• Three downtown buildings get new look

    Three downtown storefronts got a facelift this week with a fresh coat of paint to brighten their exteriors.

    The three buildings, located in the 500 Block of Main Street, were painted by a crew from Jeff Waldridge Renovations.

    “Yes, they just need a little love,” said Waldridge on Tuesday, as he watched his crew man two tall ladders and a hydraulic lift to get to the hard to reach areas on top.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION–Gravel parking lot violates regulations

    Tuesday’s Triple S Zoning Commission agenda included just one action item on the agenda, but the meeting was not exactly short and sweet, as an intriguing and frustrating matter was unveiled to the commission.

    Stuart Ulferts, attorney for the commission, said an issue was brought to his attention regarding a property owner who is in violation of zoning laws and refuses to rectify the situation.

  • Better late than never


  • A fresh start for old Winn-Dixie

    A vacant Shelbyville property is ready for a second chance or, better yet, a fourth chance at becoming a prominent business in Shelbyville.

    Formally a Winn-Dixie, the 42,000 square-foot-building at 120 Midland Boulevard adjacent to Tractor Supply and Hardees, has long sat unoccupied, but developers see it as ripe for development.

  • Bursting the IKEA-to-Simpsonville bubble

    For more than a year, locals have been passing word that IKEA was planning a Simpsonville location, but officials with the Sweden-based retail store say there are no plans in place to build here.

    “At this time, we do not have plans to build in that area,” IKEA public affairs manager Joseph Roth said.

    Roth said the company is always in discussion about potential opportunities, but they are currently not planning a location for the Louisville region.

    “At this time, it’s just speculation,” he said.

  • Men’s shelter has new director

    Collin Johnson has come onboard at the Open Door of Hope just in time to help plan for the facility’s second annual fundraiser.

    That event is coming up May 14, and Johnson said that planning such details is right down his alley.

    “I’m the assistant director and head up outreach, community partnerships and fundraising,” he said.

  • Shannon’s celebrates 150 years of legacy

    Shannon Funeral Service has stood the test of time, enduring five generations of ownership and five relocations through 150 years to offer grieving friends and family members an opportunity to honor their loved ones through their services.

    But Sunday their doors will be open to the community for a less somber occasion.

  • 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.