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  • Housing market dips a bit last year

    In 2016, the county broke its 3-year trend in increasing home sales, with a slight dip.

    However, that picture is not completely gloomy – the total number of homes sold was down 2 percent but the number of people building new homes increased slightly, with 5 more residential building permits taken out than in 2015 for an increase of 3 percent. In addition, the average home price fell only slightly, at 2 percent.

  • Donations needed for Backpack Program

    The Shelby County Backpack Project is once again in need of food, and the latest drive to help is being held by Kentucky Farm Bureau.

    Debbie Rothenburger, who is heading up the effort along with Stephanie Tucker, said that Food Check Out Week, a national movement by KFB, will be held locally Feb. 19-25.

    “This food check out week, Feb. 19-25, that's when we celebrate how many weeks it takes for the average American to earn enough money to buy food for the entire year,” she said. “It's like six weeks in America.”

  • Right to work law in force

    There hasn’t been much time yet for workers or employers to determine the effects of Kentucky’s new right to work law, which Gov. Matt Bevin signed Jan. 8, officials say, but union leaders and lawmakers share opposing views of the future repercussions.

  • Kotheimer retiring after 4 decades

    Dr. Anita Kotheimer is a familiar face around Shelby County, and she very well should be after practicing medicine for nearly forty years.

    But now, at age 65, she says she is ready to take down her shingle, with plans to retire at the end of this month.

    “I’ve probably stayed as long as you can stay in medicine after thirty-six years of service,” she said with a chuckle.

    Since her latest contract is now up, she does not want to renew it because that would put her working into age 70.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION Shelby gaining new restaurant

    Though several fast food restaurants recently have developed second locations in the county, the community has long voiced a desire for new options.  Their cries may at last have been heard. 

    On Tuesday, during the regularly scheduled 6:30 p.m. meeting at the Stratton Center, 215 Washington St. Shelbyville, the Triple S Planning commission will consider the development plan for Bojangles’ along Taylorsville Road on Mortown Way and Old Brunerstown Road in Shelby County, near the recently developed Taco Bell and Tractor Supply.

  • Gables growing

    If tenants have been waiting for someone else to test the waters at the recently redeveloped Shoppes at Blue Gables, they can comfortably dive in now.

    Shelby Preservation Group president Kerry Magan said about 20 potential tenants have come through to look at the spaces and the first units have been rented.

    “Our first tenant was Parkside Realty, locally represented by Jacob Gurney.  Jacob has been most helpful in publicizing the venue on Facebook.  He occupied the premises on January first,” Magan said. 

  • Holiday trash piling up at recycling center

    Shelby Countians are taking advantage of the unseasonably warm temperatures to unload holiday trash before cold weather sets in, said officials at the Shelby County Solid Waste and Recycling Center.

    Supervisor Val Shirley pointed to a towering neatly packed together bundle of cardboard and paper, explaining that his crews had just finished compacting the 2,100-pound bale.

  • Local realty company expands

    After a half century in business, H. Barry Smith Realtors and Auctioneers is expanding its real estate division by joining the Weichert National Franchise System.

    The company’s resulting new real estate division, now known as WEICHERT, REALTORS-H. Barry Smith Co. is an independently owned and operated Weichert affiliated office located in Shelbyville.

    Owners Jimmy and Shawn Willard say they will continue to operate the auction division as it has been run since its beginning in 1966.

  • Decades of devotion

    It’s not too often that you see a successful business voluntarily close its doors.

    But after 36 years, Moore’s Automotive Service Center on at 2000 Midland Trail will do just that at the end of the year.

    That’s because its owners, brothers Glen and Dennis Moore, are retiring.

  • Art of expression

    Have you ever envisioned a rocking chair created just for your child, complete with his or her name painted on it? Or even a toy chest or other item with a favorite theme, such as Spiderman or SpongeBob?

    If so, a Shelby woman could probably fill the bill perfectly.

    Erin Hisle, who lives in Simpsonville with her husband, Bill, came up with the idea to custom paint children’s furniture a few years ago. Then when she put her idea out on social media networks such as Facebook and Instagram, Erin Hisle Designs took off.