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Opinion

  • I’ve come to the realization that polls are just a means for one group to impose their political persuasion on the rest of us.

    Why else would a new Gallup poll state that 71 percent of those interviewed place “a great deal or a fair amount” of confidence in the president to bring about an economic recovery?

  • Three weeks ago I listed several accomplishments in the city of Taylorsville over the past year.  I also made mention of our goals for the future.  However, there was one department I did not report; The city Police Department.  I felt this department needed some space of its own.

  • April has again been recognized as Donate Life Month nationally and here in Kentucky.  I feel that this is a good time to thank the many Spencer Countians who have supported organ and tissue donation at our drivers license counter by donating $1.00 in support of our Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks Trust For Life and by placing their name on the new Kentucky Organ Donor Registry.

  • With the weather cooperating, I was hoping the week of March 29 through April 4 would see many miles of our roadways cleaned by our Spencer County non-profit groups. Such has not occurred. With Spring Break falling on the same week, everyone has split and run. Three or four groups have signed in to work a roadway.

    We are running out of time to meet the Spring deadline. We need to have our pickup completed by the middle of April, or else the grass will be too high to allow for easy viewing of the litter, and the state does not want to drag it out.

  • Thanks to the individuals and businesses that have devoted time and given donations to make our local Habitat a success story. Not only have we been able to build a home, locally - a tithe has been sent to Latin America where a second home was built, through the generosity of Spencer Countians! Last month’s Habitat Board meeting went high-tech and video-conferenced with the Habitat affiliate, in Honduras, where the home was built. They were so appreciative of the kindness shown by our County.

  • Many of you found something that you did not expect to see when you went to your mailbox and found today’s edition of the Spencer Magnet. Customarily, it is towards the end of July each year, as families work hard to prepare for the upcoming school year that we, too, are working hard at the Magnet to publish and distribute our annual Back to School countywide  sample edition.  Last summer, over 9,300 copies of the Magnet were printed and distributed not only to our regular subscribers, but to every household and business in the entire county.

  •   For the past 3 years, in the month of March, I’ve given a “State of the City” address to the Chamber of Commerce.  This is a look back at what we have accomplished in the City of Taylorsville this year and goals for the upcoming year.  In the midst of economic downturn with all of its negative impact, we have been busy here at home and I believe we are beginning to show some positive results.

  • FRANKFORT — The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2009 session gaveled to an end March 26, capping 29 days of legislative activity that included the passage of bills on school testing reform, drug screening and treatment for felony offenders and tracking for payday lenders. Overall, the House and Senate worked amicably this session to address some very important issues. However, the final two days ended on a rather disappointing note when House leadership decided to uphold a new procedural rule rather than finishing work on several significant bills.

  • Most kids my age are concerned with sports and video games, which I enjoy. As a Boy Scout and Christian, I would like to focus on an issue that is far more significant. In fact there are five bills that are being considered right now. I feel these are so important that I took a field trip on March 3 to the state capital in Frankfort.

  • Mayor Don Pay presented his “State of the City” speech last Thursday at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Mayor Pay indicated in that speech that the occupational taxes that the city has been collecting will pay for new “welcome” signs at all four entrances to the city as well as street signs, stop signs and other directional signage that will resemble the new signs located on Main Street that were funded by the Main Street renovation grant.

  • I read in the paper about the deposition of Dwight Martin and James Allen Tipton.  Both are great young men and we are lucky to have them as citizens of the county. No one would ever make me think that Dwight or James Allen would ever doing anything wrong.  I don’t think you could torture them into doing anything that was not 100 percent right, but there is a true perception out there and perceptions are more often as real than not.

  • As we pass through the time of our community we sometimes forget we are leaving an indelible trail of our concerns, conclusions, rational and irrational judgments. We sometimes do not remember that the local newspaper serves more than just expressing current news.  It also forever reflects how things were accomplished (or not accomplished), whose influence prevailed, and why a community developed the way it did. It illustrates in detail the feelings, judgments, reasons and influence of the community’s leaders, would-be leaders and its citizens.

  • Last Saturday it drizzled cold rain all day long - the weather was awful!  In spite of that over 40 volunteers from all around the region showed up to help clear the multi use trails at Taylorsville Lake State Park that suffered ice storm damage.  It only took half a day with all these volunteers and donated equipment to clear almost all of the 22 miles of trails.  Park management will let us know when the trails will be officially opened - which should be soon.  Once again volunteers have stepped up to get the job done!  We are taking more and more pride and owners

  • She laid downcast and huddled in a small kennel at an animal supply store. One mat, one bowl, no attention from the customers. Her eyes no longer held the shine of a beloved pet, her body language gave no sign of hope. She was alone…forgotten. Her frail, abused, and severely malnourished body did not attract any potential new owner. Her abuser did a good job of breaking her spirit.

  • Those involved with First Baptist Church of Taylorsville’s Dare to Care ministry would like to extend a special thanks to Country Mart, Faulkner Meats, Painters Local #118 of Louisville and the Taylorsville Masonic Lodge #210 for their donations.

    These efforts would not be possible without great community support.

    The First Baptist Church of Taylorsville

    Dare to Care

    Committee

     

  • “1,2,3 PRIDE!” is something the Lady Bears basketball team has been saying for years. We say this because we have pride in ourselves, each other, and most importantly our team.

  • On the second Saturday and fourth Friday monthly our neighbors and friends John and Judy Shircliff open their doors to the community.

    They are the proud new owners of the old building across from Smitty’s, as we all call, it on Main Street in Taylorsville.

  • I am writing this letter to inform the Community of Taylorsville that April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Spring is just days away now, high school seniors are winding down and thoughts now turn to celebrating those achievements and many will feel pressure to drink alcohol during prom and graduation night activities.