• Historian and columnist Tom Watson says this photo is identified only as “McDonald’s Bridge, Aug. 25, 1909.” Any guesses as to the names of the three girls and two guys and the location of the McDonald’s Bridge? If you know any of this information, email it to editor@spencermagnet.com, and we’ll pass it along to Tom.

  • Meteorology is an interesting and challenging profession, but predicting changes in the weather can also be accomplished on the farm or in the front yard. Most people have heard about the woolly worm and how dark stripes mean a hard winter ahead, but light stripes predict the opposite.That solid black one I saw in the fall was right on the money. There are other natural indicators, too.
    Take, for instance, these tips taken from various sources:

  • During the Civil War (1861-1865), Taylorsville, Bloomfield, Lebanon and several other communities were generally known as “Rebel Towns.”
    A woman, not from Taylorsville, told me recently that when she was a teenager, her mother wouldn’t let her date Taylorsville boys or even visit the town after dark because it had a bad reputation.
    Of course, we Taylorsvillians always thought other towns were rough and as teenagers, some of us found out which ones, the hard way. I always let my friends do the fighting. I was too busy for such nonsense (blush).

  • 50 years ago

    Winners of the Chamber of Commerce Christmas Decorations Contest are listed as: House, Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Harp, first place; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Slucher, second.
    Door: Dr. and Mrs. Tom Follis, first, and Mr. and Mrs. David Stout, second.
    The only window entry was that of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Prewitt.
    The Chamber gave two prizes in each of the three divisions.

  • There have been several important people from Spencer County and one of them was Dr. Richard Burgess Gilbert.

  • 40 years ago
    Miss Barbara K. Bryant is the winner of the 1973 Conservation Essay Contest announces Ray Hobbs, Chairman of the Spencer County Conservation District. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Bryant and is an eighth grade student at Taylorsville School. The subject of this year’s contest was “Fish and Wildlife Conservation, What Can I Do?” Her winning essay was selected from 139 essays entered in the contest.

  • Row about the bench turning
    Some of the more amusing wrangles, at least to the outsider concerning the church at Van Buren, had to do with “comelates” as the Church historian refers to them. They were members of the congregation who habitually arrived after the appointed time for the beginning of services. One of those was the Elder Leben Green who rode horseback several miles each Sunday.

  • 60 years ago

    Mrs. Cecil Day, Spencer County Homemakers’ President, and Mrs. John Waterfill, Clothing Leader, will discuss “Homemaking Highlights” on Radio Station WHAS, Saturday, January 2, at 7:30 a.m. Homemakers are urged to tune in this program and hear this interesting discussion.

  • When I write about local history, my thoughts are with young people, because they’re the ones who will repeat these stories in the future, advancing local traditions. That’s why it’s important for anyone writing about history to be as accurate as possible.

  • This photo includes part of the crowd attending the last basketball game in the old high school. The photo is by historian Tom Watson. Do you know the date of the last game played at Taylorsville High School. If so, call The Spencer Magnet office at 477-2239 or email editor@spencermagnet.com and we’ll pass the word along to Tom.

  • 50 years ago
    Chamber of Commerce Elects, Discusses New Activities
    The Spencer County Chamber of Commerce elected new officers Monday night at its monthly dinner meeting, reviewed current business and completed plans for its annual Holiday Dance scheduled for Saturday night.
    Jack Spears was elected president of the Chamber, succeeding Guthrie Snider, and Scott McClain was electcd first vice president. Stuart Kelly is the new second vice president.
    Officers re-elected were Barkley Walker, treasurer, and Claude Brock, secretary.


    “Oh little church with ivy entwined;

    A reminder of the past, another time,

    When children laughed and mourners cried;

    On horseback and in buggies they arrived.

  • 60 years ago
    Medical School is recommended
    Recognizing the need for additional physicians in Kentucky, the Advisory Committee on Medical Education to the Legislative Research Commission recommended to the 1954 General Assembly, as a long-range plane, establishment of a school of medicine at the University of Kentucky “as soon as the Commonwealth’s finances permit,” according to an announcement from Frankfort this week.


    Spencer Christian Church hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Nov. 24. The church is expanding and will nearly double its size and build a permanent sanctuary. Pictured at the groundbreaking are three charter members of the church, Irene Rucker, Mason Rucker and Ricky Stevens.

  •  A reading from Malachi 4:1-6:

  •  Grace Chapel to host Christmas production
    Looking for a family friendly night out during this holiday season? Grace Chapel invites the community to the Christmas production, “Three Lives Changed,” today and Dec. 11 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. A reception of Christmas cookies and drinks is planned after each performance.
    The production consists of the narrative story (with live actors) of three people whose lives were dramatically changed by God’s love. 

  • What, you ask, is this column going to address, with a title like this? Well, it’s designed to get you out of your own personal “box” and try to experience what is going on around you in the lives of others.
    I am not always an observer of human nature and maybe what could have helped drive me to pursue a career in mental health. But it seems that I have almost always, at least as long as I can remember, wondered what makes people tick. Why do they do the things that they do? And, along with that, where are they all going, and why?”

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