• Electronics continue to dominate shopping lists

    Millions of people nationwide are expected to venture out before the sun rises for the holiday ritual of bargain prices on everything from toys to TVs and tablets, but this year experts aren't quite so bullish on the unofficial kickoff to the holiday season.

    According to the National Retail Federation, 140 million shoppers were expected to hit the stores between Thursday and Sunday, but that’s a decrease from 147 million who planned to shop last year. The actual number of shoppers will be released on Sunday.

  • Black Friday shoppers after all kinds of items

    The excited crescendo of voices in stores throughout Shelby County Friday morning heralded the beginning of the holiday shopping season, or rather, the continuation of the kickoff that began on Thanksgiving Day.

    “Most of our sales were at six o’clock last night [Thursday], but we’re already building up traffic again today,” said Walmart manager David Woodcock. “I’d say we’ve done as well or better than last year.”

  • Farmer of the Year: Inscos named best among Shelby’s ‘many good farmers’

    When Jim Insco started farming his 53 acres in 1985, he had a 2-cylinder John Deere tractor and no yard.

    “If it was dirt, I plowed it,” he told the crowd at the Farm-City Banquet on Tuesday after being named Farmer of the Year in Shelby County. “We had a house and no yard. It was all farm.”

    Ferenc Vegh, who emceed the banquet, which since 1954 has been put on by the Kiwanis Club, said the judging committee settled on Insco very quickly.

  • In Shelby, Shopping local becomes the focal

    The shopping rituals of Black Friday got under way on Thanksgiving, at least for some Shelby County merchants, but shop owners in downtown Shelbyville are geared to an increase in traffic today and into Shop Small Saturday, which is geared to smaller merchants.

  • Black Thursday tradition big in Shelby

    If you want to make a mad dash to do some holiday shopping on Thanksgiving Day, you’re in luck – large retailers in Shelbyville who last year joined the ranks of stores opening on Thanksgiving Day plan to do so again this year.

    Walmart, normally open 24 hours, will keep that schedule on Thanksgiving Day, store officials said.

    “We are open twenty-four hours every day except for Christmas,” an unidentified clerk said in an excited voice.

  • Shelby one of 7 counties designated work force ready

    Shelby County is now one of only seven counties across the state that has been certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities.

    Gov. Steve Beshear made the announcement Thursday that Shelby and Madison counties have joined Boyle, Daviess, Warren, Woodford and Henderson in achieving the designation since certification began in February 2012.

    Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shelley Goodwin said that achieving the designation reflects a deep level of commitment to workforce readiness within the county.

  • Shelby business find there’s some turkey on that bone

    The Thanksgiving holiday is now only days away, and it’s not just the big nationwide stores that are preparing for a busy period of trading – even if the focus typically already has swung to Christmas and the rush of holiday shopping.

    Many stores nationally already have announced plans to be open for holiday sales on Thanksgiving night – Goody’s and Walmart in Shelbyville among them – and the family themes of Thanksgiving sometimes appear lost in the wash of that great retail machinery.

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  • Longtime banker Nichols moves to CUB

    Belinda Nichols, a 34-year employee of Commonwealth Bank & Trust, starts a new job today in a key role with another Shelby County bank.

    Nichols, formerly market president and chief interim retail officer at CB&T, is now a senior vice president at Citizens Union Bank.

    Nichols, a Shelby County native who lives in Bagdad with her husband, Les, and has been with CB&T since high school, said that even though management “hated to see me go,” she is looking forward to an exciting new challenge at CUB.

  • Shelby filmmakers need investors

    Two award-winning Shelby county women have completed their second feature film, The Hepburn Girls, shot in and around Shelby County and using several familiar faces.

    Ashley Raymer-Brown and Rachael Yeager donate a labor-of-love to their film production projects, from developing  scripts, selecting the actors and filming locations, shooting and editing the film and raising funds for production. Many of the expenses have been borne out of their pockets.