Local News

  • Board nears choice on school design


    Despite additional discussion Monday evening, the Spencer County Board of Education has yet to decide on a definite floor plan for the district’s new elementary school, but it looks as if a selection could me made as early as June.

    Board members traveled to three energy efficient school sites May 4, including Brooks Elementary in Shepherdsville and two Bowling Green schools, Richardsville Elementary and Jody Richards Elementary, in efforts to gather ideas for the new building.

  • What’s happening - Week of May 20, 2015

    Magnet office closed on Monday
    The Spencer Magnet’s office will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. The office will reopen on Tuesday, May 26, at 9:00 a.m.
    The advertising deadline for the May 27 edition is at noon on Friday, May 22. The deadline for submissions for community and church announcements, letters to the editor, or other news submissions, will also be on Friday, May 22, at 12:00 p.m.

  • Jackson Bayers Memorial Fund


    More than $3,000 was raised at a yard sale for the Jackson Bayers Memorial Fund Saturday. The fund is targeted toward construction of a park in Elk Creek, in memory of Jackson, who died in a tragic accident in February.

  • Fire alarm causes temporary interruption in voting at Spencer Christian polling station


    Taylorsville-Spencer County Firefighters responded to a fire alarm at Spencer Christian Church, one of several polling locations, around 2:45 p.m. today.

    Poll workers, voters, visitors, and staff at Spencer Christian Church were forced to evacuate the building, which is located at 5720 Taylorsville Road, as smoke began to fill the auditorium.

    Tony Wheatley, a poll worker, responded quickly when he first noticed the smoke by pulling the emergency smoke alarm in the church hall.

  • Pickett’s band excels in S.C.


    Editor’s note: SCHS Senior Daniel Cooper wrote the following as part of a mentoring project.

    The teachers, educators, and administrators of America are crucial to the future of the country. It is their job not only to teach fundamental skills, but also lifelong lessons. Because of their dedication, we look up to these teachers as role models. Some educators teach lessons that last a semester or two, but others last a lifetime.

  • Zoning: No farm, no fowl

    by MEGAN T. BLANEY/Magnet Freelancer

    Spencer County, known for its sprawling rural beauty, recently changed its zoning to rigorously restrict the number of chickens and livestock residents may have on their property.

    While many county residents are unaware of the new R1 residential zoning limit of one chicken or livestock animal per acre, some feathers have been ruffled.

  • Gourd Art Show celebrates 20 years in Taylorsville


    For twenty years, gourd lovers across Kentucky and neighboring states have traveled to Taylorsville each May for the Kentucky Gourd Art Show. They’ll do so again this weekend.

    Janet Barnett, past president of the Kentucky Gourd Society, was instrumental in starting both the society and the art show. She said it continues to be a premier event among enthusiasts that draws gourd artists from all over.

  • Court hears needs during budget talks

    After nearly five hours of discussing the needs of various departments last Wednesday, members of the Fiscal Court will be at it again this Wednesday as they continue to work out a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

    Judge-Executive John Riley has repeatedly told the court of a significant gap between revenue and expenditures, one he estimated last month to be about $350,000. He submitted a nearly $6.1 million budget proposal to magistrates on May 1, and on Wednesday, opened the meeting with a less-than-optimistic outlook about the county’s finances.

  • Crowd gathers to pray over county


    Nearly 80 people lined up in front of the Spencer County Courthouse and across the street last Thursday at noon to participate in the National Day of Prayer. Many shielded themselves from the bright sun on an unusually warm day as they listened to music and then joined in a series of prayers for the community.

    The annual event is held in small towns and big cities all across the nation to reaffirm the role faith has played in the lives of citizens and in our history.

  • IKEA Simpsonville rumor debunked; other stores in line

    For more than a year, locals have been passing word that IKEA was planning a Simpsonville location, but officials with the Sweden-based retail store say there are no plans in place to build here.

    “At this time, we do not have plans to build in that area,” IKEA public affairs manager Joseph Roth said.

    Roth said the company is always in discussion about potential opportunities, but they are currently not planning a location for the Louisville region.

    “At this time, it’s just speculation,” he said.