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Today's News

  • COLUMN: Keep the warmth of Christmas with you all year

    It’s always a fun time of the year for those of us that celebrate Christmas, especially for those that keep the festive season in proper perspective.

    The other night I watched for a countless time one of my favorite holiday movie favorites: “Scrooged,” the Bill Murray-driven knock-off of Charles Dickens’s classic “A Christmas Carol.”

  • GUEST COLUMN: Poinsettias are a popular holiday plan

    Each year, I like to pass along the following tips and information about the most popular plant of the holiday season, the poinsettia.

    Traditional red and green colors are well represented in the flowers available for the holidays. Poinsettias, the most popular and spectacular holiday flowers, can combine both these colors.

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

    Christmas Tree Auction rescheduled

    The Christmas Tree Auction at Sanctuary Arts Center has been rescheduled to Saturday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m., due to inclement weather.

    Stop by the Sanctuary Arts Center on Main Street to place bids on trees that are fully decorated and on other holiday decor.

    Bidding starts at 7 p.m. on the second floor of Sanctuary.

    The event will include door prizes, refreshments and entertainment.

    Everyone is welcome.

    VFW to host Christmas party

  • Food basket deadline nearing

    The Spencer County Christmas Food Basket Program that benefits local less fortunate families during the holidays will go on this year, but perhaps with a few less dollars to support it.

    Spencer County Fiscal Court recently decided it would not pledge money toward the program but that it would continue to be the hub for donations, basket distribution and applications for those seeking baskets.

  • GUEST COLUMN: Mystery surrounds the three kings of Orient

    Every year during Christmastime it is a family tradition of ours to set up the nativity scene and read from the Gospels the details concerning the birth of Christ. While most of the figurines in our nativity are easily understood, the wise men have a curiousness of mystery. There are many uncertain beliefs about who they were and why they came to visit; after all, the Bible does not say anything else about these men who traveled afar to visit the manger. So who were these magi and where did they come from?

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

    Lock-in at middle school

    Spencer County Middle School is hosting a lock-in Dec. 17 from 8 p.m. until 8 a.m.

    The cost of participating is $10 and will include supervised games, contests, movies, prizes and food.

    Children can come for one hour or stay all night.

    For more information, call 477-3260.

    Family fun night at library

  • Little action on ethics complaint

    An ethics complaint filed in October against Spencer County Sheriff Steve Coulter and two sheriff’s deputies is under review by the county’s Ethics Commission, but no public decision regarding the accusations has been made yet.

    The complaint was filed by Taylorsville resident Lawrence Trageser, who ran as in independent candidate for magistrate in the 2010 election.

    The complaint, which was provided to The Spencer Magnet by Trageser and dated Oct. 21, was filed against Coulter, deputy Kyle Bennett and deputy Damon Jewell.

  • GUEST COLUMN: Beating the Christmas blues

    You’ve all heard the song, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”  And I must admit, I generally agree.  But there are times when the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season turns me into a bit of a Grinch. 

    What about you? 

  • Advice from Trice: Mary Trice of Elk Creek loves decorating her house Christmas

    The majority of Mary Trice’s nativity scenes are in her living room and dining room common area. Her dining room has a tall Christmas tree that she calls her silver, white and gold tree. This tree includes her nativity ornaments and other ornaments that hold special meaning, such as the rose ornament she bought in memory of her father.

  • Cookie exchange: Just add oatmeal

    It is a long-standing Christmas tradition to have lots of home-baked cookies in the house. Whether due to a fear of unexpected company in need of dessert or a desire to give treats to the neighbors, many of us feel the need to bake several varieties of cookies during the holiday season. It can be time consuming to bake dozens of cookies from multiple recipes, regardless of how much fun it may be.