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  • Larry Rogers named new MUW campaign chair

    Members of the Shelby County Metro United Way team say it is with great pleasure they announce Larry Rogers as their new campaign chair for 2017.

    Roberta Steutermann, senior regional community giving manager for Metro United Way, said she is so excited to work with Rogers at the helm of the campaign this year.

    “This year we really thought about who we wanted and everybody at the table all agreed that who we wanted was Larry Rogers,” she said, noting his connections and respect in the community run deep.

  • Tanks removed at Swifty Oil Station

    Swifty Oil Station, vacant since June 2015, has undergone still another transformation with the removal of its gas tanks this week.

    Justin Phelps with Hagan Real Estate confirmed that the property, located at 1530 Midland Trail in Shelbyville, will soon be under new ownership, but said he cannot speak to the plans for the facility.

  • Plans afoot for pedestrian, bike pathways

    The crowd that met at the Stratton Center Tuesday night to give input on a proposed plan for bike and pedestrian pathways for the county was small, but eager to contribute.

    “We are from Brassfield subdivision, and we’re interested in getting a clear path to the park,” said Carmen Beste, who studied maps of the area along with her husband Richard.

  • Industrial climate heating up

    As 2017 gets underway temperatures may be cooling down but industry in Shelby County is hotter than ever and Libby Adams, executive director of the Shelby County Industrial & Development Foundation, said the economic forecast for the year looks to stay hot.

    “We had lots of industries that either expanded or finished an expansion last year,” she said.  “It seems like all of the industries are stable and growing.”

    As we reflect upon the past 12 months, there’s no doubt Adams’ observation is on point.

  • Holiday trash piling up at recycling center

    Shelby Countians are taking advantage of the unseasonably warm temperatures to unload holiday trash before cold weather sets in, said officials at the Shelby County Solid Waste and Recycling Center.

    Supervisor Val Shirley pointed to a towering neatly packed together bundle of cardboard and paper, explaining that his crews had just finished compacting the 2,100-pound bale.

  • Local realty company expands

    After a half century in business, H. Barry Smith Realtors and Auctioneers is expanding its real estate division by joining the Weichert National Franchise System.

    The company’s resulting new real estate division, now known as WEICHERT, REALTORS-H. Barry Smith Co. is an independently owned and operated Weichert affiliated office located in Shelbyville.

    Owners Jimmy and Shawn Willard say they will continue to operate the auction division as it has been run since its beginning in 1966.

  • Art of expression

    Have you ever envisioned a rocking chair created just for your child, complete with his or her name painted on it? Or even a toy chest or other item with a favorite theme, such as Spiderman or SpongeBob?

    If so, a Shelby woman could probably fill the bill perfectly.

    Erin Hisle, who lives in Simpsonville with her husband, Bill, came up with the idea to custom paint children’s furniture a few years ago. Then when she put her idea out on social media networks such as Facebook and Instagram, Erin Hisle Designs took off.

  • Decades of devotion

    It’s not too often that you see a successful business voluntarily close its doors.

    But after 36 years, Moore’s Automotive Service Center on at 2000 Midland Trail will do just that at the end of the year.

    That’s because its owners, brothers Glen and Dennis Moore, are retiring.

  • Cox’s planning move to Zaxby’s location

    A Shelbyville smoking outlet is planning to relocate soon to another location on Midland Trail.

    Cox’s Smoker’s Outlet, currently located in Village Plaza shopping center, will soon move to the building that now houses Zaxby’s restaurant, about a mile west of its current location.

    Steve Grantz, co-owner of Cox’s, said he is not sure when the move will take place.

  • Farming for Christmas

    On Thanksgiving Day, Ron Stella will be camped out on the Christmas tree farm he operates with Vivek Sarin, waiting for the first customers of the season.

    Well, not exactly the first, as the very first tree cut from the Shelby Christmas Tree Farm was taken down on Monday and will grace the grounds of the Governor’s Mansion in Frankfort, said Sarin.