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  • Assessment data shows school district lost ground in 2012-2013

    Editor’s note: This article is part one in a three-part series addressing the 2012-2013 Kentucky School Report Cards and assessment data released last week by the Kentucky Department of Education. This week’s article addresses district scores as a whole.
    Spencer County Schools’ state assessment scores are in and, unlike last year’s celebratory mood, a feeling of concern is prevailing across the district as three of the area’s four schools saw their 2012-2013 scores decline from 2011-2012.

  • City looks to ban concealed weapons

    The October regular meeting of the Taylorsville City Commission was postponed until next Tuesday at 5 p.m., and one of the items on that agenda is expected to be the second reading of an ordinance banning concealed weapons from city buildings.
    The ordinance was called to the city’s attention at last month’s meeting by Stephen McBride of the Kentucky Concealed Carry Coalition.

  • Former firefighter sentenced to probation

    A former firefighter who pleaded guilty to third-degree rape was sentenced to two years probation on Thursday in Circuit Court.
    Joshua M. Crowe, 22, of the 200 block of Sugarberry Lane in Taylorsville, was indicted in early December 2012, when, according to the indictment, “on or about May 28, 2012, [Crowe] being 21 years old or more ... engag[ed] in sexual intercourse with a person less than 16 years old.”
    Crowe entered a plea in August.

  • Magnet welcomes Sopland

    Jeff Sopland recently joined The Spencer Magnet staff as its graphic designer.

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  • Pothole repairs bring much needed relief to Taylorsville

    Several holes have been filled in Taylorsville, thanks to the Taylorsville City Commission. Those holes — or potholes, rather — were sizable, drew plenty of complaints and were located behind a used car lot and Dairy Queen just off of Taylorsville Road.
    The City Commission brought up the issue of the potholes, as well as some located in the parking lot of the former IGA, at its July meeting and voted to send letters to the property owners asking for the holes to be filled and the roadways, which are open to public traffic, to be fixed.

  • Numerous cases heard in circuit court

    Several criminal cases The Spencer Magnet has been following were on the Spencer Circuit Court docket last Thursday. Here are the updates in those cases:
    •Karen Cook, 39, of the 100 block of West Main Street in Taylorsville, is facing meth-related charges and appeared in court last Thursday for a hearing.
    Cook was taken into custody, at least temporarily, because the person who put up her surety bond, withdrew it and a warrant was issued for her arrest.

  • Octoberfest expands, adding 5K run and talent show

    The expansion of Spencer County’s Octoberfest from a two-day event to one running from Oct. 1-5 began with the addition of one event: a 5K.
    “We chose to do a 5K and we wanted to give it a purpose — not just Octoberfest, but a purpose,” said Patsy Lewis, Octoberfest committee member.
    After seeing Spencer Countian Dawson Moore’s battle with cancer and becoming familiar with the Thumbs Up for Lane Goodwin Childhood Cancer Foundation, deciding on that purpose was easy.

  • Three of 10 local taxing entities to raise rates

    Three out of the county’s 10 taxing entities are raising at least a portion of their tax rates, while the remaining seven voted to leave their rates the same.
    As reported earlier, the Spencer County School Board voted to raise both its real and personal property taxes from 60 cents per $100 of assessed value to 61.5 cents per $100 of assessed value. This includes .3 cents per $100 of assessed value as an exoneration fee to make up for delinquent taxes in prior years.