Buc-ee’s construction continues on I-75 in Richmond, KY as summer comes to an end. Buc-ee’s is a privately held company headquartered in Lake Jackson, Texas. The chain has been growing rapidly in recent years; as of 2018, it had 44 locations in six states (Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Florida).

This will be their first Kentucky location.

What is Buc-ee’s and how does it compare to other gas stations

A true convenience store with gas pumps and a shopping area. Convenience comes from the huge variety of items they offer. You can find anything from hot dogs to ice cream to wood for your BBQ.

This is unlike most other gas stations since it is not just a place where you buy gas to fill up your car and be on your way. They also are a place where you can go shopping for food, drinks, snacks, ice cream, and more. This is why it has been able to grow so quickly over the past several years as Americans now live busy lives where we do not have time to cook our own meals or shop at other grocery stores which can take more time than people have in their day.

How this will impact current businesses in the area

Only time will tell how this new gas station will impact current business in the area. Having a gas station near your house is convenient but some people will say that it could hurt businesses in the area. If more people choose to stop at Buc-ee’s because of its convenience, they may not need to go as often to other stores or restaurants nearby. It is possible that this might happen, but there are many different factors that can affect this: 1) Will people be willing to drive past other gas stations or even grocery stores just to get gas? 2) How large will this new Buc-ee’s store be and how well-stocked will it be with supplies? 3) Will prices at Buc-ee’s be lower than prices at other stores?

Why did they choose Richmond, KY as the location for their first Kentucky location

Buc-ee’s chose Richmond, KY as the location for its first location in Kentucky because of its convenient access to Northern and Southern traffic. The site is located on I-75, which links these two regions together.

The $25 million project will include 120 gas pumps, a 53,000 square foot shopping facility, and a restaurant. The location of the gas pumps are situated at a highly visible area to be able to entice as many users as possible.

The Buc-ee’s employer will provide over 200 full-time jobs upon opening and the location will be open 24 hours a day. This will not only bring jobs to the community but also a variety of new services to Madison County residents. 

Christmas "Carol"


“With heartwarming moments of endearment and quirky comical spirits, this modern spin of a holiday favorite is a welcomed reprise from the 2020 blues and one you should not miss.”

A Year Like None Other

The stage has been mostly bare at the Spotlight Playhouse this year as COVID-19 took the world by storm, but this has not stopped the talented staff and volunteers from striving to keep the performing arts alive. Last season the Playhouse premiered an all-new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol written adapted for the stage by local English teacher and Spotlight veteran, Jeremy Grant. Directed by Chad Hembree and staring Tony Crachiolo as Mr. Scrooge, the play was a hit and was quickly scheduled for a return in 2020 with possibly setting up a new Berea tradition.

Chad Hembree's Christmas "Carol" 2020
Chad Hembree’s Christmas “Carol” 2020

Unfortunately, the return of Ebenezer Scrooge could not happen in 2020, so in steps Carol Scrooge. “We needed something to show that Spotlight is still alive this Christmas. I poured over many scripts and considered asking Jeremy to adapt his 2019 script for a small cast, but eventually, I decided just to write one myself.” said playwright and director Chad Hembree. The new script entitled Christmas “Carol” features a small cast and takes a new spin on the classic tale.  Starring Jennifer Rose Escobar, the story follows Carol Scrooge, a distant descendant of Ebenezer Scrooge. The Scrooge family has become synonymous with Christmas charity since Ebenezer’s frightful night, but the memories of the past have faded, and Carol is slipping back into the family’s old ways. Once again Jacob Marley returns to offer Carol the same chance to redeem herself as he did his dear friend and partner many decades ago. Just as before she is visited by three spirits all with lessons to share.

Jacob Marley appears
Jacob Marley appears. Played by Mason Hembree.


You can view Christmas “Carol” right here on BereaOnline.com beginning December 21st. There is no cost to stream this production, but a donation link will be up to help the Spotlight Playhouse stay afloat until spring when the theater hopes to return to a regular schedule.


Chad Hembree

Chad Hembree

Playwright / Director


  • World Premiere – Monday, Dec. 21 7:00pm
  • Free to watch on-demand at BereaOnline
  • Filmed at the Spotlight Playhouse
  • An original play by Chad Hembree
  • Cast
    • Jennifer Rose Escobar
    • Charla Gilbert
    • Kyrsten Daugherty
    • Isabel Escobar
    • Letha Hembree
    • Paula Davis
    • Lydia Escobar
    • Scotty Varney
    • Phoenix Bailey
    • Mason Hembree
    • Rachelle Cordova
  • A Bluegrass Players Production
  • Special Thanks to the Spotlight Film School