Today's News

  • COLUMN: Handle your waste, trash responsibly

    When you think you have heard it all, something new or different surfaces to rock the boat.
    This being near the end of the year, we are now in the middle of deer hunting season. I got a call about an issue in a remote area of our county where hunters were taking what they wanted from their kill, and leaving the remainder to rot on the edge of the roadway.
    I see roadkill almost daily on our main roads, but for someone to leave a carcass on the edge of a road after stripping what they wanted to harvest is really stepping over the line.

  • Christmas Tour 2012 is Saturday

    Don’t forget the Christmas Tour this Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available for purchase at The Red Scooter, 32 E. Main St.
    Stops on this year’s Christmas Tour are:
    •Lillie and Edwin Shelburne’s Home, 2891 Taylorsville Road, Bloomfield
    •Joyce Nalley’s Home, 76 Savannah Court
    •The Red Scooter, 32 E. Main St.
    •T & R Antiques, 46 E. Main St.
    •The Joshua Tree Bookstore, 51 E. Main St.
    •Creekside Florist and Gifts, 57 E. Main St.

  • Library to host essay contest; winners receive a book

    Spencer County Public Library recently announced a new contest. Entrants are asked to write an essay about a book that they would give as a gift and why.
    The best essay in each group will win a book. Entries need to be turned in by Dec. 19.
    Groups are as follows:

    Toddler to preschool: Parents can write just the title of the book with the name of the child on the back of the paper. When they turn in the paper they can tell a librarian why they chose that book.

  • What's Happening — Week of Nov. 28

    Chili for charity
    The Spencer County FFA is hosting a chili cook-off Thursday in the Spencer County High School cafeteria from 6 to 8 p.m. to help raise funds to shop for angels from the Angel Tree.
    Admission is free, but any and all donations are appreciated.
    Community members are invited to come vote for their favorite chili by donating to the cause.

    Country Ham Breakfast

  • PHOTO: Montell talks public pensions

    Rep. Brad Montell, right, R-Shelbyville (58th District), discusses the final report of the Task Force on Kentucky Public Pensions with Rep. Marie Rader, R-McKee (89th District), following the group’s final meeting on Nov. 22 in Frankfort.  The recommendations on how to overhaul the Commonwealth’s public pension system will be forwarded to the Kentucky General Assembly, which could take legislative action in the 2013 session scheduled to begin in January.


  • Eagle Scouts Clay Abell and Tyler Nichols from Troop 63 in Finchville

    Tyler Nichols, 15, and Clay Abell, 15, of Taylorsville, pictured at right, have earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to scouts, the Eagle Scout Award.

  • Herndon appointed to vacant board of education seat

    Native Spencer County resident and parent Debbie Tapp Herndon has been appointed to the Spencer County Board of Education’s Waterford seat, which would have been vacant as of Jan. 1 due to no candidates filing to run for the position.

  • County to buy current extension building

    The Spencer County Fiscal Court voted Nov. 19 to move forward in purchasing the current Spencer County Cooperative Extension Service Building, which is set to become the new headquarters of Spencer County Emergency Medical Services.
    Magistrate David Goodlett, member of the building committee, reported that the extension building was appraised at $290,000 — that’s $40,000 higher than the $250,000 purchase price discussed between the Extension Board and the Fiscal Court.

  • Lifelong friends served in World War II together

    Editor’s note: The Spencer Magnet contacted Earl Slucher earlier this month in hopes of writing a story about his time spent serving in World War II. Slucher pointed us in the direction of an article that first ran in a Spencer Magnet special section in February 2004 featuring his story as well as the story of J.R. Smith. At the request of Mr. Slucher, that story appears below. Mr. Smith died last year.

  • Ballinger ruled not competent to stand trial; sodomy charge dismissed

    A first-degree sodomy charge was dismissed without prejudice Wednesday against a Taylorsville man after the court found him not competent to stand trial.
    Willard J. Ballinger, 30, of the 300 block of Washington Street, was indicted Dec. 22, 2011, on a first-degree sodomy charge when he allegedly engaged in deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 12 years of age.