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  • The following cases were heard by Judge Linda Amrstrong July 1, 2011, in Spencer District Court:

    Traffic:
    Chase T. Downs (1993), failure to wear seatbelt, guilty, $25 fine; reckless driving, guilty, state traffic school and $143 court costs.

    David S. Figg (1987), failure to wear seatbelt, guilty, $25 fine.

    Antonio Gomez (1972), no operators/moped license, guilty, $50 fine and $143 court costs; violation of part 391 of federal safety regulations-qualification of drivers, $20 fine.

  • Some people claim they’ve seen ghosts or heard unexplainable “bumps” in the night.

  • It has been some time since this column offered pictures of the village of Van Buren before it became the Taylorsville Lake bottom.

  • Past and present Spencer County residents have heard the name Curtis Ochs for a long time. The current Curtis has served off and on as county land surveyor for years. His father, also Curtis Ochs, held the same position.

  • It was a chore that produced anticipation.

  • When just a kid in Taylorsville, I often heard my father speak of the street names, but didn’t pay much attention to such rhetoric until I was much older.

  • It was historically known as the “Crutcher Tavern” and when it is fully restored, Taylorsville will have a restaurant to be called the “Polk House.” It will have the potential to rival famous historic Kentucky eateries.

  • Abraham Lincoln had a connection to Spencer County that few people know about and although it may seem slight, we’ll take it.

  • By Dr. JOHN LAPP, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

    Editor’s note: The Spencer Magnet welcomes columnist Dr. John Lapp to our regular list of contributing writers. Dr. Lapp has decades of experience as a professional psychologist and counselor.
    Well, how do we begin a new column in the Spencer Magnet? How about an introduction to some topics, beginning with this one: marriage.

  • The summer planting season is nearly over, but it is not too late to plan for next year or even for this fall in the garden. Fall crops can be planted in containers, and raised beds can be prepared to be ready for next spring. Using containers and raised beds can help a gardener get more enjoyment out of less work.

  • A map of the Confederate States of America shows Kentucky among the states that seceded from the Union prior to the American Civil War.

    Artist George Kirchner of Brentwood, Tenn., says he drew the map and based it on acts of the Kentucky Confederate Legislature and Congress of the Confederate States of America. Under those criteria, he also lists Missouri and the Arizona territory as also parts of the Confederacy.

  • By CURTIS OCHS, Solid Waste Coordinator

    We are in the process of detailing the recycling trailer to prevent the mixing of the metal, plastic and paper products we collect.

  • The people who knew about the Isaac Miller House with its beautiful winding stairway, 14 rooms and multiple fireplaces have nothing but fond memories of the Spencer County mansion. Memories are all they have since a fire Aug. 7 destroyed Field Hoagland’s 186-year-old treasure that was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.

  • If you have family pictures, but have never taken the time to identify them for future generations, you are doing the people in the photos, as well as their kin, a terrible injustice. Pictures without identifications are many times lost forever, erasing solid evidence that a family ever existed.

    Here’s a suggestion that will pay dividends to your children, grandchildren and generations to come.

  • Chili does not really sound like a summer dish, unless it’s one of those nights when you just want to pretend it is winter and crank the air conditioning. This summer, though, I found a chili that I consider to be perfect for summer, in part because it can be made with fresh ingredients.

  • Many of Spencer County’s newer residents may not be fully aware of the county’s rich and interesting history. Here’s a review of some of the county’s highlight events of the past and people who made those events memorable.

  • Of the hundreds of pictures in historian Tom Watson’s possession, several are special because of their rarity, while others are just nice likenesses that deserve to be preserved.

    Research has produced some interesting photos that have been  published in this column for the first time anywhere.

    What is offered this week are pictures this scribe just personally likes and they include some of the first-publication types.

  • Pioneers who settled along streams of water like the Salt River and Brashears Creek often decided to build a mill. The mill was a common enterprise and attracted settlers who could not build their own facility for making flour and grinding grain.

  • An 1882 atlas that pin-points cemetery, residential and business locations in Nelson and Spencer counties shows a historic burying ground on the “E.T. Holloway” farm.