Local News

  • PUBLIC RECORDS: District court

    The Honorable Judge Linda Armstrong presided over the following cases in District Court on August 11, 2008.


    Israel L. Snider. Operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license. Amended to no license in possession. Pled guilty. $20 fine plus $143 court costs.


    Roy Douglas. Violation of local county ordinance. Pled guilty. $100 fine plus $148 court costs.


  • Small town girl with big time dreams

    Have you heard? Taylorsville is the home of the next American Idol!

    At least, that’s what many are hoping for when eighteen-year-old Meagan Campbell auditions this week along with 200 other aspiring singers who made it through the first round of cuts last July.

    While there is definitely a buzz about Meagan competing for a chance at instant stardom, she’s trying to keep a level head about the whole experience.

  • PUBLIC RECORDS: Marriages

    The following marriage licenses were recorded in the Spencer County Clerk’s office during the month of July.

    Danielle Marie Shuck, 23, Norfolk VA and Frederick Fields Jr., 23, Norfolk VA.

    Angela Therese Beagle, 29, Ingalls IN and Ricky Lee Renner Jr., 26, Indianapolis IN

    Martine Vianney Israel, 34, Yonkers NY and Mark Andrew Whitlock, 32, Yonkers NY.

    Jessianna Rebecca Henderson, 27, Kailua HI and Kevin Joseph Osborne, 33, Kailua HI.

    LeAndra Marie Chapman, 24, Mount Washington and Richard Earl Greenwell, 25, Cox’s Creek.

  • Jury hands down indictments in Froman break-in

    The man who reportedly used his neighbor’s stolen truck as a battering ram to break into Froman’s pharmacy last December has been formally indicted by the Spencer County Grand Jury with 23 felony counts.

    John Tyler Nation, of 298 Elk Creek Road, is facing nine counts of theft of a controlled substance, and 16 counts for theft of a legend drug, first offense. All are considered Class D felonies and if convicted could potentially carry a sentence of one to five years imprisonment for each count or a fine of not less than $1,000 and no more than $10,000.

  • PHOTOS: A lot of fuss over an extra "S"

    The start of school can be confusing, especially when traffic patterns are changed. But the Spencer County School District’s attempt to clarify directions for parents driving their kids to school only created chaos when buzz began over the sign at the middle school.

    Director of Operations Brett Beaverson said he intentionally spelled the plural word for bus two ways because that is how it is listed in the dictionary. Don’t believe it? Look it up yourself.

  • School board considers appeal

    Several Spencer County School Board members have expressed concern with staying on track as a board and spending taxpayer dollars to appeal the decision handed down by Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway.

    Last week a decision from his office stated that the superintendent’s evaluation should be held in open sessions due to his position and a relatively low expectation of privacy.

  • Two walk away from minimum security in Frankfort, one caught

    Two minimum-security inmates walked away from the Frankfort Career Development Center Monday night but at least one’s taste of freedom was short lived.

    Robert Fritz, 28, and John Alstatt, 53, were reported missing at approximately 10:20 p.m., Monday.

    John Alstatt, 53, (left) is still at-large while fellow escapee Robert Fritz, 28, was apprehended in Evansville, Ind. Tuesday. Anyone with information about Alstatt is asked to contact Kentucky State Police at the Post 12 in Frankfort at 502-227-2221.

  • Board discusses openly at meeting

    “I (have been) approached by a lot of people, some in my district, some not,” Phyllis Oliver, Spencer County Board Member said during Mondays meeting. “I was asked several questions, about what was on the front page of the Spencer Magnet, like ‘What’s going on down there?’ or ‘Why would you participate in an illegal meeting?’”

    “I tell them, I didn’t. I don’t think it was illegal.” she said. “I am ready to tell the people. It should be done the way it always has been done.”

  • School, library taxes expected to rise

    Spencer Countians may be breathing a sign of disbelief this October when tax bills begin rolling out. That’s because, of the 10 possible taxing entities that typically reach into residents’ wallets, only two are planning to raise rates in the coming year.

    The county library and the school district are both proposing increases to real estate property taxes and personal property, like cars, boats and motorcycles.

    Collectively, residents can expect increases of $25 for a $100,000 home and $29.10 more for every $10,000 in personal property.

  • City's side of Charter government issue

    For nearly six months the City of Taylorsville has been involved in a legal battle with Spencer County Fiscal Court over what commissioners say is a fight for the very existence of the 200-year-old city. As both sides await a judge's ruling, city commissioners serving on the Charter Government Commission sat down recently to discuss how they think the issue began and where they think it's going.