• Saddlebred auction fetches $273,000

     It may have been cold outside, but bidding for “dates” with the studs of the saddlebred world was hot at Claudia Sanders Saturday night.

    The fifth annual All American Cup Auction fetched a total of $273,000 for the rights to breed to saddlebred stallions. The top bid of $34,000 was for a breeding service to Callaway's Blue Norther, a stallion based in Missouri. The price was a record for the event.

  • Retailers brace for holidays

    What do you get when you mix a lousy economy with the boxes, ribbons and bags of the holiday retail season?

    Becky Johnson is calling it "Christmas lite."

    Johnson, a mother of two, said she will still buy presents for her family this year, but the amount she spends will be significantly less.

    "My kids know to expect less under the tree this year," she said. "They know that we've got a budget, and we have to survive after holidays are over. But they're teenagers...so it's harder for them to accept."

  • Longtime veterinarian Coots retiring at year's end

    When veterinarian James Coots first started pulling calves in the county, his fee to the farmer would run $9 or $10 assuming there were no complications.

    That was in 1968.

    Now, after more than 40 years in practice, Coots is retiring. His last day at Shelby Veterinary Clinic will be Dec. 31.

    Coots, who specializes in large-animal practice, said the time has come to slow down.

    "In large-animal practice you have to get out of the way sometimes," Coots said. "And I don't get out of the way as fast as I used to."

  • Tech college adding program in industrial maintenance

    Staff photo by Nathan L. McBroom

    Bruce Gambrel pointed out to Keegan Kaelin how to use a machine at the Jefferson County Technical College Shelby County campus on Wednesday.

    In a time when many local industries are down sizing, the local technical college is adding on to the industrial programs it offers for local students.

    Starting in January, the Jefferson County Community Technical College Shelby County campus will add an industrial maintenance associate’s degree to its student catalog.

  • Low rates spark surge in business

    With record low mortgage rates, it sounds like now is the time to buy a home or refinance your mortgage. But how long will that value last?

    Brady Webb, a Certified Mortgage Planner with American Mortgage Solutions in Shelbyville, said he is optimistic.

    "We're probably going to see mortgage rates continue to slide sideways and possibly move lower over the first two quarters of 2009," Webb said.

  • Migrant worker consider their options in economic crisis

    Waiting for work on the corner of First and Main street in Shelbyville is proving to be less and less profitable for local migrant workers.

    The mornings are getting colder, and the hours spent outside Centro Latino waiting for a local contractor or farmer to drive by are getting longer.

  • GRA-KAT's co-owner gets prestigious award

    Shelby's own GRA-KAT Environmental Services have been doing landscape, excavation and erosion contracting work since 1978.

    The company has worked some major land-management projects in the county, including the demolition on Shelby Manor Nursing Home and the development of sidewalks at the Court House and on Rocket Lane. It also provides environmental inspections and universal waste recycling.

  • Public transit could increase locally

    A Louisville company is hoping to increase the amount of public transportation locally by establishing an intercity bus route that transverses the state -- including stops in Shelby County.

    Miller Transportation, a bus provider located in Louisville, has joined a national network of buses in order to provide a regularly scheduled bus service for the general public that allows for transit from here to virtually anywhere.

  • The business of wild life

     Hunting and fishing has always been popular with many Shelby Countians. When a hunter gets the buck of a lifetime, he or she wants to preserve the trophy. So there has always been a need for someone to prepare the animal for display. That someone is a taxidermist.

    Joe Bland, of Waddy, a licensed taxidermist, recently completed the preparation of a bobcat, a 13-pound female trapped near Bagdad in 2005. She was the first one trapped in Shelby County since the early 1900s.

  • Shelby Energy workers unionize

    Local electrical workers are citing safety concerns as the reason they have voted to be represented by a labor union.