• Will’s Grill opens in Simpsonville

    The temperature might be blistering cold in Kentucky this week, but things heated up in Simpsonville Wednesday when Will’s Grill officially opened for business.

    Halfway through the day, owner Will Hawkins said business was already booming.

    “We fed about 96 people that came into the store but we probably put out 150 orders,” he said.

    The take-out BBQ restaurant had a successful grand opening day, despite a few hiccups with the payment system.

  • New development for the new year

    Locals tend to boast that Shelby County is an area capable of maintaining a small-town atmosphere while still being large enough to provide financial stability for its residents.

    In 2014, the county enjoyed economic development and growth with the opening of the Shoppes at the Bluegrass Outlet Mall, the construction of two new school buildings, the addition and expansion of several manufacturing warehouses, and a new solid waste and recycling facility.

  • Masters closes shop after 4 decades of business


    After a successful 40-year run, Charlie and Lafayette Masters will close the doors today on Masters Equipment Co., a family operated business the brothers have operated together since 1974.

    Charlie Masters explained that the business unexpectedly got its start all those years ago after his brother and father took a trip to Wisconsin.

  • Choosing a tree should be a Christmas experience, not a chore

    Vivek Sarin, who is opening a Christmas tree farm with Ron Stella next year, says that along with the practical considerations that go along with choosing a live Christmas tree, the most important thing is to make the experience a memorable one for the entire family.

    “Yes, you have to think about height and width and the species, but that’s not the most important thing,” said Sarin, who has made a family tradition out of choosing a tree since his oldest child was born 17 years ago.

  • ‘Two guys and a Christmas tree’

    Drawing up visions of families hiking through the snow with ax and saw in hand to pick the perfect Christmas tree to two friends thinking and working on a new business for Shelby County.

    And the two are hopeful that next year they’ll be ready to welcome a new generation of adventurous families hunting for the perfect tree to fit their living rooms.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION _–Rut N’ Strut moves forward with approval

    The Triple S Planning Commission approved an agricultural plat and a development plan for Rut N’ Strut Distillery when the commission met Tuesday evening at the Stratton Center.

    The plat approval included a waiver request for a reduction in the front yard setback from 100 to 40 feet. Kerry Magan, who presented the plat and development plans to the commission explained that the waiver was for a road surrounding the proposed barrel barns and will be used sparingly.

  • Phone bundle gets tangled

    After eight weeks of a phone bundling mess, the phone lines at Shelby County Industrial and Development Foundation and the Chamber of Commerce are finally working properly once again.

    Chamber Executive Director Shelly Goodwin said she believes the issue was finally resolved only after threats of a formal complaint were made and The Sentinel-News began making inquiries about the problem to AT&T and Time Warner.

  • Beef referendum passes for state cattle farmers

    For the first time since the first “check-off” fee was passed in the 1980s – on a national basis – a statewide referendum was passed last week in Kentucky.

    The measure, which takes effect April 1, will allow a $1 per head fee to be assessed on cattle marketed in Kentucky, with the money to be used by the Kentucky Beef Promotion Council to finance a program to promote the beef and dairy industries through marketing, research, and education.

  • New health concept coming to Shelby

    A new health care-based company that just established its first location in Riverport in August is preparing to open a second clinic in Shelbyville in January.

    Hollis Smith, president and CEO of Alternative Health Solutions, headquartered in Louisville, said the concept of employer-shared health care is sweeping the country.

    “This is not a new type of business, it’s new to this area, but mostly it’s concentrated in California and the northeast,” he said.

  • Reluctantly letting go

    At 84 years of age, attorney Ted Igleheart has reluctantly decided to retire after 57-years of practicing law.

    Igleheart will close up shop at the end of the year, but he plans to finish any pending cases from his home.

    Practicing law has been a lifelong passion for Igleheart, but he says time is taking its toll.