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Today's News

  • Zoning: No farm, no fowl

    by MEGAN T. BLANEY/Magnet Freelancer

    Spencer County, known for its sprawling rural beauty, recently changed its zoning to rigorously restrict the number of chickens and livestock residents may have on their property.

    While many county residents are unaware of the new R1 residential zoning limit of one chicken or livestock animal per acre, some feathers have been ruffled.

  • Gourd Art Show celebrates 20 years in Taylorsville

     

    For twenty years, gourd lovers across Kentucky and neighboring states have traveled to Taylorsville each May for the Kentucky Gourd Art Show. They’ll do so again this weekend.

    Janet Barnett, past president of the Kentucky Gourd Society, was instrumental in starting both the society and the art show. She said it continues to be a premier event among enthusiasts that draws gourd artists from all over.

  • Court hears needs during budget talks

    After nearly five hours of discussing the needs of various departments last Wednesday, members of the Fiscal Court will be at it again this Wednesday as they continue to work out a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

    Judge-Executive John Riley has repeatedly told the court of a significant gap between revenue and expenditures, one he estimated last month to be about $350,000. He submitted a nearly $6.1 million budget proposal to magistrates on May 1, and on Wednesday, opened the meeting with a less-than-optimistic outlook about the county’s finances.

  • Crowd gathers to pray over county

     

    Nearly 80 people lined up in front of the Spencer County Courthouse and across the street last Thursday at noon to participate in the National Day of Prayer. Many shielded themselves from the bright sun on an unusually warm day as they listened to music and then joined in a series of prayers for the community.

    The annual event is held in small towns and big cities all across the nation to reaffirm the role faith has played in the lives of citizens and in our history.

  • IKEA Simpsonville rumor debunked; other stores in line

    For more than a year, locals have been passing word that IKEA was planning a Simpsonville location, but officials with the Sweden-based retail store say there are no plans in place to build here.

    “At this time, we do not have plans to build in that area,” IKEA public affairs manager Joseph Roth said.

    Roth said the company is always in discussion about potential opportunities, but they are currently not planning a location for the Louisville region.

    “At this time, it’s just speculation,” he said.

  • What’s happening - Week of May 13, 2015

    Preschool/Headstart Registration
    Spencer County Preschool/Headstart Early Childhood Screenings will be held on May 22 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The Early Childhood screening is by appointment only.  This will be the only scheduled preschool screening prior to the start of the 2015-2016 school year. Please call the Preschool at 502-477-3210 to set up an appointment or for additional information.

  • Local Girl Scout Troop send cookies to Guardsmen on duty

     

    When soldiers are away from their families, it’s the little things that mean the most. Even if you’re only across the river for a training exercise at Camp Atterbury, Indiana.

    For soldiers of the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade, comfort was in the form of America’s favorite chocolate, shortbread and lemon-flavored cookies that only come out one time a year. And thanks to the Taylorsville Girl Scout Troop 1199, it was the perfect treat at the end of a 12-hour shift.

  • From our readers: Bevin’s Blueprint shows he’s best fit for Frankfort

    In six days, May 19th, the registered Republican voters in Kentucky will have the duty to choose which one of four candidates is the best qualified to win the November 2015 general election, and is best qualified to serve as Kentucky’s next Governor. Matt Bevin produced his written plan-- “Blueprint for a Better Kentucky” upon entering the race.

  • One chicken for every lot?

    Spencer County is not the city. In fact, most people who have chosen to move to Spencer County have fled the noise, the crowds, the congestion and the restrictive tentacles of metro government explicity because it is NOT the city.

    Imagine their surprise then, when learning that in this rural, country atmosphere, bureaucrats have moved to limit homeowners to having just one chicken per acre.

    We realize that doesn’t immediately impact most residents. The only chicken most of us own rests frozen in the freezer.

  • Reverence delivered in a bread truck

    The most inspiring message I witnessed during last Thursday’s National Day of Prayer observance in downtown Taylorsville did not come from a song, a proclamation, or even one of the prayers delivered by one of several local ministers.

    Instead, in came in the form of a Sara Lee bread truck. The driver was no doubt in the middle of a busy day on a busy route, but as he neared the courthouse and saw dozens of people out front, heads bowed in prayer, he stopped the truck and he waited.