• Bursting the IKEA-to-Simpsonville bubble

    For more than a year, locals have been passing word that IKEA was planning a Simpsonville location, but officials with the Sweden-based retail store say there are no plans in place to build here.

    “At this time, we do not have plans to build in that area,” IKEA public affairs manager Joseph Roth said.

    Roth said the company is always in discussion about potential opportunities, but they are currently not planning a location for the Louisville region.

    “At this time, it’s just speculation,” he said.

  • Men’s shelter has new director

    Collin Johnson has come onboard at the Open Door of Hope just in time to help plan for the facility’s second annual fundraiser.

    That event is coming up May 14, and Johnson said that planning such details is right down his alley.

    “I’m the assistant director and head up outreach, community partnerships and fundraising,” he said.

  • Shannon’s celebrates 150 years of legacy

    Shannon Funeral Service has stood the test of time, enduring five generations of ownership and five relocations through 150 years to offer grieving friends and family members an opportunity to honor their loved ones through their services.

    But Sunday their doors will be open to the community for a less somber occasion.

  • Rain brings flood of problems for farmers

    Rain has traditionally been a friend to farmers, but too much of a good thing can have dire consequences for crops if it keeps up much longer, experts say.

    The good news is that it hasn’t reached that point yet, said David Knopf, regional director for the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.

    “Currently the rain is primarily an inconvenience, rather than having an adverse affect, such as yield loss,” he said. “Corn planting is about two weeks behind normal.”

  • Farmers market kicks off next Saturday

    The return of the Shelby County Farmers’ Market is just a week away and organizers say they are eager to kick off a 14th season.

    Elizabeth Rosenburg, secretary of the farmers’ market, said attendees this year will be treated to some new selections.

    “We have lots of new vendors,” Rosenburg said. “We have a man that raises mushrooms, a pork vendor.”

    In addition, she explained, beef and lamb vendors from previous years will be returning.

  • Sprucing up lawns for spring

    With winter's last gasp, hopefully, on the horizon, Shelby Countians are anxious to get lawn care underway, say experts in that field.

    "This is the first week that we’ve started mowing," said Thomas Hendren, owner of Cutting Edge Lawn and Landscaping in Shelbyville. "As soon as it hits sixty [degrees] or so, people get out, they want something done to their lawns."

    Hendren said that at this early stage, mowing is not the most important job that his customers want.

  • Rogers realty recognized for growth

    Coldwell Banker Larry K. Rogers Realty has been awarded the Office Talent Attraction Award in recognition of their net growth in office size over the past year.

    Office manager Tracy Barnett said the award is a great honor.

    The Office Attraction Award recognizes offices that have increased their net number of sales associates or representatives by 15 percent or more.

    Budge Huskey, president and CEO of Coldwell Banker Real Estate, said their growth sets a standard for others to achieve.

  • If you build it they will come

    Nestled behind a blanket of trees in a quiet Shelbyville neighborhood sits a hidden gem – Fuzion Athletics, an athletic club like no other around.

    Owner and coach Jamie Steffen does not train basketball or football players, but rather he’s a pole vaulting coach, and with his unique facility he’s singlehandedly putting Kentucky on the pole vaulting map.

    With only a handful of similar facilities across the nation, most of his students travel more than one hour each way every week to train at Fuzion, Steffen said.

  • Hemp projects in final approval stage

    The grass may be greener on the other side for a handful of Shelby County farmers who will be permitted to grow industrial hemp legally for research purposes.

    That’s becausethe review process for farmers who applied to participate in the industrial hemp program sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture is nearly complete, ag officials say.

  • Tax return deadline looming nearer

    As the tax deadline approaches, professionals say people should keep in mind that the April 15 deadline is looming ever nearer.

    Toya Hines, manager of Liberty Tax on Frankfort Road, says people shouldn’t panic just yet, but they should get in gear.

    “People should start at least getting their things together, and just maybe get with their tax professional, because if additional forms are needed, they have the time to get that,” she said.

    Hines said she is getting ready for the second wave of clients.