• Leadership Shelby under new leadership

    For the first time in 15 years, Leadership Shelby has a new person at the helm that has been a board member of the organization since graduating from the program herself in 2012.

    MaryAnn Gramig took over as executive director in July, replacing longtime director Rosemary Riggs who retired the previous month.

    “It’s been going great so far,” she said, adding that Riggs has since provided some invaluable advice.

  • New board member at Centro Latino

    Dan Feeser has come on board as Centro Latino’s newest board member.

    Feeser, who is director of engineering/innovation for Diageo North America, relocated to Shelbyville for the new Bulleit Distillery project on Benson Pike.

    He said that he and his wife have enjoyed living in Shelbyville so much that he has decided to retire here after completing this year’s Leadership Shelby program, giving him a chance to redirect his energy into making Shelby County an even better place to live.

  • New McDonald’s opens in Simpsonville

    Shelby County’s newest McDonald’s restaurant – the county’s 4th – opened with a bang Thursday in Simpsonville, with lots of promotions and a lot of enthusiasm from employees.

    “We’re very excited; we’re getting everything ready to open first thing in the morning,” said Chef Manager Kenny King Wednesday afternoon.

    The new restaurant, owned by Frank Ward, is located at 1101 Buck Creek Road at the I-64 interchange.

  • Wieland is Chamber’s new director

    The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce has a new face at the helm for the first time in more than a decade.

    John Wieland began as the new executive director on Monday, replacing longtime director Shelley Goodwin, who stepped down in mid-August after 14 years to take a new role as workforce development coordinator.

  • Shelby Energy to host Lineman’s Rodeo

    When the power goes out after a storm or accident, linemen from Shelby Energy are out in force working to restore electricity. But what does it take to get up on the poles?

    It takes practice, and next weekend linemen from electric co-ops across the state will be in Shelbyville to showcase their best.

    Hosted by Shelby Energy, the 12th annual Lineman’s Rodeo will take place Sept. 29-30 at the Shelby County Fairgrounds, including two three-man teams from Shelby Energy, and the public is invited to attend.

  • Music to the ear

    Farmers in Shelby are pleased with how corn is coming along, but say that other crops that aren’t as water-loving have been suffering from too much wet weather.

    “Today, we’ve been out in the fields looking at the corn, most all the corn crop that we have is looking really good,” Shelby County farmer Kevin Smith said, referring to yellow field corn.

  • Goodwin departs chamber

    Shelley Goodwin, president of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, is vacating her position for a new role as a workforce development coordinator.

    Goodwin said the newly established position has been in the works for a number of years.

  • “There is no way to actually replace her,” Scott Moore, publisher

    After today, there will be a big void at The Sentinel-News with the retirement of a longtime employee that everyone considers as dear as a member of their own family.

    Publisher Scott Moore paused when speaking about Sharon Warner, an employee of 44 years, whose title of senior production specialist doesn’t begin to encompass all that she does at the newspaper.

    “We’ll find somebody to fill that role, but there is no way to actually replace her,” he said. “She’s a tremendous employee.”

  • Shelby Hardware out of business

    Shelby Hardware, formerly Mr. Hardware, located on Midland Trail next to Speedway, is no more.

    The store’s owner, Ron Manno, was not available for comment, but the owner of the building, Matthew Andrews, owner of Andrews Pharmacy, the other business that occupies the front of the building, said the hardware store closed in April.

    “They just went out altogether,” he said. “I think they just kind of got tired. They didn’t have a terrible business, but they weren’t making as much money as they used to.”

  • ATC program earns national recognition

    The National Institute for Metalworking Skills recently announced the accreditation of the Computerized Manufacturing and Machining Program at the Shelby County Area Technology Center.

    Formed in 1994 by the metalworking trade associations to develop and maintain a globally competitive workforce, NIMS sets skills standards for the industry, certifies individual skills against the standards and accredits training programs that meet NIMS quality requirements.