Local News

  • Man charged with raping 13-year-old

    A Bullitt County man has been arrested and charged with rape and incest after police say he impregnated the 13-year-old daughter of his former girlfriend while living in Spencer County.

    Jamal Hunt, 33, of Lebanon Junction, was arrested last week on charges of first degree rape and incest after he was indicted by a Spencer County Grand Jury. The charges stem from a police investigation that included DNA testing of an infant born to the alleged victim last year.

  • Debate over pay hike, benefits delays budget

    Crunching numbers for nearly 13 hours over the course of three separate special meetings yielded few results as the Spencer County Fiscal Court decided Monday night they need even more time before approving the first reading of the 2015-16 budget.

    More than time however, court members are in need of more money after they learned that health insurance coverage for county employees will be rising by eight percent, an expense not accounted for in Judge-Executive John Riley’s previously proposed budget.

  • 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.