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Today's News

  • Bancroft makes first court appearance

    With a dozen family members of the woman he is accused of killing glaring at him, a shackled and visibly nervous Gary Bancroft made his first live appearance in an Anderson County courtroom Tuesday morning.

    Bancroft, the Bardstown Road man accused of slashing to death his girlfriend, Frances Renee Mobley, pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and tampering with physical evidence.

  • Magnet welcomes Bilger to staff

    The Spencer Magnet welcomes reporter Mallory Bilger to their news staff. Mallory began working on a part-time basis at the newspaper Sept. 13.

    “I think she will make a great addition to our staff,” said Lynette Mason, Magnet General Manager.

  • Extension Service: 'Our duty' is to keep taxes low

    The Spencer County Cooperative Extension Board has moved to not raise taxes this year and is sitting on a sizable nest egg that Board Chair Sandi Deutsch said will be used to fund the organization’s plans to relocate next year to a larger space that will better serve the community.

    The board voted Aug. 10 to levy its tax rates at the 2009 levels, fixing the fiscal year 2010 rates at 17.82 cents per $100 of assessed personal property, 3.43 cents per $100 of assessed real property and 3.11 cents per $100 of assessed motor vehicle value.

  • GUEST COLUMNIST: Heavenly homecoming

    This past weekend was Homecoming in Taylorsville. Oops, I just remembered, they changed the name to Octoberfest! But I guess I still think of it as Homecoming.

    The parade, the bands, the food, and the friends all make it a good time, no matter what you call it.

    But I must admit, I just love the sound of “Homecoming.” I served in the Marines for several years and spent about a year overseas without my wife; homecoming meant a lot to me. As a pastor, I have the chance to go on missions trips and attend conferences that often take me away from home.

  • Beginners welcome at basket guild

    Everyone who comes to a Bluegrass Basket Guild meeting leaves with a basket. Each meeting is actually a basket-making class. Beginners are welcome.

    “Even beginners can do it because they don’t need to have their own supplies,” said Madonna Cash, who taught a bushel basket class at September’s meeting. “Beginners might not be at the same level but everyone leaves with a nice basket.”

  • PHOTO: Fair poultry show yields many local champions

    There were several champions in this year’s Spencer County Fair Youth Poultry Show. Thank you to Lynn Shelburne and the rest of the Shelburne family for putting on a great show again this year! The winners are listed as follows:

    Champion Large Fowl – Lee Jared Miles, Mt. Eden, KY – Barred Plymouth Rock

    Champion Bantam – Jacob Benningfield, Lebanon, KY – White Silkie

    Champion American Game – Justin Goodlett, Mt. Eden, KY – Brown Red Game

  • Cyclist killed on KY 248 mourned

    A Taylorsville man was killed Thursday morning when he was struck by an SUV while cycling on KY 248/Briar Ridge Rd. Hundreds attended funeral services for Paul M. Pegram, 40, yesterday morning at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville.

    “He loved his children very much. He was always in an up attitude usually had a smile on his face. He was easy to be around,” said Dave Pegram, Paul’s father.

  • LETTER: Questioning Jenkins' position on health board

    As a taxpayer and health care provider of Shelby County, I am concerned about the abilities and credibility of the current North Central District Health Department Board Chairman. North Central is a multimillion dollar public health entity, funded primarily through our tax dollars, on a local, state and federal level. David Jenkins, the current county judge executive of Spencer County, holds that position.

  • LETTER: Promise to cut unfair taxes

    Like many people, I’m on a strict budget these days. Every new tax or increased tax reduces what I can spend in local businesses – even at Froman’s, as I didn’t have the money to refill an allergy prescription last month. The four percent tax increase allowed to circumvent the democratic process was legalized in a time of inflation when everybody was getting raises, but I actually heard one office-holder with the gall to call it “automatic,” even when people aren’t getting raises and are lucky to have jobs.

  • PHOTO: Middle school names September Grizzly Heroes

    Pictured are the Spencer County Middle School September Grizzly Heroes: Amber Adcock, Tamara Humphrey, Paige Forberger, Hunter Brown, Josh McKinley, Bailey Bryant, Lauren Stevens, Daniel Cooper, Macy McGehee, Tyler Nichols, Jonathon Jones and Nathan Dillard.