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Today's News

  • Turkey season opens April 17

    Kentucky’s general spring season for wild turkeys opens Saturday. Some 90,000 hunters are expected to turkey hunt this spring. The number of 2-year-old gobblers is at record levels, and biologists predict a good season this year. During the recently concluded youth-only turkey weekend, April 3-4, hunters took more than 1,800 gobblers.

    Complete details of all current hunting regulations are listed in the spring hunting guide, available wherever hunting licenses are sold or online at fw.ky.gov.

    Some basics that hunters need to know before going afield include:

  • LETTER: Unhappy with all but Drury

    The Spencer Magnet reads like everyone is running for something this election year.

    The candidate John Riley seems like he is in no hurry to say his two cents worth. Is that because he has already said too much? He had to go for the insurance premium tax.

    Woodie Cheek does not have to be elected for he is already a judge. He judges everyone but himself.

  • LETTER: Jenkins 'needs help'

    Fortunately, a possible tragedy was avoided due to the “one law fits all” policy of the Kentucky State Police.

    Spencer County Judge Executive David Jenkins could have severely injured you or someone you love while driving drunk.

    Sympathy should be reserved for those that do not have control over their actions. Once again, he will say, “I did nothing wrong.”

    Hopefully, political favors will not be given by the county attorney.

  • There’s a new deputy in town

    Thirty-four-year-old Damon Jewell is the newest face on the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department staff.

    Jewell was hired by Spencer County Fiscal Court April 6 and sworn in by Hon. Charles Hickman the following Wednesday afternoon.

    Jewell will be taking the spot vacated by former deputy Russell Cranmer, who retired earlier this year.

    Jewell is a native to Spencer County and a 1994 graduate of Spencer County High School. He has worked for the past year and a half as a public safety officer at Louisville International Airport.

  • Shop smart at the Farmers Market

    Farmers markets are flourishing.  According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 5,000 exist today. 

    We have a nice Farmers Market right here in Spencer County and it is opening up on April 24.  It will be held in the parking lot of the Sanctuary Arts Center in downtown Taylorsville.  It will be open from 8 a.m. until no later than noon on Saturdays and Wednesdays.  The first Wednesday market will be April 28.

  • Breaking ground for a new Habitat home

    1800 Little Mount Church Road.

    “That’s my address,” Melissa Davis said excitedly as she heard Spencer County Habitat for Humanity President Scott Street recite the location of her soon-to-be home. 

    Davis, her four children and many Spencer County Habitat for Humanity community partners and volunteers broke ground Sunday for the four bedroom, two bathroom home.

  • Community center update

    Proponents of a Spencer County community center say it could cost as much as $500,000 to construct the 4,500 square-feet pool and splash park, they envision as the crown jewels of a new recreational facility. The pool could feature a shallow-entry design to accommodate children and seniors, according to preliminary plans. A lap section could be utilized by more competitive swimmers.

    Costs could escalate into the millions to add other programs and services for the center.

  • Alcohol revenue meager for county coffers

    Judge-executive David Jenkins says Spencer County has reaped “very little” money from alcohol sales, since county voters approved a special referendum lifting prohibition last October.

    Six months later, the county has collected just $5,600 in initial alcohol and licensing fees, he said. Jenkins expects the county could collect as much as $6,000 from retailers through the fiscal year.

    Additional county revenue could be collected from property, occupational and insurance premium taxes assessed on those who sell and work around alcohol, he said.

  • Attempt to calm fears

    Developers defended their plans Thursday to build 24 low-income housing units on Turnpike Avenue, across from Spencer County Elementary School.

    Roy Lowenstein, vice president of Buckeye Community Hope Foundation, the Ohio-based company seeking to break ground this spring, attempted to suppress fear and anger from neighbors who complained the project will decrease their home values and attract undesirable, largely transient occupants.

    Once completed, Lowenstein said the project would be an “asset to the community.”

  • Justice dazzles UofL fans

    Weekend all-star game gems bring sparkle to basketball fans along I-64.

    Louisville. Elisha Justice gave Cardinal fans an eyeful in the Derby Festival all-star game. Mr. Basketball dazzled with numbers: dozen points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals, and determination. Walk-on? No, a steal.