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  • If you build it they will come

    Nestled behind a blanket of trees in a quiet Shelbyville neighborhood sits a hidden gem – Fuzion Athletics, an athletic club like no other around.

    Owner and coach Jamie Steffen does not train basketball or football players, but rather he’s a pole vaulting coach, and with his unique facility he’s singlehandedly putting Kentucky on the pole vaulting map.

    With only a handful of similar facilities across the nation, most of his students travel more than one hour each way every week to train at Fuzion, Steffen said.

  • Hemp projects in final approval stage

    The grass may be greener on the other side for a handful of Shelby County farmers who will be permitted to grow industrial hemp legally for research purposes.

    That’s becausethe review process for farmers who applied to participate in the industrial hemp program sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture is nearly complete, ag officials say.

  • Goodbye, but not for good

    Bright yellow going-out-of-business signs adorn the street front of a longtime Shelbyville business and inside disheartened customers moan phrases of disbelief as they discover their favorite fabric store, Making Ends Meet, is closing.

    But owner Leslie McCarthy assures this is not the end.

    “We are taking an online approach to our fabrics at this point,” she said.  “Our fabrics and trims will all go online at discounted prices, and we are expanding our class time. We’ve been offering classes for several years now.”

  • Tax return deadline looming nearer

    As the tax deadline approaches, professionals say people should keep in mind that the April 15 deadline is looming ever nearer.

    Toya Hines, manager of Liberty Tax on Frankfort Road, says people shouldn’t panic just yet, but they should get in gear.

    “People should start at least getting their things together, and just maybe get with their tax professional, because if additional forms are needed, they have the time to get that,” she said.

    Hines said she is getting ready for the second wave of clients.

  • Unique honor for unique field

    Frank Randall Childers, Jr., of Simpsonville, has received a rare and exalted honor in his field.

    Childers was recently awarded Diplomate status with the American Board of Forensic Examiners, an honor bestowed by the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute.

    And his area of expertise is just as uncommon as the achievement.

    “Most people think of CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) when they think of forensics,” Childers said.

  • Providing educational choices for parents

    With plans in place to open a Montessori program, Corpus Christi Academy is now looking to reach children at a younger, more critical developmental stage.

    “It’s about preparing them in those early years, coming in [to kindergarten] with a desire to learn,” Corpus Christi principal Leslie Genuis, said. “This would be a great preparation for them.”

    Developed more than a century ago by Italian physician and teacher Maria Montessori, the program is geared on the philosophy that education should mirror human development.

  • Cold temps mean hot sales for retailers

    “We have sold a ton of snow shovels, sleds, salt, if it has anything to do with snow, then we’re probably out of it,” said Joe Jennings, owner of Chism’s Hardware, Wednesday.

    His manager, Linda Smith, agreed as she pet the store’s cat, Gilly, who purred warmly.

    “But we’ve got some more coming in [Thursday],” she said.

    She added that she’s sure they’ll go quickly, as most people procrastinate when it comes to stocking up on snow removal items.

  • Bike shop hits the road

    After seven successful years, Shelbyville’s only bicycle shop, Main Street Bikes, is hitting the road, but the journey will not be far.

    Choosing to remain in Shelby County, Tom Waggener, the shop owner, said he is relocating to Simpsonville while concurrently opening a second location in Frankfort.

    Waggener said the change is long overdue. 

  • Tedious tobacco training necessary

    There may not be much new information for tobacco farmers to absorb this year, but what has changed is that they have to attend a workshop if they expect to sell their tobacco, officials say.
    And they’re going to have to keep taking the class every year.

    “The word that they're trying to get out, is even if they got trained last year, they have to go to an updated training,” said Bob Pearce, a tobacco production specialist at the University of Kentucky who teaches GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) training classes.

  • Shelby close to becoming home to new hemp fields

    Industrial hemp is set to spread like a weed across the commonwealth this year, after more than 325 farmers have applied to host pilot projects, and it could even sprout up in Shelby County.

    The substance was legalized for test production in the state last year after decades of being considered illegal because of its relationship and similarities to marijuana. However, after a number of pilot programs began growing hemp for research purposes in 2014, the state will issue more licenses this year.