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Business

  • 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.

  • Shelby Veterinary Clinic to relocate

    A new, state of the art facility is in the works for a local veterinary practice, with plans to open in late spring.

    The Shelby Veterinary Clinic will soon relocate to property located on Freedom’s Way in the new Heritage Park.

    The clinic at its current location on Shelbyville Road near the intersection of U.S. 60, was established in 1970. Two of the three vets that work at the clinic, Rocky Oliver and Melissa Mitchell, are the current owners.

  • Sentinel-News staff earns 4 KPA 1st place awards

    The staff of The Sentinel-News on Jan. 23 was awarded four first-place awards during the annual Kentucky Press Association event in Louisville.

    The staff was awarded the top prize in Best Editorial Page and Best Editorial, staff writer Ashley Wilkins earned first place for best General News Photo and Editor Todd Martin earned first place for best Front Page Design.

    The judges had high praise for the paper’s Editorial content.

  • Outlet expanding, adding new buildings

    It’s only been six months since the ribbon cutting, but patrons of The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass could be shopping at several more new stores next holiday season,

    Officials with the shopping center have confirmed that plans for an expansion are underway at the 365,000-square-foot retail center off Exit 28 in Simpsonville.

    Gina Slechta, Vice President of Marketing for Horizon Group Properties said the expansion is planned for the grassy section in the parking area on the north side of the center near Nike and between the center and I-64.

  • County becoming an industrial hotspot

    Shelby County’s industrial growth in 2014 has been well documented, but now the rest of the state can take notice.

    The county ranked third in the state with $140 million in new industrial developments announced in 2014 and $69 million in dollars committed to expanding existing industrial developments.

    Shelby County Industrial and Development Foundation President Bobby Hudson said these major investments are a blessing to the community.

  • Workshops on end of life issues apply to everyone, organizers say

    Thinking about what will happen to your loved ones after you are gone may not be a pleasant scenario, but it’s something everyone should consider because no one lives forever.

    However, an upcoming two-part workshop can help alleviate some of the stress and worry about planning for the end of life, organizers say.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Breighton apartments lead agenda

    A hot topic returns to city hall Thursday as the Shelbyville City Council will again discuss the rezoning request for property located on the corner of Breighton Circle and Brunerstown Road during its 7 p.m. meeting at 315 Washington Street.

    In November, representatives from Roberts & Smith 2, LLC presented development plans to the Triple S Planning Commission requesting a zone change from six-acres of property from General Interchange (X-2) to Multi-family Residential (R-4) in order to build 216 A-property apartments.