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  • Ben Creed has found his calling as a jockey

    Without his cowboy boots, Ben Creed stands all of 5-foot-3. He weighs about 109 pounds.

    This stature meant people in horse-loving Kentucky frequently told Creed, 26, he should be a jockey. But Creed didn’t take his friends or coworkers seriously until he found himself searching for a direction in life.

    After graduating from high school, Creed spent several years working his grandfather’s cattle farm near Taylorsville, then construction and finally for UPS, which has  a tuition program.

  • Insurance office bandit gets 15 years

    A Springfield man who went on a crime spree last spring  has been sentenced in connection with numerous break-ins at businesses in Shelby County.

    Robert Eugene Weathers, 40, was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Monday by Shelby County Circuit Judge Charles Hickman on 11 counts of third-degree burglary.

    Weathers’ crime spree had included Shelby and surrounding counties.

  • Wood stove fire serves as reminder

    The small exterior structure fire that ignited a wood furnace and the building’s contents, Monday afternoon should serve as a reminder to Spencer County residents this winter.

    Chief Nathan Nation, of the Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Department, said extra care should be taken with heating sources.

    “We’ve been lucky so far, but there have been several fire fatalities in the region,” Nation said.

  • Alcohol stirs business interests

    Two business owners added their names to those hoping to profit from November’s wet vote this week, by publicizing their intent to apply for alcohol sales licenses with the Alcohol Beverage Commission. One hopes to open a packaged beer, wine and liquor store in Taylorsville. The other wants to offer beer sales to golfers.

    O’Driscoll’s Spirits will be a new venture for Mic-Zee’s Video store manager Michaela Russell. After working several years for her father, Mike Driscoll, Russell said she is looking forward to running her own business.

  • ELECTION 2010: Riley files for judge executive

    John Riley (R) filed his intent to run for Spencer County judge executive Tuesday afternoon, joining a list of five other candidate hopefuls.

    Riley will be the second sitting magistrate attempting to claim the county’s highest elected position in the 2010 election. Campbranch Magistrate Bill Drury will be vying for the Democratic ticket along with business owner Carmin Gaines. Riley, magistrate for Elk Creek, will be facing off in the primary against Republicans Bill Karrer and David Hesse.

  • District could get $135,000 in "excess funds"

    Superintendent Chuck Adams is somewhat perplexed by the governor’s  plans to give $30 to $40 million in “excess education funds” to Kentucky school districts – but he will gladly accept Spencer County’s share.

    “Right now, anything is better than nothing,” said Adams, who has seen several cuts to his budget in recent years.

  • 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.