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Business

  • Ernspiker joins Surgical Associates PSC as general surgeon

    It says a lot about a surgeon’s character and skills when he has a job waiting for him two years before he finishes his residency.

    Fast forward to the present, and Erich Ernspiker is eagerly counting down the days until June 12, when he graduates from East Tennessee State and returns home to Shelbyville to become the third general surgeon at Surgical Associates PSC, starting July 1.

  • Foundation taking pulse on local industries

    Despite a brutal first quarter for many industries, Pegasus Packaging experienced a 27 percent rise in business, said co-owner Steve Meador.

    Growth for the local outsourcing company came, Meador said, as industries looked for ways to save even small amounts of money in a tough economy.

    “When things were good, they weren't looking so much at savings, but now they are trying to save everywhere they can,” Meador said. “So now they’re looking at what we can do for them.”

  • Former Budd employee oversees job growth

    Steve DeBoer knows how hard it is to be out of work. He has experienced the struggles first hand.

    "I was once employed by The Budd Company [for six years], and I know the area has taken a pretty good hit lately," he said.

    Now after climbing the ladder to the position of Regional Branch Manager at Liberty National Life Insurance Company, he said he is excited to announce an opportunity for 100-plus people to find work at the company's new Branch Office in Louisville.

  • Servers star in training program

    After a yearlong battle, an ordinance was finally passed in March to allow liquor to be sold by the glass in Shelby County on Sundays.

    One of the conditions of the ordinance's approval was that employees who serve alcohol must undergo "STAR" training -- That stands for Server Training in Alcohol Regulations.

  • Chamber initiates membership drive

    For the first time, the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce has begun a membership drive, according to executive director Shelley Goodwin.

    The board of directors and the membership committee have been challenged to contact about 100 potential members within the next three weeks.

    According to Goodwin, the push for new members is in response to the economic stresses felt by local community.

  • New Business: D & R Landscaping

    D & R Landscaping   Owned by: Donnie Hawk and Ricky Grigsby.   Address: Bluebird Drive, Shelbyville.   Phone: 321-0223 or 487-0888.   What we do: Customer satisfaction is the owners' goal. Hawk and Grigsby have 12 years landscaping experience. They have power seeders and sprayers for weed control. They also can do insect control work.

  • New Business: The Bus Shizzle

    The Bus Shizzle

    Owned by: Terry Whisman Phone: 321-5453  

    What he does: The Bus Shizzle is a charter service providing transportation to and from events for family and friends. Prices will depend on the length of the trip, gas needs and time of the trip. The Bus Shizzle can be chartered for tailgating or any other outing.

  • 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.