Local News

  • Attorney fined for vote fraud

    A local attorney accused of vote fraud had his charges amended down to a misdemeanor and walked out of court after paying a $500 fine and court costs and retaining his voting rights. The lesser charge angered Spencer County Clerk Lynn Hesselbrock.

    “I was very disappointed,” said Hesselbrock, who said that as clerk, she is the chair of the county board of elections and “it is my duty to ensure fair elections.”

  • Voters cast primary choices


    Poll workers in Taylorsville were reporting slow, but steady voter turnout Tuesday morning for the May primary election.

    State officials were predicting low numbers of registered voters going to the polls with only one race garnering much attention, that being the GOP primary for Governor.

    In that race, it looks like a three-way heat for the top, as Hal Heiner, James Comer and Matt Bevin vye for the chance to make the November ballot. Will T. Scott is considered a longshot.

  • Chickens win!


    Members of the Spencer County Fiscal Court may not have given much thought to passing a planning and zoning ordinance change last summer. However, Monday night, their chickens came home to roost.

  • 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.