• Farmers market kicks off next Saturday

    The return of the Shelby County Farmers’ Market is just a week away and organizers say they are eager to kick off a 14th season.

    Elizabeth Rosenburg, secretary of the farmers’ market, said attendees this year will be treated to some new selections.

    “We have lots of new vendors,” Rosenburg said. “We have a man that raises mushrooms, a pork vendor.”

    In addition, she explained, beef and lamb vendors from previous years will be returning.

  • Rain brings flood of problems for farmers

    Rain has traditionally been a friend to farmers, but too much of a good thing can have dire consequences for crops if it keeps up much longer, experts say.

    The good news is that it hasn’t reached that point yet, said David Knopf, regional director for the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.

    “Currently the rain is primarily an inconvenience, rather than having an adverse affect, such as yield loss,” he said. “Corn planting is about two weeks behind normal.”

  • Sprucing up lawns for spring

    With winter's last gasp, hopefully, on the horizon, Shelby Countians are anxious to get lawn care underway, say experts in that field.

    "This is the first week that we’ve started mowing," said Thomas Hendren, owner of Cutting Edge Lawn and Landscaping in Shelbyville. "As soon as it hits sixty [degrees] or so, people get out, they want something done to their lawns."

    Hendren said that at this early stage, mowing is not the most important job that his customers want.

  • Rogers realty recognized for growth

    Coldwell Banker Larry K. Rogers Realty has been awarded the Office Talent Attraction Award in recognition of their net growth in office size over the past year.

    Office manager Tracy Barnett said the award is a great honor.

    The Office Attraction Award recognizes offices that have increased their net number of sales associates or representatives by 15 percent or more.

    Budge Huskey, president and CEO of Coldwell Banker Real Estate, said their growth sets a standard for others to achieve.

  • 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.