• Auto industry concerns continue

    The chief executives from the nation’s three largest automakers left Washington on Thursday empty-handed after spending three days pleading for a $25 billion bailout.

    With no government assistance, the companies and millions of U.S. jobs are in question, including close to 400 jobs here in Shelby County.

    The leaders of Ford, GM and Chrysler came before a Senate panel this week asking for funds to help the companies stay solvent during the current economic crisis.

  • EARLIER: County hit hard by job losses

    2008 has been a bear for local industries.

    By the end of the year, more than 10 percent of the industrial jobs that were here in January will have been gobbled up by economic issues that have plagued local employers.

    Shelby County began the year with nearly 5,400 industrial jobs, but by the end of December, 568 of those will be no more.

    And that's assuming that no more cuts are announced between now and then. Most recently announced were cutbacks at Leggett & Platt in Simpsonville, which will let 85 people go by December.

  • Shopping center saved from foreclosure

    A local investor recently saved a Simpsonville shopping center from the foreclosure chopping block.

    When Dan Ison was notified that the Town Center Plaza on Buck Creek Road had fallen into foreclosure, he knew he had to act and act fast.

    "I just couldn't stand the thought of this place going under," he said. "Our community would be hurt by having a vacant, boarded-up storefront on the main road into the heart of the city."

  • Eye care center has innovative vision

    Patients at Bowersox Vision Center on Washington Street have been undergoing a therapy, while not new, is a different approach, said Dan Bowersox.

    “It's been around forever,” he said “The thing is, kids that have these problems when they are little, grow up to have the same problems as adults.”

    The Mayo Clinic did a 12-week study using therapy similar to Bowersox's Vision Therapy.

  • New Business

    Who we are: Showcase Borders Owned by: Ron Stella Where: 100 Arlington Drive, Shelbyville

    What we do: During the summer, Ron Stella installs lawn curbing and borders. But this year when the leaves started to fall Stella went looking for a way to clean out gutters without getting on a ladder. Through an Internet search engine, Stella found the machine he was looking for. Since Stella bought his "gutter vac" last month, he has already serviced 10 local houses, some with gutters up to 30 feet high.

  • Local Spanish paper closes

    A local Spanish news publication is saying adios.

  • Local product could help farmers

    An animal dietary supplement made in Simpsonville is being researched by Western Kentucky University as a possible means of improving animal mortality rates and bolstering farmer’s profit margins.

    Gov. Steve Beshear presented WKU with a check for $26,257 on Tuesday to fund research into Re-Borne, a product that is designed to protect horses and livestock from contracting deadly diseases and boost their performance.

  • New Business

    A new car care center called David Toles Auto Pro Car Care Center has opened at 24 Old Mount Eden Road.


    The center is owned by David Toles and Paul and Tony Harrod.


    Auto Pro Car Care specializes in all types of car repairs, large and small, including brakes, belts, shocks, exhauast systems, tires, oil change, and trasmission service and repair.

  • New Business

     Diane's Dinners


    Owned by: Diane Gauss


    Phone: (502) 807-1384


    Address: 176 Tracy Ln., Bagdad


    E-mail: DLGauss@Hughes.net


  • New Business

    New business: Trackside MC & ATV

    Owned by: Rich Ross

    Location: 47 Fairview, just off Ky. 395 in Waddy

    Services: Repairs all models of ATVs and motorcycles, including Harley Davidson. Also offers factory parts from all motorcycle models, including Harley Davidson. Trackside MC & ATV has wholesale leather products and is an Interstate battery dealer. The store can get Interstate batteries for all applications.