http://www.spencermagnet.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Rucker named principal at TES http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/rucker-named-principal-tes <img src="http://www.spencermagnet.com/sites/www.spencermagnet.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/stevenruckernewtesprincipal_7_1_15.jpg" alt="Steven Rucker has been named the new principal at Taylorsville Elementary School. He previously has served as an assistant principal at the high school." title="Steven Rucker has been named the new principal at Taylorsville Elementary School. He previously has served as an assistant principal at the high school." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> One district school&rsquo;s loss is another one&rsquo;s gain as Spencer County High School Assistant Principal Steven Rucker has been named Taylorsville Elementary School principal.</p> Agreement on levee reached http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/agreement-levee-reached <p> An interlocal agreement to pay back funds secured for the levee project was reached last week and signed. Officials are now prepared to pay for a study to determine how extensive any needed repairs may be in order to have the floodwall certified.</p> Court approves gay marriage http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/court-approves-gay-marriage <p> While Friday&rsquo;s U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states was not unexpected, the speed in which the changes were being implemented surprised County Clerk Lynn Hesselbrock. Within hours of the announced ruling, clerks across Kentucky were issued directives to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples immediately.</p> <p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re still kind of in shock that this happened so fast,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;We knew the ruling was coming, but it&rsquo;s surprising that the Governor&rsquo;s immediate order would come so quickly.&rdquo;</p> GOP hopefuls say they’re tired of losing http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/gop-hopefuls-say-they%E2%80%99re-tired-losing <img src="http://www.spencermagnet.com/sites/www.spencermagnet.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_7719.jpg" alt="Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin spoke to local GOP members at Saturday’s political picnic at the fairgrounds. Bevin said he’s optimistic about the entire slate of GOP candidates on the ticket, most of whom showed up for Saturday’s event." title="Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin spoke to local GOP members at Saturday’s political picnic at the fairgrounds. Bevin said he’s optimistic about the entire slate of GOP candidates on the ticket, most of whom showed up for Saturday’s event." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Republican candidates on the ticket for the general election this November said they are tired of losing. That was the consensus of many who spoke at the GOP picnic at the Spencer County Fairgrounds Saturday afternoon.</p> <p> Highlighted by gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin, candidates said they haven&rsquo;t just tired of losing elections, but also on issues like gay marriage and health care, both of which were the subject of landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions announced last week.</p> Black bear seen in Nelson Co. http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/black-bear-seen-nelson-co <img src="http://www.spencermagnet.com/sites/www.spencermagnet.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/blackbeartree.jpg" alt="Officials say a young male black bear spotted in recent days in Nelson County is likely looking for a mate . They said Bears are typically not a danger unless they have had prior contact with humans or when they are rummaging for food. Bear sightings have become commonplace in southern and eastern Kentucky, but are rare this far west." title="Officials say a young male black bear spotted in recent days in Nelson County is likely looking for a mate . They said Bears are typically not a danger unless they have had prior contact with humans or when they are rummaging for food. Bear sightings have become commonplace in southern and eastern Kentucky, but are rare this far west." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> A young black bear, a male about 2 or 3 years old, has been seen by several people in Nelson County, said a wildlife biologist who twice saw the creature himself Wednesday night.</p> <p> Jason Nally, of Loretto, said it is the first confirmed black bear sighting in Nelson County in the five years he&rsquo;s worked for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.</p> <p> The bear was seen at the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth on Louisville Road.</p> <p> At 9:24 p.m., Nally said he had seen the bear 30 to 45 minutes earlier.</p> What’s happening - Week of July 1, 2015 http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/what%E2%80%99s-happening-week-july-1-2015 <p> Blood drive at Spencer Christian Church<br /> <br /> The American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, July 1, at Spencer Christian Church, located at 5720 Taylorsville Rd.&nbsp; The drive will be from 3:30-8:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome and all are invited to attend.</p> <p> Country Ham Breakfast<br /> <br /> Taylorsville Masonic Lodge #210 will have an all-you-can-eat country ham breakfast from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 4. The breakfast is $7 per person. Carry-out is available.</p> Animal shelter welcomes help http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/animal-shelter-welcomes-help <p> The Spencer County K9 Rescue and Enforcement office is looking to the community for help to expand its services.</p> What they’re saying http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/what-they%E2%80%99re-saying <p> Last week&rsquo;s rulings on two hot-button issues resulted in many elected officials, candidates and advocacy groups sending out emails and statements regarding both. Here are some of those received by the Spencer Magnet.</p> <p> AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT. The court ruled 5-4, in support of subsidies for the ACA, commonly referred to as Obamacare.</p> <p> Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader, KY-R</p>