Today's News

  • A happy ending

    Special to The Spencer Magnett

    Most people who take training to handle emergency medical situations never have to put their knowledge to the test. During all the 20 years of her career, this was true for Vicki Thomas, a third-grade teacher at Spencer County Elementary School.

    But on Tuesday, April 30, her training in using the Heimlich maneuver literally saved the life of one of her students, Bryce Cooper.

    The two discussed the ordeal during an interview at the school yesterday.

  • County clerk’s forum this Thursday at Chamber of Commerce buildings

    The questions are in and the tallies have been counted — six reader-submitted questions have been selected as possibilities for May 10’s county clerk candidate forum sponsored by The Spencer Magnet and the Spencer County-Taylorsville Chamber of Commerce.

    The forum will take place during the chamber’s monthly luncheon, which is from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday.

  • County budget proposal includes plans for new EMS facility

    In a preliminary budget discussion with Spencer County Fiscal Court members Monday morning, Judge Executive Bill Karrer said he was interested in cutting the county’s personal property tax rates and that he had to turn down some department expenditure requests because of the looming cost of a new EMS facility.

  • Narrow vote increases water rates 3.5 percent

    The Taylorsville City Commission voted Thursday night to include a water rate increase of 3.5 percent for all of its water customers in its proposed budget for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

    The 3.5 percent increase passed by a vote of 3-2, with Mayor Don Pay and commissioners Kathy Spears and Larry Waldridge in favor, and commissioners Beverly Ingram and Nathan Nation opposed.

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  • BACK IN TIME: Citizens get two telephone numbers in 1962

    50 years ago
    May 3, 1962

    Do you know both your telephone numbers? You do have two — a local number and a long distance number, according to Art Willett, local Southern Bell manager.
    “Your long distance number is your regular number prefixed by the area code (502),” Willett said.
    Area codes became necessary when the Telephone Company instituted direct distance dialing, he explained.
    With the area code prefix, no two telephone numbers in the country are identical.

  • Insurance data reveals annual increase in teen driving accidents during May

    In a month where many teen drivers are on the roads headed to proms, graduation ceremonies or even just eager to get a head start on summer vacation, Kentucky Farm Bureau cautions teens and their parents to use extra care before heading out to the next big event. A deep look into the trends behind KFB Insurance claims data revealed that May is one of the busiest months of the year for accidents among teenage drivers in Kentucky.

  • PHOTOS: Reality check

    The Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Department, Spencer County EMS and Taylorsville Police Department put together this mock crash scene at Spencer County High School last Wednesday as a reminder to students to drive safely and responsibly, especially with a milestone event like graduation coming soon.

  • SAVVY SENIOR: Get savvy on what government assistance is available for seniors

    Dear Savvy Senior,
    What resources can you recommend for locating government assistance programs for seniors? My husband and I have been helping support his mother for the past three years and we can’t afford to do it any longer.
    Tapped Out

    Dear Tapped,
    Locating government benefits and financial assistance programs for seniors is actually pretty easy to do thanks to two key resources created by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). Here’s where you can turn to for help.

  • COLUMN: Forgiveness is key in releasing grudges

    Webster’s dictionary describes a grudge as “a feeling of deep resentment or ill-will.”
    Have you ever had a grudge against someone? (Or maybe you’re still holding on to one or more.) One author states that it often seems easier to get rid of a person, or an animal, than a grudge.