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Opinion

  • Judge Executive explains position on the Blue Bridge
    Approximately eight years ago the Kentucky Department of Transportation made a decision to replace the Hwy 55 South bridge over Salt River in Taylorsville. Commonly known as the “Blue Bridge” it is an historic Pratt Steel Truss Bridge that was constructed in 1932. The Pratt Truss design was patented in 1844 by Thomas and Caleb Pratt, Boston railroad engineers.

  • Last week winter weather graced Spencer County and the rest of Kentucky to the tune of several inches of snowfall, with additional rain and ice on Saturday.
    Last week, the streets of Taylorsville were completely dead, as city and county offices, as well as, several businesses were closed early in the week. Spencer County Public Schools were also closed last week due to the weather.
    In situations like this the newspaper remains open, along with emergency services personnel and the city and county road crews.

  • The Paducah Sun

  • Reader takes on the school board and the Blue Bridge
    About the school board, if in fact the school board is being run by Chuck Adams and the chairperson is his puppet then the school board needs to resign and let Mr. Adams run the whole shebang. As to Chuck Adams having some very lucrative job offers as suggested by Woodie Cheek then I suggest he take one of them, if they in fact exist, which I doubt they do.

  • Each morning when I get up for work, I am not quite sure what the day will bring. The beauty of working in the newspaper business is that each day has the potential to be a new adventure. Not every profession offers the opportunity for variance each and every day, so I am thankful to have a job that keeps me on my toes.
    First-responders also have jobs which vary from day to day. Sometimes the day brings an exciting turn of events, other times a day can bring tragedy. This past Friday was one of those circumstances where tragedy struck in the most unforeseen of ways.

  • On January 28, 2015, I introduced the Senior Citizens Tax Elimination Act (H.R. 589). This bill would assist our struggling middle class by eliminating an unnecessary and unjust double-tax on seniors.

  • After a three-week recess, we in the General Assembly returned to Frankfort to begin part two of the 2015 Regular Session. Between now and early March the House and Senate will debate numerous pieces of legislation. Because this is a 30-day session, the pace promises to be fast and furious with more than 200 bills and resolutions being introduced in the House in the first two days of this week.

  • The children of this community mean more to me than anything in Spencer County. With that please let me give you some history and insight.
    About ten years ago I served on the board of education here in Spencer County. At that time and after decades of school politics our school system had been academically destroyed. Our system was a total embarrassment state wide.

  • Last week we covered a story regarding the resignation of Spencer County Board of Education member Ange McKinney. The story began an interesting week involving people contacting the Magnet to offer their own opinions on the situation, and I understand quite a lot of chatter on social media sites like Facebook regarding the issues discussed by McKinney.

  • Last week marked something we have not seen perhaps ever. A meeting which involved not only the Spencer County Fiscal Court and the City of Taylorsville, but also the Spencer County Levee, Flood Control and Drainage District No. 1 and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers along with State Representative James Allen Tipton who was present to be part of the very important meeting regarding the floodwall. For this “super meeting” we thought it appropriate to give kudos to the respective agencies who called this moment together.

  • Reader says “right-to-work” laws mean working for less
    The “right-to-work” law the Republicans and Chamber of Commerce are trying to get passed is not as it sounds. It is really the right to work for LESS.

  • Last week marked something we have not seen perhaps ever. A meeting which involved not only the Spencer County Fiscal Court and the City of Taylorsville, but also the Spencer County Levee, Flood Control and Drainage District No. 1 and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers along with State Representative James Allen Tipton who was present to be part of the very important meeting regarding the floodwall. For this “super meeting” we thought it appropriate to give kudos to the respective agencies who called this moment together.

  • The students and teachers, the administrators and the service workers of the Spencer County School System deserve praise for working hard in their roles. But equally deserving of praise are the members of the District’s Board of Education, not only for their work but for their leadership.

  • Fiscal court last week was an interesting display of what happens when elected officials focus on what they want, as opposed to what the citizens want. It was also interesting to see that for all the talk of working together, we aren’t really much closer to that goal than we were before.
    The fiscal court once again brought up the issue of the Salt River Bridge, also known as the blue bridge, but this time the magistrates appeared to be following what their constituents were asking for.

  • FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan 16, 2015) – Greetings from Frankfort. After a busy and very productive first week of the session, we are in adjournment until February 3. Yet, we still have much work to do. The last date for new bills is Feb. 13 and that means that we are working to see what legislation needs priority and how to move forward efficiently. I have been traveling to Frankfort and meeting with the other leaders to prepare.

  • Reader cannot support what Charlie Hebdo stands for
    I am NOT Charlie Hebdo!
    The world’s sympathy was poured out on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo two weeks ago after radical Islamic terrorists stormed their building and killed a number of employees, two police officers and then continued their killing spree a couple days later at a Kosher grocery store.

  • As the editor of a community newspaper, one of the things I enjoy most is being able to interact with the community, not only personally, but through the pages of this newspaper.
    Generally not a day goes by that I am not at some public function, or even at the grocery store, where someone doesn’t stop me to chat about an issue of interest to them in the community.

  • By Sen. Jimmy Higdon

  • Reader voices concerns regarding treatment of pet
    I am writing concerning my parents, Ted and Betty Goodlett, Girl the dog, and Spencer County Dog Pound. Girl has now been picked up twice within three days by a woman from the pound.
    Girl was dropped at my parent’s house when she was a puppy. She was at the end of her young life of being a Pit Bull; the owners were going to have her put down. My father is a farmer, a retired navy veteran; a man that strongly believes in his freedom along with his animals.

  • Friday, dozens of Spencer County’s finest were working together in freezing temperatures to save the lives of two truck drivers involved in a pretty horrific crash on KY 55.
    For several hours, beginning at around 10:30 a.m. and ending after 8 p.m., our first responders worked in extremely cold weather to clear the scene of a two vehicle accident involving semi trucks that collided at the intersection of Ky 55 and KY 1633. From my observation, they not only worked in a very professional manner, but in a safe and expedient manner.