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Today's News

  • Lady Bears snare first win

    The Spencer County Lady Bears picked up their first win of the season last week as they opened up play in the Campbellsville Food Pantry Classic girls high school basketball tournament, knocking off the host Lady Eagles, 51-39, on Dec. 20.

    The girls fell behind early, trailing 15-11 after one quarter, but quickly surged ahead in the second quarter and led 25-19 at the intermission. The Lady Bears would increase that lead in the second half to secure the victory.

  • COLUMN: Expensive beef? Blame it on the demand for corn

    It’s not just the cost of transportation that can affect meat prices. Fuel — or more accurately, ethanol — plays a part on another level, according to a University of Kentucky agricultural economist. And it all goes back to corn.

  • Attention Green Thumbs

    I like a book that tells a story while teaching me a little something along the way; I like when the writer’s personality is revealed in their prose; and I like when a book makes me feel like I am not the only one that marvels at what nature and people can do. Here are my 2010 picks for just this sort of thing.

    I loved “Insectopedia” by Hugh Raffles (Random House 2010). This book is a collection of essays, experiences, musings, and some journalism. Raffles explores the natural world and our relationship to it (or our lack there of).

  • COLUMN: A year of blessings in 2010

    By DOUG MARTIN, Religion Columnist

    I recently overheard two individuals talking about Christmas. In their conversation, one explained that they were not going to have a big Christmas this year because things had been kind of rough around their house. I was sad to hear of their hardship but I was reminded that in life we all face rough times. What has 2010 been like for you?

  • PUBLIC RECORD: Property Transfers

    The following property transfers were recently recorded in the Spencer County Clerk’s office:

    Chris Dixon, Taylorsville, warranty deed in lieu of foreclosure, to The Bank of New York Mellon, New York, N.Y., 459 Waterford Loop. Appraised value $118,400.

    Kevin Bumgarner and Angie Bumgarner, Fisherville to Laura E. Trapp, Lot 42 of Willowbrook Estate, Section II. $225,000.

    Kingsmill LLC, Fisherville, to Worth Brown Custom Builders, Taylorsville, Lot 31 of Kingsmill Subdivision Section 1, Phase II. $40,000.

  • WHAT'S HAPPENING: Spencer County's Community Calendar

    Preschool screenings set
    Spencer County Preschool is hosting early childhood screenings on Friday from 1 to 7 p.m.
    The early childhood screening is for all Spencer County children 3 and 4 years of age. The screening will assess the areas of hearing, cognitive skills, speech/language, self-help adaptive skills, socialization and/or motor development.
    If your child will be 4 before Oct.1, he/she may be income eligible for preschool even if he/she was previously screened as a 3 year old and was not eligible.

  • Two sheriff deputies will leave post

    When Steve Coulter leaves the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department this week, he won’t be alone. Two of his deputies will join him on the sidelines when incoming sheriff Buddy Stump takes office.

    Deputy Larry Goodlett, who joined the staff when Coulter first became sheriff in 1994, and Chief Deputy Kyle Bennett, who has been part of the department since 2000, both recently confirmed that they would resign their positions when Coulter leaves office.

  • The 411: New texting law no LOL matter

    Local and state lawmakers will soon learn if Kentucky drivers get the message of the no texting while driving law when officers begin fining offenders Jan. 1.

    Although the law has been in effect across the state since July 15, lawmakers gave offenders an almost six month grace period under which they were issued a warning only.

    As of Saturday, anyone pulled over while using a personal communication device to send messages while operating a moving motor vehicle will face a fine of $25. Repeat offenders face a $50 fine for each repeat offense and court costs.

  • Revard case inching slowly toward trial

    While a trial date may be shortly forthcoming in the Commonwealth’s murder case against Raymond Revard Jr., both sides are standing strong in their respective beliefs of guilt or innocence of the accused.

  • Holiday Cash Contest winners announced

    Libby White of Taylorsville was the grand prize winner in The Spencer Magnet’s “2010 Holiday Cash Contest.”

    White will be awarded $500 from the contest, which required entrants to visit 20 local merchants to get their entry blank stamped.

    Other award winners are: Bob Moore, second place, $200; Frances and Dakota Austin, third place, $150; Wilma (Connie) Wolf, fourth place, $100; and Julie Wise, fifth place, $50.

    Winners will be notified when their checks are ready.