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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Gathering facts and putting out fires

    Rumors in small towns spread like wildfire, and in some ways, it’s the job of the local newspaper to put those fires out.
    My first case in point is discussed at length in this week’s newspaper. At its last regularly scheduled meeting, the Spencer County Board of Education voted not to allow students to have the junior-senior prom off campus.
    Less than 24 hours after that vote was taken, the word on the street was that the prom had been canceled altogether.

  • COLUMN: Recycle and reuse your ‘scraps’

    We are rapidly approaching fall. We have endured many hot summer days, and some very dry conditions this year. I am putting this on paper while Isaac, the hurricane, is drowning the Northern Gulf Coast in the New Orleans area. They promised us some rain by the upcoming weekend, which happened to be Labor Day Weekend, and we got it.
    If you planned an indoor picnic over the weekend, please remember to recycle all items that can be renewed and reused.

  • COLUMN: Buckle up for you and your family

    After a visit home to the mountains of Bell County, it’s not unusual for me to come back to work and write a column about the need to value our family members and make an effort to see the ones we love more often.
    And trust me, my four-day trip home provided me with plenty of examples to do just that — however, I’ll take a little bit of a different approach this time around.

  • LETTER: No need for ‘details’ in last week’s paper

    It is with much anticipation that I look forward to reading The Spencer Magnet every week when it is delivered to our home. Unfortunately, this week’s edition was a cause for much concern on my part.
    The headline of the paper was naturally an eye-catcher, but reading the entire article about the actions of a sex offender who resides in Spencer County was enough to turn one’s stomach.

  • LETTER: Thanks for help with charity softball game

    The fifth Annual 97.5 WAMZ St. Jude Charity Softball Game at Ray Jewell Park in Taylorsville was Saturday, Aug. 11. After a great effort by the Shelburne team, the WAMZ Country Hamz came out with the win 33-29.
    The team raised a season high total of $4,295 this year, which makes our five-year total over $10,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
    Special thanks to so many who contributed in different ways to help make the St. Jude Charity Softball Game a huge success.

  • LETTER: Help sought with floodwall

    To the property owners in the Spencer County Kentucky Levee, Flood Control and Drainage District No. 1, this is a an appeal for help. I am, at this time, working to prevent our floodwall from receiving an unacceptable rating.
    Please call 502-817-3990 with questions and offers of help.
    Tell your fellow property owner to call. They may not see this request.

    Robert Smith
    Floodwall Commissioner
    Taylorsville

  • COLUMN: What is Spencer County to you?

    Each year in September, The Spencer Magnet publishes a resource directory or county guide of sorts called “This is Spencer County: Where families live, work and play.”
    This year, we’re hoping to add to that guide and we want your help. All you have to do is answer one simple question: what is Spencer County to you?
    What are the things in this beloved community that keep you here or remind you that you’re home?

  • LETTER: Fiscal Court works together for the community

    In my lifetime, I have served on many local, state, national and even international boards. With that experience, I would like to share a little insight that should bring a falsehood to an abrupt halt.
    There are those who think our current Fiscal Court members do not like each other or that we do not get along. During all my years of experience, I have never worked with a group of individuals who are more compassionate about doing the right thing for their constituents than our current Fiscal Court members.