• A design for a new library was drafted and presented to the library board last week. The design was drawn and presented by John Shircliffe, chairman of Main Street. The rendering incorporates the current building, and allows for additional parking and green space around the library.

    “I got a call from the library board and they asked me to put together a preliminary plan,” said Shircliffe, who also co-owns the Sanctuary Arts Center with his wife Judy.

  • Why are the ladies of EveryBody's Fitness Healthy Heroes? Bridey Kurtz, Amanda Truitt, Tonya Deetch, Lori Brock and Nina Gazerro are the instructors at EveryBody's Fitness. They all have been active in fitness for many years and continue to teach fitness for their love of it and to promote healthy lifestyles. The ladies have participated in numerous Spencer County events. Their combination of dedication to promote healthy lifestyles to the community and outgoing selfless attitudes toward helping others makes them perfect examples of Healthy Heroes.

  • The Spencer Magnet recently garnered 15 Kentucky Press Association awards at the annual Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers competition, including first place General Excellence in the weekly class 2 category.

  • Mayor Don Pay has been working with local citizens and law enforcement officials to establish “Neighborhood Watch Programs” for over a year — with a goal of having programs completed throughout all of the City of Taylorsville by the end of the year.

    “I believe this will prove to be a positive deterrent to crime in our community,” said Pay. “It is that simple — when folks drive into a neighborhood with a Block Watch program they notice — and it does make a difference,” he said.

  • In 1870, just five years after Marcellus Jerome Clarke was hanged near 18th and Broadway in Louisville, reports of his ghost and that of a woman in white caused goose bumps galore.
    Clarke was accused of being the infamous Confederate guerrilla Sue Mundy and was executed following a quick courts-martial by the Union.

  • The 2011 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Trade Show will have something for anyone interested in fruit and vegetable production. This year’s event convenes Jan. 3 in Lexington at Embassy Suites Hotel, and concludes around 5 p.m. Jan. 4.

  • Considering how the quest for exotic spice fueled exploration around the world in the 15th century it is no wonder that our favorite holiday flavors herald from around the world. From Southwest India to Southeast Asia we find cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and mace.

  • On a special night at Signature HealthCare of Spencer County, four unique residents and two dedicated employees were honored for their achievements and dedication.

    Plaques honoring “Hometown Heroes” were presented last Thursday to Mildred Browning, 85, of Shelby County; Lera Welsh, 92, a native of Jeffersontown; Margaret Dickerson, 98, who was born in Mount Washington and Vernon King, 94, originally from Knoxville, Tenn.

  • Christmas play at Spencer Christian

    Spencer Christian Church’s elementary Christmas play will be Dec. 12 at 6 p.m.

    The play is entitled, “Camel Lot.” Refreshments will be served following the show.

    All are welcome.

    For more information, call 477-9617.

    Grace Chapel to host revival starting Wednesday

    Grace Chapel will host a revival Dec. 8, 9, 11, 12.

    The evening services will be held 7 p.m. and the Sunday service will be held at 10:30 a.m.

  • No matter what you celebrate during the month of December it likely involves some sort of gift giving. Manufacturers have made certain that our options are unlimited when it comes to giving to the gardener, but some gifts are more useful then others! Don’t waste your money on the cute but useless or the useful but cheap. Consider, instead, some of these items that are favorites among my serious gardening friends.

  • Most people love Christmas.  They love the bows and the boxes, they love the getting and giving of gifts.  Some people love the idea of the “Christmas Spirit,” when joy and goodwill invade our hearts.  Then there are people who love those Christmas movies, you know the ones where hard hearts melt, the sad find happiness again, and little puppies find homes.

  • Monroe’s Garage celebrated its opening at 307 Railroad St. in Taylorsville with members of the community recently. Those attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony were (from left) Annette King, executive director of the Taylorsville-Spencer County Economic Development Authority; Beverly Bentley-Ingram, City Commissioner; Mark Waldridge, Monroe’s; Mike Monroe, co-owner of Monroe’s Garage; Paul Monroe, co-owner of Monroe’s Garage, Doug Williams, Chamber of Commerce Treasurer/County Treasurer; and Phyllis Williams, Chamber of Commerce Executive Board Member.

  • When Mount Eden resident Belinda Sheeley and her husband returned home from dinner Friday evening in Taylorsville, it was as if a mail bag from the past had been spilled on their lawn.

    As Sheeley and her family scrambled to collect letters, cards and envelopes, it quickly became apparent that the pieces were more than just someone’s lost mail.

    They were mementos from a bygone era. Sheeley said most of the envelopes were stamped 1957 and some were addressed to places as far as Fargo, ND.

  • The Taylorsville square will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland this Saturday as the residents gather for the 2010 Christmas on Main Street festival.

    Planning Committee Chair Gordon Deapen said this year’s event was moved from Friday to Saturday to help accommodate more families, in hopes that anyone who couldn’t attend Friday evening could participate in the planned Saturday afternoon and evening events.

    “It just keeps getting better and better,” Deapen said at a committee planning meeting Monday afternoon.

  • On Sunday, Nov. 14, we went to a Russel Ray Fryman Day at Cynthiana. Russell Ray is one of our lay mission team members. What an inspiration he is. He would bring his guitar and sing, and he would get so happy he would preach a little too.

    My favorite song he would sing was, “I Feel Good.”

    The chorus went like this: “I feel good just to know I’ve been redeemed. It makes me feel good.”

  • Methodist church to have candlelight service

    Taylorsville United Methodist Church, 415 W. Main, will host the annual Community Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on Friday, Dec. 24 at 11 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend and celebrate the birth of Christ.

    Risen Lord to host Advent worship services Dec. 15

    Risen Lord Lutheran church will be having special Advent worship services Dec. 15. The worship service will be at 7 p.m. preceeded by a soup supper at 6 p.m.

  • Each year, I like to pass along the following tips and information about the most popular plant of the holiday season, the poinsettia.

    Traditional red and green colors are well represented in the flowers available for the holidays. Poinsettias, the most popular and spectacular holiday flowers, can combine both these colors.

  • Every year during Christmastime it is a family tradition of ours to set up the nativity scene and read from the Gospels the details concerning the birth of Christ. While most of the figurines in our nativity are easily understood, the wise men have a curiousness of mystery. There are many uncertain beliefs about who they were and why they came to visit; after all, the Bible does not say anything else about these men who traveled afar to visit the manger. So who were these magi and where did they come from?