Today's News

  • Agriculture - FFA American Degrees


  • Agriculture - Grand Champion


    Kennedy Shelburne was named the 7-8 Academy WT Pleasure National Grand Champion for Silver Lining Stable at the Academy Championship held in Murfreesboro, Tn., earlier this month. Kennedy was named National Champion on a unanimous judges card scoring all number one votes with her horse, “Vegas”. Kennedy has been showing for two years and this is her second try at the National Finals. Her instructor is Nicole Reason from Silver Lining Stable in Cox’s Creek. She is the daughter of Courtney and Tommy Shelburne of Taylorsville.

  • Agriculture - Leave the leaves where they fall

    Leaf raking is an autumn chore that only children enjoy, because they get to undo it in one fowl swoop. We rake and pile and they jump. I propose a new approach that just may make us all happy; adults can still rake a little, children can still play and trees will benefit from some mulch and fertilizer. At the farm, raking leaves is passé; we let them stay where they fall (within reason, of course) which is usually beneath their canopy.

  • Education - SCMS afterschool program getting high marks


    It took just nine weeks for Spencer County Middle School faculty to know they were onto something. Since the school implemented its after-school program, test scores had improved.

    Now in its second year, Grizzlies Beyond the Bell has become a sensation. On a recent Wednesday afternoon, a pack of students were running laps outside around the school while robots were taking form in a classroom and arrows were whizzing across the gym. It’s all carefully supervised, of course.

  • AT HOME - Enjoy Miss Myrtle’s pumpkin pie

    Thanksgiving will be here in just a couple of weeks. One of the first things that comes to mind when we think about this holiday is the importance of the meal and the traditional foods that will be served. I do not know of any other holiday that has more food tradition than Thanksgiving. We will be feasting on turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, a sweet potato dish of some sort and then for dessert–pumpkin pie.

  • Vietnam veteran says Red Cross girls saved his life


    Barry Campbell, a Spencer County Vietnam veteran has been featured in the Magnet before, but this year, he wanted to give honor to a group of patriotic Americans he credits for saving his life in the jungles of southeast Asia half a century ago.

    As a 19-year-old Marine, Campbell experienced the horrors of combat and said he’s alive to talk about it today thanks to some heroes in uniform who have long been overlooked.

  • Fighting the EPA

    Here we go again. The Obama Administration has fired its latest salvo in the War on Coal by publishing the final version of its so-called “Clean Power Plan”—regulations that would effectively shut down most coal-fired power plants and prevent new ones from being built.

  • Political forecast was off

    I’ve often had sympathy for television weather forecasters who go out on a limb each and every day to tell you what the weather is going to be.

    How we dress often depends on whether it’s going to be hot or cold, calm or breezy, wet or dry. More often than not, they get it right, or at least close. However, on the few occasions when they are wrong, it seems we take out our ire on them mercilessly.

  • From our readers: Bevin promises to be good for Kentucky business

    If you have not yet watched the acceptance speech of Governor-Elect Matt Bevin, I urge all Kentuckians to google it online and be witness to the beginning of a new bright future for our state. We no longer have to settle for ranking 4th from the bottom economically. There are companies that want to come to Kentucky, bringing good jobs, but our poor business climate has been the stumbling block. Finally, we have a business leader, with an entrepreneurial spirit and the experience to bring our state out of the stale, old pattern we’ve been stuck in for so long.

  • For those who served

    Saturday morning’s Veteran’s Day celebration in downtown Taylorsville was a meaningful reminder that the freedoms we enjoy in this nation did not come easily, and are not preserved cheaply.

    People enter military service for a variety of reasons. In years past, it often was involuntary, through a draft, and dutiful Americans stood up, put their lives on hold and served their nation when asked.