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Business

  • Auto sales improving, still not good

    Dealers are saying that the state of the auto industry has looked better in recent weeks, but they’re also saying that better doesn’t equal good with today’s economy.

    “Business is really good, within consideration that times are really bad,” said Larry Pitts, Sales & Finance Director of O’Brien Ford Mercury of Shelbyville.

  • New business: Shelby Nails

    Shelby Nails

    Phone: 502-633-0071

    Address: 201 Boone Station Road, Shelbyville. (Next to Kroger)

    Working hours: Mon-Sat. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sunday 12-5 p.m.,

    What we do: Since it opened a month ago, Shelby Nails has offered full service on nails; pedicures, manicures, etc. to Shelbyville. Walk ins are welcome.

  • Educators see cool high-tech tools

    There were plenty of oohs and aahhs heard all over the room this week at a technology fair in Shelbyville.

    The fair, put on Wednesday and Thursday by Creative Image Technologies at its facilities on Breighton Circle, was planned to allow educational leaders from across Kentucky see the cool new tools available to them.

    This was his company's first such fair, and it was so successful that there are plans to try to make it an annual event, said Jim Porter, director of sales and marketing.

  • Noble Metals to close

    It's a headline that has printed often in recent months: yet another local industry is closing because of the downturn of the economy in general and the auto industry in particular, 

    Noble Metals informed the City of Shelbyville last week that it soon would be closing permanently, putting 79 non-union workers out of a job.

    The company employs 46 hourly workers in its Direct Labor Production, 22 hourly positions in indirect labor production, and 11 salaried administrative positions.

  • Recession not chewing up restaurants

    People still seem to be making their way to restaurants to eat, just maybe not with the same appetites.

    “They [the restaurants] all seem to be doing well,” Shelby Development Corporation Director Eileen Collins said. “I think everybody has been hit by the recession, but I think everyone is holding their own.”

    Many Shelbyville restaurants say they are hanging on the same way their customers are -- with careful money management.

  • Community leaders wish for a new conference center

    When a group of community leaders went to a planning retreat at Cedarmore Conference Center a couple weeks ago, the top item on their common wish list was for a new conference center in the county.

    "Right now we don't have a specific conference center," Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty said. "There's no real center for the general use of the public to host conferences, workshops, etc. I think it'd just be another good drawing card for business and industry if we did have one. The community would benefit from that."

  • New Business: Bob's Hay Barn

     Name: Bob's Hay Barn

  • Shelby County Life bought by local investors

    A group of local investors has purchased the monthly magazine Shelby County Life.

    Led by the magazine's managing editor, James Mulcahy, and his wife, Julie, the group bought the magazine from longtime publisher William Matthews of Shelbyville. He started Shelby County Life in 2007.

    Matthews, who also is co-owner of the magazine Back Home in Kentucky, said he wanted to concentrate on other initiatives. "I had so many projects," said Matthews, who recently published a book and does other specialty products for clients such as Toyota.

  • Waddy to get some Love’s

    Conveniently located between Louisville and Lexington, the little town of Waddy is becoming quite the place for semi-trailer trucks to stop.

    Just north of I-64 in Waddy there's already a Flying J, readily available for truckers' needs, and now it appears there could soon be another one-stop option on the other side of the interstate.

  • BBB blows lid off newest scams

    The BBB  has issued descriptions of the latest scams circulating around the country, including the newest one, the Economic Stimulus Bill Scam.

    BBB also issued warnings about some companies that have very unsatisfactory records.