Local News

  • Relay for Life this Friday

    Feelings of bittersweet excitement mixed with hope, some sadness and determination will be coursing through the veins of Spencer County Relay for Life participants this Friday and Saturday as they walk to raise cancer research funds and heighten awareness of the all-too-common disease.

  • Diversion voided after Barkham tests positive for marijuana

    A Spencer County woman who entered an Alford plea to reckless homicide in early 2012 violated two terms of the diversion program set to keep her out of jail.
    Angela Barkham, of Inghram Lane, entered an Alford plea to reckless homicide, a felony, and pleaded guilty to third-degree unlawful transaction with minor, a misdemeanor, in January 2012.
    Barkham was sentenced to five years, which was to be diverted for five years if certain conditions were met.

  • 'High quality' marijuana grow found on Frontier Avenue

    A Taylorsville man was arrested Friday morning and charged with cultivating and trafficking marijuana as a result of a joint investigation of the Taylorsville Police Department and the Spencer County Sheriff's Department.

    Officers Daniel Wills and Todd Walls and Chief Deputy Jonathan Bentley busted the indoor marijuana grow of Joey Singer, 37, at 68 Frontier Avenue on Friday morning after a monthlong investigation, Wills said.

    Law enforcement found 21 plants still growing and more marijuana that had already been harvested.

  • 2013 Pet Idol contest starts now!

    Is your kitten the cat’s meow? Or maybe your dog is too cute for words. Enter your furry feline, dog, horse, pig, turtle or any other pet for a chance to be named the 2013 Pet Idol.
    Beginning this week, The Spencer Magnet will accept entries into its Pet Idol contest, the proceeds from which will benefit the Magnet’s Newspapers in Education program.
    Pets can be entered for a $10 donation to the program. The entry deadline is July 5 at noon.

  • Main Street meth bust

    Taylorsville Police located a clandestine methamphetamine lab in a Main Street apartment on Sunday, but have yet to arrest the person responsible for making it.


    The Salt River blue bridge is one of the busiest in the county with more than 4,000 cars zooming across its worn deck every day. And while the large, rusty structure is quickly reaching a major state of disrepair, plans for its replacement are slowly moving forward.

  • Butting heads on the budget

    Despite a long list of budget questions presented by a magistrate, the Spencer County Fiscal Court voted 4-2 to approve its 2013-14 budget ordinance on Monday morning.
    Magistrate Mike Moody presented three, typed pages of questions regarding the budget during Monday’s meeting.
    Judge-Executive Bill Karrer presented the budget during the May 6 meeting, and the first reading of the ordinance passed by a 5-1 vote. Magistrate Jerry Davis cast the only dissenting vote; Moody voted in favor after the first reading.

  • Local agencies assist at slain Bardstown police officer’s funeral

    The murder of Bardstown police officer Jason Ellis hit close to home for several Taylorsville Police officers last week, as the department assisted with traffic points and water relay for Ellis’ funeral.

  • Special district court judge and prosecutor appointed in Trageser case

    The case of a Spencer County man charged with attempting to access the county’s computer system and harassing a Spencer County sheriff’s deputy appears to be headed toward a resolution with the appointment of a special judge and prosecutor.

  • District approves agreement for resource officer

    A school resource officer will be trained and ready to serve Spencer County Public Schools this fall now that both the Taylorsville City Commission and the Spencer County Board of Education have adopted an agreement setting out the officer’s duties and pay.