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Columns

  • COLUMN: Hi, Spencer County, nice to meet you

    Two people, aside from my parents, earn credit for the way I’ve turned out as a young adult — and they’re probably not two people you’d expect.
    Who are those people? My best friend’s father and a former youth pastor/current friend.
    As a child, I was very shy and perfectly content huddling up in a corner and watching whatever events were before me unfold. At birthday parties or general gatherings of friends and family, I was much more the observer than the participant.

  • COLUMN: Celebrate Newspapers in Education

    What has a newspaper given you this week? Some useful information about your local government? A weather report, crossword puzzle, or a heartwarming story about triumph over tragedy? Perhaps a newspaper has supplied a great recipe idea or a fun fact about your community. Hopefully it has even helped spur you to action or helped you make a difficult decision about an issue affecting your community.
    If a newspaper can give its adult readers all of those things, imagine the learning opportunities it could give a student in our local schools.

  • COLUMN: Size doesn’t matter when you play like champions

    I could say that I don’t have a dog in this “Spencer County High School gymnasium” fight. I don’t, necessarily.  My children aren’t old enough to attend school, and my family and I don’t live in this district.
    But local ties run deep and I just happen to be from Taylorsville. Most of my family still lives here. I lived in Spencer County almost 22 years and I am a 2002 graduate of Spencer County High School.

  • $52,000 winner, where are you?

    So the Marrowbone Community Market at 109 Jefferson Street in Taylorsville — formerly known as Riverbend — sold a $52,000 winning ticket, according to the Kentucky Lottery Corporation.

    That might be exciting news for the ticket holder, except that person has yet to be identified. Perhaps the more pressing news is that they only have until tomorrow to figure it out.

  • Cities and their officials work hard for residents

    “And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

    Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy was sworn into office and he delivered his famous inaugural speech, considered one of the best in history.

  • Specialty seed catalogs offer variety

    I have learned to be discerning when it comes to catalog shopping. I steer clear of outrageous or cheap deals. I prefer the specialty catalog where expertise reigns providing us with both a good product and the information to grow it well.

  • Aquaculture workshop covers gamut from water gardens to bass

    Proper pond management is essential for establishing and maintaining a healthy environment for fish, whether it’s in a backyard water garden or a three-acre production pond. An upcoming Kentucky Cooperative Extension aquaculture workshop, “Pond Management: Home-use and Recreational Aquaculture,” will focus on information that will be useful for pond owners and landowners wishing to develop ponds.

  • To God be the glory, alone.

    In a moment of victory, Greg Jennings, wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers told a national audience that the glory belongs to God alone after his team won back the Lombardi Trophy at the 45th annual Super Bowl.

    Jennings, catching four passes for 64 yards, scored two touchdowns in the biggest football game of his life.

  • Feline followers form nationwide fiasco

    There are a lot of things that Taylorsville residents would probably like to be known for nationally. The annual Gourd Show, the historic Main Street corridor, the warm, inviting welcome you get when you come into town.

    Sorry, Taylorsville.

    Aside from the thousands of dollars this city has spent to brush up its tidy little streets, it looks like it is now nationally known for a cat overpopulation problem that has been blown far beyond the pages of your hometown paper, The Spencer Magnet.

  • Meth: It's here and we cannot deny it

    I’m a journalist, and a journalist loves to follow a good story. But it’s never necessarily fun to find out there are active methamphetamine production labs in the community that you grew up in and still love.

    This week the Magnet featured a cover story highlighting five individuals who were arrested by Kentucky State Police last Tuesday evening for allegedly manufacturing meth in the Ridgeview neighborhood located on the Spencer/Bullitt County line.