Local News

  • Bear bags, newest fashion trend

    A new blue bag allows consumers to “go green” –– sales from it simultaneously supports the environment and local schools.

    It’s called the “Bear Bag,” a multi-purpose, re-usable tote that prominently features a silk-screened paw from Spencer County’s mascot.

    The bags are made from 100 percent recycled, non-woven polypropylene fibers. All proceeds support academic and athletic programs at Spencer County schools.

  • Shelbyville teen missing since Thursday

    Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a teenaged girl who has been missing from her home in Shelbyville since Thursday.

    Amber Dawn McKinney, 16, was last seen leaving her home on Jonathan Circle on Thursday morning to go to school, according to Shelbyville Police.

    McKinney, daughter of Angela Peters, is described as a white female with below-shoulder-length brown hair and hazel eyes. She has a thin build, at 5 foot 4 inches and 105 pounds. She is a student at Shelby County High School.

  • What's Happening

    Main Street

    Committee needs Christmas


    The Main Street Committee is asking for your old, new, and used Christmas decorations to help with decorating downtown next year. If you have any decorations that you no longer use, or need, please drop them off at the Sanctuary Arts Center.

    Spencer County

    GOP meeting

  • Church is called to pray for others

    Everyone could use a little prayer once and a while – particularly this time of the year when expectations for creating a perfect holiday are high, and the likelihood of achieving that perfection is extremely low.

    In spite of the brightly-colored decorations and caroling music at every turn, Christmas can create stress, or even depression, if not careful.

    “People can be so caught up with themselves this time of year,” said Emily Manica, as holiday shoppers fight traffic and search through crowded malls for just the right gift.

  • House destroyed in fire

    A wood stove was determined to be the cause of a fire in a home on Houghlin Road Friday night according to Spencer County Fire Chief Nathan Nation.

    The Charles Jewell family fortunately escaped without injury, unfortunately, their home had significant damage.

    Nation said it appeared the fire began in the construction above the wood stove and then quickly moved into the walls, the attic and throughout the house.

    The Red Cross came to the aid of the family, assisting them with clothing and housing.

  • Still time to get vaccinated against the flu

    State public health officials are encouraging Kentuckians to get a flu vaccination during National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 8-14, to reduce the spread of illness this holiday season.

  • Holiday happenings: FFA Farm Toy Show

    Coordinators of the 19th Annual FFA Farm Toy Show are expecting 1,500 to 2,000 visitors to attend this year’s show at Spencer County High School, according to Bland Baird, FFA director at the school.

    “Exhibitors come from 16 different surrounding states,” said Baird.

    With over 180 vendors showing off their farm toys, farmscapes and collectibles, there will be plenty for visitors to do.

    Some of the toys and replicas are over 30 years old and some of those are for sale. Their prices being anywhere from 25 cents to $5,000, said Baird.

  • Simpson benefit nets thousands

    The recent benefit in honor of Michael Simpson was a huge success, according to his wife, Shirley. Thanks to all the people who patroned a fish fry at First Assembly of God and to all the donations, Simpson has been given about $10,000 toward getting a lung transplant. Doctors had told Simpson that in order to be placed on the list, he would have to prove he could pay for the costly anti-rejection medicines. “Now, we need prayer more than anything,” said Shirley Simpson.

    Photos submitted to The Spencer Magnet

  • Kirsch retires from public service

    As some newly-elected officials are only beginning to grasp the monumental tasks before them, one Taylorsville city commissioner is looking forward to leaving a life of politics and service behind.

    Sydney “Syd” Kirsch formally announced at last Tuesday’s city commission meeting that she is retiring from public office. She will be moving to Tennessee in an effort to be closer to family. “I have enjoyed every minute of it,” said Kirsch, “but I think it is time for me to get close to my kids and grandkids.”

  • Beshear, Mongiardo to take 10 percent cut in pay in 2009

    Gov. Steve Beshear and Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo today announced that they would each take a 10 percent reduction in pay for calendar year 2009.

    Several senior members of the Beshear administration – Executive Cabinet Secretary Larry Hayes, Chief of Staff Adam Edelen, Deputy Chief of Staff Vince Gabbert, General Counsel Ellen Hesen and Communications Director Jay Blanton – will also take 10 percent cuts in pay for 2009.