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  • The heroes among us

    In a celebration of hometown heroes, six Spencer Countians were inducted into the Signature HealthCare Hall of Fame last Tuesday. The second annual event provided an evening of reflection into how seemingly ordinary individuals can positively impact the lives of others.

  • Barn fire

    The Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Department responded to a working barn fire in the 1000 block of Love Lane in Western Spencer County Dec. 16. 

    The first unit on the scene found about 75 percent of the building engulfed in flames.

    Fire Chief Nathan Nation said the fire originated with a  wood stove in the barn.

    Three engines and three tankers assisted in putting out the flames.

     

  • Ribbon cutting: Barrel Smoked BBQ

    ROBIN BASS/The Spencer Magnet

    Ummm...barbecue. Don’t the words just make the stomach growl?

    Joel and Susan Solinger were greeted with local officials one recent morning to celebrate the opening of their new business in Elk Creek. Barrell Smoked BBQ is located at 4802 Taylorsville Rd next to  Wayne’s Farm Machinery. They feature dine-in, carry out and catering services with a full menu of barbecue pork, brisket, ribs and homemade sides.

    The family owned business is open Tues. through Sat. for lunch and dinner.

  • Guthrie to run again

     The lunch crowd at the Bluegrass Country Depot in Clay Village enjoyed a visit by U.S. Representative Brett Guthrie (R-Bowling Green) last Tuesday, who dropped by the store on his way to file for  re-election for a second term in Congress.

    “I came here during my campaign and met some really great people, and they’ve got good food and good people to eat with and have good conversation,” Guthrie said, glancing around at the crowded table.

    “Well, he sure is a wonderful talker,” said Neal Raizor, as everyone laughed.

  • Literacy: More than reading, writing

    Aimee Barr takes her children Lauren, 6, and Dawson, 4, to the Spencer County Public Library at least once a week.

    Hardly through the door, Lauren and Dawson will race for their favorite books. Dawson loves ‘the dump truck book,’ and Lauren has to have Junie B. Jones.

    “She likes to read those to me. Sometimes she’ll read to Dawson,” Barr said. “There have been times when we walk out of there with 10 books, and very rarely do we not read them all.”

  • Counting down top news stories of 2009

    The hours are quickly ticking down. Soon the passage of time will require old calendars to be discarded in exchange for gleaming new ones.  Instead of pages scribbled with reminders of dentist appointments and family birthdays, all those empty squares somehow hold the promise of an untold future – one where the possibilities are boundless. What does fate hold? Who will be the news makers that define this year? Only time and historians will reveal.

  • Beer, wine and liquor sales coming soon

    For some, New Year’s Eve would not be the same without a spirited toast. Several local business owners are counting that this time next year, merry makers will be spending any alcohol dollars closer to home.

    Six business have expressed their intentions to apply for ABC licenses – three of those are for packaged liquor sales.

    Established businesses looking to expand into retail liquor include Elk Creek Grocery and Cricketz, also in Elk Creek.

  • Minor school bus accident

    The Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Department responded to a school bus accident Dec. 18 on Veech Rd. when it was struck by a pick-up truck.

    No injuries were reported on the bus. One person in the truck was transported by Spencer County EMS for unknown injuries.

     

  • Morsey files for Elk Creek magistrate

    Thomas Morsey filed Monday to run for Elk Creek Magistrate.

    Morsey, 56, is an excavation contractor and soybean/cattle farmer, and is running for public office for the first time.

    “If you don’t try to make change, don’t complain about the changes being made,” he said of his main reason for running.

    He sites 30 years as a self-employed businessman as credentials for fiscal responsibility.

    “The county is just like an individual. We’ve got to live within our means,” Morsey said.

  • Car fire in grocery parking lot

    The Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Department responded to a car fire in the Country Mart parking lot Dec. 19.

    According to fire reports, the blaze started in the engine compartment and quickly spread to the rest of the vehicle.  No other cars in the parking lot were damaged. 

    Two engines and a tanker responded to the fire. No injuries were reported.