials are refusing to ignore it. That’s the impetus behind a town hall meeting scheduled for Thursday night, March 24, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Spencer County Middle School.

    A recent survey conducted at both the high school and middle school, reveal that drugs are easily accessible to youth in Spencer County, and an alarming number of youth have already experimented with them.

  • Seven Counties offers help from heroin

     

    Over the past couple years, heroin addiction has wreaked havoc on numerous Spencer County families. The scourge has come as part of a state and national epidemic.

    The heroin that people buy on the street may or may not be blended with some other drug, Spencer County Sheriff Buddy Stump said. So users can easily end up with a dose much stronger than they’d imagined. In the last 12 months, heroin overdose has taken multiple Spencer County lives.

  • Citizen input wanted for future planning

     

    What will Taylorsville look like in five or ten years? Local residents will have a chance to chart the course of the city into the future at a public hearing scheduled for next Thursday, March 31, at the Spencer County Extension Office. A light supper will provided at 6 p.m., with the actual meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m.

  • No compromise on sheriff’s payroll

    There was motion but no real movement in the impasse over the sheriff’s office salary cap during Monday night’s meeting of the Spencer County Fiscal Court. The cap must be approved before the county can prepare its 2016-17 budget that must be approved by the state in June.

    Judge-Executive John Riley once again stated his concerns with a sheriff’s payroll budget that nearly tripled from $275,000 in 2010 to $782,000 in 2013. He said at a time when county revenues are decreasing, maintaining the sheriff’s payroll budget is increasingly difficult.

  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

     

    Spencer County Judge-Executive John Riley, center, signs a proclamation declaring April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Spencer County. Last year, there were 192 reported cases of child abuse in Spencer County, and April has been declared as a time to call for awareness to the issue.

  • Get involved in your hometown

    This issue of The Spencer Magnet may have been a surprise in your mailbox, or you may have been a loyal subscriber for years. Whatever the case, we thank you for taking the time to read.

    Picking up the local paper is really the first step in becoming involved in your community. It’s a way to find out what going on, what challenges we face, and what’s being accomplished. More importantly, it provides you with information on how you can make a difference.

  • From our readers - City urges input for Strategic Planning

    As you may or may not know, Taylorsville has embarked on formulating a strategic plan for your community. This plan will help the city focus its resources on improvements which will be selected based on resident and business input.

    As part of our strategic planning process, we would like to invite you to a Community Listening and Design Session scheduled for Thursday, March 31 at 6 p.m. at the Spencer County Extension Office.

  • Mixed signals on drugs

    Last year, President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of nearly 100 drug offenders, claiming they were victims of harsh mandatory sentencing laws that locked drug offenders up for long periods of time.

    That was followed by the release of some 6,000 drug offenders from federal prison in the fall. The rationale was that those involved in drug offenses were not hardened criminals and they were deemed as non-violent offenders.

  • CARA targets drug crisis

    Across Kentucky, people are now routinely dying from the abuse of prescription pain pills and heroin. More than 1,000 Kentuckians die every year from drug overdose, according to the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy. That’s more than are lost to fatal car crashes. This problem rips families apart and ravages our communities—and the rate of drug abuse is growing.