• Citizens Union Bank to celebrate 125 years

    A Shelbyville bank with humble beginnings that has endured and grown for more than a century will soon reach a milestone anniversary.

    In October, Citizens Union Bank will celebrate 125 years, during which time, the bank has opened six locations in Shelby County and nine branches in other counties.

  • She makes a lot of ends meet

    After a business profile in a well-known area magazine last month and the 24th anniversary of her shop coming up in October, Leslie McCarthy is riding Cloud Nine.

    Poised, elegant, stylish, one would never think that McCarthy– who was even selected by Today’s Woman magazine as one of 2013’s Most Admired Women in Kentucky – was once shy and unsure of herself.

  • Statewide equine survey reveals horses are billion dollar industry

    The first part of Phase 1 of the annual statewide equine survey is out, and the results are of particular importance to the horse industry, officials say, as the study found that the total of all equine-related sales and income for equine operations in 2011 was about $1.1 billion.

    That total came from sales of all equines, estimated to be $521.1 million, and $491 million in income from services provided, including both breeding and non-breeding services such as training, lessons, boarding, farrier, transportation, purses, incentives, etc.

  • Shelby Success Stories: Simpsonville native takes tobacco down a new road

    At first glance, Walt Carpenter, who will retire later this year after 25 years with R.J. Reynolds, may not seem to fit the profile for a tobacco company executive.

    Although he grew up in Shelby County, he wasn’t one of the many of his day who lived on a tobacco farm or belonged to the Future Farmers of America.

  • Shelby success stories: Odie Thompson detects a new career

    Martinsville is a long way from Albuquerque, N.M., but Jonathan “Odie” Thompson has made a smooth transition from the bluegrass to no grass.

    After his college football career led him from Western Kentucky University to Merced College and then to the University of New Mexico and later to Canada, Thompson said he found a home in the southwest but sure misses Kentucky.

  • Business Q&A: Bobby Foree

    Bobby Foree is a seventh-generation family farmer and a lawyer who owns land in Shelby County and lives in Henry County. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in animal science and earned a master’s degree in agriculture education. He also earned a law degree from UK. He farms beef cattle. His wife is the former Jean Kaye LeCompte of Shelby County. They have two children. He spoke with Brad Bowman of Landmark News Service.


  • Business Q&A: Martin Washburn

    Martin Washburn has served northeast Shelby County residents for the past 11 years as fire chief of the Pleasureville Fire Department. He’s also the deputy director of emergency management in Henry County. A native of Henry, he also worked for 25 years for Safety Kleen. He talked with Brad Bowman about his experiences as how he views the fire-fighting business.


    BRAD BOWMAN: Why did you want to be fire chief?

  • Business Q&A: Libby Adams

    The Shelby County Industrial & Development recently held a long-range planning session led by Greg Coker to develop its long-range plans and set a course. This is the first such session since 2005. Libby Adams, 55, a native of Shelby County, has been with the foundation since August 1992 and has been its executive director since 2003, serving with CEO Bobby Hudson in developing industrial properties and luring manufacturers to the county. She took a few moments to discuss the planning session and the state of the industrial base in the county.


  • NEW BUSINESS: McDaniel Insurance Agency llc

    Physical address: 602 Main St., Suite 2  (upstairs) Shelbyville


    Who we are:  Deanna McDaniel has lived in Shelby County for more than 37 years.  She has been in the insurance industry for 20 years.  Having worked as an agent in Louisville for many years, she has taken the opportunity to serve the individuals and businesses in her hometown. With experience and expertise in commercial, personal and farm insurance, McDaniel and the agency staff will be able to serve all insurance needs.


  • NEW BUSINESS: Double D's

    Address: 899 Van Dyke Mill Road, Taylorsville


    Who we are: Owner and technician Daniel Dempsey, formerly of Derby Cycles, has more than 15 years experience working go-carts, motorcycles and other recreational vehicles. Dempsey attended MMI in Arizona and has devoted his life to this repair work.