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Today's News

  • Who has power over the tower?

    By Phyllis McLaughlin
    Special to The Spencer Magnet
    The owner of the company that installed the new communications tower for Spencer County in December says he stands behind the quality of his work.
    Ray Willhoite of Antennas Unlimited Inc. in Lexington said last week he is not worried about the structural integrity of the tower itself, nor is he concerned about the integrity of the concrete used for the tower base and anchor blocks that secure the guy wires that keep the tower upright.

  • City begins budget talks

    The City of Taylorsville can have a balanced budget in the 2013-14 fiscal year without raising taxes or water rates, according to a draft budget presentation last Tuesday by Comptroller Randy McConnell.
    The City Commission called the special meeting last week primarily to go over the draft budget for the first time.

  • Audit finds payroll problems for county

    An annual audit of the Spencer County Fiscal Court by State Auditor Adam Edelen unearthed a host of payroll issues for the county, but states that, “the county’s financial statements, in all material respects, fairly present the county’s assets, liabilities, and net assets arising from cash transactions and revenues received and expenditures paid in conformity with the modified cash basis of accounting.”

  • Junk item pickup to begin May 13

    The spring 2013 curbside pickup of junk items will begin May 13. Your regular garbage day will be the day to set out items.
    Scrap tires, old oil, old antifreeze, any types of pesticide containers or other hazardous materials that may contaminate air or water supplies are not accepted.
    Call Rumpke for bulk item pickup at 800-678-6753. Call Curtis Ochs at 477-3218 for more information.

  • Work to begin Monday on East River Road

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 5 Office advises motorists that maintenance work will be taking place on Ky. 2885 (East River Road) in Spencer County. KYTC crews will perform cross-drain repairs on this roadway in advance of asphalt resurfacing later this summer.
    Work on Ky. 2885 will begin at Ky. 55 (mile point 7.1) and continue to mile point 5.1.

  • BIRTH: Bilger family welcomes Lucas Wayne

    Gary and Mallory Bilger of Mount Washington welcomed their third child, Lucas Wayne Bilger, into the world March 15 at 11:01 a.m. at Baptist Hospital East in Louisville. He weighed 8 pounds, 14 ounces and was 21.5 inches long.
    Lucas was welcomed by his two siblings, Margaret “Maggie” Bilger, 4, and Noah Bilger, 3. He is the grandson of Dennis and Judy Bowman of Taylorsville and Ronald and Julia Bilger of Louisville.

  • COLUMN: Providing summer pasture for horses

    Pasture provides a significant percentage of horses’ nutrient needs. Although horses have more grass than they can consume in the spring when moisture is adequate, the hot, dry conditions of summer greatly reduce available pasture. Good management is the key to getting through this growth slump.

  • COLUMN: Rethinking the lawn

    I used to have a visceral response to lush spring grass. It gave me anxiety because I knew it was time to get on the Scag and start mowing (and usually the Scag would not start when first brough out of winter storage).
    This year, I see the grass in a different way because it is potential pasture for our growing herd of sheep. We use moveable, electrified fence and rotational grazing methods to keep the pasture and the herd healthy; so the more grass I have, the better. It is a liberating feeling not worrying about getting the grass mowed.

  • 4-H camping season nears

    Now is the time for young people and their parents to begin making plans for an annual summer ritual, 4-H Camp.
    4-H camps are open to all Kentucky youth between the ages of 9 and 14. At 4-H Camp, young people learn independence and responsibility, have a lot of fun and make new friends.

  • COLUMN: Spencer represented well at State Meats Contest

    The Spencer County 4-H Livestock Club attended the State Meats Contest on April 13 in Lexington at the Meats Lab on the University of Kentucky’s campus. Congratulations to all of the participants.