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Today's News

  • GED test free through June 30

    Beginning March 15 and running through June 30, GED exams will be free through the Spencer County Adult Education Program and the Lifelong Learning Center.
    The GED test normally costs test-takers $55, according to a news release.
    For more information or to schedule a testing appointment, stop by the center at 406 Main Cross .
    You can also call 502-477-3265 and ask to speak with Jennifer Griffith or Lola Sipes.

  • Spencer County families can host exchange students

    Many locals may be unaware of an excellent opportunity to host a foreign exchange student, right here in Spencer County.
    Sally Crespo has been a Spencer County coordinator for the Education First Foundation for Foreign Study for several years.

  • TES students recognized for perfect attendance in January

    The following Taylorsville Elementary students had perfect attendance in January:
    Ms. Twyman: Tylen Chesser, Sydney Druin, Andrew Gibson, Jacob Maddox, Brennan Temple, Trish Vires, Alexandria Wheatley, Langleigh Winters, Cole Wright.
    Ms. Sweazy: Kali Coleman, Isaac Downs, James Hall, Baileigh Lee, Stephen Perry, Annie Riggs, Melody Sharp, Bradley Teague.
    Ms. Cundiff: Ella Brown, Wyatt Cook, Paul Cordonnier, Tanner Hance, Hallie Helton, Justin Kendrick, Justin McKinney, Marcus Milian, Taylor Rogers, Madison Upchurch, Jaydin Vargas.

  • Taylorsville Elementary students make honor roll

    Students named to the Taylorsville Elementary School principal’s “all-A” honor roll for the second nine weeks are:
    Ms. Buynak: Madison Goodlett, Destiny McDonald, Allie Roberts, Kaylee Waldridge, Hunter Wethington
    Ms. Catlett: McKenzie Bell, Joshua Hall, Jaynie Heckert
    Ms. Tanner: Hunter Chesser, Joshua Richards, Jacob Wurts
    Ms. Hodgens: Lindsey Bush, Cassidy Davis, Deborah Lewis
    Ms. Mullins: Emma Coke, Lucus Maddox
    Mr. Seabolt: Jacob Cundiff, Ashley Ebertshauser
    Ms. Coy: Zachary Tipton, Tyler Wurts

  • Big names in Spencer County history

    Editor’s note: Check out next week’s Spencer Magnet for a continuation of this article.
    Over the years, several people have made names for themselves in this area, both before 1824 when Spencer County was formed, and since that year. The Speed family and its  connection with Spencer County is mentioned in “ Lawyers and Lawmakers of Kentucky,” by H. Levin, editor, 1897. It was published by Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago and reprinted by the Southern Historical Press.

  • COLUMN: Potato planting begins mid-March

    Spring break from teaching at U of L falls conveniently during the week of St. Patrick’s Day and when I always plant my seed potatoes for the year.  While I always manage a mid-March planting, we must consider the condition of the soil.  Don’t start digging if the soil is too wet.  Be patient and only work once the soil is friable.

  • Conservation Reserve starts March 14

    Eligible persons can begin offering land under the general Conservation Reserve Program on March 14, announced John W. McCauley State Executive Director. Sign-ups will continue through April 15.
    The Conservation Reserve Program is the largest voluntary private-land conservation program. It helps farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural producers use their environmentally sensitive land for conservation purposes.

  • COLUMN: Invasive species’ abundance similar at native and introduced sites

    Many land managers know firsthand the damage invasive species can do to natural resources, but no one knows exactly why these species are able to out compete native plants.

    This is not just a Kentucky problem, as invasive species are common throughout the world. A long-held theory, developed by biologists, hypothesizes that invasive plants are more numerous in introduced sites compared to their native, or home, range, because an ecological change occurs during their invasion that gives them an advantage over native plants. This theory is known as the abundance assumption.

  • Dance team places first at state

    Amid the hoopla of Bears basketball, the Spencer County High School Dance Team is making a name for itself, too.

  • WHAT A CATCH!

    Spencer County fisherman Brian Raisor recently caught this huge Asian carp at Taylorsville Lake. Much to Raisor’s surprise, a lamprey — an eel-like species — was attached to the fish. According to Raisor’s mother, Mary Raisor, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife sent the lamprey on to Campbellsville University for further study. Neither species is a lake native and the KDFW is investigating further.