• The Spencer County Historical and Genealogical  Society’s annual dinner will be held upstairs at the Sanctuary Art Center,  95 East Main Street, at 6:30 p.m. on March 28.

  • Editor’s note: The following is a continuation of local historian Tom Watson’s column on historical figures important to Spencer County. See last week’s edition of The Spencer Magnet for part one. Tom Watson also included the following note about last week's article: "Thanks to Charles Darnell for spotting a typo in the original article of March 9. John Speed was not a Confederate. It should have stated that he joined the Union service and was with Sherman's Army during the march to the sea."

  • Editor’s note: Check out next week’s Spencer Magnet for a continuation of this article.
    Over the years, several people have made names for themselves in this area, both before 1824 when Spencer County was formed, and since that year. The Speed family and its  connection with Spencer County is mentioned in “ Lawyers and Lawmakers of Kentucky,” by H. Levin, editor, 1897. It was published by Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago and reprinted by the Southern Historical Press.

  • Family Resource Center, located inside Spencer County Elementary School, helps families in need of clothing, food, affordable housing, paying bills and other necessities that can stand in the way of their children’s education.

  • Editor’s note: As the Spencer County Relay for Life approaches, the paper is going to be featuring submissions from local relayers. They are going to share their stories of why they have decided to participate in the annual Relay for Life.

    Every Relay For Life participant has their reasons to Relay.  I would like to share with you “my” reason I have chosen to Relay.  My name is Christy Weed.  I am the captain of the new Relay For Life team, Hotsy-Totsy.  

  • Taylorsville Elementary School has a program uniquely designed for volunteers to give back to the community in a big way. The mentoring program allows community members to interact with and make a difference in the lives of children who need help with their social development, behavioral issues or other problems.

  • Valentine’s Day can celebrate all kinds of love, not just the romantic kind. It is just a few days away, but there is still time to make plans for making the day special. These are just a few of the ways that Spencer County moms remind their families of their love.

    “We always get a heart shaped pizza,” said Terri Cooper, mother of five. They get their specialty pizza from Bearno’s Pizza.

  • Aprons and Ideas Homemaker Club held a homemade candy exchange for their February meeting. A candy exchange, much like a cookie exchange, lets participants sample and share multiple recipes. The candy can then be given as gifts or kept to serve to guests or eaten by the family.

  • 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.