Today's News

  • COLUMN: Oh, deer! Tips to drive safely this fall

    It might sound crazy, but I’m blaming my car’s Monday morning flat tire on a deer.
    No, it’s antlers didn’t puncture a hole in my tire, and it didn’t get mad and stomp in the tire with its hooves, but I have to blame the flat tire on something and the deer just fits the bill.
    According to the Kentucky State Police, deer are on the move throughout Kentucky in November because autumn has finally arrived and deer hunting season is still pending.

  • Unsafe structures identified, vacated

    Several unsafe structures have been identified in Taylorsville by the local fire department as well as state officials.

    Nathan Nation, who is a city commissioner, stepped back from that role to present a report to the Taylorsville City Commission last Tuesday as the Taylorsville-Spencer County fire chief.

    Nation filed an official complaint with the city on Oct. 17 regarding 10 properties he has found to be in violation of the city’s unsafe structure ordinance, No. 86.

  • City in favor of Blue Bridge repairs

    The City of Taylorsville and Spencer County are in agreement — the Blue Bridge, which carries Ky. 55 across the Salt River, should be repaired instead of replaced.

    The Taylorsville City Commission voted 4-1 last Tuesday night to pass a resolution stating the city prefers the landmark bridge be repaired instead of being replaced by a new bridge right next to it.
    Commissioner Larry Waldridge cast the dissenting vote.

  • Spencer County Relay for Life to host kick-off event Tuesday

    It’s kick-off time. The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event kick-off will be Tuesday at 6:30 at the Methodist Church.  This is a pot luck soup and dessert, each team is invited.  Bring a dish or dessert.
    Relay For Life is the signature fund raising event of the world’s largest non-profit health organization. Money raised will benefit the local and surrounding communities by providing education, advocacy, services and research related to cancer, Relay for Life event is a 24-hour event that will be held June 8, 2012.

  • COLUMN: Set a goal to reduce, reuse, recycle in 2012

    As a big ol’ united world, we set a record Oct. 31. Not only did we celebrate Halloween, we passed a landmark by going over 7 billion people inhabiting our planet. Should we also throw a party for this epic event? I think we need to look at the existing facts of life.
    Of all the existing water sources in the world, only one percent is fit for human use in its present state. Our current fueling systems are polluting the air, and depleting our natural resources. And, in the U.S., we have a serious infrastructure problem.

  • PHOTOS: Local team a strong supporter of Special Olympics

    Russell Miller’s ‘Ice Socks’ team, which participates in the Polar Bear Plunge for the Special Olympics of Kentucky each year, attended a fall festival at the Millers’ home to rally for next year’s plunge. The team has raised over $200,000 for the Special Olympics since it started participating in the plunge in 2006. The team has grown from nine to 81 members and raised $66,030 in 2011.

  • School grounds still at top of Board of Education agenda

    The Spencer County Board of Education has added two plots of land to its possible locations for the district’s third elementary school, one of which borders Top Flight Landing in Elk Creek.

    The board continues to research land for the school, which, if built as planned, will house 600 students and free up the building currently known as Taylorsville Elementary School for renovation.

  • Roundtable discussion addresses test scores

    Improving student achievement across the district while addressing immediate areas of concern was the focus of a recent roundtable discussion during which Spencer County Board of Education members had the opportunity to question representatives of each school’s site-based decision making council on strategies for improvement.
    SBDM councils are comprised of parent and teacher representatives. Each school’s principal also sits on each respective council.

  • Clerk a no-show at fiscal court meeting

    Despite a written invitation from Judge-Executive Bill Karrer, County Clerk Judy Puckett did not attend Monday’s fiscal court meeting to explain how she plans to pay thousands owed to the county after an unfavorable audit report was released earlier this year.

    During Monday’s meeting, Karrer read aloud a letter he sent to Puckett acknowledging the funds she owes back to the county and inviting her to appear before the fiscal court to discuss how she plans to pay back those funds.

  • Mayor: We can’t let bad economy slow development

    Editors note: Since the city and county voted to dissolve the Taylorsville-Spencer County Economic Development Authority earlier this year, The Spencer Magnet decided to check in with local government officials to discuss their economic development plans for the future. This week, Editor Shannon Brock spoke with Taylorsville Mayor Don  Pay to discuss the city’s perspective.

    A bad economy can’t and won’t stymie the city’s efforts to move forward in economic development, Mayor Don Pay said Monday afternoon.