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Today's News

  • New bridge opens to traffic

     

    Traffic began crossing the new bridge over the Salt River in Taylorsville Friday morning. Near the same time, crews were beginning to close access to the Blue Bridge, which was built in 1932.

    The Kentucky Department of Transportation announced on Friday that traffic to West River Road would be closed at KY 55 for up to two weeks as crews finish the approach work to the new bridge and prepare for the demolition of the Blue Bridge.

  • 2016 SCPS Teachers of the Year recognized

     

    The teachers at each of Spencer County’s public schools recently voted to select one of their peers as Teacher of the Year. Superintendent Chuck Adams and board chair Debbie Herndon recognized the five teachers at a school board meeting last week. Each teacher received a plaque and will be assigned a reserved parking spot.

    The Spencer Magnet contacted each of those teachers to get their take on what it means to be an exceptional teacher and to find out what inspires them to excel.

  • Riley presents county budget

    Spencer County Judge-Executive John Riley presented his annual budget for the county during Monday morning’s fiscal court meeting, with little discussion or feedback from magistrates.

    The spending plan outlines how the county government will appropriate the $6,665,287 in anticipated revenue for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Magistrate Brian Bayers said he was not ready to approve a first reading of the budget, but said little else about the spending plan.

  • Widening of KY 155 proposed

    State road work in the county will look a little lean over the next couple of years, but bigger projects could be on the horizon according to the six year road plan outlined by State Representative James A. Tipton to members of the Spencer County Fiscal Court on Monday.

    Tipton said the 2016-18 biennial highway construction plan has only one major project scheduled for the county, and that is the replacement of a bridge over Simpson Creek on West River Road at Netherton Lane. That project, scheduled for construction in 2017, is projected to cost $500,000.

  • Agriculture - Tomato 101

    “Tomato 101” is for beginners and advanced gardeners alike. There are many assumptions about the tomato that get passed on by the most well-meaning aficionado. I take my tomatoes seriously and have developed a routine to hedge my bets for a healthy summer harvest.

  • Agriculture - Managing pests in your vegetable garden

    Now that we are in May, it is a good time to think about pest control for your home vegetable garden.

    You can control pest problems, and perhaps prevent future difficulties, in your garden by doing some advance planning and following a few simple Integrated Pest Management practices. IPM promotes minimal pesticide use and emphasizes the use of all available pest control methods including cultural, mechanical and biological practices to prevent pest problems.

  • Drill drives home stern message

    It’s become an annual event, but the message never gets old. Local first responders conducted a mock accident on the side lawn of Spencer County High School last Thursday to help remind students about the dangers of distracted driving in advance of last week’s prom and the upcoming graduation season. The drama presents a realistic experience of a fatal car accident.

  • Don’t ignore May primary

    Seems like the presidential election has been going on forever. Names like Trump, Sanders, Cruz and Clinton have dominated the news nearly every day for the past year, and we still have six months until we actually choose the next president.

    Election fatigue may have set in, but that’s no excuse not to vote. Kentucky voters are set to go to the polls in two weeks for the May Primary, and there’s more at stake than just who heads to the White House.

  • Stop the erosion of history

    Scars are visible reminders of tough times. They can be the product of rough play, stupid decisions, brave encounters, surgeries or accidents. Most of us who had typical childhoods may sport a few scars on our head, our legs, our arms or elsewhere, and retelling the story of their origin can be entertaining or enlightening to others, especially when we tell the stories to children.

  • Final budget responsibly tackles pensions

    The pace picked up in Frankfort following the 10 day veto period upon adjournment of the 2016 Regular General Assembly. On April 27, Governor Bevin issued several anxiously awaited veto statements on several pieces of legislation very important to Kentucky, including more than 30 items within the budget bill which will direct the Commonwealth’s spending priorities over the next two years.