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Today's News

  • Lightning strikes again

    Residents and workers in downtown Taylorsville had the scare of a lifetime last week when lightning struck First Baptist Church, temporarily knocking out power in many parts of the city and producing a startling thunderclap.

    “I thought somebody had dropped a bomb,” said Susan Collins, who was working in the office of The Spencer Magnet on Thursday afternoon as sunlight began disappearing behind ominous storm clouds.

  • Weather causing brown, weedy lawns

    Central Kentuckians are probably noticing brown spots and lots of weeds in their lawns. While the area has had above-average rainfall for the year, no significant rainfall has occurred in the past couple of weeks. Mix that with temperatures in the 90s, and that has put stress on grass.

  • Man found in creek bed

    Kentucky State Police are investigating the death of a Taylorsville man after the discovery of his body in a creek bed Sunday morning.

    David E. Watkins, 48, was found by a resident living on Dutchmans Creek Road around 10:21 a.m. lying in a creek beneath the homeowner’s driveway. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Spencer County Coroner Danny Hilbert.

  • Spencer County Fair results: FFA and 4H

    FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA

    Green Tobacco – 5 plants per stick – Sarah Perry, Blue, 1st; Matt Recktenwald, Blue, 2nd; Sam Perry, Blue, 3rd; Austin Gibson, Blue, 4th

    Potted Tobacco Plant – Sarah Perry, Blue, 1st; Sam Perry, Blue, 2nd; Matt Recktenwald, Blue, 3rd; Austin Gibson, Blue, 4th.

    Clover or Clover Mix Hay – 20 lb – Matt Recktenwald, Blue, 1st; Austin Gibson, Blue, 2nd.

    Alfalfa Hay – 20 lbs – Sarah Perry, Blue, 1st; Sam Perry, Blue, 2nd; Matt Recktenwald, Blue, 3rd; Austin Gibson, Blue, 4th

  • What's Happening: Spencer County's community calendar

    Knights’ seafood buffet

    The Knights of Columbus will be hosting a seafood buffet Friday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at All Saints Catholic Church, located on Main Cross in Taylorsville.

    Fish fry

    A fish fry dinner will be served at Grace Chapel Friday, August 27 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Grace Chapel is located at 60 Ray Drive in Taylorsville.

  • First day a breeze for most

    Four moms who chatted across a cafeteria table last Wednesday morning represented the two categories that parents tend to fall into on the first day of school.

    “We’re the ‘woo-hoo’ side. They’re the ‘boo-hoo’ side,” said Jessica Cox, gesturing toward two women obviously coping with the pang of separation from their kindergartners. Cox and a fellow mom, Helen Detrich, had just sent off child number three to school for the first time and could not be more relieved.

  • County to purchase three new police vehicles

    The Spencer County Sheriff’s Department is set to receive a heavy-duty pick up and two new police cruisers totaling over $78,000. The purchases will replace three department vehicles that have racked up near or above 100,000 miles.

    The decision was not a unanimous one by members of fiscal court. Two out of three magistrates voted against the purchase in a year when elected officials have already cut occupational taxes and approved to flatline property tax rates.

  • BELIEVE IN HIM: A new kind of atheism

    One existence that cannot be denied, a new sign has just been erected near the Kentucky State Fair and Expo Center and it has the city buzzing. Lifted high above the roadways near the Louisville airport a giant billboard reads: “Don’t believe in God? You are not alone.”

  • GUEST COLUMN: Helping victims, lowering correction costs

     Earlier this year, I proudly sponsored Amanda’s Law in an effort to provide greater peace of mind to victims of domestic violence who have reason to fear for their safety.  Named in honor of Amanda Ross, a family friend who was murdered last September, the legislation that took effect last month gives a powerful tool to judges determined to enforce domestic violence orders that have been violated.  These offenders can now be required to be electronically monitored, at their own cost, while victims can be quickly notified if the order’s protective distance is brea

  • UK needs to win

    This week, an opening glimpse at Governor’s Cup 23.

    Kentucky is a slight favorite at Louisville.

    Which team needs a win most? Kentucky.

    Reasons.

    1. Rookie head coach needs to establish Joker Ball and recruiting brag rights in Charlie Strong’s front yard in a year when Jefferson County high school talent is attracting big dogs including Alabama, Florida and Texas.