• Shelby Artists on Main anniversary event to benefit CASA

    Shelby Artists on Main will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a fund-raising event Thursday night to help troubled children.

    From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. the gallery, located at 617 Main St. in Shelbyville, will donate a portion of all art sales to the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA), which aids abused or neglected children in Shelby and Spencer counties.

    CASA volunteers help children who have been ordered to get help by a family court judge, actively participating in the children’s lives.

  • Dealers cope with the credit crunch - Some potential buyers can't get loans, so cars remain on lots

    In today's market, buying a car can be a dream or a nightmare.

    A sustained drop in auto sales for the last 11 months has caused dealerships to reduce prices drastically - some even selling cars close to factory invoice - and offer myriad incentives in order to entice potential buyers.

    Jim Reid, vice president of the O'Brien Ford Dealership in Shelbyville, said the reduced prices and factory rebates that Ford has authorized dealers to offer are some of the best he ever has seen.

    "This is a buyer's market," he said. "Now is the time to buy a automobile."

  • Building permits

    Jagoe Homes, house, Meadow Glenn, 1,812 sq. ft., $78,000.

    Crescent Place Assisted Living, storage building, Allen Drive, 240 sq. ft., $4,482.

    Charli Stevens, barn, Clore Jackson Road, 925 sq. ft., $6,000.

    Donald McMillan, barn, Flood Road, 2,400 sq. ft., $32,000.

    Shelby County Republican Party, temporary sign, Main Street, 12 sq. ft., $150.

    Biagi, temporary banner, Main Street, 24 sq. ft., $75.

    Redding Construction, house, North Country, 2,802 sq. ft., $125,000.

    Elizabeth Pulliam, house, Pulliam Farm divided, 3,424 sq. ft., $257,500.

  • New business - Who we are: The UPS Store

    Who we are: The UPS Store

    Where we are: 18 Village Plaza, Shelbyville

    What we say: Formerly Mailboxes Etc., The UPS store is owned by Renee' Clark, who had a choice to make when the franchise's 10-year agreement was up in June. UPS long since bought the Mailboxes franchise, so she had the option of renewing her franchise as UPS or going independent. After buying full ownership, she rebranded as UPS.

    "My biggest surprise was how fast business increased when the name changed," Clark said. "People found us on the Internet, and business increased 15 to 20 percent."

  • Down on the (horse) farm... - Owners trying to rein in galloping costs

    When Catherine Fortener brings her 30 horses in for breakfast every morning at Big Springs Farm, the animals are taking a much bigger bite out of the budget than they used to.

    Horse owners in the county say the rising cost of the horse farm's mainstays - feed, fuel and fertilizer - has forced them to scramble for cost-cutting measures at the same time they have had to raise prices on some of their services in order to remain in business on the farm.

    Fortener's horses - some she owns, some she boards - each eat several pounds of grain and a couple of flakes of hay every day.

  • Born to be mild - Equine embryo transplant expert treats horses like people

    Melody Adler is crazy about horses.

    She kisses them hello and feeds them peppermint, sometimes with her teeth.

    What do the horses think about all this pampering?

    The results speak for themselves.

    "She has a way with horses," said her veterinarian, Dr. Kerry Beckman.

    Adler says she is addicted to horses.

    "If you have the horse bug, there's just no way not to do love them," she said.

  • Makeover Magic: Shelbyville woman 'amazed' at renovation

    A home makeover project that was sponsored by Shelbyville businesses has left a local family amazed at their "new home."

    Heather Wilson, who was the winner of Shelbyville's "Ugliest Room Contest," got to see her new living and dining rooms for the first time on Wednesday.

    Wilson was led into her house on Beechwood Ave. blindfolded and holding the hand of her son 6-year-old son, George. Before she could see the changes to her home, Heather could hear her son's approval through his shouts of joy.

  • Lifebridge meets BBB's standards

    After meeting all 20 standards of charitable accountability set by the Better Business Bureau, Lifebridge for Animals is now a BBB-accredited charity.

    As a nonprofit organization that uses donations to fund education of humane animal treatment, it was important for Lifebridge to contact the BBB and request an evaluation, Executive Director Teresa Bottom said.

  • Shelby County deeds and permits

    Deed transfers

    Angie Druin to Ricco and Tracy Tumminello, lot 2, Fairview Addition, $53,000.

    Sunshine Homes, Inc. to Jeremy and Kathryn Cloninger, lot 4, Woodfield, section 1, $144,000.

    Commonwealth Bank and Trust Company, Kentucky Housing Corporation, et al, to Commonwealth Bank & Trust, lots in Martinsville, phase IV, $1 and other consideration.

    Michael and Karen Quire to Jeff Grosch and Carrie Tilton, lot 37, Rolling Ridge, phase II, $119,000.

    Arbor View Homes, LLC to Thomas and Angela Rawlins, lot 134, Bridlewood Estates, section 2, $169,950.

  • Business Expansion

    Who we are: Shuck Fence Co.

    Where: 704 Mt. Eden Road