Local News

  • Local option sales tax — State constitutional amendment could provide additional tax dollars for community projects

    by MEGAN T. BLANEY, Magnet Freelancer
    A potentially powerful new funding tool is being proposed for Kentucky communities and, if passed, local residents would ultimately decide how it is used.
    The Local Option Sales Tax is a limited increase in sales tax — in Kentucky it could rise from 6 percent to 7 percent — that is used for a specific project in the community where the tax is levied. The citizens in that community choose the project and then the project is eventually voted on by the community as a whole.

  • Despite past blemishes, Taylorsville mayor, police cheif maintain support for police officers

    Special to The Spencer Magnet
    Taylorsville Mayor Don Pay and Police Chief Toby Lewis stand behind the men on the city’s police department, alleged warts and all.
    Recently, a report by a Louisville television news raised questions regarding two Taylorsville police officers who had either been fired or had resigned from positions on the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department.

  • Citizens press fiscal court on alleged puppy mill

    Special to The Spencer Magnet
    Several concerned residents attended the Spencer County Fiscal Court meeting Monday night to express their concerns about an alleged Mount Eden puppy mill, asking Judge-Executive Bill Karrer and the magistrates what the county is doing about the issue.
    “This is a black eye for Spencer County,” said Taylorsville resident Sarah Bauer during the public comment portion of the meeting.

  • Practicing what he preaches — Chad Goodlett named 2013 Citizen of the Year


    Spencer County-Taylorsville Chamber of Commerce President Jan Kehne presents local pastor and community volunteer Chad Goodlett with the 2013 Citizen of the Year Award at the Chamber meeting Thursday. Goodlett — who is the pastor at Taylorsville Community Church —  was recognized for his countless hours of service to the community. Pick up next week’s Spencer Magnet to read a full story about Goodlett’s contributions and why he was selected to receive the award.

  • Spencer County Public Schools OPEN President's Day — Feb. 17

    In an effort to preserve May 29 as the student's last day of school, the Spencer County Board of Education voted Wednesday evening in a special meeting to attend school on President's Day — a previously scheduled holiday.

    All Spencer County Public School students will be in session this coming Monday, Feb. 17. The Spencer County FFA Commodity Breakfast will be rescheduled at a later time as a result of this decision.

    Graduation is tentatively scheduled for May 30, barring no additional snow days.

  • Judge Armstrong resigns suddenly


  • Fire safety saves lives

    Magnet Freelancer

    Fire safety should be the number one priority after a horrific fire in Greenville killed eight children and their mother, say local fire chiefs.

  • County avoids major issues during most recent winter storm

    Last week’s ice and snow storm left roads slick and kids out of school again for several days, but overall, officials reported that the county fared well during this winter’s most recent arctic blast.
    Power outages were minimal and fixed relatively quickly, according to Kentucky Utilities and Salt River Electric.
    Salt River spokesperson Randy Burba said last Wednesday that the majority of his company’s outages were reported in Bullitt County.
    “This is the time of year the linemen really earn their pay,” Burba said.

  • Spencer County home sales pick up steam

    Magnet Freelancer

    Area home sales are poised to continue picking up steam for a third straight year, according to local industry observers.
    Kentucky and the Spencer County area have each seen a significant increase in home sales from 2013 as compared to 2012. Home sales statewide have increased for 30 straight months when compared to 2012, according to the Kentucky Association of Realtors.
    Median home prices throughout the state also remained stable, ending the year with a slight increase of less than 1 percent.

  • State police warn of one ring scam

    The Kentucky State Police is warning cell phone users to be aware of a new scam called “The One-Ring Scam.” 
    Better Business Bureaus (BBB) across the country are seeing a rash of reports of ‘ring and runs’ on cell phones where returning a missed call from an unknown number may cost you.
    KSP spokesman Sgt. Michael Webb says scammers profit from individuals who are curious enough to return that missed call.