Local News

  • Trial coming for man charged with stabbing, dumping victim

    The Louisville man charged with stabbing, then dumping another man in the Elk Creek Grocery parking lot this past January is still scheduled to face a jury trial on Aug. 12-13 in Spencer Circuit Court.

  • High school ACT scores up

    For the first time since 2009 when Kentucky began monitoring the ACT scores of all juniors, Spencer County High School is at state average. And while administrators agree average is not where they want to stay, the school has come a long way from the bottom.
    In 2008, state academic assessment data put SCHS in the bottom 10 percent of Kentucky’s public high schools. According to the 2013 ACT score data, the class of 2014 earned a 19.2 composite score, which is the state ACT average. The 2012 composite score was 17.8.

  • PHOTOS: Ready for School ~ Healthfair/Readifest 2013

    Here are some photos from Saturday's Healthfair/Readifest.

    Page A-1 of this week's paper mistakenly says that the Readifest photos are on page B-9. Instead, the photos actually appear on page A-10.

  • Taylorsville woman will get no jail time for stealing from senior, prescription pill shopping

    A Taylorsville woman accused of stealing money from a senior citizen and “prescription shopping” won’t serve any time behind bars as long as she complies with the terms of the probation granted to her in Spencer Circuit Court on Thursday.
    Jacqualine A. Ballinger, 43, of the 1600 block of Cecil Noel Road, pleaded guilty in May to 23 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and eight counts of attempting to obtain or obtaining a controlled substance by fraud/false statement/forgery.

  • Circuit Court: Woman who pleaded guilty to drug-related charges gets ‘second chance’

    A Spencer County woman who pleaded guilty to drug-related charges in February will get a second chance at getting those charges eventually dismissed even though she had a “dirty” drug screen.
    Patricia Hagan, 38, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, cocaine; one count of possession of drug paraphernalia; and one count of possession of marijuana. She was sentenced in March to three years, which were to be diverted for five years.

  • Superintendent issues school supply lists clarification

    As parents scurry to purchase correct school supplies before class starts, some confusion arose last week when the Spencer County Board of Education approved district-wide supply lists for students in grades kindergarten-fifth grade. Many parents had already received a supply list from their child’s teacher and were unsure as to which list should be used when shopping.

  • Arnold joins TES as new principal

    Veteran educator MariAnn Arnold believes in meeting children where they are. In her 21 years in education, she has witnessed that every child can learn and progress when needs are met individually.

  • Mount Eden papers delayed

    Delivery of the July 24 edition of The Spencer Magnet in the Mount Eden area has been delayed.

    A truck carrying newspapers for that area arrived late to the post office Wednesday, meaning newspapers should arrive on Thursday.

    The Spencer Magnet staff apologizes for the delay and is working to correct the issue.

  • UPDATED: Spencer County Middle School supply lists

    **Editor's note: Since publication, the Magnet has been informed that there will be no supply fees at SCMS. Those fees have been removed from the below lists.**


  • Spencer County students go back to school Aug. 7

    The smell of freshly sharpened No. 2 pencils and bright, waxy crayons will soon fill the air as the first day of school is quickly approaching for area schools.