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  • 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.

  • 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.